Re: [CR]Re: Pro's using Drillium components

Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2006 21:13:27 -0800 (PST)
From: Raymond Dobbins <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Re: Pro's using Drillium components
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in that same photo of eddy, i think i see a couple more things that are related to lightening:

- the side of the brake lever appears to show a delta shaped cut-out (i may be imagining this one)

- the wheel guides have been removed from the brake shoes (i'm pretty sure i'm not imagining this one)

i'd been told that eddy did the latter for weight savings, but i'd never actually caught it in a photo.

ray dobbins miami florida wrote: << ....and perhaps even his spider arms milled out already as well (too difficult to tell). >>

An old post I know(Still catching up!)

but there is no question that Eddy's spider arms are milled out. You wouldn't be able to see anything from the back side if they were still fluted... Clearly in that photo you can see the milling.... Good work, Mark!

Dale Brown Greensboro, NC USA

-----Original Message----- From: To: Sent: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 20:49:16 EST Subject: [CR]Re: Pro's using Drillium components
>From another thread, Bret Horton posted the link below, to a c.1970 Kessels-Merckx brochure cover. If you zoom in on Eddy's bike, you will see that his post has been widely fluted, chainrings have been drilled, and perhaps even his spider arms milled out already as well (too difficult to tell). He also has hoods on his shift levers. Again, that's 1970...

Ciao, Mark Agree Southfield MI USA ~ ~ ~

Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 12:12:41 -0800 (PST) From: Brett Horton

(ALTERNATE)Subject: [CR]Merckx Cycles / Kessels - Start Date

There has been considerable discussion on the list over the years about the Falcon-Merckx mass produced bikes. What I am trying to determine is which came first: Falcon-Merckx or Kessels-Merckx mass produced bikes?

I was pawing through a new-to-me crate of cycling paper swag and came across a Kessels-Merckx catalog from what appears to be 1970.

Front Cover: