Thursday, July 13, 2006

My Merckx updated...

Its been 8+ months since my original post on my Merckx, so its time for an update.

  • 1988/89 Eddy Merckx Gran Prix Frame (Reynolds 753)
  • Mavic drivetrain (631 Crank, 840 Rear Derailleur, Mavic 862 Front derailleur)
  • Shimano Ultegra 9 Speed Hubs/Cassette laced to Mavic Open Pro rims, Tufo Tires
  • Dura Ace downtube shifters + brake levers, Ultegra 600 Calipers
  • Cinelli Campione Del Mondo bars, 1A stem
  • Campagnolo Croce d'Aune seatpost
  • Look 357 Pedals

I'm quite happy with it at the moment. I'm sitting on a set of Mavic 821 shifters, that just might be able to do 9 speed, but I'm thus far resisting the urge to test them out. Oh, and good news -- the 840 rear derailleur does a great job shifting across 9 speeds. Very nice + crisp.

Also in the "someday-maybe-never" box are a set of 453 brake levers (not as nice as the DA), the 440 brake calipers (single pivot -- no thanks) and a set of 645LS pedals (might move to them, but I'm wary of clipless pedals that old). Almost everything I need for a full period setup, EXCEPT a 571 cassette setup, in Shimano spline pattern (571/2 HG I believe?). Don't want to give up my 9 speeds, or the ability to get cassettes at a reasonable price point.


Raffaele said...

just set up my Ferremi Columbus SLX with an idential groupset, but running Royce hubs 7 speed and Campag shifters. How well does this mech hold up on 9 speed?

Jeremy said...

I'm very happy with it. Good, clean shifts, plenty of derailleur travel to cover the 9 speeds -- which really isn't any wider than an 8, it just moves less per shift. No complaints here.

Emerxil said...

EMC built frames from Reynolds 753 tubes between 1984 and 1994. The names: Pro 753 84/86, Corsa Extra 753 86/88, Grand Prix 88/90, again Corsa Extra 753 91/94, were "commercial" and not "structural" (the Grand Prix name appeared on the occasion of the introduction of the Century Reynolds 653 model - when R653 was withdrawn from the offer, the Grand Prix name disappeared and returned to Corsa Extra). This copy dates back to late 1988.

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