As with most things in his professional life, Merckx was never content to sit back and follow the leaders. Rather than lending his name to another builder’s work he decided to make his own brand of professional racing bicycle. In the 3 years that followed his retirement from professional racing, Merckx used his time to renovate a small farmhouse in Meise Belgium and tool it for bicycle frame production.
With the help of his mentor and friend Ugo De Rosa he assembled and trained a team of builders and prototyped his first frames. These initial frames are of varying in quality and design as the materials, details and process were refined.In March of 1980, the Eddy Merckx Cycles Factory began it’s first production run of frames. They were offered to the european public as full builds.In a matter of 1-2 years many of the details on these early frames disappeared. First to go were the BB shells and the seat lug, followed by the head lugs and the signature seat-stay caps and finally the ‘Eddy Merckx’ script on the fork crown. Some of these details overlapped with one another in various combinations until the builders ran out of stock and they were replaced with later versions.
In used condition but original paint. Some spots of use and rust on the frame and some paintchips as I displayed on the pictures. No dents no cracks. See all the pictures and judge for yourself. Crome and paint are in not so good condition.
|seat tube c-top||56 cm|
|Seat tube c-c||55 cm|
|Top tube||55,5 cm|
|Head tube lenght||140 mm|
|Spacing rear drop out||126 mm|
|Spacing front dropout||100 mm|
|Number frame||6 732|
|Weight frame and fork|
|Bottom Braket||Italian threated|