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Santa brought my Merckx(5 posts)

Santa brought my Merckxtarwheel
Dec 20, 2002 5:50 AM
Well, my new Merckx Corsa 0.1 frame arrived via UPS Wednesday night and I took it to the bike shop Thursday to have all the gear swapped onto it from my old Bianchi. Unfortunately, due to the Christmas rush, it will probably take about a week to have it built up. The bike is going to have a mix of the old and new. My gear is all Ultegra 9, with Open Pro wheels that originally came from a used aluminum Bianchi that I bought several years ago and sold because I didn't like the ride. The "old" includes the Brooks Swift leather saddle that wouldn't fit my Gios because of the steep seat tube angle. It should fit perfect on the Merckx with its slack angles. I initially will use the Profile H2O riser (90 deg) stem that I had on the Bianchi, but plan to install a TTT Motus -- which has the classic looks of an "L" stem with a removable facecap.

The Corsa frame is beautiful, much nicer than in the photos. Chrome work is outstanding, on the forks and all the stays. Lugs are nicely done -- which must have been tricky because the down and seat tubes are ovalized near the bottom bracket. The paint job is decidely non-retro -- the same basic scheme as a Team SC, only vibrant red fading to black instead of black to blue. Compared to some older Merckx frames I have seen, the quality of the paint seems to be outstanding. I will post some photos after Christmas.

As with any large purchase, I always feel a few twinges of buyer's remorse. I am a little surprised with the weight of the Corsa. Although I know that Merckx frames are not known for their lightness, I expected the frame and fork to weigh about 5.5 lb. It's closer to 6.0 lb, which surprised me, given that it's made of a fairly light steel (Deda Zero Uno). All the more motivation to lose some weight off my body, as I could stand to drop about 15 pounds. My goal for 2003 is to improve my climbing -- which might seem ironic since I just bought a 6 lb. frame and fork. But I figure that it's much less expensive (and healthier) to focus my weight-saving efforts on myself rather than the bike.
Dec 20, 2002 7:28 AM
Santa is a good man, visiting everyone this season with cycling goodies. I stopped worrying about bike weight ages ago. If I can build up my 59cm bikes to be around 20-22 pounds with lugged steel framesets, I am happy! Enjoy!
re: Santa brought my Merckxmerckxman
Dec 20, 2002 8:03 AM
Congrats. The ride will make you forget about that extra little will see.
third time the charm?gtx
Dec 21, 2002 4:58 PM
Sounds good. Let us know how you like it when you get a chance to ride it.
re: Santa brought my MerckxPMC
Dec 24, 2002 7:19 AM
Congrats on the new Merckx! I have a Motus stem on an MX Leader I'm in the process of building up and the look is undeniably classic.

Be sure to post pics