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Tom Boonen and Eddy Merckx put the ultimate racing bike to the test Brave New World of Bike Design

Cycling follows in the footsteps of Formula 1 and the aerospace industry Urban Bike Project

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What would an Eddy Merckx Urban Bike look like?


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geometries page 60  

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the best

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south africa

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united kingdom

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means of

new world

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Good Bikes

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of bike design

a glove !

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Carbon fiber is the material

Carla Swart tells us what

As a racer Eddy Merckx was

of choice for making fast

it’s like racing her EFX-1,

never satisfied with second

and comfortable racing

and competing both in the

best, and today his bicycle

cycles. Dave Luyckx, chief

USA where she lives and

company isn’t either.

engineer at Eddy Merckx

all over the world for her

The latest on our ultimate

Cycles tells us what the

South African based team,

race bike, the EMX-7.

new developments are

MTN/Energade.

and where the future is.

well in the United Kingdom and we wanted to know why. Jeremy Barker tells us more and explains why he thinks the AMX series is great value for money.

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urban biking. Better late than never ! page 51 Cycling to work has never been easy, and it’s even more problematic in cities. We asked 3 “urban bikers” from around the world

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about their experiences of

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The Eddy Merckx Cycles company has come a long way in its 30 year history - and the last few years have seen an acceleration of that change. A new team is on hand to translate my beliefs and dreams into a bigger reality. The new EMX-7 is a classic example. It uses advanced carbon fiber technology to produce the strongest, stiffest yet lightest racing bike of them all. When you ride one, you know you have the best - bar none. You’ll be fitted by one of our expert technicians so that it is precisely adapted to your size and weight. It’s the bike that Tom Boonen and the Quick Step Team will be using next year, day in, day out, for every race and training session. It’s the illustration of what Eddy Merckx Cycles does best - namely producing the best engineered and best produced racing cycle on the planet. There is a new range of “Urban Bikes” inspired by the World-Hour-Record bike that I rode in 1972. Light, strong and very fast - they are based on a traditional look and feel: simple gearing, integrated wiring and in-built lights for safe and secure city riding. They are beautiful and perfectly proportioned. The EMX series (1,3 and 5) continue to be fine tuned - with better equipment and higher specification carbon fiber composition. The AMX series is a subtle mix of alloy and carbon fiber when required (on the front and rear forks for example) and delivers a ride that is comfortable and stable. The team at Eddy Merckx Cycles is working hard to reach its ambitious goals, with everyone on the same page: notably to deliver the best bikes with the best engineering and technology. Our aim is to deliver value: value for you the customers of course; but also to reflect the values that I’ve always lived by, namely hard work, focussed ambition and a willingness to go the extra mile - whatever it takes. We hope you enjoy our new catalogue and our new bike range for 2011, and we look forward to receiving any feedback you may wish to give. Ride lots and beat the road !

Eddy Merckx > EMX-7 Quick Step - Airfoil shaped seatpost design

founder


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lugano

If this strategy has a certain air of familiarity to those who know eddy merckx’s racing career well, then you won’t

be surprised to hear that his whole range of bikes is being improved

Producing the best road racing bike and being number one is still the main motivation for the constant innovation and evolution of bikes in the company.

> When Tom met Eddy: mutual respect certainly, and also a willingness to listen to each other’s ideas.

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Eddy still riding high and still with th thE final word

break. In fact the aim is to have zero failures during the entire season. “It’s teamwork

carbon or alloy?

- I’ll work on the geometry, and then test it. Take the new EMX-7, a perfect exam-

_ When asked which kind

ple. Tom Boonen and I went to Lugano to try it before we finalize and produce it.

of bike he would prefer

Those few days of testing, alongside the technical engineers, produced a host of

to ride: carbon or alloy,

modifications and ideas to make the bike better that we couldn’t have had if we’d

he thinks a little and

just sat in the factory. I’m a great believer in testing the bike in real conditions.

says that depends.

Fortunately Tom agrees, and we are lucky as he is prepared to test the new models

“it depends on what

under race conditions.”

race i was in and where i would be cycling! if it

“As I said, I’m not the ‘carbon’ expert - but we’ve got outstanding engineers who

was the Paris-roubaix,

know that part of the business extremely well. For example, they’re working with a

then i think i’d be happier

brand new carbon fiber formula (Pitch Base carbon fiber) for the EMX-7 that

with an alloy bike - it’s

promises to come close to the holy grail of stiffness and comfort. I’m excited to see

got good strength and

what it gives and see what the riders think.”

would have more give

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and comfort. if i had to go up mountains, then

Innovation has been one of the keys to eddy merckx

i’d definitely choose a carbon fiber bike.”

cycles success over the years, and this shouldn’t surprise

us. Even when your one of the leading racing cycle manueddy is “le patron”

facturers, it’s best to keep the pressure on your competitors.

OSR optimized structural

_ When Eddy Merckx rides

As Eddy himself said, “riding the race from the front isn’t

with his old team colleagues, and they do

difficult if you keep your eyes open. That’s one of the secrets

on a regular basis, times

of success.”

haven’t really changed. They still regard him as

reinforcement

_ Advanced high modular

As he said in 1969 shortly after winning his first Tour de France, “it is a lot less dangerous

“le patron” (the boss),

stiffness fibers are used

to be at the front of a race. I can’t stand it when others dictate and I feel best when I am

and truthfully he still

going at my own pace, my rhythm; once I do that I can pedal on and on without giving

acts like it. They tend

a thought to the others.”

to surround him to keep

in combination with high-strength fibers to achieve unparalleled performance. They are used in different strategic

him out of harm’s way -

Eddy Merckx has always been somebody who took a keen interest in his equipment, and

just like when he was

when required. The front

this hasn’t changed. As he says, it’s my “working tool and I want to make sure it’s running

racing - instructions are

fork for example needs

perfectly.” But as new bikes are developed, Eddy is realistic, “I’m not the king of carbon”,

virtually unspoken as the

he says, “but I do know a thing or two about the geometry of a bike! ”

team do their training

areas of the bike, as and

both for optimum weight reduction and improved

runs. Eddy too becomes

stiffness and feel.

a different animal on

a good bike is a safe, stable bike

the bike, soft spoken

with the right geometry

and calm off it, he’s

This concern with safety and stability is one of the fundamentals at Eddy Merckx Cycles. Even when producing bikes for pro-teams, the promise is to deliver bikes that won’t

© Pol De Wilde

it’s not only about the weight.

determined and the mark of authority on it.

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EMX-7 “Eddy MErckX AnnivErsAry” BikE

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What kind of a bike do you give the man who has given everything to cycling? Just another bike? Or a personalized “Eddy Merckx Anniversary” edition EMX-7 ? Eddy recently celebrated his 65th birthday, and we wanted to give him something extra special to mark the occasion. soo we took the best we have the EMX-7, and made a limited “Anniversary” edition frame. The bike is a tribute to the 525 victories and successes that Eddy Merckx has had over the years and each major race win Lightweight carbon fiber wheels for posterity. The EMX-7 is as near to perfection as we’ve come so far. A fitting tribute to the man that we believe is the greatest cyclist of all time.

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has been recorded on the special


Advanced

regular round seat tube

Composite Design

official team bike

1 62HM / HS Fiber Combination Cd = 1,2

2 Carbon Laminate +

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3 OSR technology

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4 ABAQUS lay-up optimisation Cd = 0,12

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Aerodynamic

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shape design

1 Airfoil shaped tubing 2 Airfoil shaped seatpost design 3 Aerofork design 3 4 Internal cables (smooth design)

Optimal Power Transfer

1 Asymmetric chain stay 2 Tapered head tube 1,5 – 1 1/8 inch

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CL+ FRG

CARBON LAMINATE +

CL+

FEMALE RACE GEOMETRY

OSR

3

CARBON LAMINATE +

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EDDY MERCKX SHAPING 7000

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EDDY MERCKX SHAPING 7000

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Every angle and every length is important Eddy wasn’t just well known for his race wins, he was equally famous for being a stickler for detailed preparation of his own bikes. His attention to detail bordered on fanatical. “Perhaps I was too fanatical he says, but it helps me now that I have the factory. It has

certainly helped me understand what kind of bike a person needs. Take Tom Boonen for

emx-7 Black

example - he has an extra long upper body, and shorter legs and so his bikes have been

frame

made accordingly. It doesn’t look the perfect shape but it is perfect for him.”

