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Hi everyone, sorry if this has been asked before but I've got a chance to buy one of two 54cm steel framed Eddy Merkx classics.

One is a 1998 Corsa 01 with a carbon Time fork (currently fitted) together with the original steel one. It's fitted out with Chorus 9 speed and Mavic open SUP clinchers. The condition of the paintwork is superb with no scratches or dents. However the paintscheme is not really to my taste, it's red with yellow scroll details but I could live with it.

The other is a Strada OS in a nicer colour, a lovely yellow but the components are not so good, Mirage 8 speed. However the owner is not asking so much for this one. Although the prices aren't that far apart. I'm not sure what the wheels are or the year of manufacture either.

Both are within my budget, what do you all think would be the better bike considering that I'm 5'10" and 171 pounds or 1m78 and 78 kg? Both are 54cm.

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John
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What the heck. I will jump in here with what I know. Both frames are made with what I think are similar quality tubing: Brain tubing, OS on the strada, Deda Uno on the corsa, so I think the framesets should be pretty close. So it comes down to color and components.

If you love the color of the Strada so much that you would always look at the corsa and wish it was another color then get the Strada. Components can be be upgraded.

Or get both, switch the components and sell the other. :)
 

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Many thanks for the reply. I was hoping for a little more input but many thanks for yours.
It seems that the seller with the Strada OS wants to try asking for more now, thinking that it's something extra special. So it looks like I'll be going for the Corsa 0.1 with the better components. Whichever I do end up getting I'll certainly post a pic on this forum. :)
 

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Corsa 01 is a newer model with better tubing. The components are better, plus it costs less. Seems like a no brainer.

BTW, I have a Corsa 01 with perhaps the same color scheme. I wasn't wild about the color scheme initially, but it grows on you.
 

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Corsa 01 is a newer model with better tubing. The components are better, plus it costs less. Seems like a no brainer.

BTW, I have a Corsa 01 with perhaps the same color scheme. I wasn't wild about the color scheme initially, but it grows on you.
I'm not sure how much I can get the Strada OS for, it seems like the seller could be backing down a bit now. However I've got a price that I won't go above and if I can get it for that price or less I think it could be worth it.

However, you're right about the Corsa 01 being a newer bike, although how much better would it be than the Strada OS? The Corsa will be a couple of hundred (€) Euros more.

I've enclosed a pic of the potential Corsa 01 purchase, as you can see it's worse than your paint scheme. Maybe it'll look better with a different colour saddle, bar-tape and bottle carriers!

Thanks for your input!
 

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I wouldn't say it is a worse color scheme. All red is pretty classic. The white bottle cages is what is killing it. They don't match anything on the bike. And I have never been a fan of that Ritchey seat post is black (in alloy it isn't so ugly). Otherwise it has potential to look very nice. I would replace the black chain ring with a silver one and work on the stem stack so it looks less busy.
 

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I like that color scheme. Don't you know? Red bikes are faster. Put some black or silver cages on the bike, and some black bar tape, and it would look sharp. Yellow tape always looks nasty after a few rides.

Zero Uno is great tubing, and the Corsa 01 is an under-rated frame in my view, although I am somewhat biased. Everyone raves about the MX Leader but it is overkill for most riders, particularly smaller ones. I have read several knowledgeable reviews that rated the Corsa 01 as one of the best handling steel frames ever. The Zero Uno tubing is ovalized and stiff where it matters.
 

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You can't go wrong with either one.

I have a Strada OS and it rides great. I LOVE riding it. If I could find a Corsa in 7-11 livery, I'd buy it.

The red on the Corsa you posted is fine. As has been said, it's the "accessories" that are letting the bike down, aesthetically. I'm not a fan of the carbon fork either, but that's personal preference.
 

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I'm not sure how much I can get the Strada OS for, it seems like the seller could be backing down a bit now. However I've got a price that I won't go above and if I can get it for that price or less I think it could be worth it.

However, you're right about the Corsa 01 being a newer bike, although how much better would it be than the Strada OS? The Corsa will be a couple of hundred (€) Euros more.

I've enclosed a pic of the potential Corsa 01 purchase, as you can see it's worse than your paint scheme. Maybe it'll look better with a different colour saddle, bar-tape and bottle carriers!

Thanks for your input!
Very nice. For me, the first thing I would do is to change it back to the original fork and use a quill stem, maybe a 3TTT Status and matching bars, 3TTT Forma SL. A aluminum Campy seat post would look good too. Then the bike would be in it's original beauty.

http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Old-Stock-3...tem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5ad4ed821d

http://www.repartocorse.com/3ttt-forma-sl-handlebars.htm
 

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Very nice. For me, the first thing I would do is to change it back to the original fork and use a quill stem, maybe a 3TTT Status and matching bars, 3TTT Forma SL. A aluminum Campy seat post would look good too. Then the bike would be in it's original beauty.

http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Old-Stock-3...tem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5ad4ed821d

http://www.repartocorse.com/3ttt-forma-sl-handlebars.htm
Thanks for the links and tips........................ It actually has 3TTT Forma SL handelbars fitted, funnily enough and the seller swapped the Ritchey seatpost for the beautiful Campy one and I asked him to swap the chain rings to the original Chorus 53/39 too!
 

