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.

2 comments:

talyfixed 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.

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