Up for auction is a set of Campagnolo's earliest NR Brakesets. This set was sold by Peter Rich at Velosport in 1969 to a friend of mine for a Ron Cooper.
The brake center bolt is different on these early brakes. Note the early washer behind with a beveled front to clear the Campy headcup. The caliper arms were sublty different also. The brake levers have the round hole on the underside. The original hoods had shriveled like Linseed oil on the top of a old paint can and were really difficult to remove. The campy brake cables are new and original, She used White housings on her bike....the original literature is also in the box. The enclosed Campy hoods are my last set of original shield hoods and have been stored in a cool dry dark place since the late '70's. Only out for these photos. There is some slight pitting on the pad holder wheel guides and a small chip in the anodizing on the left side of the front brake caliper.
I've seen these go for over $1,200 without the box. Here's a theory as to why they have no logo, from this CR List post:
Masi said the brakes were "unnamed" because of a sponsorship conflict between Faema and Universal. Masi said Tullio Campagnolo wanted Merckx to ride his new brakes and Universal agreed only if they were not stamped Campagnolo in large photogenic type. Masi also said that Campagnolo offered to sell the patent to Universal. The folks at Universal declined because they didn't think anyone would pay the high retail price for them, they were about triple the price of Super 68s...
Likely won by: Manual Bid (more than 10 seconds before auction end).
You are bidding on an original 1970-s era Teledyne Titan Titanium Road bike.
This bike is in very good condition. The seat tube measurement (center to center) is 60cm. The top tube measurement (center to center) is 57cm. The bike has been built with a sweet set of components (see below).
This seems like a pretty low price for this bike. The winning bid was $424.00 excluding shipping.
I included a few extra pictures to show the various components. There are condition issues, as evidenced by the fraying seat tube decal, but I have always liked that era SR Royal/Four-Sir stuff, as seen in the crest and machine work on the bars and the milled slot in the stem. Then there is those cool factory drillium chainrings on nice early fluted SR crank arms, albeit held on with rusty nuts. Note also that unusual Avocet seatpost, the Campy NR derailleurs and SL pedals, first-gen SunTour Superbe brakes, Teledyne Ti spindle, and the single most valuable component, the Superleggera alloy-railed Concor saddle. If the buyer is parting this out, he'll at least get his money back.
But what if he wants to ride it?
The Classic Rendezvous link in the auction says that the Titan was one of the first production Ti frames. Folklore says that these are fragile, flexible, one-season race weapons that were never meant to last. The seller promises this one is in good shape, but the specter of frame failure probably overrode the exotic nature of the bike, and consequently lowered the selling price. Either that, or we've all been distracted by the holidays and missed a bargain.
P.S. A final note on the importance of presentation and photo quaility: I intentionally left out the shot of the full bike. The flash blew it out, and the bike is presented oddly, with bar-ends and awkward bar/seat/wheel proportions in general. I think that it might have actually eroded the selling price as much as stories of cracked Teledynes. Do you think it was the photograph, are these simply odd bikes in a 60cm size, or am I off base here?
Likely won by: Manual Bid (more than 10 seconds before auction end).
This listing is for a RARE vintage Campagnolo rear derailleur from the early-1960s. This is the 1st Generation parallelogram design with the built-in cable stop. Given its age it is in absolutely amazing condition. The chrome on the cage is virtually perfect; there is no rust, pits or corrosion. Just some very minor marks (on the inside only) from the chain. From 5 feet away it looks brand new.
The minor variants of early Campagnolo Record front derailleurs are numerous. Generally though, the defining characteristics of this derailleur are the above-mentioned cable stop and the lack of a circlip on the upper/outer parallelogram pivot.
As framebuilding fashion veered first towards clamp-on (late 1960s), and then braze-on (mid-70s) bottom bracket cable guides, the vestigial stop was eliminated. The Velo Retro Campy Timeline shows that the circlip was introduced in 1972, but doesn't indicate when the stop disappeared; I suspect it was years earlier.
Sold: $750 Buy-It-Now, Free Shipping. The Frame Set is from around 1988-89. The Group is from around 1986-87. I'm the original owner of the complete bike. No denying it, this bicycle has been ridden hard, raced on training rides Tuesday and Thursday nights.
