Merckx Mondays Nov 9, 2009

picture by Sasha

For this week’s Merckx Mondays, I’m featuring another Eddy Merckx from my stable. This 60cm Corsa Extra is built with Columbus SLX tubing and is fully-chromed under the Team Stuttgart colors. Merckx produced a series of Stuttgart pro team bikes in 1989 and 1990. Later, the Eddy Merckx company produced a run of bikes in the same colors for the consumer market. That’s what this particular frame is from. Based on Cadre‘s serial number codes, my bike is from 1992, two years after Stuttgart regrouped to form team Telekom.

picture by Sasha

Initially, I picked this frame up for a friend when I was in Stockholm. After building it up, he realized it was too big for him, so we traded frames. His Stuttgart for my White Pista.

picture by Sasha

I went full Nuovo Record on the build. Cinelli Milano stamped everywhere and a unique pantographed Nuovo Record seatpost. The bars and stem are polished to a mirror-finish and the 151bcd Pista crankset is in great shape.

picture by Sasha

I’m really stoked on the build, which I’ve broken down below.
60cm Eddy Merckx Pista – Stuttgart
Cinelli Pista 2a Milano-engraved stem and 39-19 Pista bars Milano Badge engraved
Benotto cello tape
Nuovo Record post
Cinelli Unicanitor 2 saddle
Nuovo Record steel headset
Nuovo Record hubs laced 4x to Velocity Aeros and Panaracer Paselas 23c
Record Pista pedals, Cinelli straps and MKS clips.
Record Pista cranks with 52t ring.
Geared 52:19

Many thanks to Sasha for the pictures and as always Tears for Gears for the information. You can see all of the pics, at full-resolution here, on my Flickr.

picture by Björn Wallander

One last picture, I promise. This one is from Björn Wallander‘s roll via the Outlier Merino Hoodie photo-shoot. Came out great. Small differences in the build; Cinelli 1a instead of the 2a, different tires and straps. Gumwalls and pearl tape make a huge difference!

  • d-$aK

    I know you must baby this fine machine, but do you ever throw down some flavor on that bike?? I’m just saying, I’d like to see a keo spin on that bike at least.

  • Yak

    Eddy Merckx will be making an appearance at Strictly Bicycle Shop around 12-1:30. Just 5 blocks north of the GW bridge on Hudson Terrace. He will be signing autographs and the like.

  • d-$ak, oh hell no! I have a fixed gear for that. Would never even wheelie this bike. If I bent that fork, I’d never get a replacement.

  • mike

    too cool! sweetness…

  • Mikesaid


    Is that clear grips in the first few pictures, or just bare bars?

  • Benotto cello tape, wrapped 3/4 up the bars (to the point where the tape hits the top tube).

    Not a very traditional wrap, but I wanted to show off the polished bars a bit.

  • Vince McCall

    You may be my best hope for finding an Eddy Merckx 60 cm for racing again. Just lost a Pinarello Montello SLX in a crash and am now interested in going with Eddy to start over. Please give your best advice on finding a Corsa Extra, MX Leader, Premium or Team Sc. Thanx