Archive for May, 2010

MTN’s Carla Swart moves to 3rd place

It has been tough going for the MTN Women’s Team in their first 10 day stage race in Europe. The Tour de L’Aude is one of only two events over this many days for women’s cycling the other being the Giro d’Italia in July.

Yesterdays 5th stage over 104.5km’s from Amelie Les Bains to Amelie Les Bains proved to be both exhilarating and sad for the team. Carla rode into a brilliant 12th place on the stage moving her to 24th on the General Classification and into 3rd place in the Young Riders Competition. She is behind 2 great riders the one being Marianne Vos a multiple World Champion and the current World Cup Leader and Elizabeth Armitstead who rides for the Cervelo Test Team. Unfortunately Lylanie Lauwrens was unable to complete yesterday’s stage and will not finish the tour.

With 4 stages remaining and over 400km’s of racing of which 2 are still in the mountains lots can happen.

Team Manager Bruno Haemers says the team is riding very well in such a hard women’s stage race. Yesterday the race started up a 10km climb and the racing was fast from the start. With many transfers and late race starts which the South African women are not used too they are performing very well.

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Quick Step triumphs again in the Giro!

Today Jerôme Pineau gave his team, Quick Step, their second stagewin in the Giro.

The stage from Novi Ligure to Novara was a tribute to five time Giro winner Fausto Coppi, who deceased 50 years ago.

Pineau and his compagnons from an early fight, stayed ahead of the peleton. In the sprint with three, Pinaeu showed himself the strongest on his EMX-5.

Many congratulations from the whole team at Eddy Merckx Cycles!

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Review EMX-1 by Outside Magazine

Outside magazine: ‘The EMX-1 is a fantastic bike for the price!’

Outside magazine: ‘This season marks the return of Eddy Merckx bikes to elite racing, with the company’s sponsorship of Belgium’s top team, Quick Step. But we wanted to see what Merckx delivered in its entry-level racer. The full-carbon EMX-1 comes with Shimano’s price-conscious 105 components—including a compact double crankset—and is designed with a slightly upright, back-friendly “comfort-performance” geometry. Our verdict: A little heavy on the climbs, but all in all it’s a fantastic bike for the price. “It’s sturdy and stable,” said one tester, “but it handles like a race bike.” 18.4 lbs (48 cm, though effectively a 55 cm);’

Check out this on line review on Eddy Merckx EMX-1 bike. Good to know that the US media is as enthusiastic about these carbon bike as we are!

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Glory Cycles’ Review on Eddy Merckx EMX 1

My first ride on the EMX 1 was a race. Nothing serious, just the local crit. But as we all know, a race is different to riding because you need to be more in tune with your bike. The nature of the EMX 1 is such that I felt right at home from the first lap. The EMX 1 knew just where to sit and which wheels to follow. The predictable handling made me feel confident and the stiffness gave me favor out of the saddle when closing gaps. My first thought about the EMX 1 was, Eddy knows bikes and there is a lot of benefit to riding a bike designed by the true king of modern cycling.

The Shimano 105 EMX 1 bike is not exactly a hardcore race bike. The wheels would need to be upgraded and some weight would have to be shed before it could be considered race ready. Yet as is, the bike rides beautifully and without any changes, it could satisfy a fast group ride or centaury.

Characteristics: The superb handling is the most pronounced ride characteristic of the EMX 1. It is both comfortable and stiff, but it’s real strength is the feeling of confidence it inspires around corners and how true it seems to ride in a group. On the EMX 1, I felt at home and never at odds with the machine.

Weight: There is nothing light on the EMX 1 so there is plenty of room for improvement if you wanted to get the overall weight down. The frame is made from 24HM UD carbon and the tubing quite thick with a lot of shaping for stiffness and I am sure some style so it’s never going to build into a sub 16 lb climbing machine. Out the box the size 45cm(53.4cm TT) was 18lbs. I am 5’10” and the bike looks a little small for me but rides great set up as seen in the pics.

Shimano 105 Group: Don’t be fooled, it still rides beautifully and at this point in the game there is a lot of attention given to newer product. But, Shimano 105 still remains a top performer for the money. Shifting is always smooth and the uniform alloy finish is very classy on the EMX1. I liked the fact that the group is not at all compromised. No substitutions. No weird name chain etc.

Components: The Eddy house brand bars and stem were a nice surprise – very functional, well finished and quite light. The Eddy branded Prologo saddle is fantastic, no need for an expensive upgrade here. The dye did wear off the lettering after only the first ride, but a few weeks in and its was worn to the point it did not matter any more. The seat post is heavy alloy covered in carbon and not great for adjusting. I could live with it for starters, but would change out right after I got some race wheels for this bike.