Carbon OSR 62 1K fork

“Riding on the road, and riding on the track is different - and they need different bikes.

Carbon 1K Aerofork

Different geometry, different set-up, different handling capabilities.” It was Eddy who designed

1,5 – 1 1/8

his hour ‘record’ bikes for example, and some special road frames with similar geometry. ”

groupset Wheelset

The hour record bike

Campagnolo Super Record Fast Forward full Carbon Clincher DTSwiss hub

© Pol De Wilde

When Eddy Merckx rode his famous record in October 1972, covering 49.431 km in one

Shimano Di2

hour, his bike weighed just 5.5 kg. Specially designed and prepared by Eddy himself, it

Fast Forward full Carbon

had holes drilled in different parts of the bike to make it lighter. It used super light tires

Clincher DTSwiss hub

and a special titanium stem was used.

END

Seatpost

Integrated Aero-Seatpost design Sizes

at what age did you start (competitive) cycling?

at what age did you start (competitive) cycling?

My first proper race was when

My first race was when

I was 16 years old. And I turned

I was 13. My Dad was a

professional just before my 20th

former professional and

birthday in 1965.

so I just naturally went along to the club and

name

in cycling terms, what are your greatest strengths?

name

Eddy Merckx

I was an all-rounder and I just

Tom Boonen

Meensel-Kiez, Belgium on June 17, 1945

height, weight

loved to ride.

how often do you ride a bike? how many km/day? I try to ride every week, but

FSA OS-99 Stem FSA K-wing Handlebar Prologo Scratch

emx-7 Red

Nack Saddle

started training.

date and place of birth

in cycling terms, what are your greatest strengths? I do love the classic oneday races. There’s a diffe-

October 15, 1980

rent atmosphere around

in Mol, Belgium

these races and the fact

not every day now - maybe

height, weight

1m85 (6’ 1”),

3 times/week.

Height 1m93 (6’ 4’’),

Weight 82 kg (180 lbs;

About 200 km/week nowadays.

Weight 82 kg (180 lbs;

12 stone 9 lbs)

12 stone 9 lbs)

where do you live

where do you live

Meise, Belgium -

Monaco

near to the factory!

Components

that I’m on home territory does make it special.

how often do you ride a bike? how many km/day?

STW (Nm/°/kg) 130

When I’m fit, I’m training 140

every day. I do roughly 5 to 6 to 7 hours on a bike/

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day, and a total of about 100

35 hours in a week.

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carbon series meise

belgium

The brave new world of bike design

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The engineer at Eddy Merckx Cycles, dave luyckx gives us his thoughts

on how the carbon fiber revolution is just in its infancy, and how far there is

mentors when he says that bicycle design

“has been metal thinking in a composite world.� And that according to him, there is still a lot of potential for carbon fiber composite bikes to deliver that > EMX-7 Quick Step - Detail of the bottom bracket with blue colored carbon fibers.

exclusive perfect ride.

The brave new world of bike design - CARBON SERIES

to go. He quotes one of his University


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racing bikE tEchnology is looking ovEr thE shouldEr of formula 1 and thE aErospacE industry. name dave luyckx

> Dave Luyckx and Tom Boonen discussing the EMX-7 geometry.

> The EMX-5 Oversized bottom bracket.

applications - where a little more fuel is easy to add!

pan-based carbon fiber

For higher performance, the idea is to lose as little energy

cles, including the EMX-5 range - these are top of the

on the road - through friction - as possible. The main aim

range bikes and also used by the entire Quick Step team.

is to convert as many of those kW of power generated by

The new EMX-7 is trying something new. Using a rare

the cyclist into performance and speed on the road. And

carbon fiber mix known as Pitch Base, it offers a com-

power there is. During a nor-

parable strength to weight

and new composite materials - leading to higher efficiency

mal race, a cyclist generates

ratio, but has a higher tensile

and lower weight - has become a big part of the way Eddy

upwards of about 250 W of

modulus value - a measure-

Merckx bicycles are designed and developed. And just as

power at any one time, and

these leading edge technologies have been changing the

more of it goes into forward

game in the aerospace and car industries, so too is it

motion when friction is low-

changing the world of cycling and cycle racing.

est and where the deformation

As it happens, the technical engineer at the Eddy Merckx

of the frame is minimal.

Cycles company - Dave Luyckx - has work experience in both

The weight issue is a non-

is sadly just one draw back to

industries, having worked for Boeing in Canada and Toyota

issue for pro-racers. The UCI

Pitch Base carbon fiber and

in Europe, where he was responsible for the development of

regulations stipulate the minimum weight (6.8 kg/15 lbs),

that is cost! Due to its rarity, it’s up to 10x more expensive

lighter weight structures in new cars.

and that is there for a reason - to prevent the bikes from

than traditional materials.

As an added bonus, Dave is also a real bike fan - well even

becoming too weak to survive road races. In reality the

more than that - he’s a bike fanatic and always dreamed of

rider himself adds considerably more weight to a bike,

moving forward

working in the bike business. As he said himself, “where

and a few grams lost there is much cheaper and more

in leaps and bounds

better to start than right at the top of the league!”

effective than on the bike!

“ Where better to start than right at the top of the league! ”

ment of fiber stiffness. This means that there is virtually zero deformation on the frame in high-pressure situations, and friction is reduced. There

new carbon fiber for the emX-7

height, weight height 1m85 (6’ 1’’), Weight 68 kg (150 lbs; 10 stone 10 lbs).

at what age did you start (competitive) cycling? i was 12. in Belgium we have something called ‘competitive cycling school’ to teach young kids how to ride racing bikes.

in cycling terms, what are your greatest strengths? climbing. Fortunately around my part of the woods there isn’t many

The Eddy Merckx Cycles company is looking to rethink the way bicycles - particularly carbon fiber ones are designed and

hills so i don’t have to prove it everyday.

how often do you ride a bike? how many km/day? i try to ride twice a week,

produced. The latest design and engineering developments

and i do about 250 km

Most carbon fiber produced today is known as PAN

will be included, alongside that other magic ingredient that

every week. i’m actually

In short, fast and effective cycling is a factor of 2 funda-

(Polyacrylonitrile) and it has outstanding strength to

the company has - namely the experience that Eddy Merckx

mentals: higher performance and lower weight.

weight ratio. It’s the composite that is used on most bicy-

himself brings to the table. Not only has he got umpteen

and lower weight pitch-based carbon fiber

in Waasmunster, Belgium

Waasmunster

New technology - mainly in the areas of structural analysis

higher performance

January 12, 1981

where do you live

racing. In fact, ideas such as more efficient use of “fuel” and improved power to weight ratios probably means more in cycling than it does in fossil fuel burning

date and place of birth

test riding the EMx-7 for the moment (lucky me)!!

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It’s a concept that is also highly relevant to the world of bicycles and bicycle

© Pol De Wilde

The efficient use of energy isn’t just a major concern for mechanical machines.


