Back to the late 1980s you could custom order a Molteni Replica from Merckx (through GITA) anyway you wanted. As of a year ago (last time I checked) you could still order the flat fork crown, no braze-ons, long Campagnolo dropouts, etc. to your hearts content...
Chuck Schmidt South Pasadena, Southern California
Doland Cheung wrote:
> I own a Merckx Molteni Replica and it is different than the 2 I have seen
> pictures of on CampyOnly.com. Namely, my frame has internal tt cable
> routing, fd braze-on, right hand chainstay chrome, f&r chrome dropouts
> stamped "Eddy Merckx", non-chrome flat fork crown, "EM" engraving on top of
> fork crown and seat stay caps, slotted bb with under cable routing, and
> 130mm spacing. Tubing is Columbus SL. I have it built up with an SR
> One replica on CampyOnly has the more "traditional" cable routing and less
> braze ons. The other bike is a De Rosa replica, and I remember they made
> these back in 92-93 as part of their heritage series.
> The Vintage Velos site has 3 pics of Merckx's bike from the '74 Giro (or
> '73). IIRC, it is has a distinct lack of braze-ons other than water bottle
> bosses and sports a chrome fork crown.
> My guess would be that Merckx made replicas over the course of several
> years, keeping them "up-to-date" for modern tastes. I've also heard a
> rumour that Merckx will do a custom anything, so this would change my
> speculation. My frame is probably early 90's, obviously.
> Hope this helps.
> Doland Cheung
> LA, CA