When the Team 7-Eleven went professional in the mid 1980s, they soon made themselves a name in the European cycling scene. Not only stage wins could be achieved but also podium places in grand tours, with Andy Hampsten coming in first and third in the 1988 and 1989 Giro d'Italia.
In 1989, Eddy Merckx started to sponsor the Team with his Corsa Extra bikes.
he remembered:"I had a special relationship with the 7-Eleven team. They were happy to have somebody with my racing and frame-building experience. For me [it] remains a great memory. I was happy I could make them more successful in Europe, and to see the positive influence they had on the US as a whole. If I had do it over, I would make the same choice straight away."
With its success, the 7-Eleven team's popularity grew and Corsa Extra Team Replica bikes were ordered at Eddy Merckx' Belgian bike manufacture.
Bikes just like ours.
At that time the Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra was one of the best road bike frames 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. The SLX was a "superbutted" tubeset from Cyclex steel, designed for professional use and famous for its helical reinforcements on the end of the tubes.
Our bike dates back to 1989 and sports the 7-Eleven Team colours. To give it an even more rad racing appeal, it comes with a soldered number holder!
This Corsa Extra has been outfitted with a complete Shimano Dura Ace groupset, the same which was used by the 7-Eleven Team in 1990.
The bike has been thoroughly checked in our workshop and is ready to go.
Iconic. Perfect for daily rides, weekend tours and 80s nostalgia.
Used. The bike is in good condition. The frame has no cracks, no dents and is not bent. Paintwork and decals are original with few oxidated spots. All parts have been thoroughly checked and are working fine.