[CR]RE: Mercxk Corsa O1 is lugged (Dave Whitney)

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From: Dwhitney@sheridancorp.com
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2004 15:34:21 -0400
Subject: [CR]RE: Mercxk Corsa O1 is lugged (Dave Whitney)

I'm loving this topic - I built a Corsa 0.1 this winter and it's quickly becoming my favorite bike. I've got a question on another Merckx bike - a 10th Anniversary frame I just picked up, but since it's a little out of the time period this list, I haven't asked. It has a Cycleart paint job on it, so the authenticity could be questioned, I suppose. Is there a database on Merckx serial numbers to check these things by? Being a '90 frame, I guess I'll have to wait another 6 years to move it from the "modern" side of my shop to the "classic" side, eh?

Dave in "it's snowing again!" Maine.

Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2004 11:57:48 EDT From: OROBOYZ@aol.com To: jschaer@columbus.rr.com, hersefan@comcast.net, classicrendezvous@bikelist.org Subject: Re: [CR]Re: Mercxk Corsa O1 is lugged Message-ID: <17.44aa998c.2da2dbfc@aol.com> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII" MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Precedence: list Message: 2

In a message dated 4/5/2004 11:32:48 AM Eastern Daylight Time, jschaer@columbus.rr.com writes:

<< The Corsa 01 is not built by Merckx? Or do they also have production in Italy? >>

I asked Mike about this, to see if he had some insider's info, because I know that Merckx used to go to great lengths to say that they made their bikes in-house. That may have been a marketing ruse, but I don't think so. It may be that Mike has just assumed this (it's a logical assumption, based on other marques practices) but I think this bike frame was made in Belgium (Albeit on Italian carousel frame building equipment, etc., etc.) Dale

Dale Brown
Greensboro, NC