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.

Eddy70 Bike by Eddy Merckx cycles
The EDDY70 is a limited edition, a state-of-the-art instrument of victory with a design reminiscent of the Faema chapter of Eddy Merckx’s cycling career. And although the material it is made of refers to the steel age of cycling this is a modern high-tech and high-performance racing bike. Moreover, it is handmade in Belgium by one of the best technicians who spent his entire career working with and for Eddy Merckx himself.

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”.

Price information

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.

Gallery: Eddy70

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.”

Eddy70 bike - stem
Eddy70: Stem
Eddy70 bike - Campagnolo Bora Ultra 35 Wheels
Eddy70 bike – Campagnolo Bora Ultra 35 Wheels with M70 logo.
Eddy70 bike - Columbus tubes
Frames will be TiG-welded, painted, and polished in-house at the Eddy Merck Cycles factory in Zellik, Belgium. The bike is built using Columbus’ top-of-the-line XCr tubing.
eddy70 bike - fork
M70 logo on the fork
Eddy70 bike - head tube
Headtube and seat clamp are made in Belgium out of stainless steel and carry the ‘M’ logo.
Eddy70 bike - number plate with Eddy Merckx sign
Eddy Merckx will autograph the number plates which are part of the frame, per the buyer’s request.
Eddy70 bike - number plate
Buyers will choose their own frame number, between two and 70. Number one belongs to Eddy Merckx himself.
Eddy70 bike - rear dropout
Each Eddy70 frame will be handmade in Belgium. Buyers will be able to choose a size, but will not be able to tweak the geometry.
Eddy70 bike - Seat Post
The Cinelli Neos seat pillar is made of monolithic aluminum 3D forged and reinforced with unidirectional carbon fiber. As a professional cyclist, Eddy has always appreciated the quality of the Cinelli products and has no qualms about calling himself a fan of the brand. Cinelli also wanted to celebrate Eddy Merckx’s 70th birthday by bringing out a special edition of this cockpit and seat post.
Eddy70 bike - seat stays
Eddy70: The Belgium flag on the seat stays.
Eddy70 bike seat tube
Each Eddy70 bike will be painted in an homage to Eddy Merckx’s 1968 Faema, which he rode to victory at Paris-Roubaix and the Giro d’Italia.
Eddy70 bike - Special Campagnolo Super Record crankset
Special Campagnolo Super Record crankset with the Eddy70 badge on it.

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