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    Default Re: Eddy Merckx

    Conti 25 is the biggest I can fit on my MXL. It has a ridiculously low rear brake bridge.

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    Default Re: Eddy Merckx

    I've got a 25mm Conti Grand Prix on my MX Leader right now and it has a lot of room. Is there some variation between years? Mine was made in 98.
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    Default Re: Eddy Merckx

    I've got 25mm Conti GP 4000s on mine with Open Pro rims. Plenty of clearance under the fork for a wider tire as well as at the chainstays, but sadly the low brake bridge limits me to 25mm tires.

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    Default Re: Eddy Merckx

    Quote Originally Posted by dbh View Post
    I've got 25mm Conti GP 4000s on mine with Open Pro rims. Plenty of clearance under the fork for a wider tire as well as at the chainstays, but sadly the low brake bridge limits me to 25mm tires.
    This is a 25mm GP 4K on an Open Sport with an older Chorus brake. The brake would restrict me before the frame. I could likely go bigger but I've never tried it. The fork isn't an issue for 25's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbill View Post
    This is a 25mm GP 4K on an Open Sport with an older Chorus brake. The brake would restrict me before the frame. I could likely go bigger but I've never tried it. The fork isn't an issue for 25's.
    Huh, i have Vittoria Corsa and it was rubbing on hte brake bridge. might try out them GP's. Never been a big fan of continentals but I guess I have no choice.

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    And here with a bit of a modern flair, Di2 Ultegra. Using a Grammo ahead adapter stem as I cant source out a quill stem. Until I find one, the nitto will do for now.

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    Someoday someone will post "here is my mx leaderwhich i took to my buddy , frame builder and we moved up the seatstay bridge". It will be along thread w/ lots of admiration and some concern for desfiguring a classic.
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    Default Re: Eddy Merckx

    Like this?

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    Default Re: Eddy Merckx

    That's probably 10 years and 10,000 miles after the disfigurement. So wrong. . . but so right in a sick and twisted way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shroom View Post
    Just one question for MXL riders, whats teh biggest tyres you can fit on the rear? Been researching this for quite a while now and seems like some MX leaders can fit a 25c on the rear. I tried my best to fit one but I can only do a 23c.
    No such thing as a standard 25c tire, and more importantly, no such thing as a standard MX Merckx frame with consistent clearance measurements under the brake bridge and fork (e.g. highly variable drilling of brake bolt position and brazing of brake bridge position). Some "25c" tires actually measure out width-wise to 28c or more and/or 23c, and more importantly, the vertical profile also varies widely (which is where you will run into the real issues with clearance). For example, you will find that Conti clinchers have a VERY tall profile compared with other tires of same width, making clearance under the brake bridge and forks very difficult. Lastly, some calipers offer more clearance then others...(e.g. Campagnolo calipers will offer the least amount of clearance). My point is that you will ultimately need to figure out what tire/rim/brake caliper combination works for YOUR frame e.g. your frame is one of a kind.

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    Corsa 01 in Molteni, Century geometry. Older photo – replaced stem with Nitto and now running full 600 Tri-Color. 'Cos that's all I needs.

    My kid said he wants this bike when he gets tall enough. :-)

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    Default Re: Eddy Merckx

    .quote fail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colker View Post
    Someoday someone will post "here is my mx leaderwhich i took to my buddy , frame builder and we moved up the seatstay bridge". It will be along thread w/ lots of admiration and some concern for desfiguring a classic.
    I've considered doing that to 4 of the bikes I've owned... Every time I had balked at the expense, but in retrospect, that could have saved me a lot of money spent on chasing magic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shroom View Post
    Like this?
    Kinda, except maybe with finer welds / brazing?..

    Anyone know how much would it cost to do something like that?.. Would I have to repaint the frame?

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    I'd think a place like Bilenky in PA could do the brake bridge adjustment to fit bigger tires. They do so many S&S jobs, this would probably be pretty easy. You could repaint the whole frame, or if you didn't want to do that, you could just have the rear end repainted - just seatstays or both seat and chainstays. Could look nice. They offer a partial repaint when they do the S&S retrofits, so you could get an idea from looking at their gallery of those jobs.

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    Default Re: Eddy Merckx

    When I thought about doing the very same to my MX-L, I got a reasonable quote from Tom Kellogg. In the end, I sold the bike instead.

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    Default Re: Eddy Merckx

    Looking at this pic from a ride a few weeks ago has me thinking, 'jeez, why don't they make bridges out of titanium?'
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    Default Re: Eddy Merckx

    Thanks to this thread, I've got a early 90's EM Corsa headed my way.
    Questions:
    BB - Italian or English?
    Threaded headsets - one size fits all, or are there differene standards?
    Drop out spacing - 126mm or 130mm?
    how big of a deal is putting a 130 wheel in a 126 frame?

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    If it's a Merckx, it's got Italian BB threading.

    Don't think you have any worries about headset threading with that vintage and frame. If it was a '60's Gitane or Peugot, you might have an issue...

    Think they'd be 130 spacing by then. Not sure, though. Steel, not such a big deal anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by defspace View Post
    Threaded headsets - one size fits all, or are there differene standards?
    There are English (1"x24F) and Italian (25.4x24F) headsets. The threads are close enough that you can use one on the other, i.e. an English HS on an Italian threaded steerer, but once you've done that you shouldn't change back to the other because the thread angle is different so the threads have been altered. IIRC my Merckx had an English (BSC) threaded steerer.
    Drop out spacing - 126mm or 130mm? how big of a deal is putting a 130 wheel in a 126 frame?
    It's not hard to fit a wider hub in the dropouts but if you're going to use the wider hub it's best to get the rear re-spaced. The dropouts won't be parallel with the wider hub and in some cases the QR won't hold tight under strong efforts.
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    Default Re: Eddy Merckx

    hmm. i thought the threading was the same and it was the seat for the crown race that varied. or is that a separate issue of jis vs iso?

    edit: this was my general supposition. the crown racer taper was iso on my merckx.
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