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Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra 'Team Stuttgart'

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Frame & Fork
1990 Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra, Columbus SLX, 63 cm, 'Team Stuttgart' livery

Rigida DP 18 radially laced to Mavic 501, white/white Vittoria Rubino Pro

Suntour custom 7-speed index

Bars & Stem
3TTT Super Competizione & 120mm 3TTT Record 84

Saddle & Seatpost
white Selle Italia turbo & Kalloy Aero

The frame was made for a member of the 1990 'Team Stuttgart' (the last year before the team became 'Team Telekom'), at that time directed by Hennie Kuiper. The letters "TS EN B", engraved in an unpainted spot at the center of the bike's bottom bracket, proove that undoubtably.
The team member in question is Erwin Nijboer, a dutch rider who won the 'Driedaagse van De Panne' (Three Days of De Panne) in Belgium that year. The man continued with Team Telekom alongside the early Erik Zabel and after that rode for the spanish Banesto squad with the priceless Pedro Delgado [remember the TdF 1989 Prologue? :-]. Further on he was a helper to the incomparable powerhouse Miguel Indurain during the period of Big Mig's bike sports dominance.
[Sadly in a conversation with one of Nijboer's then team mates, Dariusz Kajzer (a polish born rider) couldn't answer further questions on the frame, it seems he wasn't really interested in his bikes at that time.]

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nice E.Merckx

HI . i recently picked up an E.Merckx corsa extra .
The model i have was imported into Sweden and built by the Fåglum brothers. It's th exact same color scheme on my E.merckx as yours , but i have a fully chromed fork .i rode it for a week , about 20+k a day , just cruising to get the feel for the new ( new to me ) bike.a few days later i rode 80k + with merckx . this was the first RIDE i had done with this frame set . and after about 30 minutes on the saddle i was blow away how stable ,Fast , responsive, comfortable & most of all how this baby climbs .after the days ride it hit me that it wasnt just a ride that day ,it was a true experience of what top frame builders and materials can really do . It s hands down the best SLX frame set i have been on . it's way up there for me ,equal to the De rosa's .now take a step back and look at the seat lug on your merckx , tell me its doesnt look exactly like a De rosa !

the story continues .
nice merckx you have there!! .
ill post mine as soon as i finish building my wheel set .´

nice M's

Hi, yes, Merckxs are outstanding riders!
It seems to me you have the PK-Banken/Crescent version, which is quite similar to the Team Stuttgart scheme, just with a chrome fork. Most of 'em were Campagnolo equipped. Both great bikes ;-). (Sorry I'm not too deep into italian bikes, so I know virtually nothing about De Rosa.)

SLX Eddie

Beautiful frame. Noted the comment about SLX/SL.
I have one of each, an SL Cinelli and a SLX Pinarello.
Add in the components differences, and I can't tell.

My SL is heavier, but years older.

Great bike, and thanks for the post.

Columbus tubing

Hi RobbieTunes,
thanks for your kind remarks.
To my best knowledge SLX is identical to the standard SL - alloy, tube diameters etc. - just has added helical reinforcements. So SLX must be heavier (but: an SLX tubeset weighs less than two ounces more than an SL).
I have no doubt that a complete bike with an SLX frame can be lighter than a full SL bike, like in your case.
Anyways, this Merckx is certainly amongst my lighter bikes just not the lightest.

why is it faster?

because SLX is awesome, and it looks like your lightest steel build, although I bet the gazelle is close.


Yes, SLX is nice stuff, but you remember that SL is lighter, do you?
[And the "Fast BAT" is still my lightest.]

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