Advanced

official team bike

Composite Design

1 50HM/HS Fiber Combination

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2 Carbon Laminate + 1

3 OSR technology

2

3 1

Aero/Stiff

1 Seat Stay Design

Optimal Power Transfer

1 Tapered head tube 1,5 – 1 1/8 inch

CL+ FRG

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CL+

CARBON LAMINATE +

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OSR

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CARBON LAMINATE +

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carbon series years of riding experience, he’s been making bikes for more

though there may be a compromise as any increase in

than 30 years now.

length has an effect on the stiffness and ride quality. ”

CL+

CARBON LAMINATE +

CL+

CARBON LAMINATE +

Over the last hundred plus years, the world of cycling has

carbon laminate +

carbon fiber, and these are built up in layers one on top of the other. The carbon laminate +

FRG

process, developed by and for Eddy Merckx cycles, assemble the

FRG

sheets together in ways that maximise the strength and rigidity of the resulting frame. The result? optimized performance, comfort and weight.

FEMALE RACE GEOMETRY

made using sheets of

FEMALE RACE GEOMETRY

carbon fiber bikes are

seen technology jumps that have significantly changed the

strong, safe and comfortable

frame

way cycling has developed. First off there was the move to

carbon osr 50 1k

include a chain, then gears, then the move to inflatable tyres

The fact that the EMX-7 and EMX-5 both come in “on

- to reduce the friction on the road. With the possibilities

weight” at 6.8 kg (15 lbs) doesn’t mean there has been any

offered by new materials, we may be on the verge of the next

compromise on safety - in fact quite the contrary. Safety

major jump in cycling design.

has been and always will be top priority for the company.

While there are always going to be some trade-offs on bike

This fact has been well demonstrated by the Quick Step

design (e.g. more comfort, less aerodynamics etc), Dave and

team who use standard off the shelf EMX-5 bikes. Despite

his team of design engineers are going to continue to chal-

participating in all the classic races including the Paris-

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fork

carbon fork 1,5 – 1 1/8 groupset wheelset

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campagnolo record Fast Forward Alu/Carbon Clincher DTSwiss hub campagnolo record

lenge some of the “givens” of bike design. How to achieve

Roubaix, and the Tour de France - there has been (at time

better power transfer? How can we improve ride comfort

of writing!) no frame failures.

and reduce aerodynamic drag? So far, there is no ideal but

The goal now is to continue to refine the feel and effi-

that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep on looking.

ciency of the bikes - how to make one better without

“We’re going to use the geometry of the bike to give more

compromising on the other. There is still much to do and

comfort,” says Dave. “By using the structural efficiency of

many avenues to explore, particularly in the area of pro-

the materials and adjusting the geometry, we can give extra

duction techniques - not only will the bikes be better, but

stiffness and a better “feel” to the bikes. Even a few degrees

little by little, they’ll be more affordable too. It’s one of

Shimano Dura ace

and a couple of mm can make a world of difference, for

those age-old conundrums that will keep us busy for a

Fulcrum Racing 1

example in the head tube angle and fork offset. Again

good while to come.

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tour de france 2010

g ift was planned andone

One 

wasn’t !

The Tour de France had long foreseen

Brand New Bikes in triple quick time !

one way to salute

It was 6 o’clock in the evening on Monday

Eddy Merckx on his

to make the new bikes, but by then every-

65th birthday, which he celebrated in June 2010, but as it turned out there

the 5th July when the decision was taken one at the factory had gone home! A few quick phone calls however saw several of the team back in the workshop and ready

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and willing to prepare the special bikes. Three different ones were prepared: a yellow and green one for Sylvain, a polka dot

were a few more

bike for Jerome and a separate yellow bike

surprises in store!

lost! A photographer was on hand to

- just in case the green jersey would get record the event, as was a TV crew - and you can see the whole story at the following web link - www.eddymerckx.be/news/ read/article/71. You’ll see that the bikes

For a long time it was scheduled that the Tour would pass through Meise on its way to Brussels, on the first proper stage day, Sunday 4th July - this is where Eddy still lives and

are hand painted, as are the placing of the decals/stickers of the logo and the polka dot spots!

where he also has his cycle factory. It did, and the crowds were there in numbers, and Eddy was rightly proud - even though there wasn’t a Belgian winner. But he couldn’t foresee another: namely that the team he provides bikes for, namely Quick Step, would

The bikes were finally delivered at 2.30 in the morning at the team hotel in Chaudfontaine where there were still celebra-

have both the Yellow, Green and Polka Dot jerseys one day later. In fact the team would also

tions going on - but not before Eddy had

be leading in the team competition and have the most competitive rider’s jersey as well.

signed the bikes personally! It was a fitting and perfect birthday gift for

Leaving from Brussels and arriving in Spa - it was a true Belgian stage, and the team duly

Eddy and a great way to celebrate the man

obliged with a stage win and the three major jerseys. Sylvain Chavanel, part of an eight-man

who has given so much to cycling and the

breakaway after 10 km remained clear and not only took the stage but also the yellow and

Tour de France.

green jerseys after breaking clear of the leading pack with 19.5 km to go. “I didn’t know what was going on behind me, although I did hear there’d been a crash. All I know is that I gave it everything I had,” he said. And some crash it was - with more than sixty riders down at the some stage during the race, especially descending the Stockeu, 30km from the finish. Jerome Pineau also won points for the mountain classification, and by the end of the day was “King of the Mountains”! It meant that Sylvain and Jerome were allowed to ride out in yellow, green and polka dot bicycles the day after - the problem was these specially colored bicycles weren’t ready Step and Eddy Merckx Cycles were caught a little by surprise. Fortunately, the factory wasn’t

© TDWSport

too far away and so the whole team swung into action!

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prepared! While some of the teams have yellow/green/polka dot cycles with them - Quick


carbon technology

emx-3 Metallic

Advanced Composite Design

1 30HM Fiber 2 Carbon Laminate +

1

2

3 OSR technology

1

3

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1

Aero/Stiff Seat Stay Design

Optimal Power Transfer

1 Tapered head tube 1 1/4 – 1 1/8 inch

2 Oversized bottom bracket

1

The brave new world of bike design - CARBON SERIES

CL+

CARBON LAMINATE +

2


carbon series

frame

emx-3 Red White

carbon 30hM 3k fork

carbon fork 1 1/4 – 1 1/8 groupset

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go o th thE E distancE distancE with gran fondo

27

wheelset

campagnolo athena

Gran fondo is as close to riding in a

Fast Forward Alu/ Carbon Clincher

big race as most amateurs will ever

campagnolo athena

get. with different classes and lengths

campagnolo centaur

of race, for the strong, very strong and

Shimano ultegra

Campagnolo Scirocco Campagnolo Vento Fast Forward Alu/Carbon

fantastic, it has built itself a huge

Clincher DTSwiss hub Shimano ultegra

following amongst keen cyclists. well

Fast Forward Alu/ Carbon Clincher

organised, with closed roads, and

Shimano ultegra Fulcrum Racing 5

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medical and catering support, the

italy

gran fondo eddy merckx location

Bretino Bellino,

events in Europe can attract several

FsA carbon Team issue

thousand riders.

sizes

s 42 / s 45 / s 48 / s 51 / s 54

emx-3 Anodized Black

components

Meaning long distance or great endurance, it attracts all

universal joy. Smiles - through the tiredness - are the

sorts of racer. Some are there just to enjoy themselves and

order of the day, and almost every rider is prepared to

stem / handlebar

get to the end, others are racing against themselves and

help another.

Prologo Nago Evo saddle

FsA carbon Team issue

hoping to improve on their previous best time and there are still others racing to win!

preparation is important

verona, italy

In fact the events have grown so much that there are

date

June

now specialized Gran Fondo teams with sponsored,

Proper training and fitness is important for any sport, but

track

in the mountains

salaried riders, some of whom are ex-pros! As a result

certainly is the case if you want to participate in a Gran

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el lago de garda

the average amateur racer has very little chance to be

Fondo race. It is recommended that you ride upwards of

100

106 / 165 km

on the podium.

