Help identifying a Merckx model
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    Help identifying a Merckx model

    Hi All,
    First of all, let me introduce myself as a enthusiast amateur bicycle restorer. I am almost 50 and I love everything related to old bicycles.

    In relation to this, I am quite lost on identifying a Merckx model, in terms of Corsa vs Corsa Extra, and year of manufacturing. Unfortunately, this bicycle has a carbon fork, stem, and a seatpost which are not original, but I think it worth buying this bike to try to take it to its original building parts. Frame Serial Number is H9X-8224-B, and group set is Dura Ace 25th aniv.

    Any help/comments will be very welcome.
    Many thanks in advance.


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    The "X" indicates Corsa Extra. The "B" indicates 1989.

    If you actually want to ride it, then the carbon fork might be a good idea.
    We just don’t realize the most significant moments of our lives when they’re happening
    Back then I thought “well there'll be other days”
    I didn’t realize that was the only day
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9yrupye7B0

    There's sometimes a buggy.
    How many drivers does a buggy have?
    One.
    So let's just say I'm drivin' this buggy...
    and if you fix your attitude you can ride along with me.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GekiIMh4ZkM

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    This is a fast answer! Many thanks for this.
    I recognize sometimes a battle between keeping the bike as close as the original as possible, and being a little flexible on adding some changes/improvements on the original with the benefit of getting a more confortable and/or secure ride.
    Will see how the story ends.

    I will keep the post updated with whatever the decision will be
    Thanks again.

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    With my '95 Merckx frame, I got fed up with constant creaking from the non-original quill stem and fork that came with it, and replaced the fork with a carbon one. I like the new/old look and have been changing bits around since I bought the frame 10 years ago. It's a nice riding bike.

    We just don’t realize the most significant moments of our lives when they’re happening
    Back then I thought “well there'll be other days”
    I didn’t realize that was the only day
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9yrupye7B0

    There's sometimes a buggy.
    How many drivers does a buggy have?
    One.
    So let's just say I'm drivin' this buggy...
    and if you fix your attitude you can ride along with me.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GekiIMh4ZkM

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    This is a nice bike, definitely.
    As probably I will not have the original fork, and for sure looking for an original one will not be neither an easy job nor cheap, initially I will keep the current components following your kind advice, and will see where the future will take me.
    Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerjulio View Post
    With my '95 Merckx frame, I got fed up with constant creaking from the non-original quill stem and fork that came with it, and replaced the fork with a carbon one. I like the new/old look and have been changing bits around since I bought the frame 10 years ago. It's a nice riding bike.

    Ritchey bar/stem combo looks pretty good! Was thinking the same thing for another Merckx I have that is threadless.

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    X stands for Columbus SLX, but... not all frames of Pro SLX and Corsa Extra SLX models had this designation.
    B is the designation for the series produced from 1988 (summer) to 1990 (spring). The B8224 was built in December 1989.

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