Eddy Merckx, who is generally considered to be the greatest cyclist of all time, founded his eponymous bicycle company on March 28, 1980. Merckx had retired as a professional rider a little under two years earlier, and he made the manufacturing of high-end road bikes his new professional challenge. Merckx got the idea to build bikes from Ugo De Rosa, who had built bikes for Merckx throughout his career. Prior to starting his company, Merckx went to Italy, and got trained in the art of making bikes by De Rosa for several weeks. Conversely, Ugo De Rosa visited Eddy Merckx in Belgium to get to know his first employees.
Among his first employees were some of his former Molteni teammates, the team with which he won three of his five Tour de France victories, three of his five Giro di Italia victories, and two of his three World Championships. Among these employees were Jos Huysmans, Edouard Janssens, and his former team manager, Bob Lelangue. After Merckx’s teammates retired in the recent past, the company has continued the tradition to hire former professional riders to work for the company in the different roles.
Eddy Merckx’ name quickly became a synonym for one of the most prestigious brands in the cycling world, a reputation it keeps until today. Merckx had always been obsessed with having the best possible bike for his rides. As a rider, he famously adjusted his saddle height during races, stopping over several times in crucial races such as Paris Roubaix or the World Championships, to ensure he would be able to perform at his best. And even as manufacturers like Masi, Colnago and De Rosa built the bikes for him and his team, in the 1970s, they already carried Merckx’ name due to his involvement in the design of the bikes.
Here we are proudly offering this very rare titanium racing machine – EDDY MERCKX Titane. The frame was made by Litespeed USA and dates back to 2000-01, shinning in outstanding original Merckx paintjob (same one was used also for Domo Farm Frites Team), build with Campagnolo Record 10s groupset, ITM Milenium cockpit, Flite Titanium saddle. Perfect in every detail. Ready for serious riding or just to bring back early 2000s memories.
Love at first sight. Very rare!
Frame & Fork: EDDY MERCKX Titane
– seat tube (c-t): 58,7 cm
– seat tube (c-c): 56 cm
– top tube (c-c): 56 cm
– headset tube: 14,8 cm
– standover: 81,2 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo Record 10s (172,5mm)
Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo Record 10s
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Record 10s
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Record 10s
Levers: Campagnolo Record 10s Ergopower 10s
Brakes: Campagnolo Record 10s
Hubs: Campagnolo Record 10s
Rims: Ambrosio Excellight TQB
Headset: Campagnolo Record
Cassette: Campagnolo Record 10s
Chain: Campagnolo Record (new)
Saddle: Selle Italia Flite Titanium
Stem: ITM Millenium (130mm)
Handlebar: ITM Millenium 7075
Pedals: Look CX6
Tires: Veloflex Master (new)
Handlebar tape: black
Condition: Used, but very good condition. No dents, no cracks, not bent. Original paint. Some tiny signs of normal use. Groupset is in excellent condition (new Campagnolo Record chain, cables and housing).