Wheels: Shimano make some great wheels and the RS20’s are perfect for training or everyday riding, but I was itching to feel the EMX1’s performance with something else. As expected, the bike took on a whole new character with some fast carbon wheels (which by the way cost as much as the bike).

The finish raises expectations: The EMX1 finish is a step above other bikes in it’s class. This got me thinking about the price of the bike and my expectations of it. It’s an Eddy Merckx, so I’m expecting it to perform like it’s world class. It looks like a top tier bike because of the finish, which has me expecting it to be in the weight category of bikes twice as costly. So when I get back to the price I have to remind myself to grade the bike at it’s price tag.

Final score, A for the EMX1.

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Rik Van Looy rides an Eddy Merckx bike

Rik Van Looy, world famous former pro rider, talks about his bike in the Belgian newspaper ‘De Morgen’ (27/3).

Rik: ‘Now I ride my bike 4 times a week. Each time about 50 km. First on an old racebike from the Cycling School, but now I ride an Eddy Merckx bike.’

Rik Van Looy (Born in Grobbendonk, Belgium, on the 20th of December in 1933) was also called the ‘Emperor of Herentals’. He won 493 races & became World Champion twice (in 1960 and 1961).

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2010 Eddy Merckx Road Bikes are here!

Eddy Merckx set up his cycle company just 3 years after he retired from racing. Almost 30 years on, it has moved into much larger premises with new facilities, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the attention to detail and love of bikes that everyone in the company shares. Eddy Merckx has always been obsessed with bikes – it wasn’t unusual for him to get up in the middle of the night to change something on his handlebars or gears. Position, fit and feel are incredibly important for Merckx – on his own bike and on those of others too. This innate understanding of how a bike should be is key in the design of every Eddy Merckx bicycle.

The entire Eddy Merckx range has been designed to this philosophy. Each bike is comfortable to ride, and all deliver a true feel for the road. No matter how many bikes are produced, there is one aspect where there will never be any compromises, and that is quality – Merckx is still an integral part of the design process, and always tests each new model himself. Both light and strong, the bikes are built to withstand years of riding and racing – and every frame comes with a lifetime warranty.

# A-Series / Alloy #
The A-Series alloy frames have a higher strength to weight index than steel, but that is no reason to use it in excess. The triple butted tubing allows Eddy Merckx to reduce aluminum in places where it was unnecessary, and smooth welding means there are literally no joints to be seen.

AMX-1

AFX-1

AMX-2

# E-Series / Carbon #
There are an almost infinite number of varieties of carbon fiber, and all have different performance characteristics. Years of experience and know-how have helped us understand which ones work the best. The result? The finest carbon fiber bicycle ever.

EMX-1

EMX-3

EMX-5

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Eddy Merckx Cycles and Team Quick Step join forces

In a joint press conference today, Quick Step manager Patrick Lefevre and Eddy Merckx announced that Eddy Merckx Cycles will provide its top of the line EMX-5 bicycle to Quick Step. Tom Boonen, Stijn Devolder and all of team Quick Step will be riding on Eddy Merckx bikes in 2010 and beyond. The Belgian ProTour team announced that it has reached a three-year deal with Eddy Merckx Cycles Company.

“It’s a matter of pride for us to have by our side such a prestigious brand and a cycling icon like Eddy,” said Quick Step manager Patrick Lefevere. “We’re sure that this relationship will be mutually beneficial, allowing both the team and the company to grow further and to reach some important common goals in the professional field.”

Quick Step had ridden on Specialized bikes the last three years, but the two had announced that they would not work together in 2010. The American bike manufacturer will provide bikes for Alberto Contador and presumably for Team Astana, as well as for Team Saxo Bank.

Eddy Merckx Cycles sees the agreement as an important step in its growth in the international market. “The return of the bike in the ProTour is a logical next step,” said Pieter Vansynghel, the company’s CEO. “The fact that a Belgian top team is riding Eddy Merckx bikes in the year of celebrations 2010 has a very special meaning to us.”

Merckx turns 65 in 2010, and the Tour de France will pass through his hometown of Meise. “More lustre will be obviously added to the event by the participating of a Belgian top team on his bikes,” according to Vansynghel.

“We are ready again to ride at the front of the pack. In the past I have successfully worked together with Patrick Lefevere with the Domo Farm Frites Team. Therefore, I am very pleased that we are back in a partnership today”, said Merckx.

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