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I did it...........I bought it!!!

Well, I finally did it........... I went and bought it yesterday evening from a very kind and enthusiast cyclist who recently bought a carbon framed Ridley to replace this one. Here are a few pics of it I took this morning.

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/belgianjohn/4710945659/" title="EM Corsa 0.1 17.06.10 001 by Foto John, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4072/4710945659_c6061da22c_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="EM Corsa 0.1 17.06.10 001" /></a>

It's fully equipped with Campy Chorus and as you can see the seller swapped a number of items for me namely;

The saddle: a Selle Italia Prolink instead of the Selle Italia Flite.
The seat-post: Campy aluminium instead of the black Ritchy one.
The Stem: a BBB 115mm instead of the Ritchy Pro 110mm.
The Chain-rings: the original Chorus 53/39 set-up instead of the French made black 52/42 set-up.

I might think about swapping the forks back to the original steel 'Merckx' ones and adding a Quill stem but at the moment all I'm going to change is the bottle cages because my money has run out for now and I quite like the look of the bike even with the carbon fork. The yellow bar-tape has grown on me too!

In all I'm very happy with the purchase and the price I paid, I'm just waiting for some nice weather now to get out and ride it.......

Enjoy the pics.

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/belgianjohn/4710946217/" title="EM Corsa 0.1 17.06.10 008 by Foto John, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4066/4710946217_23a1fcd0da_b.jpg" width="768" height="1024" alt="EM Corsa 0.1 17.06.10 008" /></a>

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/belgianjohn/4711588178/" title="EM Corsa 0.1 17.06.10 007 by Foto John, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4023/4711588178_3b7ff0953d_b.jpg" width="768" height="1024" alt="EM Corsa 0.1 17.06.10 007" /></a>

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/belgianjohn/4711588090/" title="EM Corsa 0.1 17.06.10 006 by Foto John, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4054/4711588090_f54fea434d_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="EM Corsa 0.1 17.06.10 006" /></a>

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/belgianjohn/4710945973/" title="EM Corsa 0.1 17.06.10 005 by Foto John, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4055/4710945973_c372c6236b_b.jpg" width="768" height="1024" alt="EM Corsa 0.1 17.06.10 005" /></a>

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/belgianjohn/4711587920/" title="EM Corsa 0.1 17.06.10 004 by Foto John, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm2.static.flickr.com/1303/4711587920_57c35b1523_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="EM Corsa 0.1 17.06.10 004" /></a>

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/belgianjohn/4710945829/" title="EM Corsa 0.1 17.06.10 003 by Foto John, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4049/4710945829_9de4f9e2d9_b.jpg" width="768" height="1024" alt="EM Corsa 0.1 17.06.10 003" /></a>

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/belgianjohn/4710945757/" title="EM Corsa 0.1 17.06.10 002 by Foto John, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm2.static.flickr.com/1267/4710945757_f1feaf0387_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="EM Corsa 0.1 17.06.10 002" /></a>
 

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nikralnhoj said:
Thanks for the links and tips........................ It actually has 3TTT Forma SL handelbars fitted, funnily enough and the seller swapped the Ritchey seatpost for the beautiful Campy one and I asked him to swap the chain rings to the original Chorus 53/39 too!
Sounds great. You are on your way to having a beautiful, sweet riding classic bike. Please post some pics when you are done.
 

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Hey John,

I have a similar Corsa 01 with deda tubing and I'm definitely super happy with that one!!!

Being from Belgium aswell I've seen this one for sale too. Glad you swapped the seatpost and crank ... I think you should swap the fork too with the original (chrome?) fork :) Really a sweet frame to ride our cobblestones...

What color scheme was the Strada?

groetjes,
 

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Hey John,

I have a similar Corsa 01 with deda tubing and I'm definitely super happy with that one!!!

Being from Belgium aswell I've seen this one for sale too. Glad you swapped the seatpost and crank ... I think you should swap the fork too with the original (chrome?) fork :) Really a sweet frame to ride our cobblestones...

What color scheme was the Strada?

groetjes,

Hey,

Yes it's a fabulous bike, the best I've ever had in fact............. I went out today for a 50 km ride and ended up with doing two rides, including in the rain, just short of 100 km in total. What a fabulous bike!!!! I'm over the moon with it!

Regarding the fork, it came with the original chromed steel one but you've got to draw a line somewhere with the spending (unfortunately). So I'm going to wait until I buy a quill stem before fitting the steel ones, though to be honest I'm well happy with the comfort and styling of the carbon.

The Strada OS was yellow, I've enclosed a pic of it but I'm so glad that I didn't buy it now, I'm really happy with what I've got!

Groetjes.

Here's the Strada O.S. I was considering purchasing..........
 
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