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Decoding of Eddy Merckx frames

Old 10-22-23, 02:06 AM
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It is a 54
And as you would have guessed, "Signature"
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Old 10-30-23, 07:48 AM
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A seller gave this info:
"This is an Eddy Merckx Century 653 Frame and Fork set in Team GAN color with 58cm frame size.I recognize that it says corsa extra on the top tube, but I was offered reliable info from thr EM museum that this is actually a Century model, only done a couple years with Reynolds 653 tubing. It was built in 88/89 and sent back to the EM factory for a repaint in the late 90’s where it got the GAN paint job."
Seat tube - 57cm c-c
Top tube 57cm c-c"

On the left of the bottom bracket shell is only an H
On the right of the bottom bracket shell is B and under the B is 858
Rear OLD is 130
(another 653 Century I saw posted was reported to be 126 OLD)
I don't have enough posts to post pictures here, but there's a couple in my album for this forum.
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Old 10-30-23, 08:39 AM
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It all makes sense - what is an "EM museum"?
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Old 10-30-23, 01:33 PM
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I asked the seller about the EM museum and got this reply:

Re: the EM museum. I actually donít know much about how substantial it is in person, or even where itís at. A fella that goes by Emerxil on the paceline forum regularly posts about EM bikes and has a wealth of knowledge. I think I read somewhere that he got some of the EM documentation.
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Old 10-31-23, 12:46 AM
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Originally Posted by CyclesMakaron
It all makes sense - what is an "EM museum"?
so its you sir, you are the EM Museum

You've done well the place looks great.
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Old 10-31-23, 02:52 AM
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I didn't expect that - I feel strange
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Old 11-07-23, 08:08 AM
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Originally Posted by CyclesMakaron
I didn't expect that - I feel strange
Ah, subtle nuances of being famous
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Old 12-17-23, 07:19 PM
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1989 Corsa Extra in Domex Weinmann livery

5 X
B
4968



As found

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Old 12-18-23, 02:03 AM
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Long time no see, best regards to all Forum members and greetings for the upcoming Christmas season; here I am again after (finally) sourcing a most desired E.Mercks frame, a Corsa 01 coming from an untraced France owner, that transformed the bike over the years. The frame deserves better, and I kindly ask the knowledgeable @CyclesMakaron member to help me with the year of manufacturing for a correct restoration.
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Old 12-18-23, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by billytwosheds
1989 Corsa Extra in Domex Weinmann livery

5 X
B
4968



As found

Found my Merckz' sibling, SN# 4969 in this post by bennie222 https://www.bikeforums.net/15085086-post7.html
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Old 12-24-23, 11:38 AM
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G 183 4 Corsa 01 - finish 1995/start 1996
B4968 - F(?)5X - summer 1989
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Originally Posted by CyclesMakaron
G 183 4 Corsa 01 - finish 1995/start 1996
B4968 - F(?)5X - summer 1989
thank you very much Jacek!
any idea why no codes stamped on the drive side?
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Old 12-26-23, 06:00 AM
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During this period, regular markings were no longer placed - hence the size (4) on the "wrong" side and the lack of Corsa model marking.
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Hi,

Eddy Merckx in Hitachi livery. Not sure what model this is. Internal cable routing, but no X (SLX) mark. Updated frame?

Regards,


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Old 01-20-24, 09:08 AM
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Corsa Extra SLX 1988
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Hi Cycles Makaron. Did you ever figure out why some frames, like this one, are missing the frame size second digit and tubing identifier on the left? My 62cm Corsa Extra has "2X" but this frame does not have that.
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Old 01-20-24, 01:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Fivethumbs
Hi Cycles Makaron. Did you ever figure out why some frames, like this one, are missing the frame size second digit and tubing identifier on the left? My 62cm Corsa Extra has "2X" but this frame does not have that.
Custom geometrie I think, had another frame with no size indication. But why there's no tubing indication I don't know. First time a have a Corsa Extra without X or TT mark.
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Originally Posted by CyclesMakaron
Corsa Extra SLX 1988
Thank you!

What about this one? Corsa Extra with external cable routing and chroom fork.

What year would this one be?

Thanks alot!


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Old 01-20-24, 01:58 PM
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If you see a frame with a sticker "Corsa Extra" and do not see the letter X on the BB cover then:
- your frame is built with SLX tubing, but it belongs to the approximately 3% of series frames where the letter X was not placed for some reason
- your frame is custom built from an unusual tubing mix
- your frame is built for profi
- your frame is built with Reynolds tubing (753 or 653)
- your frame is Corsa Extra Max
- the previous owner stuck "Corsa Extra" on for a joke.
Lack of frame size marking indicates unusual geometry or sclerosis.
Always check the sticker on the steering tube (if it survived), it contains a lot of information.
Z8755 - 1988
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Hi,
Looking for some information about this EM Panasonic
The owner said that he bought from a prof biker with name Danny Vanbockstael

You donīt see very good the number but is

1 X
Y

A
4145








Thanks a lot

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