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Joo’s Blue EMX-1 Bike Check

Joo, who used to ride BMX during his younger days, has decide to pick up road cycling together with his group of friends. This is his first road bike and EMX-1 with Eddy Merckx performance geometry that suits him best. EMX-1 has a slightly taller head tube and shorter top tube for a more upright position. It had been designed with both performance and comfort in mind. More comfort, better fit and feel equates to better results on the bike. Check out how it’s set up…

  • Frameset: Eddy Merckx EMX-1 (24HM UDM Toray Carbon)
  • Fork: Eddy Merckx UDM Carbon
  • Handlebar: Selfcof White Alu Handlebar
  • Bar tape: Lizard Skins
  • Stem: Selfcof White Alu Stem
  • Saddle: Prologo Scratch Pro (Upgraded)
  • Seatpost: Eddy Merckx 3K Carbon Wrap
  • Groupset: Ultegra 6700
  • Wheelset: Fulcrum Racing 5
  • Tyre: Vittoria Zaffiro Pro

Selfcof Handlebar & Stem

Ultegra 6700 Crankset

Prologo Scratch Pro Saddle

EMX-1 Seat Stays provides greater lateral stiffness and vertical compliance

Ultegra 6700 Shifter feature carbon lever blade

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Melvin’s Matt Black EMX-1 Bike Check

After a year of riding on his aluminium frame bike, Melvin had decide to upgrade to a EMX-1 24HM UDM carbon frame from the greatest bike racer ever, Eddy Merckx. The EMX-1 features Merckx’s Performance Fit, which includes a slightly taller head tube and shorter top tube giving the rider a much more comfortable riding position. “A comfortable bike is a faster bike.” Melvin is satisfied to build this beautiful matt black frame with us. Check it out his valuable feedback on his new bike setup below.

“The paintjob is beautifully done. Very sturdy and stiff when compare to my previous aluminium frame bike. Geometry is comfortable yet powerful enough to go fast. Extremely worth every cents of mine considering it as the elementary level frame for the E-series with an unbelievable performance. Anyone with a mid level budget couldn’t find any better frame than this. It truly carries the legendary name of Eddy Merckx.”

  • Frameset: Eddy Merckx EMX-1 (24HM UDM Toray Carbon)
  • Fork: Eddy Merckx UDM Carbon
  • Handlebar: Ritchey Carbon
  • Bar tape: Deda
  • Stem: Ritchey Carbon
  • Saddle: Fi’zi:k ARIONE (Upgraded)
  • Seatpost: Eddy Merckx 3K Carbon Wrap
  • Groupset: Ultegra SL
  • Wheelset: OEM High Profile Wheelset
  • Tyre: Schwalbe Ultremo ZX

Tapered oversized head tube

Ultegra SL crankset

Aerodynamic fork

Ultegra Rear Derailleur mount on a replaceable aluminium vertical dropouts

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Boonen’s Two-Stage-Winning Eddy Merckx Bike

The two best-known stars of Belgian cycling have come together at Quick Step this year. Eddy Merckx bicycles returned to the top echelon of cycling again with the sponsorship of the Belgian ProTour team of Belgian national champion Tom Boonen.

For 2010, Quick Step switched from Specialized to Eddy Merckx bikes. Boonen rides the EMX-5. This year Eddy Merckx, the man, will be 65, and Eddy Merckx the bicycle brand will be 30 years old. At the Tour of Qatar, Eddy Merckx, the man, often rode the mornings before the stages.

Boonen’s frameset is custom in its geometry, but similar in construction to the stock EMX-5 with 46HM 3K carbon fiber. “It only took one month,” Boonen said of the custom process.

Deda Zero100 bars and stem, in aluminum, of course. Saddle maker Prologo also provides the team with handlebar tape.

Quick Step rides wheels from Fast Forward, a Dutch company. These F5C wheels are built with DT Swiss 240s hubs, DT Aerolite spokes and DT brass nipples.

Fast Forward like most wheel companies has a full range of rim depths. The F5C comes in a 50mm height. The set weighs 1,450 grams.

Boonen is on Look’s new Keo Blade, which uses a carbon leaf spring instead of a standard metal coil spring to keep the cleat clipped in. These ti spindle models weigh 195 grams for the set. Tension isn’t adjustable per se, but you can switch out the carbon leaf to increase or decrease tension.

After years of loyally riding the Selle San Marco Regal, Boonen is on Prologo this year. However, he chose a wider model (145mm) than the rest of his teammates, who ride the standard Prologo Scratch Pro in a 134mm width. “I have wider hips so I need a wider saddle,” he said. “After 10 years of racing I know the position I like, and I’m not going to change.”