2000 km (1200 miles) in training rides if you want to arrive

surrounding distance

140

satisfaction guaranteed!

gran fondo eddy merckx

EMX-5

EMX-3

EMX-1

EMX-7

EMX-5

EMX-3

EMX-1

EMX-7

EMX-5

EMX-3

EMX-1

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at the starting line and finish. Be wary, climbs, steep descents belgium

EMX-7

and riding in a crowd are part of the experience - choose

120

your event carefully!

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stW (nm/°/kg) 115

location

huy, Belgium

For most of the participants however, it is principally the

Costs for participation vary, but expect to pay roughly

140

date

June Around durbuy

satisfaction of having been and competed with a group of

40 € or so and for that you get mechanical and medical

120

track distance

175 km

like-minded people from around the country, even the

care, refreshments along the route - and perhaps coupons

100

world. It is a unique collective experience, and there is

for the post-race party!

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geometries

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ThE BrAvE NEW World oF BikE dEsigN - carboN SerieS

> Gran Fondo Eddy Merckx

seatpost


the emx-3 has been designed with both performance and comfort in mind. More comfort, better fit and feel equates to better results on the bike.

> EMX-3 Metallic - Detail of the oversized head tube.

The brave new world of bike design - CARBON SERIES

Eddy Merckx Cycles catalogue 2011

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carbon series

A comfortable bike is a faster bike

frame

Carbon 24HM UDM

emx-1 Black

While it seems common sense that improving the comfort and minimising the vibrations

fork

Carbon fork 1 1/4 – 1 1/8

reduces energy loss when riding over bumps, there is science to prove it! Riding over most bumpy surfaces will not generate a single frequency of vertical seat movement, but

groupset Wheelset

instead provoke a spectrum of vibration frequencies with perhaps distinct peaks at a few

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Campagnolo Athena

different frequencies.

Fast Forward Alu/

Despite the fact that carbon fiber is much stiffer than metals, the actual build-up of the

Carbon Clincher Campagnolo Athena

material can deliver a very comfortable ride (i.e. Carbon Laminate +).

Campagnolo Scirocco

While materials are one aspect, bike geometry does make a considerable difference and this is where Eddy Merckx EMX series bikes have their added advantage.

Campagnolo Centaur Campagnolo Vento

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Campagnolo Veloce

the emx-1

Campagnolo Khamsin

“The superb handling is the most

Shimano Ultegra Fast Forward Alu/

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pronounced ride characteristic of the emx-1.

Carbon Clincher

It is both comfortable and stiff, but its real strength

Shimano Ultegra

is the feeling of confidence it inspires around corners

Fulcrum Racing 5 Shimano 105

and how true it seems to ride in a group.”

Fulcrum Racing 7 Seatpost

FSA carbon Team Issue Sizes

S 42 / S 45 / S 48 / S 51 / S 54

emx-1 Black Grey

emx-1 Red White

Composite Design

Components

FSA Alloy stem/handlebar Prologo Kappa Saddle

1 24HM Fiber

140

2 Carbon Laminate +

120

100

3 UDM Finish

EMX-7

EMX-5

EMX-3

EMX-1

EMX-7

EMX-5

EMX-3

EMX-1

EMX-7

EMX-5

EMX-3

EMX-1

EMX-7

EMX-5

EMX-3

EMX-1

140

120

1 comfort

Seat Stay Design

100

140

Optimal

120

Power Transfer 100

STW (Nm/°/kg) 105

1 Oversized head tube

140

2 Oversized bracket

120

100

140

geometries

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Advanced


The efx fiTs me like a glove !

Eddy MErckx cyclEs catalogue 2011

south africa

ThE EFx FiTs ME likE A glovE ! - FeMale race geoMetrY

female race geometry johannesburg

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female race geometry bike team and a few track riders. I am very excited to race

carla swart is one of the

championships in Kansas City.

for MTN/Energade. The girls on the team are very talented

leading cyclists on the American

How did it happen that you ended up in college in the

class events. We also have a few European racers on the

college circuit - in fact she is

UsA and racing there ?

team. We will be doing several UCI events all over the world

C.S. I finished my high school in Georgia, and because

and I am confident that we will represent the team well.

CL+

CARBON LAMINATE +

unique having won national titles

FEMALE RACE GEOMETRY

FRG

female race geometry

schooling in America I de-

“ [...] he still knows how to ride.”

Eddy Merckx cycles sponsors the team and provides EFX-1s

cided to go to Lees McRae.

Track, Cyclocross and Mountain

for continuing my cycling ca-

biking. not only will she will be

reer and to learn more about

tell us how it feels ?

racing. I think that it is very

I am delighted to say it really is

representing South Africa in the Commonwealth Games in

Lees McRae was a great option

for all the ladies since the

name

start of the year now, can you

carla swart

important for students to go to college and keep developing

a joy to ride. And that’s not just me saying so, but the whole

as cyclists while they are getting a degree.

team. It’s really light and stiff and perfectly designed for us as women. It’s got a shorter top tube, and that works very

What’s the college scene compared to professional

well - many of us have a shorter upper torso and longer legs.

2010, but she is aiming for the

road racing ?

It’s very comfortable to ride and the shape is just perfect.

olympics in 2012 and possible

The collegiate scene is without a doubt the most fun expe-

We had the good fortune to meet Eddy Merckx himself in

rience you can have as a cyclist! Lees McRae has made the

Qatar - he came to see us racing at the start of the year. He

collegiate racing stress free because it is a fully supported

also went out cycling with us - that was a thrill. It’s clear that

program. We are able to learn a lot from each other and work

he knows what he’s talking about by the way he asked ques-

together like a professional team. It is a great environment.

tions and talked bikes, and equally clear he still knows how to

The atmosphere is much more relaxed and team-oriented at

ride. He kept up and for half the training run was in the lead!

> Carla Swart, racing the EFX-1

the college events. And besides, it’s more coed, so you have

What’s different about the EFX ?

a lot of goofy boys around!

A member of the MTN / Energade team racing in Europe

climbing and sprinting, and while I don’t mind riding in

and around the world, she has since the beginning of the

cold weather - I do prefer it when it is hot and sunny!

year, been using the EFX-1 bike - the Eddy Merckx Cycles

Obviously, I’ve tried a lot of bikes over the years and many

you are riding for the south African MTn team.

women’s bikes are just pale, often pink, imitations of men’s

can you tell us more about the team ?

models. The EFX-1 is different. It rides really well, is light-

frame set that has been especially developed for women

you’re rare in that you have excelled in all disciplines.

The team is a UCI Pro continental team that supports both

weight and has an interesting sloping geometry. It seems

riders and racers.

