Vintage snobs beware. This week’s Merckx Mondays is a repainted Merckx pursuit with risers! If you’re ok with this, like I am, then continue reading. If not, you may want to skip this week’s entry. Sorry! We’ll return with period-correct builds next week.
I like this build a lot. Not only did they choose to go with the pre-1985 typeface, but they took a frame that is generally uncomfortable to ride and set it up rather tastefully for the street. Sure, some Cinelli Laser bars would look nice, but risers are a legit option. Even some Mavic pursuit bars with a Cinelli 2a would bring this baby some mean lines. The wheels, cranks and cockpit all compliment each other. With 3″ of quill sticking out, the 650c front and pursuit geometry is essentially canceled out.
I’ve been hunting for one of those EM pantographed Nuovo Record posts for quite some time now. This lucky bast has a pristine model!
Overall it’s not a purist’s dream, but it is a nicely done street machine. My only question is I wonder if the chainstays were chromed? If so, woulda been nice to see it exposed..