Eddy merckx Corsa Extra team ADR

Eddy Merckx retired from racing in 1980 and subsequently he set up his own frame manufacturing company in Brussels. With guidance of the most skilled frame builders, especially Ugo De Rosa, the Eddy Merckx cycling works started to produce high-end frames. Merckx would spend time giving input on the models as they were being produced. Despite the financial problems the brand became highly regarded and successful, being used by several top-level cycling teams in the 1980s and 1990s.

The top of the line model for the first five years was the Professional which was made of Columbus SL tubing. From 1985 on it was the Corsa Extra. This extremely successful model was one of the best road bike frames you could get and therefore the choice of many professional teams. It dominated the peloton with its extremely well made triangle of light and rigid columbus SLX tubes.

This particular example that I'm showing here has the famous Team ADR paintwork from the 1980s. The ARD Team was a professional Belgian cycling team, whose most famous cyclist during the 1980s was Eddy Planckaert. The bike is equipped with a complete Campagnolo C-record group, the best you could get at those times and the number one choice for every serious cyclist.


Parts list


  • Rear derailleur

    Campagnolo C-Record. 

  • Front derailleur

    Campagnolo C-Record

  • Gear Shifters

    Campagnolo C-Record

  • Crankset

    Campagnolo C-Record

  • Bottom Bracket

    Campagnolo Coppia di Serragio 

  • Brake levers

    Campagnolo C-record 

  • Brake calipers

    Campagnolo C-record Delta

  • Handlebar


  • Stem

    Cinelli  "Eddy Merckx" pantographed


  • Head-set

    Campagnolo C-Record

  • Seat-post

    Campagnolo C-Record

  • Saddle

    San Marco Concor

  • Hubs

    DT Swiss Hugi

  • Rims

    Campagnolo Atlanta 96

  • Freewheel

    Campagnolo Record

  • Pedals


  • Chain


  • Tires

    Continental Grand prix 4 seasons