Sigh. I’ve wanted one of these for my entire cycling life. Now that I’ve got one, I’m just in pain to see what the last owner has done to it.
More later. This makes me so….disappointed in people. Such waste.
Well, it’s cleaning up a little better than I had thought. It’s stripped except for headset and bottom bracket, and I’ve wiped it off a bit, though nothing serious has really been done. No sign of cracks, though the paint has taken a beating. The headset has been replaced with something cheap–Shimano RX100, it appears. The bottom bracket may well be original, as is the crank, as they’re both period-correct (BB-7400 and FC-7402, respectively). I think I have the original saddle and seatpost, too. It’s a Cinelli Volare in pretty bad shape, but the seatpost is a fluted Dura Ace of the correct period. Stem and bars look original, too: Cinelli Campione del Mondo and pantographed Cinelli stem (is this the XA? It has the deeper “throat” at the bar clamp.)
I’ve contacted Merckx bicycles for information on this frame. Here’s hoping for some interesting information!