Archive for July, 2010

The All-New Eddy Merckx EMX 7

Eddy Merckx bikes fittingly used the Eddy Merckx GranFondo in Verona, Italy, as a launching pad for its 2011 bike line. The highlight was a new “superbike,” the EMX 7 with airfoil carbon tubing, integrated seatmast and BB86 integrated bottom bracket. It’s still in the finalizing stages so no, it’s won’t be available on the market any sooner…

Top of the Line: The All-New EMX 7

As part of the “superbike” category the EMX 7 is built from 62 HM carbon (the same type Pinarello uses) with a 1K weave finish. According to engineers, they were looking at 70HM (ton) fiber (something that has never been used on a bicycle before) but the price would be way too high for the frame alone. The EMX 7’s first eye catch is the integrated seatmast and monocoque airfoil tubing, a first for Merckx. The aero fork mates to a tapered headtube and besides asymmetrical chainstays, other niceties include internally routed cables with internal guides so replacement is a snap. If you looked closely at Quick Step’s Sylvain Chavanel stage 2 wining ride during the Tour de France he wasn’t riding one either. This was due to availability. Merckx did have prototype EMX 7’s ready for Tom Boonen to race but a knee injury kept him away from the start line and his large sized frames sitting unridden.

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Chavanel will ride a yellow-green Eddy Merckx bike!

French Quick Step rider Sylvain Chavanel has won the second stage in the Tour de France. Chavanel escaped after 10 kilometres and got 7 riders with him, including team mate Jerome Pineau. On their way to Spa Pineau won several points for the mountain classifaictaion. On the route of Liege-Bastogne-Liege it seemed the peloton would close the gap, but several crashes decided else. In the meanwhile Chavanel was alone in the front.

The peloton didn’t chase anymore, so Chavanel’s gap of 50 seconds increased to more then 2 minutes. Chavanel took the stage win in Spa, taking the yellow and green jersey too. Besides the yellow jersey Chavanel is also the new owner of the green points jersey. Chavanel was crowned to most combative rider too. And if that wasn’t enough for Team Quick Step Jerome Pineau was on the podium as leader in the mountain classification, bringing him the polka dot jersey. Team Quick Step is now also leading the team classification. With the stage win, the yellow, green and polka dot jersey, the red and yellow back numbers Team Quick Step was enjoying a beautiful day.

Eddy Merckx Cycles are very proud of Sylvain Chavanel’s victory in today’s stage of the Tour de France. To congratulate Chavanel with his yellow and green jersey, he will ride a customized yellow-green emx-5 bike tomorrow. What a great way to enter his home country. Today Sylvain Chavanel showed us he’s a real cannibal.

The making of a yellow and green EMX-5 was not a simple task in such a short time frame. A webalbum was made where you can check the making off pictures.

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Great Party, Great Bike!

Last week Eddy Merckx Cycles organized a huge  birthday party in honor of mister Merckx. It turned out to be  great success. Great weather, great crowd,… A perfect opportunity to launch our new top bike:” The EMX-7”.

For pictures and clips of this event you can check out the following links:

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