Plus it looks like this frame is for sale (and was refinished by) Al Wanta, an custom framebuilder/refinisher in CA. My guess is that it's for real - I wouldn't expect Al to pull a fast one.
-- John Wood Missoula, Montana, USA
On Sun, Feb 1, 2009 at 10:16 PM, Robert Clair <email@example.com> wrote:
> ... offhand, and my cat "The Fergus" agrees, that frame is phoney baloney
> ... where should one start ... like perhaps the side mounted brake stops ...
> robert clair
> alexandria, va
> ----- Original Message ----- From: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: "marc frazer" <email@example.com>
> Cc: <Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
> Sent: Sunday, February 01, 2009 8:55 PM
> Subject: Re: [CR] refinished Merckx
> Hi Marc,
>> The one clue that might prove that it could be an actual Merckx frame is
>> if you can get a good look at the rear brake bridge. The bridge should have
>> the Merckx name scripted into the bridge. The brake bridge is usually a
>> unique shape and I thought in the one view that I could see that shape.
>> You can see an example of the brake bridge on a Merckx currently for sale
>> on ebay here :
>> Hope that helps.
>> Philip Huyghe
>> Rochester, Mi USA
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "marc frazer" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> To: email@example.com
>> Sent: Sunday, February 1, 2009 3:48:15 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
>> Subject: [CR] refinished Merckx
>> The seller is listing this as a "refinished" Merckx . In an email to me he
>> states that the bike was repainted , re-decaled , and has no visible serial
>> # . Are there any sure-fires signs that this is an actual Corsa Extra ?
>> Listing # 290293207548
>> Marc Frazer
>> Baltimore , Md