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help me drown my misery ...tarwheel
Sep 24, 2002 6:30 AM
Drink some beers for me tonight. ... I am really bummed out. The Merckx steel frame that I've spent many months searching for is out of my reach. After negotiating with the seller for six weeks, he decided not to sell his Corsa 0.1 frame after all. Basically I was just waiting on him to email me some photos of the fork, which looked great when I finally got the shots, so I told him I definitely wanted to buy the frame. I was willing to pay his full asking price and shipping, but after all that he decided he just couldn't part with it. What really gets to me is that I passed up on the bidding for a MX Leader on eBay a few weeks ago because I was already negotiating with this guy and his frame was a new one that had never been built up.

I am about to throw in the towel in my long search for a steel Merckx. I've been looking for a size 56 in century geometry and just can't seem to locate one. Every one I find is either the wrong size, all beat up, or loaded with components I don't need. The Merckx distributor (Gita) no longer imports steel frames. They told me I can order one but that would take months and I would have to go through one of their authorized dealers and no doubt pay top dollar. The nearest dealer is 4 hours away. For what it would cost in time and money, I might as well order a custom steel frame from a US builder. That's not a bad option, but I would have a hard time convincing my wife that I need to spend $1,200-1,500 on a frame.

Now my question: How does a Basso Gap compare in quality to a Merckx? In my search for the Merckx, I have found a Basso frame with nearly the same size and geometry. It is a demo with a few nicks from shop wear, but otherside new and never built up. The seller claims it is as good or better quality than most Merkx frames he has seen. He's asking $450, which seems a fair price. I like the color. ... The problem is that I've had my heart set on the Merkx for so long that I feel like I would be settling for something less. Should I hold out for a Merckx or buy the Basso?
re: help me drown my misery ...Warren128
Sep 24, 2002 7:35 AM
That's too bad about your deal. However, in case you missed them, there are two Merckx Corsas right now on Ebay.

thanks, saw them ..tarwheel
Sep 24, 2002 8:13 AM
I'm looking for a frame rather than a whole bike. One of the Corsas on eBay is too small, the other is the right size but only for sale as an entire bike. It's also purple. I hate to be picky, but I just don't want a purple bike.
aint cheap but its new ...Spirito
Sep 24, 2002 9:19 AM
i looked around on the web and found one

black with red merckx corsa '01

57cm c-c seat
56.8cm c-c top
72.5 seat tube

i spoke to the owner (kyle) and he said its his last frameset. $999 which includes them treating it weigle's frame saver and properly preparing the frame (checking alignment, maching, tapping and threading) and he quoted me $15 shipping to NYC.
aint cheap but its new ...tarwheel
Sep 24, 2002 9:43 AM
Thanks, I actually had received an email from him. I really would like a size 56, though, particularly if I'm gonna spend that much money.
There's a used Merckx at my lbswooglin
Sep 24, 2002 9:47 AM
if you're interested. Molteni orange. Repainted, but with all the right stickers, and not ridden since. Looks good and looks about the right size. OutSpokin' Bicycles 803/254-9797. Ask for Sean (pronounced seen), the bike's owner and one of the shop wrenches.
There's a used Merckx at my lbstarwheel
Sep 24, 2002 10:04 AM
Thanks, I'll check it out.
are you sure you've got the right bike shop?tarwheel
Sep 24, 2002 12:02 PM
I called Out Spokin and talked to Sean, and he didn't know anything about an orange Merckx. He said they had some new aluminum Merckii in stock, but no steel bikes. Could this have been at another shop?
are you sure you've got the right bike shop?wooglin
Sep 24, 2002 12:43 PM
Nope. That's the right shop. Maybe they sold it. Next time I swing by I'll take a look....
are you sure you've got the right bike shop?wooglin
Sep 25, 2002 8:54 AM
Checked it out today, and talked to the shop owner. Its a sheep in wolf's clothing -- he doesn't know what kind of frame it is, but its been painted and decaled as a Merckx. And it's not Sean's, so I guess I was just completely off base.
hmm ... a counterfeit!tarwheel
Sep 25, 2002 9:40 AM
Sort of like those imitation "Colnagos" you see from time to time on eBay. When I talked to Sean on the phone, he didn't know what I was referring to. ... Thanks for checking, though.
My pleasure.wooglin
Sep 25, 2002 9:44 AM
Any excuse to visit an lbs.
Try Bicycle Sport?merckxman
Sep 24, 2002 4:08 PM
They advertise Corsa and MX Leader in Velonews. 772.569.5990 or email or
That's my LBSWalter
Sep 25, 2002 5:36 PM
Highly recommended. Good people. Built me a set of wheels that haven't given the first bit of trouble and got me properly fitted on my Colnago. No small feat, b/c of a motorcycle accident sometime back neither my equipment or fit is "by the book."

I've not noticed any Merckx's on display but that doesn't mean they're not there. I'll look next time I'm there but it may be awhile. That place always lightens my wallet. I went for waterbottles once and still dropped $50. I'm sure you all wife however.