Please tell us more ?

a women’s and a men’s squad. They also have a mountain

ready made for our lower center of gravity. The fact

time I won the Cyclocross race to complete the clean sweep

the champion of racing bike

from South Africa with her parents. She now attends Lees

in the Collegiate campaign. I’ve been fortunate of course

geometry. it was normal

McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina - where she’s

and I’ve now won 19 national titles over all disciplines in-

therefore that the company

majoring in Sports Management and Business studies. She

cluding individual and team events. I’m especially proud to

tour of qatar

bike for women. it means that

rides for a professional team, the South African based

have helped my college (Lees McRae) to glory!

launched on the international

good race, and there is lots

race’s praises, “coming here is

the angle of the seat tube is

MTN/Energade team, and continues to ride for her college

Note: In May, Carla sprinted to the Division 1 road race title,

stage by Eddy Merckx himself

of attacks and jockeying for

kept as close to a proper

(along with the Tour of oman)

position. Perhaps due to the

while also representing South Africa. We caught up with

then took the overall women’s omnium en route to helping her

with the help of the Tour de

heavy crosswinds, there are

school take the team crown. In August, Carla grabbed indi-

France organisers, it is the

also quite a few crashes.

first race on the professional

This year, carla fell and broke

calendar, and an ideal test for

open an old wound and this

which earned her the overall D1 female title. Two months later

the riders.

sadly brought an end to her

quite an eye opener as women don’t usually ride their bikes - and that makes us quite a spectacle! it is lovely to race here, it’s so well organised and all the riders are put up in the same 5-star hotel, and treated exceptionally well.”

long flat stages in warm

participation in the race.

windy conditions make for a

it didn’t stop her singing the

should design a real racing

racing angle as possible, and so the top tube is made

her and asked her to tell us more about herself.

vidual track titles in the 2km pursuit and the match sprint,

shorter, and the front head tube is made larger. it’s more adapted to women’s

Please, can you tell us what kind of rider you are ?

body morphologies and much

I try to be a smart rider - aggressive when I need to be and

she won both the cross-country and short track mountain bike

more comfortable to ride.

conservative as the situation dictates. Above all I love

titles, and the individual mountain bike omnium. And finally

November 26, 1987 in graaf-reinet, south Africa

where do you live Banner Elk, North carolina, UsA

height, weight height 1m67 (5’ 6’’), Weight 59 kg (130 lb; 9 stone 4 lbs)

at what age did you start (competitive) cycling? 17

in cycling terms, what are your greatest strengths? i am a pretty good climber i hope to be a great time

It was 7 years ago that Carla moved to the United States

of racing bikes, and Eddy is

date and place of birth

and a decent sprinter.

Well I have put pressure on myself and none more so at the

Eddy Merckx cycles is above all a manufacturer

I wanted to continue my

in all 4 cycling disciplines: road,

road race success.

FRG

and most of them have represented South Africa in world-

trialist one day

how often do you ride a bike? how many km/day? 50-150km, depending on day and time of year.

ThE EFx FiTs ME likE A glovE ! - FeMale race geoMetrY

took her final win at the USA Cycling national cyclocross

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Advanced Composite Design

1 30HM Fiber 3K finish

Eddy Merckx Cycles catalogue 2011

efx-3 Metallic

2 Carbon Laminate +

1

1

Comfort Seat Stay Design

2

3

1

Optimal Power Transfer

1 Oversized head tube 1 1/4 – 1 1/8

2 Oversized bottom bracket 3 FRG

1

The efx fits me like a glove ! - FEMALE RACE GEOMETRY

CL+

CARBON LAMINATE +

FRG

FEMALE RACE GEOMETRY

CL+

CARBON LAMINATE +

2

EDDY MERCKX SHAPING 7000

7000

37

T

EMS

female race geometry


female race geometry that we have less upper-body weight means you need a dif-

Thank you. One last question - who has inspired you,

ferent forward position when riding up a hill. Most women

or currently inspires you to race?

riders will also find the position of the dropped handlebars

C.S. Above all, I am inspired by my family. They are very

much more comfortable than on a man’s bike. They are

supportive of me. My Dad was brave enough to start a new

frame

more efficient and control is better. Above all though the

life in an unfamiliar country in order for me to have a better

carbon 30hM 3k

back is extended giving an improved overall posture

future. And my Mom has been very supportive of me all my

fork

and relieving tension on the ligaments in the back, which

life and I admire her for her dedication to me. She was

carbon fork 1 1/4 – 1 1/8

are always a source of problems. In addition to this, your

diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis almost 20 years and has

fork

weight is moved forward on the bike towards the

always inspired me to do my best.

carbon fork 1 1/4 – 1 1/8

wheelset

arms, and this helps to avoid saddle sores - a common

Thank you very much. Good luck for the rest of the year

campagnolo athena

female problem!

and your career going forward.

groupset

efx-1 Black

frame

carbon 24hM UdM

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groupset wheelset

eND

campagnolo athena

Fast Forward Alu/ Carbon Clincher

Fast Forward Alu/

is the seat specially adapted ?

campagnolo athena Campagnolo Scirocco

It’s a good fit for me - but I know there are differences

campagnolo centaur

between riders. Finding a seat that fits in a variety of

Campagnolo Vento

Carbon Clincher campagnolo athena Campagnolo Scirocco campagnolo centaur

pedalling positions often means that you have to try more

Shimano ultegra Fast Forward Alu/Carbon

than one saddle - especially if you’re doing different events

Clincher DTSwiss hub

as I do. I must say I found the one on the EFX pretty good

Shimano ultegra Fast Forward Alu/

from day 1 - but I do know they are an individual choice

Carbon Clincher

and everyone will have their own opinion.

Campagnolo Vento Shimano ultegra Fast Forward Alu/ Carbon Clincher Shimano ultegra Fulcrum Racing 5

Shimano ultegra

Shimano 105

Fulcrum Racing 5

Fulcrum Racing 5

> Eddy Merckx Cycles EFX-1 Team MTN / Energade bikes.

seatpost

seatpost 140

FsA carbon Team issue

FsA carbon Team issue

120

sizes

sizes

100

s 40 / s 43 / s 46

s 40EMX-7 / s 43EMX-5 / s 46EMX-3

140

140

components

120

FsA carbon Team issue

efx-3 Red White

efx-1 Blue White

EMX-7

EMX-5

EMX-3

components

120

FsA Alloy stem/handlebar Prologo kappa saddle

100 EMX-1

Prologo Nago Evo saddle 140

140

120

120

100 EMX-7

EMX-5

EMX-1

140

120

120

EMX-7

EMX-5

EMX-3

140

120

120

EMX-5

EMX-3

140

120

120

EMX-7

EMX-5

EFX-3

EMX-5

EMX-3

EMX-1

EMX-7

EMX-5

EMX-3

EMX-1

EMX-7

EMX-5

EFX-3

EMX-1

EMX-7

EMX-5

EMX-3

EFX-1

100 EMX-1

140

geometries 120

EMX-7

stW (nm/°/kg) 105

140

100

EMX-1

100

EMX-1 stW (nm/°/kg) 105 EMX-7

EMX-3

100 EMX-1

140

100

EMX-5

100 EMX-3

140

100

EMX-7

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stem / handlebar

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EMX-1


V

alloy series

bath

we spoke with jeremy barker, who works at john’s

Eddy MErckx cyclEs catalogue 2011

united kingdom

bikes in bath. he told us why the amx series is very

popular in the United Kingdom.

“I personally love the AMX alloy series for its fabulous ride quality and its great feel, and I’m often riding it at the weekend. I keep getting stopped by people wanting to know more about it - and if they miss me at the weekend, they’re coming in on Monday asking me about “that bike” I was riding over the weekend! They want to know more.” “v” is For vEry good BikEs - alloY SerieS

© Stephan Vanfleteren

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alloy series 43 Eddy MErckx cyclEs catalogue 2011

The AMX series of bikes are the alloy bikes in the Eddy Merckx range. And while the top of the range - the AMX-5 - has both a front and rear fork made of carbon, even the entry level AMX has a lot going for it.

v is for visually stunning! The AMX bikes are excellent value for money and they do seem to tick all the boxes. Not

scheme in the u.k.

they are proving extremely popular and selling very well. In fact, John’s Bike store in Bath

_ The government in

(www.johnsbikes.co.uk) has been selling around 1 to 2 AMX bikes a week. We wanted to

name

“I personally love the AMX alloy series for its fabulous ride quality and its great feel, and I’m

cycle to Work scheme.

Jeremy Barker

bike” I was riding over the weekend! They want to know more. It’s true that the geometry is second to none, and it looks great. The proof though is when they try it. I always encourage

© Tonny Strouken

form of a bell - and delivers a stiffer feel and stronger construction for the same weight. it makes our scandium alloy bikes lighter, stiffer and more robust.

