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    How many have seen a Corsa Extra in " SLX NEW"

    Quote Originally Posted by NACHO PEREZ View Post
    And what about Corsa Extra´s "SLX NEW"?
    Does anyone know anything about the SLX NEW Merckx..?? i purchased on almost new from a fellow in Berlin in2003 or so....nice ride stiff and good climbing bike....almost as good as a MX....voice of experience

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    Excavations, but they can be interesting...
    Eddy Merckx's steel frame hierarchy for the patient (and brave):

    Bottom line:

    - 3-Athlete (Rey501): 1984-1986
    - Strada (Col Matrix): 1987 (very rare)
    (Col Cromor): 1987-1990?
    (Col Strada): 1991?- 1994
    (Col Cromor/Gara): 1994-1995?
    (Col Brain OS): 1995-1999?

    It's possible that Col Strada=Col Cromor/Gara (no confirmation).
    All frames "road racing geometry" except Strada OS - "century geometry".

    Medium line:

    - Corsa (Col SL and/or SP; Rey531): 1985-1994
    (Col Thron): 1994-1995 (rare)
    (Dedacciai 01): 1995-2004?

    Col and Rey frames "road racing geometry", Deda 01 - "century geometry".

    Top line:

    - Professional (Col SL and/or SP; Rey531): 1980-1986

    - Pro (Col SLX and/or SPX; Rey753): 1984-1986

    - Criterium (Col SLX and/or SPX): 1986-1988 (rare)

    - Corsa Extra (Col SLX and/or SPX): 1986-1995
    (Rey753): 1986-1988 and 1991-1994?
    (Col TSX): 1988-1993
    (Col MAX): 1990-1992
    (Col New SLX): 1995-2004?

    - Century (Rey653): 1988-1990 (rare)
    (Col TSX): 1988-1993

    - Grand Prix (Rey753): 1988-1990 (rare)

    - Mx Leader (Col MxL): 1992-2004?

    - Arcobaleno (Col Neuron): 1995-1999?

    - Chrono (whatever): 1984-2000? (rare)

    "Century geometry": Century, Col MAX, Col New SLX, some other Corsa Extra frames since 1992, Mx Leader and Arcobaleno.
    Criterium and Chrono had "their" unique geometry.
    Other models had "road race geometry".

    I omitted all non-steel frames (it's hard to compare them to steel frames):

    - Carbon Monocoque (Donnay): 1992-1993
    - Titanal (Hagan): 1993-1994
    - Titane (EM): 1993-1999?
    - Titanium (Litespeed): 1993-2008?
    - Aluminium (Italy, perhaps Faggin): 1995-2008?

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