The original aim was to just quickly throw together some old parts when I used to race onto a cheap frame from ebay, but like all good projects I ended up going through a few iterations to get something nice. The starting point for the parts was early to mid 90s retro, not 1970s or earlier with down tube levers, toe straps etc as I'm not that old!
After much hunting I came across this Meckx frame, which I really liked. The workmanship and engraving looks great, then little details like the 'Made in Belgium' and the original bike shop sticker behind the seat stays are really nice.
The mix of Campag and Shimano is a bit odd, but the parts back then are all shiny so it fits together well and it's what survived from my race bike. Highlights of this build for me at least are the chrome, then fork, shiny hubs, perforated leather saddle, royce bb and spd-r pedals. Build list:
Frame - Eddy Merckx Corsa 01
Fork - Kestrel EMS carbon
Headset - Dura Ace
Wheels - Campagnolo Proton
QRs - Campagnolo Chorus
Tyres - Green Michelin Axial pro shown, now Pro 3 Race in black
Tubes - Continental Race
Cassette - Campagnolo Chorus 9spd
Bars+Stem - 3t Synthesis
Seat post - Campagnolo Athena aero profile
Saddle - White Turbo perforated leather
Brakes - Campagnolo Delta
Brake levers - Campagnolo Record 9spd Ergo
Cables - Campagnolo
Bottom bracket - Royce titanium Italian thread + Royce Ti bolts
Crankset - Shimano Ultegra
Rings - Stronglight
Chain - SRAM ???
Pedals - Shimano Dura Ace SPD-R
Front derailleur - Shimano Ultegra
Rear derailleur - Campagnolo Chorus
Ride wise, I only use it when I'm going on short rides (say upto 30 miles) when it's dry, so it generally doesn't get ridden all that far. Initially it feels like riding a truck, mainly because the saddle is wider between the legs than my Scratch on my other bikes and the stem is shorter. But after about 5 miles you forget about that and just sit back and enjoy the comfy ride. It feels a bit slower than a carbon wonder bike, but I was surprised to find that in a group it makes very little difference. The best bit though is that everyone asks about it, and thinks it's a bit special, whereas nobody cares about black carbon bikes which cost as much as a second hand car. Unfortunately we are thinking about moving to another country, so in the interest of saving space I probably should sell this.