OSR

in cheltenham, England

corsham, Wiltshire

the smiles are huge and their whole body is beaming. There is no easier sell than when

height, weight height 1m73 (5’ 8”),

at what age did you start (competitive) cycling? i’ve never ridden competitively!

in cycling terms, what are your greatest strengths?

Eddy Merckx is well known for his remarkable number of victories: 525 in all races out of about 1500 starts - a victory

Within cycling i like descending, hill climbing

on average in one of out of every 3 starts. And while most

and bunch riding

of them were ridden on steel bikes, his “hardest ride of

how often do you ride a bike? how many km/day? ride 3 times a week

on a titanium alloy bike.

and cover 60 - 110 km on each ride.

When he started his own cycle company in 1979, he of course made steel bikes as that was the material of choice at the time. But he quickly and easily moved with the times and by the year 2000, only 10% of his production was steel - with many of them being special orders. At that time aluminum alloys made up the lion’s share of the production run, and these types

FRG

of bike have remained very popular ever since.

“v” is For vEry good BikEs - alloY SerieS

of the market - it’s uses the

November 29, 1972

see the looks on their faces when they come back - you can tell they have had fun because

> Custom-made alloy frames are still welded by hand in the factory in Meise, Belgium.

© Stephan Vanfleteren

different shape than the rest

date and place of birth

where do you live

< World Championship Heerlen 1967

v for victory v

FEMALE RACE GEOMETRY ALE RACE GEOMETRY

scandium alloy tube. it’s a

OPTIMIZED IMIZED STRUCTURAL REINFORCEMENT UCTURAL REINFORCEMENT

unique users of the EMs7000

a bike up to £1000.

10 stone 11 lbs)

them all”, the one-hour record in october 1972 was ridden

Eddy Merckx cycles are the

discount on the price of

Weight 69 kg (151 lbs;

CARBON LAMINATE + CARBON LAMINATE +

EDDY MERCKX SHAPING 7000 EDDY MERCKX SHAPING 7000

7000

There’s an effective 40%

people to try the bike out before buying and we have a number that people can try. You should

that happens!”

eddy merckx shaping 7000

offers tax breaks for those who buy a bicycle in the

it - and if they miss me at the weekend, they’re coming in on Monday asking me about “that

CL + CL+

the United kingdom now

understand better, and so we asked Jeremy Barker who works in the store what was going on. often riding it at the weekend. I keep getting stopped by people wanting to know more about

EMS EMS 7000

cycle to work

withstanding a government initiative to get people to ride a bike to work - see adjoining box -


alloy technology

amx-5 Pearl White

Advanced frame Design

1

EMS 7000

2

Carbon seat stays

3

Tapered oversized head tube

4

Smooth welded finish

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1 3

4

“V” is for Very Good Bikes - ALLOY SERIES

CL+

CARBON LAMINATE +

7000

NT

EMS

EDDY MERCKX SHAPING 7000

2


alloy series v is for value

© TDWSport.com

“The amazing thing is the value the AMX offers. With a Shimano Compact wheelset and a

amx-4 White

carbon front fork that gives excellent stiffness and better ride comfort - they are bikes that

scandium 7000 TB

we feel should cost a lot more. And customers do too. Once we’ve explained to them how

fork

the sizing works, and they’ve tried the bike that’s the best size for them - we are heading for a

carbon 3k fork 1 1/4

happy customer! They love the ride position and knowing that the saddle height and the reach certain pros

are just perfect makes for a very comfortable position.”

prefer an amx

“I’ve got a whole collection of postcards and letters from customers who’ve gone on cycling

alloy bike for

holidays and who just want to tell me how happy they are with their purchase. It’s certainly

paris-roubaix

This year, a few pros in

extremely motivating and the pictures from all over Europe tell their own story.”

the Quick step team

“It’s true that the reputation of Eddy Merckx helps - everyone wants to buy from a winner, and

opted to ride an AMx-5

there is no greater cyclist than him. The Eddy Merckx brand value is important, and the fact

in the Paris-roubaix race,

frame

believing it to be a softer,

that the AMX series is still produced by hand in Eddy’s original factory makes a difference.

and potentially more com-

We have a great story to tell.”

groupset wheelset

campagnolo athena Campagnolo Scirocco

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Shimano ultegra Fulcrum Racing 5 Shimano ultegra Fast Forward Alu/ Carbon Clincher seatpost

eND

fortable ride. Whichever

carbon wrap 3k

type of bike they used however (carbon fiber or

sizes

alloy), they all got home

s 42 / s 45 / s 48 / s 51 / s 54

safely and in one piece. components

carbon 3k handlebar / stem Prologo Nago Evo saddle

amx-5 Pearl White

afx-4 White

frame

frame

scandium 7000 TB

scandium 7000 TB

+ carbon 3k ss fork fork

carbon 3k fork 1 1/4

carbon 3k fork 1 1/4 groupset groupset

wheelset

wheelset

campagnolo athena

campagnolo record

Campagnolo Scirocco Shimano ultegra

Campagnolo Eurus Shimano Dura ace clincher DTSwiss hub

Fast Forward Alu/ Carbon Clincher

seatpost seatpost

carbon 3k

carbon wrap 3k sizes sizes

50 / 52 / 54 / 56 / 58 / 60

s 40 / s 43 / s 46 components

carbon 3k handlebar

components

carbon 3k stem

carbon 3k handlebar / stem

Prologo scratch Pro saddle

Prologo Nago Evo saddle geometries

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“v” is For vEry good BikEs - alloY SerieS

Fulcrum Racing 5 Shimano ultegra

Fast Forward Alu/carbon


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amx-2 QS

the amx-2 -2 alloy frame is a bike ready for serious

riding and racing. it has an exceptionally high strength to weight index due to the triple butted tubing that allows the frame to be reduced in thickness where too much metal is unnecessary. A high quality finish, made possible by the use of a smooth welding

frame

technique, also means that there are literally no joints to be seen.

Alloy 7046 TB

carbon seat stays and front forks not only add vertical compliance and lateral rigidity, but as an added bonus, they deliver a

fork

lighter frame. shimano 105 wheelsets are of course standard.

carbon fork 1 1/8 – 1 1/4

frame

Alloy 7005 TB fork

groupset

carbon fork 1 1/8

wheelset groupset

campagnolo Veloce Campagnolo Khamsin

wheelset

campagnolo centaur

Shimano tiagra

Campagnolo Vento

Shimano RS10

Shimano 105 seatpost

Fulcrum racing 7

Alloy 3d forged seatpost sizes

carbon wrap 3k

s 40 / s 43 / s 46 sizes components

50 / 52 / 54 / 56 / 58 / 60

amx-2 Red White

afx-1 White Blue

Alloy handlebar

components

Alloy stem 3d Forged

Alloy handlebar

Prologo saddle

Alloy stem 3d Forged

“v” is For vEry good BikEs - alloY SerieS

Prologo saddle

geometries

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geometries

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the dangers - and each of our 3 urban cyclists have had at least one “close” call.

urban biking is picking up fans around the world, and with more cyclists on the road there is a slow but growing appreciation from other road users that cyclists need to be treated with care and attention! Recent published data suggests that there are now twice as many cyclists on the road in London than 7 years ago, and in New York City the number has increased by 29% in one year. The reasons are numerous no doubt but speed and health are the top two. Average car speed in London is 9 mph - about 14 km/hr - while many bikers are achieving averages of 13 mph upwards, of course depending on route taken, length of commute, the weather,

Better late than never !

what bike and whether or not your late! The fact that people are normally less active and have put on weight is another reason that people are getting out on the road. We talked to 3 people who regularly cycle in the city. First up was David Craig in London.

