Interbike 2010: Custom Eddy Merckx Tribute Bike On Display, And You Can Have One!

Cycling loves its legends, and Eddy Merckx as cemented himself in the history books as one of the greats. Since his retirement from racing, Merckx has overseen the production and recent introduction of a new line of EMX road bikes bearing his name, and the company has done quite well, gaining popularity and recently signing its first ProTour team with Quick-Step.

The company paid homage to its namesake at Interbike this year with a custom painted, top of the line EMX-7 highlighting all of The Cannibal’s major career wins. Check out full pictures of the Merckx tribute bike after the break.

Eddie Merckx Tribute Bike

The bike is basically a standard EMX-7 frame with a custom paint scheme and tricked out componentry. The bike features some pretty incredible detail work, all centered around Merckx’s career.

The seat tube bears the signature of The Cannibal, a fitting seal of approval for a gorgeous machine.

Custom Eddie Mercx Top Tube

The top tube features Merckx’s grand tour wins; 5 in France and 5 in Italy, along with¬† 3 World Championships.

Custom Lightweight wheels feature a chronological recap of Merckx’s other one-day and stage race wins.

A checkered flag graphic on the front followed by “525″ represents the 525 total victories Merckx had over the span of his racing career.

Want one?

The company is actually producing a limited run of these, and although most were spoken for following Eurobike, there are still some available. Just send them a check for…

That’s right. $21,000. Perfection ‘aint cheap, I guess.

Comments

Jason K - 10/27/10 - 1:08pm

Who is this “Eddie Merckx?” Is he related to Eddy Merckx, arguably the greatest rider of all time?

Seriously, is the author of this post new to cycling? The text makes it sound like Eddie retired a few years ago and that his bike brand is still new-ish: “…the company has done quite well, gaining popularity and recently signing its first ProTour team with Quick-Step.”

You know, Eddie Merckx frames have been around for decades. They recently signed their first ProTour team? Are you aware that the old Motorola team rode Merckx frames? Armstrong won his 1993 world championship on a Merckx-branded Litespeed. That was almost 20 years ago.

I guess it’s possible that Quick Step is technically the first ProTour team Merckx has sponsored (the ProTour has only existed since 2004) but this is hardly Merckx’s first foray into the sponsorship of top-level professional teams.

Is Brad Sohner new to cycling? If so, maybe his posts could use a bit of editing until he finds his sea legs (as it were).

Jason

BradSohner - 10/27/10 - 3:34pm

Oops! Dumb mistake. Name corrected. Thanks Jason!

Tom - 10/27/10 - 10:15pm

Also note that the Lotto Domo team with McEwen and Van Petegem rode Merckx bikes in the 2004 season. Eddy’s son Axel took the bronze medal on the Olympic road race in Athens that year. They’re not new to the game.

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