Overall I would rate the bicycle and equipment a 7 out of 10Here are the particulars of the bicycle: * Eddy Merckx Corsa Frame set: Frame is 61 cm center to center of the seat tube. 62 cm center to top of seat tube. 59cm top tube center to center. I believe the Corsa is a blend of Columbus SL and SP tubing. there is no rifling in the seat tube so I know it is not SLX. (the Columbus sticker is missing) On the bottom brackets shell: non drive side stamped S 10 on the drive side B with 7468. * Fork tips, rear drop outs, and drive side chain stay are chrome. * Though this frame is missing paint here and there it's never been crashed or on dumped on the ground.The C Record groupo: * The groupo came of a Bianchi Mondela frame set that I had raced on in school. The frame, Bianchi, cracked at the bottom bracket, hence the Merckx. * The groupo has been in a fall. The only significant damage was to the brake levers. see photo. * The goupo is complete with front and rear derailleur, friction down tube shifters, C record headset and bottom bracket and crank set. 175mm in lenght. 53x39 chainrings. C record seatpost. * The Brakes are the rare COBALTO, complete with blue jewel, and blue etching on the brake arms. * The brake levers are first generation of areo levers/cable routing. (original brake hoods and top caps on both levers) * Wheel Set: C record hubs front and rear, 32 holed. DT spokes. Mavic MA 40 Rim on the front and a new MA 3 on the rear. (suntour superb freewheel 6 speed. must have purchased on sale...) Bar, Stem and Saddle: * Cinelli handle bar Criterium: 65/42. 42cm wide. * Cinelli stem: 1R areo model with internal wedge * Saddle: San Marcos Rolls, state of the art back in 87.What's missing: * tires and tubes. handlebar tape. * cables and housing. * the crank arm bolts are not original, replaced later during a overhaul. (should be able to purchase on ebay!) * I have the brake blocks and holders, for the front brake, the nuts and washers are missing, as is the cable adjuster. (youre local pro shop will have these) rear brake is complete. * Throw in extra: campy dust cap removal tool for the hubs.
I like the old-style downtube graphic and single color paint scheme on this bike, it has a very purposeful look. With a little effort and minor expense, the buyer will have an unusual, desirable Merckx worth maybe twice what this went for.
!! only one frame of this type exists worldwide !!
DARK BLUE COLOR 600c FRONTWHEEL 24" 700c REARWHEEL 28"
from the 90s. the frame is in good condition with few chips. this frame was special produced by eddy merckx for a pro race driver. the saddle tube is very special at the top with an extension and two seat bolts. it was made for more stability for a large driver.
The double seat binder is really odd; I wonder what they were trying to solve with this solution.
OVERALL CONDITION IS STILL VERY GOOD, BUT THERE IS SOME DAMAGE ON THE TOP OF THE SEAT TUBE NEAR THE REYNOLDS DECAL - SEE PICTURE. THIS BICYCLE WAS SPECIALY MADE FOR AXEL MERCKX - THIS IS A ONE OF A KIND BICYCLE ! AS MERCKX ONLY MADE 1 OF THESE, THIS IS AN EXTREME HARD TO FIND COLLECTORS ITEM !!!!!
Nov-21-08: Q: As an owner of 7 Merckx frames and bikes dating back to 1985 I was wondering when Axel Merckx actually used this bike. In 1989 he was only 17 and did not turn pro until 1993 ( Motorola) he was never a member of 7-eleven. Besides the old books and brochures I have on Merckx frames show the team issue bikes to have chromed seat and chain stays. This is a differat color scheme, though the serial number indicates this bike was made in 1989. Please provide more info please.
A: hello, THIS IS THE STORY OF THE FRAME : we bought this frame a few years ago. the previous owner (a MERCKX dealer) told us that the frame had belonged to AXEL MERCKX. as it is a large frame, that could be possible. so I sent an email with some pictures and the BB number, to the MERCKX factory to ask them if this was true. a few days later they answered : 'de patron' as EDDY is called by his mechanics, confirmed that this frame was made for his son AXEL ! he also confirmed that the bicycle was still 100 % original !!!!. it is, as you say, true that AXEL never was a member of the 7-eleven team. he only used this bicycle for training. he also confirmed that the bicycle was sold after some time to a MERCKX dealer. THE SAME DEALER FROM WHOM WE BOUGHT THE FRAME !!! As I say in the description : this is a bicycle that was specialy made for AXEL : a one of a kind !!!!! A PRESENT FROM THE GREATEST TO HIS SON !!! normaly they did not use Reynolds tubes but Colombus. also the fork was normaly chromed. I can send you the MERCKX email, but of course it is in dutch. Hope I answered your question well. thanks for visiting my auction and thanks for asking. Kind regards, Karl
Axel would have been about 8 years old when the first frame was built, so the size could be right. I was surprised by the radically short top tube on the later bike. 63x56 is a very strange combination. Maybe his proportions evened out as he grew up.
Can't know for sure, but I don't think that the Axel provenance really impacted the selling price of these frames much. A 753 Merckx in 7-11 colors is a valuable frame, and 48's are hard to find. These are riders, not wall hangers, with a little bit of cool history thrown in.
For no particular reason, I'm going with an Eddy Merckx theme this week. Let's start off easy.
Seller zairebunia has several vintage Eddy stickers up right now.
NOS - NIP EDDY MERCKX DECAL / STICKER DIMENSIONS : 8 X 15.5 cm
DATES BACK TO THE 70's. THESE ARE ORIGINAL DECALS - NO REPRODUCTION! IN THIS NEW CONDITION RARE AND HARD TO FIND COLLECTORS ITEM OF THE GREATEST BICYCLE RACER EVER : WINNER OF: 5 X TOUR DE FRANCE - 5 X GIRO - 4 X WORLD CHAMPION - 524 VICTORIES ON THE ROAD !!!!