The legendary Eddy Merckx is turning 70 years old this year, on June 17, 2015. To celebrate, the bike brand that bears his name, the Eddy Merckx Cycles is producing a limited edition, modern, high-quality stainless steel racing bike: Eddy70. There will be only 70 examples produced, and the first specimen (No 1) has already been reserved for Eddy Merckx himself. The other 69 bikes will be available from September at a selection of bike stores.
The frames of the new bike will be TiG-welded, painted, and polished in-house at the Eddy Merck Cycles factory in Zellik. Since Eddy Merckx has always been the most prominent ambassador for Campagnolo, the famous Italian brand has agreed for the first time to customize the components used in this limited-edition bike.
The bike is fitted with a Campagnolo Super Record groupset and Campagnolo Bora Ultra 35 wheels, both with the unique EDDY70 signature. The same icon is also printed on the cockpit, seat post, and Cinelli’s seat.
Each Eddy70 bike will be specially built for the buyer by Johan Vranckx, Eddy Merckx’s “inside man”.
This extraordinary limited-edition bike is hand made and comes at the price of € 14,000 / $ 17,500 of which the first 25% is to be paid immediately (€ 3,500 / $4,375) by credit card, a second 25% within 24 hours after placing your order, and the remaining 50% is to be paid after your personal production process is finished. The price includes everything from the bike, transport costs, and import duties to photo book and personalization by the greatest cyclist ever.
Eddy Merckx has said about the new Eddy70 bike that:
“Everyone knows that I was always obsessively focused on the equipment that I rode on. That is still the case now. And as a result, I wanted only the best and most modern components and materials for this bike. The aim was absolute to make a high-performance, contemporary racing bike and not a replica of my old racing bike.”
- Read more on the Eddy Merckx bikes official website.
- Merckx Masterpiece: The Eddy70 on the Peloton Magazine website
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