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Old 07-16-19, 12:22 AM
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Eddy Merckx SLX

Recently I aqcuiered and Eddy Merckx SLX
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Old 07-16-19, 12:23 AM
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It has columbus slx tubing
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the group set is shimano dura ace 7400
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The bike was supposedly fitted for the original owner by Merckx himself
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The bike looks like it could of been a team lotto bike since its red
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The wheels are galli and seem to be tubular
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alright looks like I reached the allowed number of posts to post pics. The bike is in pristine condition and was just curious how much it would go for. Im not interested in selling it. I rode it and it has to be one of the smoothest rides Ive had.




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alright looks like I reached the allowed number of posts to post pics. The bike is in pristine condition and was just curious how much it would go for. I'm not interested in selling it. I rode it and it has to be one of the smoothest rides I've had.
I could only guess the value since bikes like this tend to grab at some people more than others; sometimes the color, groupset, specific component, etc. will make a significant difference one way or the other. I tend to not worry too much about color/paint for value unless it pertains to a very old bike in it's original coat and/or a "one of a kind" paint job; unique features and/or well preserved features can add substantially to the value. You mentioned that it was "supposedly fitted.... by Merckx himself". I don't know how that would affect value since at this time it's word of mouth with no way to prove provenance of the statement without talking to Eddy himself. Even then, Merckx was a great rider, but that doesn't mean he's the best at fitting another's bike for them and he's not the frame builder, and great bike fitters aren't necessarily great racers. That being said, it would be kind of cool to know if, and how directly, he was involved with this frame. If I was buying it, I would not let that affect my offer since the bike wasn't fitted for me by Eddy so doesn't really matter except for some bragging rights if provable.

Make, model, components, and overall condition are probably the biggest factors determining value, other than it being so rare as to not be anything but a museum piece. Being that it is a Merckx, is in as you say "pristine condition", has a top end group-set, and is using a desirable tube set in it's construction; I would put it in the $1000 range roughly, but might be valued near twice that if everything falls into place regarding the particular model, amount made (only one technically if it was custom fit for a specific rider), verification of any unique factors related to it's history, and of course a buyers desire. I would think that $500 would be well below it's value, and $2000 well above as rough limits.

I still have my first real racing ride that's been halfway around the world; Colnago Super ('75, with original set-up, Campy Nuovo Record) bought used in '86 for $400. I knew nothing of bikes at that time and never gave it much thought since I rode with no one and there were never any comments until I brought in for service and the mechanic was liking it, and even in it's "beat-up" condition he thought it was valued around $1200. I tend to lessen that estimate even though it's 20 years later and the old bikes are getting scarce; I figure my ride to be in the $700 ballpark. Funny thing about that purchase was that my friend threw in a brand new set of Super Record brake levers and new hoods; nowadays if someone included extras like that you'd be talking hundreds of $ just for the levers and it certainly sweetens the pot related to value for those interested. I bought a Tommasini Air Prestige for $600 (too high for just the bike considering condition and components) but it came with extras: a brand new Brooks B.17, a brand new "fake Brooks" B.17, pair of SIDI shoes (my size), an "NOS" original Tommasini period correct H2O bottle, original frame decals, new Dura-Ace 7400 front and rear derailleurs, and 2 new Campy race shirts that fit. I valued the bike at minimum of $400, but valued the extras at nearly $400 themselves, thus my "bike value" for purchasing really wasn't based on the bike at all in the end, but the entire package. I do rate my bike "values" higher for insurance purposes, pretty much calculating value based on the frame set and the individual frame components and their cost to replace. Many of my vintage frame-sets were much less expensive ($100-$200) than the total sum of the components installed ($300-$500); and although the "cost" value is high, the overall value would be lower for selling in many cases, since a buyer (I assume) is basing value on the combined package, not separate itemized values for each part. It's fine for insurance , but not sales in most cases. I doubt that you'd pay me $400-$800 dollars based on the itemized costs unless doing it for an investment and counting on all values increasing in the coming years, but that's why value on anything is so subjective.

A good example is in my post for "what have you been wrenching on today". A Colnago Asso (Alloy frame, carbon fork, D-A group except 105 RD/FD/Shifters, Shim. wheelset) in riding condition. If you see the photo let me know what your "value" is on that bike. My perceived value, before modification is well above what I paid, but probably below what others may think, partly due to it being a large frame for me, thus reducing it's value in my eyes, but it's intrinsic value essentially stays the same regardless of size; that's just a sticking point for me if I plan on riding it. I don't sell bikes generally (usually donate, or gift) so a large frame will only have great value to me if: 1) it's for collecting/investment purposes only; or 2) it has a great set of components to be removed and installed elsewhere, and I can still sell or give away the frame to those in need. Right now I do not need a Trek 660 Reynolds 531 frame, 60 cm; I did need the parts, so now I'm getting rid of that frame but the parts value to me alone was what I paid for it, and the frame set was icing on the cake. Purchased for $125, parts value to me $250-$300. If that bike was 52 cm with lesser parts I might have paid an identical price, but flipped the valuation emphasis towards the frame vice the components.

I'm sure others with more knowledge will chime in and give you other numbers. The more, the better in my opinion since you'd be able to come up with a fairly reliable "average" value based on multiple feedbacks. Everybody looks at things a little differently so you should be able to arrive at reasonable value estimate if some others give you their opinions on value and the calculation thereof. I won't ask what you paid for it, but I'm curious as to what you feel the worth is to you if you were to get insurance coverage for it.

My ulterior motive is to see what others think because I'm going to check out an 80's(?) 50 cm Merckx complete bike, sight unseen, this weekend if still available. Seller asking $300 so this might be a great deal or not; condition and components unknown. I would certainly pay around $300 or so for the right Merckx frame set alone, never mind a complete bike, and this one falls into my prime size range (50-54).

