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Museeuw's "special" Merckx(13 posts)

Museeuw's "special" MerckxJ.S.
Apr 23, 2001 2:17 PM
After reviewing the Paris-Roubaix tape I noticed that Museeuw seemed to be positioned far behind the BB of his bike and this picture seems to confirm that. That looks like about a 68 degree seat tube angle. Interesting.
re: Museeuw's "special" MerckxJonathan
Apr 23, 2001 2:49 PM
Thats one hell of a long stem too. Frame looks like a 58 or so. How tall is the rider, not that familiar with the racers presently.
re: Museeuw's "special" MerckxMaxx
Apr 24, 2001 1:52 PM
In the 1997 Colnago catalog they gave some information about Johan's C-40. "For Paris-Robaix, Museeuw rode a 58 cm frame with a 57 cm top tube, 43 cm chainstays(40.8 is normal), and a 4.5 cm fork offset". Sorry I can't help with the angles of the seat tube.
More interesting than that...12x23
Apr 23, 2001 3:54 PM
are those 36 spoke wheels? The last time I saw a Merckx size/geometry chart the seat angles were pretty slack, at least in my size. I believe the 60's were 72 degrees.
I believe they are!DrD
Apr 24, 2001 2:59 AM
36 spoke, that is! - I think most of the teams riding in the Paris Roubaix went with durability over light weight in that race - which is why the ultralight wheels, like Ksyriums, etc., went away... there was a thread about that a week or so ago... kinda makes you wonder about using that sort of wheel as the every day ride, esp. for larger riders...
Hard to judge because of lensbigdave
Apr 23, 2001 7:14 PM
The lens appears to be a fairly wide-angle lens, and that will distort what we're seeing... it may cause the seat tube to look more laid back and the stem longer. I'd be curious to see geometry numbers because I think in this case the looks might be deceiving.

Hard to judge because of lensDougal
Apr 24, 2001 12:37 AM
Yup, I'd agree with the lens comment. It would have to distort the picture a wee bit I reckon. Also, its wide practise in the pro peleton to get as small a frame as possible that you can still get to fit with a longer stem / bigger seatpost. Its a weight thing I guess...
Some numbers from Velo MagazineBo
Apr 24, 2001 3:52 AM
Velo Mag. here in France did a little piece on Museeuw's P-R bike. (Feb. page 25) The frame is describeed as having a 58.3 cm TT, 56.5 cm ST, and a ST angle of 71 degrees. The bike's total weight is reported to be "less than 8 kg." No info on the stem, though in the photo I'm looking at it looks quite long. Those are 32 spoke Nucleons.

In March, Velo had an interesting article about Museeuw's training with funny photos of him drafting behing his dad (on a scooter) in the rain.

A bientot,

count them - 36 spokes nmclimbo
Apr 24, 2001 4:36 AM
Just quoting the mag, which pictures 32s-- my bad. nmBo
Apr 24, 2001 5:09 AM
Very beautiful, whats the frame material? I just love the paint.Musiclover
Apr 24, 2001 6:36 AM
I d like to copy the colors on this.
Very beautiful, whats the frame material? I just love the paint.flyweight
Apr 24, 2001 12:59 PM
It's Easton Scandium with carbon fiber seatstays. For a mere $1700 you too can have one.
re: Museeuw's "special" Merckxmanuel rodriguez
Apr 24, 2001 7:06 AM
From counting the spokes it seems that the front is 32 and the rear is 36. Of course he had about 5 flats in the race so who knows what he ended up using at the end of the race. Whatever race support wheels are is what he ended up using because i believe he flatted both front and rear tire.