52cm Eddy Merckx Corsa Vintage Road Bike Frame

✓ Original vintage frame - built in the 1980s
✓ Lightweight for the era - just 2.7 kg
✓ Suitable for historic cycling events such as L'Eroica
✓ Thoroughly checked over & photographed in detail
✓ Worldwide shipping

The relatively small world of professional cycling has very few household names, Eddy Merckx is one of the hallowed few. Nicknamed 'The Cannibal' because of his voracious appetite for winning every race, Eddy has earned that oft-touted but little deserved label of 'legend'. Not only was the Belgian a hugely successful bike racer but he also soon gained a reputation as an excellent bike designer, starting his eponymous brand in 1980 with builders trained by the famed Ugo De Rosa. Eddy Merckx frames are now highly desirable, especially in the team colours of the various professional outfits that rode his bikes, such as the black and pink Team Telekom and the iconic red and green Team 7-Eleven bikes.

The Corsa was a middle of the range frame from Merckx, but middle of the range in the Merckx line up was still extremely well made, light and with race-winning geometry. Made from Columbus SL tubing and featuring the same attention to detail as the slightly lighter Corsa Extra frame the Corsa was hand made in Belgium and was available in a range of team paint jobs.

This particular colourway bears a strong resemblence to the 7-Eleven team livery, but with a slight variation. It features the two stripes in the paint design, which was supposed to be reserved only for team bikes, but it's never been identified as part of any team. A curious one, but wonderful nonetheless!

If you're taking part in L'Eroica or a similar vintage event, this frame is of the correct age, so you won't be disqualified for being a rule breaker!

The frame's been carefully checked by one of our mechanics to confirm the alignment's correct and there's no damage to the threads. If there are any minor issues worth noting we will do so in the overview section below. Please take a good look at the detailed photos so you can see the cosmetic condition of the frame before you buy.

OVERVIEW


Era - 1980s
Country - Belgium
Frame Material - Steel
Weight - 2.67 kg
Stock Code - U-F-R31V

SIZING


Size Guide* - Small/Medium (Approx 30 1/2" Inside Leg)
Seat Tube (ctc) - 52 cm
Top Tube (ctc) - 52 cm
Head Tube - 109 mm
Chainstay Length - 40.5 cm
Wheelbase - 98.5 cm

*This is just a guide, not a guarantee the frame will fit as every rider is different. If you're unsure of your size we'd always recommend trying out a bike with similar frame dimensions first.

TECHNICAL INFO


Rear Spacing - 132.5 mm
Front Spacing - 100 mm
Seatpost Diameter - 27.2 mm
Wheel Size - 700c/28"
Brake Fixing - Recessed Allen Key
Brake Drop - 42 mm Rear / 46 mm front
Bottom Bracket Thread - Italian Thread
Headset Thread - Standard ISO (24 TPI - British/Italian)
Headset Stack Height - 40 mm
Fork Crown Race - 26.4 mm (ISO)
Shifter Fittings - Downtube Braze-On
Headtube Internal Diameter - 30.1 mm
Steerer Internal Diameter - 22.2 mm (Standard)

SHIPPING, TAXES & RETURNS

We've been safely sending orders around the world since 2010. There's a handy shipping calculator on the shopping cart page so you can see the cost of postage as soon as you've added it to your basket. Your order will be carefully packed and sent with tracking & insurance, we despatch most orders within 2-3 working days but larger items can often take a little longer to process.

We accept returns, please notify us within 14 days and ensure the item arrives back with us no later than 30 days after the order was received.

We don't charge VAT, however, if buying from outside of the EU please remember that there may be import duties to pay upon receipt.