Urban Biking - Better late than never !

urban

Everyone who drives in a big city is aware of


urban bike

united kingdom

united states

san fransisco

london

name

name

david craig

Tony little

date and place of birth

date and place of birth

london, sometime in the

November 30, 1982

last century!

in Mendocino, california

where do you live

where do you live

Wimbledon, England -

Mill valley, california

about 5 minutes on a bike

height, weight

from the famous tennis club.

height 1m83 (6’ 0”), Weight 72 kg (158 lbs;

height 1m80 (5’11”),

david is a director of operations at the Asso-

and sneezing commuters, are enough to reassure me of the

tony is an independent computer program-

semi-pro event and that takes me to the Sierra Nevada and

Weight 85 kg (184 lbs;

ciation of optometrists in london.

value of cycling. I get an hour’s exercise every day, free. I get

mer and works in the San francisco bay area. he still rides to work when he needs to but now often works from home. we asked him what it was like cycling in San francisco, California?

even up into Oregon.

13 stone 5 lbs).

at what age did you start (competitive) cycling? Never ridden competitively.

in cycling terms, what are your greatest strengths?

to work every day, free, I get hot water for a shower every “I’ve been commuting to work for the last 6 years now. It’s

day, free. Other people pay for the gym, pay for their tube

about 8 miles into the city from Wimbledon and I was a

ticket, and have to fit in their exercise in the evening when

keen cyclist in my twenties, so when they installed showers

they should be with their kids/partner/friends. I get to work

at the office, I leapt at the chance to get back cycling again. I

slightly quicker on my bike – and I have fun doing it.

tend to leave a couple of suits and pairs of shoes there, and

Cycling in the confines of San Francisco is pretty well organised and there’s a pretty big community of bikers, often meeting to go all the way down to the Mountain View area

“I come from Italian stock and cycling has always been part

(where Google has its headquarters) - that’s about 40 miles

of my life! I actually worked as a bike mechanic for many

from the centre of town. Broken bike chains and punctures

bring a change of shirt and underwear with me everyday.

Suffice to say I am an all weather cyclist and do it every

years and I’ve seen the changes. It’s amazing how much cycling

are part of the deal, but there’s always someone passing by

Obviously when I get home at night, I can shower and

day. I’ve got used to the rain and snow - you have to be well

has taken off - inspired in no small part I guess by the Tour

who’ll give you a helping hand. That’s part of the fun: the

change with ease so that’s not an issue. I ride a fast “hybrid”

equipped in England, and I don’t get cold – if it’s chilly I just

de France and the USA successes over the years. Recently

camaraderie and great people you meet on the way.”

i certainly enjoy the tussle

– but nothing too fancy. I bought it 3 years ago to replace a

cycle a little harder and soon warm up. I feel much better

I’ve moved to live about 10 miles north of the Golden Gate

with the traffic every day...!

bike that was stolen; I didn’t go for anything too costly as I

and healthier because of it.

Bridge and so most of my cycling is done north of the bay.

hmmm, not sure.

how often do you ride a bike? how many km/day? i ride almost every day; 15 miles (24 km) a day during the week.

was concerned as to whether - or when - it would get stolen,

Crossing it, the bridge - especially on a bike is still one of

11 stone 4 lbs)

at what age did you start (competitive) cycling? i was 17.

in cycling terms, what are your greatest strengths? dealing with the pain by remembering the fact that you’re having a blast.

how often do you ride a bike? how many km/day?

or damaged on the road – commuting through London

It’s true that I work in an organisation that encourages this

life’s great experiences - it trips me every time! It’s great

traffic can be hard on a bike! Like everyone else, I’ve had a

type of transport but I would encourage everyone to give it

because you can stop and take in the sites. The views are

anything from 10

couple of bad experiences, but nothing that has ever come

a try. There is so much help for cyclists these days. I see all

breathtaking and you can see the whole valley stretch out

to 100 miles.

close to putting me off.

sorts of people on a bike in the morning - some dressed in

before you. I regularly use the bike to go down town and

their business suits and some in their favourite team’s lycra

for me it’s pretty easy. I’m also doing a lot of training rid-

Occasionally I have to travel on the tube – and those in-

outfits. We all have respect one for the other, and we all try

ing - in fact I ride about 20 hours a week, and am often out

frequent journeys, among sweaty armpits and coughing

to look out for another.”

at the weekend on my mountain bike. I do the occasional

Usually everyday -

UrBAN BikiNg - BETTEr lATE ThAN NEvEr !

height, weight

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urban bike

URBAN BIKE PROJECT Imagine a specially designed Eddy Merckx bike for riding in the city: a real urban bike. what would it be like? Made of steel - it’s got to be strong, and got to be sturdy - it’s able to withstand the rough roads and cobble stones of a singapore

Eddy MErckx cyclEs catalogue 2011

55

city; it would have built in safety features: lights, reflectors, a bell, and a simple gear change; it would be beautiful and cool looking - with an old school shifter, integrated wiring, comfortable pedals and a space for the number plate.

name Wei Ming

The inspiration for this bike is of course ‘the’ famous

date and place of birth

World-Hour-Record bike - conceived and ridden by Eddy himself. No frills, no fluff - just strong, fast and perfectly

1976 in singapore

proportioned. We’ve got two, and both are inspired by that

where do you live

incredible feat of sporting endeavour.

singapore

height, weight

The first is the ‘Cannibal Limited Edition’. Beautiful, sleek and made for urban biking, it’s a

1m67 (5’ 6’’), 59 kg

mixture of our rich heritage and new technology giving a bike that can be used everyday,

(130 lbs; 9 stone 4 lbs)

i started getting serious about cycling in the city in december 2008.

in cycling terms, what are your greatest strengths?

wei ming is a professional photographer

are (even) more serious in terms of speed and mileage.

Cannibal Limited Edition but just that much easier to use in the city with its flat horizontal

who lives and works in Singapore. he still regularly takes his bike to work, but times have changed and occasionally he needs to use his car to get to client meetings. he tells us more about cycling in Singapore.

Riding around Singapore is actually getting a bit better.

handlebars and 14 gears.

“It’s not quite as practical to cycle everywhere for my job you! Arriving in a hot and sweaty cycling outfit often doesn’t meet their expectations. Fortunately with my job, I

that takes you through some of the more beautiful green

Cycles have delivered the first ultimate Urban Bike - because for some cycling is more

areas of the country. And recently there has been a campaign

than just a Sunday outing, it’s become a new way of life.

safety with other drivers who share the road.”

eND

work independently and my time is quite flexible. I often do up to 40 to 70 km in an evening. More recently I’ve moved to a fixed gear bike, and while it was just for fun at first, I’m

i ride about 3 to 4 times

enjoying it. It’s a bit of a sensation and thrill. I like the sim-

a week, and do 40 to

plicity of a fixed gear bike - no brake cables, or gears to mess

70 km/day - even longer

up the fine lines. I accept it’s a little bit dangerous coming

when i’m abroad.

It’s just the beginning, more “urban bikes” will beat the road, but for now Eddy Merckx

now. I’ve got equipment to carry and clients still want to see

just keeping going and i

how often do you ride a bike? how many km/day?

of places to ride, including the “Park Connector Network”

to drive awareness of cyclists on the road and improve their

No particular strength just love those hilly roads!

The government has installed and improved a whole network

down the hills without brakes, but the danger is part of the fun. Climbing up a hilly road on a fixed gear is a serious business though where stopping half way up is not an option. I ride with a local fixed gear group as well as roadies who

The Cannibal Limited Edition

UrBAN BikiNg - BETTEr lATE ThAN NEvEr !

at what age did you start (competitive) cycling?

everywhere - safely and comfortably. The second is our ‘Mexico City Series’ - similar to the


urban bike

concept drawing

mexico city series 6

14 speed hub gear

2

comfortable

3

number plate

4

old school

7

pedals

8

shifter

5

integrated

6

integrated

7

horizontal

8

integrated

5 3

wiring

4

brake light

brakes

head light

1

2

Urban Biking - Better late than neverâ&#x20AC;&#x2030;!