BBB provides helmets, sunglasses and basic computers, such as this BCP-32W. While many riders now race with power meters, Boonen says he prefers to race on instinct and feel. “You can have this computer,” he said. The top speed recorded on it in Qatar was 72.8kph.

Boonen chats about his Look Keo Blade pedals with Team Sky’s Scott Sunderland and Steven De Jongh.

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Grades of Carbon Fiber

What’s the different between 1K, 3K, 12K and UD (Uni-Directional Carbon) carbon fiber?

Fibers are bundled in various sizes designated in thousands (K) of fibers. This is made by weaving bundles of carbon filaments called ‘tows’. These tows are commonly made up of 1,000, 3,000 or 12,000 individual carbon fibers—these are referred to as 1k, 3k 12k etc. There are many different styles of weave that give different properties and looks.These fibers are woven into fabric with various width sizes. A 1K weave will be approximately 1mm in width while a 12K weave will be much larger at approximately 12mm and so forth. The various types of fiber will have the same “K” designation to indicate the number of fibers in the bundle.

The outer layer of any carbon frame serves several purposes. The first purpose is to provide a cosmetic layer of carbon giving the frame it’s final look. Secondly, it provides a final touch to the ride of the bicycle. Some weaves are more rigid than others and some weaves flex more providing more supple ride characteristics.

Advantages of woven carbon fabric
A woven fabric contains fibers oriented on at least two axes, in order to provide great all-around strength and stiffness. A sheet of woven fabric once cured can take flexural and tensile loads on multiple axes, and even exhibits good stiffness properties off axis. The real benefits of woven materials, however, come from their behavior in less than ideal circumstances, such as when punctured or exposed to bearing loads.

A carbon strand is strongest when straight, and therefore loses some of its theoretical strength when it is bent around other fibers to produce a weave, but if a strand is broken or punctured in a weave, the surrounding fibers, because of this bend, behave as if unbroken. Therefore, if a hole is punched in a weave, strands punctured in one place, will behave at full strength within a very short distance (typically one to two weave widths) from the damage.

With a unidirectional fabric, a fiber puncture will compromise strength for the entire length of the fiber, relying on the resin strength (or sandwiched woven fibers) to distribute loading across the broken fibers. These same properties also result in better toughness, and impact strength than uni-directional material. However for the equivalent strength the woven carbon is 1.4 times heavier unidirectional carbon.

1K Weave – It is lighter than other fibers and provides a more supple ride than a larger weave.

3K Weave – It provides a comfortable ride while still allowing the bike to be stiff and strong enough to handle a powerful rider in the midst of his/her best sprint.

12K Weave – 12K is the largest weave and the stiffest. It is slightly heavier and much less expensive to use in production.

Uni-Directional Carbon – Unidirectional has the fibers running in one direction only and doesn’t have the same woven look.

Know the modulus of carbon fiber
The ‘HM’ designation (High Modulus) refers to the tensile strength in tonnes per square centimeter. 46HM refers to a tensile strength of 46 tonnes per square centimeter. High Modulus fiber has a tensile modulus of 55 MSI (Million pounds per Square Inch) and higher. Tensile modulus is a measure of how much pulling force a certain diameter fiber can exert without breaking. Therefore High Modulus carbon fiber use less material to get the same stiffness and therefore a lighter structure.

High Modulus Carbon Fiber Smaller fiber and denser = lighter and stronger (Higher tensile strength)

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Bobby’s group of EMX-1 Bike Check

Bobby’s group of riders have been waiting for almost a month until the legendary Eddy Merckx EMX-1 finally arrives at our store! Four same colors, four same setup with different handlebar and stem length catering the four different rider body fit, for the bikes that are getting ready to set up. It’s worth waiting for Bobby as Eddy Merckx guarantee the best in the EMX-1!” 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.”

  • Frameset: Eddy Merckx EMX-1 (24HM UDM Toray Carbon)
  • Fork: Eddy Merckx UDM Carbon
  • Handlebar: ITM and Deda series
  • Bar tape: Lizard Skins
  • Stem: Deda quattro
  • Saddle: Prologo Scratch Pro
  • Seatpost: Eddy Merckx 3K Carbon Wrap
  • Groupset: Ultegra 6700
  • Wheelset: Fulcrum Racing 3
  • Tyre: Vittoria Open Corsa Evo CX

Shots taken during the setup and final outcome of the four bikes…

Mr. Boss working on Bobby’s group of bikes

EMX-1 Shimano ultegra crankset

EMX-1 Drive-train with Shimano ultegra chain, cassette and rear de

EMX-1 fork carbon UDM 1 1/4, Shimano ultegra shifter and lizard skin bar tape

Fulcrum racing 3 with Vittoria open corsa evo-cx tyre


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