Merckx Mondays Dec 7, 2009


Part of owning a pursuit or a low-pro track bike is the question you have to ask yourself; “Should I put riser bars on it and make it more comfortable for street riding?”. As I’ve said before, I have 0 issues with people doing this and when you come across a wicked pursuit frame, much less a Merckx pursuit, you better ride that thing!

Here we go, another Merckx Mondays!

pantographed stem and riser bars

Joshua set this Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra Pursuit Track up with a mix of Corsa Record and modern parts. I’m guessing those are polished Dodici or H+Son rims laced to Phil Wood track hubs. The paint job appears to be a catalog color, resembling a Telekom and a Weinmann. Jeremy and Josh had a conversation about it and it appears that it’s just one of those many color combinations the Merckx factory put out on their factory builds.


The Corsa Record pista cranks and pedals are shiny and appear to have been NOS. Very nice.

love it!

The pink Turbo mounted to a Super Record post is a nice touch. Great photos and a great build. Looks great Josh!

Josh is building up a Strada with a mix of Corsa Record and Croce D’Aune currently. Once it’s done, shoot some pics over man!

Check out more pictures of the bike on Josh’s Flickr.

  • hahaha this reminds me of our short convo about putting holdfasts on your merckx.

    i’m with you here dude, pursuit frames are not for the weak, anything to make it more comfortable for daily use, i’m all for.


  • john

    or should i have got a frame that’s suitable for street riding in the first place?

  • Benji

    Is that a 650c front wheel?

  • Yep. A 650c front. It’s a legit Pursuit track bike. John, get over it!

  • marrrrk.

    “or should i have got a frame that’s suitable for street riding in the first place?”

    Let’s all get road bike while we’re at it then, why even ride a track or fixed gear bike at all!

  • Kanon08

    It needs Bullhorn’s if you ask me.

  • Yeah, Cinelli LA84s would look nice, but whatever.

  • Alex B

    Thats such an awesome bike. Risers or bullhorns…it is still a great looking bike

  • erik.b

    well i think its cool, and now i kinda want one.

  • scootscoot

    It is difficult to make pursuit bikes look correct often because they do not fit. Frequently they have outrageous seatposts and handlebar stems to make small frames rideable.

    This bike seems to fit pretty well, making the overall build really stand out.