Posts Tagged Road bike

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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The Hour Record

Drop handlebar, round steel tubing frame, wire spokes, Clement number 1 Pista tubular tires, special lightweight titanium stem

In 25th October 1972, Eddy Merckx (BEL) at the age of 27, broke the world hour record in Mexico City at an altitude of 2,300m (7,550 ft). His bike weighed just 5.5 kg. Specially designed and prepared by Eddy himself, it had holes drilled in different parts of the bike to make it lighter. It used super light tires and a special titanium stem was used. He said his hour record attempt was “the hardest ride I have ever done”. He held his record for 12 years before it was broken by Francesco Moser (ITA) on a specially designed aerodynamic cycle.

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Boss a.k.a Ah Chen EMX-1 Bike Check

After years of riding on his Titus solera titanium road bike, boss of Tionghin, Mr Chen, had finally pampered himself with a carbon road bike from Eddy Merckx. After a few measurements, EMX-1 with a performance geometry of size 42 fit him perfectly. According to Mr Chen, Eddy Merckx is the greatest and most successful cyclist of all time. He had already heard of him during the 70’s after his numerous victories in Tour de France. It’s really great to ride a bike built by this legend.

  • Frameset: Eddy Merckx EMX-1 (24HM UDM TORAY Carbon)
  • Groupset: Dura-Ace 7800
  • Chain: YBN
  • Wheelset: Sun Ringle Accelerator R3.0C (City flea hub set with ceramic bearings)
  • Tyre: Vittoria Corsa Evo CX
  • Handlebar: Selcof Team Alu Bar
  • Bar Tape: Easton
  • Stem: Aerus Composites
  • Saddle: Prologo Scratch Pro
  • Seatpost: Eddy Merckx Carbon Wrap 3K
  • Bottle Cage: Topeak Carbon

Replaceable alu-carbon vertical dropouts

The fork are shaped for better aerodynamics

There is more surface area to mate with the top tube and down tubes. The effect is more stability, greater stiffness, and more accurate steering

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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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