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    There was a time when I had the opportunity to trade off between these two bikes.

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    Default Re: Eddy Merckx

    sr11 placeholding, while i save for c-record and fresh paint. 10th anni corsa extra:
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    Default Re: Aw hell I'll play along

    back after 10 years at a good friend's home in FL.
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    Mid-90's MXL (French fit?).
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    Regarding the blue MXL above, I got it about a month ago from a guy on the West Coast. He got it from a source in Belgium. I'm a bit puzzled about its age. I'm assuming it is an early to mid-90's frame. But I haven't seen any other MXL frames with this (hard to match) dark blue color and with the 'darts' on either side of the Merckx logo on the down tube. There is no pump peg and no number hanger. Serial number is H on left underside of BB, then D 9163 on right underside of BB. All chromed under the blue paint. Threaded headset, internal rear brake routing.

    Unlike other MXL frames I've heard about, this one has ample clearance for 28mm tires front and back.

    Really a wonderful riding frame. Very stable and comfortable, yet lively. Not a lightweight, but not much heavier than my straight gauge ti S&S bike.

    Appreciate any info or insights others care to share regarding the provenance of this frame.

    Thanks.

    PS. If I could wave a magic wand, I would give the top tube about a 3 degree slope back to the seat tube lug, make the head tube 15mm taller to avoid using the spacers in the headset, and throw in a pump peg, too. And then give it a fresh coat of paint. But for the price paid, it's been a great way to try out this tubeset and Century geometry. I like it a lot more than the SLX Corsa Extra I had, with the pre-Century geometry.

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    Here is a red one on Flickr labeled 1994. Looks like it is a Belgian bike too, if the top tube inscription is an indication of where it was sold.

    Eddy Merckx MXL 1994 by Raffa Giordano, on Flickr

    That blue is a great color. I wouldn't worry too much about the spacers. Back when threaded headsets were the only option, I set up plenty of bikes with spacers like that. Or with the Mavic 305.

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    Hey thanks, Jorn. Good find. That red one is a good match - decals and no pump peg and all chrome under the paint. Fits into the approximate age range I was thinking of. That one is 'dressed' better than mine with all-Campy, too. Mine has 4 ages of Dura Ace on it: 7400 FD, 7700 STI, chain, and RD, 7800 brake calipers, and 9000 BB and crank. May switch it over to 11 speed one of these days. It's worth the upgrade.

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    This will be arriving middle of next week. I'm very excited to get it built up and on the road! I'll post more pics after it's built.
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    Quote Originally Posted by earlfoss View Post
    This will be arriving middle of next week. I'm very excited to get it built up and on the road! I'll post more pics after it's built.
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    Here lies the answer to the Red vs Orange question elsewhere on the forum.

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    Sold my 58cm FNG MX Leader, sizing down a bit to this 57cm 25th Anniversary edition.

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    ^^^ See page 12. Looks like the same frame Rich had, which was also a 25th anniv. frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomas View Post
    ^^^ See page 12. Looks like the same frame Rich had, which was also a 25th anniv. frame.
    Very possible! Seems like this has changed hands a few times, picked it up across the hall.

    EDIT: seller said this is either "28" or "88" /100, Rich's was #77 .

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    Getting closer to done! Need to work out my bar height + chop the steerer tube, and get a wheelset with Campagnolo Record silver hubs. Silver Athena 11 was sourced from Paceline

    Groupset: Campagnolo Athena 11
    Crank: Campagnolo Chorus 10 speed
    Front Der: Campagnolo Chorus 10
    Stem: Velo Orange 120mm
    Handlebar: Sim Works Co-Misirlou, 26.0 diameter
    Seatpost: Sim Works Beatnik silver
    Seat: Selle San Marco Regal w/ Rino finish
    Wheels: Campagnolo Neutron (not mine, put on for test ride use)
    Bar Tape: Fizik white stuff.

    Thanks to Isaac Neff for his good work here.

    More photos to come!
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    Reissue #28 . Mix of DA9000 and Ultegra 6800. White Industries T11 > Archetype wheels shod in 28c Corsa G+.

    I've only had enough time to take it around the block, but so far, so good. A better fit at 57cm than my old 58cm, plus clearance for 28s.



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    Quote Originally Posted by jtbadge View Post
    Reissue #28 . Mix of DA9000 and Ultegra 6800. White Industries T11 > Archetype wheels shod in 28c Corsa G+.

    I've only had enough time to take it around the block, but so far, so good. A better fit at 57cm than my old 58cm, plus clearance for 28s.


    Looks fantastic. Sweet artwork in the first one too..
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    Here's my 63cm (ctc) MX Leader. Stock(ish) Merckx Century Geometry

    Groupset: SRAM Rival Silver 10s
    Stem: Velo Orange 120mm
    Handlebar: RaceFace Cadenice 31.8
    Seatpost: Sakae
    Seat: Prologo KappaPas
    Wheels: Mavic Open Pro SSC / DuraAce Hubs
    Tires: Vittoria OpenCorsa Clincher 25mm
    Bar Tape: Specialized White

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    My '96 MX-L.

    Record 11
    Nuetron tubulars w/Veloflex Arenbergs

    Beautiful riding bike.

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    Jimmy from GSC took some sweet grams of my new whip.

    All the goodies:
    2005 MXL reissue frame 78/100, 57cm
    DA 9000 / Ultegra 6800 group.
    White Industries T11 hubs > CX-Rays > Archetype rims with 28c Vittoria Corsa G+.
    Sim-Works seatpost.
    Brooks Cambium C13.
    Thomson X2 110mm stem.
    Ritchey Classic handlebars.
    Fizik tape.
    King Iris cages.
    Spurcycle bell.











    Fits better than my old 58. Clears 28s. FD braze-on is lower, so front shifting with a compact crank is better.

    I'd love a DA9K crank, but I'm really stoked for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtbadge View Post
    2005 MXL reissue frame 78/100, 57cm

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    I'd love a DA9K crank, but I'm really stoked for now.
    Well would you look at that, my old one was #77/100!

    A DA9K crank would top it off nicely, but it's mighty fine as it is already.

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