Unfortunately, for someone of my age and older, sentimentality can affect your perceived value; great if you own the bike (makes you feel good about it), bad if you're planning to buy since it can make you want to pay a little more (IMO) for something because of whatever personal sentiments you have related to the bike. Something I try never to let a seller know until later. Also, you might find the insurance value isn't quite what you thought since insurance isn't based on your personal assessment.

Enjoy the bike, it looks great!

Take care, ride fast, be safe,

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It is Eddy Merckx Pro SLX 86/87 Kelme or TeVe Blad "camo".
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What’s the with the brake levers?

You just acquired it? What did you pay for it? Would you paid $50 more for it? $100 more? What you paid for it is likely is what it is worth, unless it is too small or too big for you then it is unless to you.
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First off that Turbo saddle is hot (!) and probably, outside of the frame, the most valuable component on the bike. I’ve never seen that color Turbo before and you get extra points for matching with the frame. I believe that is a Corsa Extra in Team Teve Blad color way. Kelme I believe is mostly purple-ish with some green.

As far as value, I give yours points for a team color, the nice saddle and uniform groupset. Dura Ace, although very commonly used on these bikes, doesn’t command as much as a high end Campy group. Points off for the wheels as they look a little worn. If you’ve been lingering around here, you might have seen that vintage bike prices are in the cellar these days, so yours I think would fetch somewhere $750 to maybe $1000 with a better wheelset, whereas 2-3 years ago this might have been $1200-1300 bike.

Thats a cool bike and Im sure, if you like a good racing bike, that you’ll enjoy it. My experience with most of my bikes is that they are worth more to me than what I could sell it for. Somebody wants to pay me only $500 for this dream machine? Screw that!
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First off that Turbo saddle is hot (!) and probably, outside of the frame, the most valuable component on the bike. I’ve never seen that color Turbo before and you get extra points for matching with the frame. I believe that is a Corsa Extra in Team Teve Blad color way. Kelme I believe is mostly purple-ish with some green.

My experience with most of my bikes is that they are worth more to me than what I could sell it for. Somebody wants to pay me only $500 for this dream machine? Screw that!
Hear! Hear! Spaghetti!
Since I've had some of my rides for years now, many are actually fetching a little profit (from what I see being paid for them), but that was getting deals back in the days when people weren't clamoring for them as much. Glad you gave an idea as to value since I'm not that familiar with the Merckx line-up. I've set-up a meet with an owner of an 80's bike (got postponed first time), but I've yet to see the bike visually; just descriptions, but for $300 it could be well worth it, the first Merckx in the shed if it works out.
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Originally Posted by CyclesMakaron View Post
It is Eddy Merckx Pro SLX 86/87 Kelme or TeVe Blad "camo".
YOU are one handy guy to have around

BG, I think those levers are tektro, cane creek or something like that.
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I actually paid 900 for it and saw other people selling similair bikes from 1000 to 1500 so I was just curious.
Forgive my ignorance but is tektro a style or the cane creek?
The brake levers are dura ace so I'm just curious.
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[QUOTE=ironmirage;21041173]I actually paid 900 for it and saw other people selling similair bikes from 1000 to 1500 so I was just curious.
Forgive my ignorance but is tektro a style or the cane creek?
The brake levers are dura ace so I'm just curious.[
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They are brands of aero road levers. If those are Dura Ace the hoods don't look stock to me.
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I actually paid 900 for it and saw other people selling similair bikes from 1000 to 1500 so I was just curious.
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Selling, or asking? Asking is not the same as selling of course.
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Selling, or asking? Asking is not the same as selling of course.
I saw both.
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Regardless of what the price might be I'm very excited about this bike. I rode it and it felt so smooth. And those index shifters are awesome.
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Regardless of what the price might be I'm very excited about this bike. I rode it and it felt so smooth. And those index shifters are awesome.
$900 is a fair price and if the bike makes you happy and you ride it a long time then itís a great price.
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First off that Turbo saddle is hot (!) and probably, outside of the frame, the most valuable component on the bike. Iíve never seen that color Turbo before and you get extra points for matching with the frame. I believe that is a Corsa Extra in Team Teve Blad color way. Kelme I believe is mostly purple-ish with some green.

As far as value, I give yours points for a team color, the nice saddle and uniform groupset. Dura Ace, although very commonly used on these bikes, doesnít command as much as a high end Campy group. Points off for the wheels as they look a little worn. If youíve been lingering around here, you might have seen that vintage bike prices are in the cellar these days, so yours I think would fetch somewhere $750 to maybe $1000 with a better wheelset, whereas 2-3 years ago this might have been $1200-1300 bike.

Thats a cool bike and Im sure, if you like a good racing bike, that youíll enjoy it. My experience with most of my bikes is that they are worth more to me than what I could sell it for. Somebody wants to pay me only $500 for this dream machine? Screw that!
In the 1986 and 1987 seasons Kelme and TeVe Blad had identical "camo". In 1988, Kelme kept the pattern, turning red to green. Lotto 1988 took over the TeVe pattern, changing the shade of red to fuchsia / purple-ish.
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$900 is a fair price and if the bike makes you happy and you ride it a long time then itís a great price.
+1
Love those saddles. I think it unlikely that Eddy was fitting "someone" (who was presumably important to him) on a new bike with Dura-Ace components that season.
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$900 is a pretty good deal for that bike, otherwise I do not see it selling for more than maybe $1100 max, on a really good day as despite the high spec on that Merckx it does not have what most C&V cyclists consider as "grail" level components (Like C Record/Delta) that people will gladly pay more for. I also think that the big numbers of Merckx bikes out there, does not help push the values higher.
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