You know you’ve got too many bikes when you forget this is tucked away.

Books have been devoted to the 7-Eleven chapter in America’s cycling history.

Whether it was the iconic colours, the results produced or a combination of – for me it has always been about a particular bike.  The Corsa Extra.

The straight line chevrons that transition the metallic green to blistering red defined this era of Eddy Merckx bikes, not just the 7-Eleven team.

Other than using this bike as a prop, it has done nothing since I have owned it – not even gather dust in the bunker.

The Corsa Extra 7-Eleven bikes came at a period of transition for Merckx frames, moving from the classic flat crown ‘De Rosa’ styled forks, to the sloping crown style which was considered an upgrade from the Corsa model.   7-Eleven frames of the time can be found with both, some featuring internal cable routing, chromed or painted forks, chromed or painted rear triangles.  That’s a lot of permutations out there.

 

All of the bikes featured the top of the line Dura Ace 7400 era ensembles.  From SIS to STI.

Andy Hampsten 7 Eleven Eddy Merckx gallery

 

The relationship forged between 7-Eleven and the frame sponsor was featured in BICYCLE GUIDE magazine.

Andy Hampsten 7 Eleven Eddy Merckx gallery

Andy Hampsten 7 Eleven Eddy Merckx gallery

Andy Hampsten 7 Eleven Eddy Merckx gallery Andy Hampsten 7 Eleven Eddy Merckx gallery

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If you’ve always dreamed of owning one of these bikes and ride a 55cm – strike while the slurpee is still frozen!