1

The Mexico City Series bike has a host of the features you need for easy and comfortable urban biking: horizontal bars, front and back lights, comfortable easy access pedals and smart looking wheels. There are 14 gears on this bike and while Eddy considered a fixed gear edition, he feels that they are too dangerous to ride around town - thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why he added brakes as well!

Eddy Merckx Cycles catalogue 2011

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eddy merckx cycles 2011 bike range 59

race carbon

performance carbon

EMS 7000

OSR

FRG

CL+

FRG

emx-1

EMS 7000 EMS 7000

CL+ CL+

EMS 7000 EMS 7000

CL+ CL+

OSR OSR

FRG FRG P.33

OSR OSR

FRG FRG P.39

EMS

EMS

afx-1

FRG

FRG

P.31

OSR

FRG

CL+ P.05

7000

CL+

7000

CL+

FRG

EMS 7000

EMS 7000

CL+

OSR

FRG

EMS 7000

CL+ P.41

OSR

CL+

P.47

OSR

alloy / scandium

FRG

P.49

FRG

amx-2

OSR

amx-4

OSR

OSR

OSR

FRG

CL+

amx-5

7000

7000

CL+

CL+

afx-4

emx-7

EMS

EMS

7000

P.25

P.15

OSR

EMS

carbon

OSR

CL+

efx-1

7000

7000

efx-3

emx-5

EMS

EMS

Eddy MErckx cyclEs catalogue 2011

high-end carbon

emx-3

ultimate carbon

FRG EMS 7000

CL+

P.47

OSR

high-end scandium

P.48

FRG

race scandium

performance alloy


geometries emx-7 pro geometry

emx-3 . emx-1 performance geometry

size sl size reach stack

a

b

c

d

e

f

50

450

383

511

533

114

73,8

71,3

71

52

466

387

526

545

129

73,4

71,7

54

482

392

541

557

145

73,1

56

498

396

556

569

160

58

514

401

571

582

60

530

405

586

595

g

h

i

j

l

trail

isp

size

reach

stack

408 979

581

365

43

71

408 985

587

365

72

69

410 995

595

72,7

72,4

69

410 1000

174

72,4

72,7

69

191

72

73,1

67

a

b

c

d

e

f

g

h

i

j

139

68,7

680

42

368

43

149

66,2

710

45

365

43

157

64,3

740

600

365

43

167

61,8

412 1009

606

365

43

175

412 1014

611

365

43

185

526

519

129

74.2

71.5

71

414

973

570

365

43

507

67.4

373

547

534

149

73.7

71.9

71

414

982

578

365

43

530

64.9

48

378

568

550

173

73.2

72.3

69

414

991

586

365

43

554

62.4

770

51

383

589

567

193

72.7

72.7

69

414

998

594

365

43

577

59.9

59,9

800

54

388

610

583

216

72.2

73.1

67

414

1006 602

365

43

600

57.4

57,4

830

j

emx-5 pro geometry sl size

reach

stack

48

450

376

50

475

52

efx-3 . efx-1 performance geometry a

b

c

d

e

f

g

h

i

j

l

reach

stack

489

516

93

74,3

70,8

71

408

969

572

365

43

127

71,8

40

353

383

511

533

114

73,8

71,3

71

408

979

581

365

43

139

68,7

43

491

387

526

545

129

73,4

71,7

71

408

985

587

365

43

149

66,2

46

54

507

392

541

557

145

73,1

72

69

410

995

595

365

43

157

64,3

56

523

396

556

569

160

72,7

72,4

69

410

1000

600

365

43

167

61,8

58

539

401

571

582

174

72,4

72,7

69

412

1009

606

365

43

175

59,9

60

555

405

586

595

191

72

73,1

67

412

1014

611

365

43

185

57,4

trail

size

a

b

c

d

e

f

g

h

i

523

498

130

75.0

70.4

73

408

967

570

365

48

502

69.0

360

546

514

155

74.5

70.8

71

410

980

581

365

48

527

66.5

366

569

531

178

74.0

71.2

71

410

990

591

365

48

553

64.0

pro geometry

performance geometry

emx-7 . emx-5

emx-3 . efx-3 . emx-1 . efx-1

l

a

a

REACH

REACH

b

k

d

c e

i

6

74

d

c e

j h

g

Ă&#x2DC;

E SIZ

E SIZ

74

f

stack

i

6

f

b

stack

Ă&#x2DC;

classic size ( k ) trail

j h

g

technical specifications

size

classic size ( k ) trail

Eddy Merckx Cycles catalogue 2011

61


geometries amx-5 elite geometry size

reach

stack

50

375

52

amx-2 performance geometry reach

stack

a

b

c

d

e

f

g

h

i

j

50

366

517

512

120

74.4

71.3

71

414

970

567

365

43

68.7

65.5

52

370

535

525

138

74.0

71.7

71

414

977

573

365

43

66.2

43

63.7

54

375

554

540

159

73.5

72.0

69

414

986

582

365

43

64.3

365

43

61.8

56

379

573

554

177

73.1

72.4

69

414

992

588

365

43

61.8

601

365

43

59.9

58

384

591

569

195

72.6

72.7

69

414

1000

595

365

43

59.9

608

365

43

58.1

60

388

610

583

216

72.2

73.1

67

414

1006

602

365

43

57.4

a

b

c

d

e

f

g

h

i

j

515

526

118

73.8

71.5

71

406

969

573

365

43

67.4

379

533

539

136

73.4

71.8

71

406

976

581

365

43

54

383

551

552

155

73.0

72.1

69

408

986

588

365

56

387

569

566

173

72.6

72.4

69

408

993

595

58

391

587

579

191

72.2

72.7

69

410

1002

60

395

605

593

211

71.8

73.0

67

410

1009

trail

amx-4 elite geometry size

reach

stack

42

375

45

size

trail

Eddy Merckx Cycles catalogue 2011

63

afx-1 performance geometry

a

b

c

d

e

f

g

h

i

j classic size ( k ) trail

size

reach

stack

517

527

119

73.8

71.6

71

406

968

573

365

43

499

66.8

380

539

543

141

73.3

72.0

71

408

979

582

365

43

523

48

385

561

559

165

72.8

72.3

69

408

989

591

365

43

51

390

583

576

187

72.3

72.7

69

410

999

599

365

54

395

605

593

211

71.8

73.0

67

410

1009

608

365

a

b

40

353

523

498

64.3

43

360

546

547

62.4

46

366

569

43

572

59.9

43

597

58.1

c

d

e

f

g

h

i

j

classic size ( k )

trail

130 75.0 70.4 73 408

967

570

365

48

502

69.0

514

155 74.5 70.8 71 410

980

581

365

48

527

66.5

531

178 74.0 71.2 71 410

990

591

365

48

553

64.0

afx-4 elite geometry a

b

c

d

e

f

g

h

i

j

classic size ( k )

trail

40

361

515

505

121

74.7

70.4

73

408

971

574

365

48

495

69.0

43

367

538

522

146

74.2

70.8

71

410

984

585

365

48

520

66.5

46

373

561

539

169

73.7

71.2

71

410

994

595

365

48

545

64.0

elite geometry

elite geometry

performance geometry

performance geometry

amx-5

amx-4 . afx-4

amx-2

afx-1

a

a

a

a

REACH

REACH

b

f

74

d

c e

j h

g

i

6

f

i

6

74

d

c e

j h

g

Ø

f

stack

e

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k E SIZ

d

c j

h g

74

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e

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d

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Ø

b

stack

k

74

REACH

b

stack

i

6

f

b

stack

Ø

REACH

j h

g

technical specifications

size reach stack


Eddy Merckx Cycles catalogue 2011

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