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How to find a steel Merckx(10 posts)

How to find a steel MerckxSteve98501
Feb 12, 2003 11:15 AM
It's looking like an Eddy Merckx frame geometry might be a good fit for me, and a less expensive alternative to a custom frame. So I've looked at several websites and discovered that EM has discontinued making steel frames. They offer titanium, aluminum, scandium, but not steel. I'm not interested in those, and really prefer lugged steel, and will pay to have it custom made if that's what it takes. I think, however, that some shops might have leftover steel frames in stock. I thought about checking shop by shop, using the EM website list of dealers by state. Unfortunately, some shops on the list aren't EM dealers, and some that are are not listed. Anybody got any ideas about how to efficiently locate a frame? Oh, I do keep checking the classifieds and ebay.
re: How to find a steel MerckxJS Haiku Shop
Feb 12, 2003 11:19 AM
contact gita bikes, www.gitabike.com. they're the US importer. you might also call or e-mail gary hobbs, www.gvhbikes.com. he's where i bought my lugged steel merckx. though he doesn't have any more of 'em, he might be a good place to start.
WrenchScience: MX LeaderSpunout
Feb 12, 2003 11:39 AM
http://www.wrenchscience.com/WS1/WSLogic/Frame/getFrame.asp
Try R&A Cycles in Brooklyn NY nmmerckxman
Feb 12, 2003 11:49 AM
re: How to find a steel MerckxPMC
Feb 12, 2003 11:55 AM
Try these guys

http://www.bikyle.com/SaleRoad.asp

Their website lists both the MX Leader and Corsa .01 as in stock and on sale.

I really like the old lugged Merckx frames and ride a MX Leader myself.

Good Luck
You guys are so good!Steve98501
Feb 12, 2003 10:01 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. I checked the different sites and found one my size in stock at bikyle, so I ordered it. Sometimes I think the net makes things too easy - but I'm not complaining.

Thanks all for your help.

Steve
good move!tarwheel
Feb 13, 2003 6:18 AM
I spent a year searching eBay and other sites for a used steel Merckx and finally gave up. During that time, I actually bought and returned two Merckx frames that had obvious crash damage once I received and examined them. I finally ended up buying a new Corsa 0.1 from cycles bikyle in December. Kyle was great to work with and helped me a lot with fitting. If you need any help with fitting (frame size, stem, etc.), it's really worth your time talking to him. If it wasn't such a long way to Philly, I would drive up there to talk to him, see his shop, and look at his frames in person.
I spoke too soon!Steve98501
Feb 13, 2003 5:35 PM
Got an email from bikyle today that the frame I ordered last night had already been sold. Unfortunately, that was the last one in my size range. I'll keep looking around a bit, but may end up as one of you and place a custom order through Wrenchscience.

Thanks again, folks!

Steve
re: How to find a steel Merckxbill61
Feb 12, 2003 5:22 PM
I have one on order from wrench science . You can order one with custom geometry at no additional cost. There is
a 4-6 month wait though. That is the Leader MX model.
I found out that Merckx track bikes are all custom builtTig
Feb 12, 2003 5:56 PM
One of my teammates ordered a new Merckx track bike recently. No standard production frames are being made. They don't build your frame until you spec your sizing needs and event type. The upcharge is only $60.

Nice touch!