Posted on: Monday, January 7th, 2008 at 3:38 pm by: Venkatesh Penumatsa
When Eddy Merckx, considered by most to be the greatest bicycle racer of all time, retired from racing he returned to his home country of Belgium and set up shop making some of the finest bicycle frames in the world. This is his way of giving back to the sport that means everything to him.
One of his finest design products is in the form of this bicycle the “Merckx Carbon CHM.” The Merckx CHM is a complete carbon bike at an outstanding price. Multiple carbon layers are used throughout construction to optimize stiffness and comfort. No additional materials are used, inside or out, so the frame stays tight and solid throughout its life.
The bicycle isn’t that light, it is very fast. Shortish chain stays are partially responsible for the snap, as is the fact that the stays are asymmetrical and diamond-shaped to resist torsional flexing. A massive bottom bracket shell, overbuilt to retain its shape no matter how hard you’re sprinting, also gives this bike the look of complete speed. Pound up a quick rise or grip the drops with all your might and gun forward in a 300-meter blast, and the CHM all but laughs at your efforts to sway or flex the frame. The CHM also steers on a dime, acutely and intuitively. It’s not lithe, like some more delicate-feeling race machines, but it’s completely true to every rider input.
2007 Campagnolo Centaur and Veloce with Campagnolo Khamsin wheels.
Custom sized Deda or ITM Carbon Plus bar and custom sized stem.
Weight: 17.5 lb. (42cm)
Sizes: 38, 42 (tested), 46, 50cm
Frame: 6F Composite
Fork: 6F Composite, carbon steerer
Component highlights: Campagnolo Centaur rear derailleur, brake/shift levers, Veloce brakes, front derailleur, 53/39 front chainrings, 12-25 10-speed cassette; alloy post; Deda Ultra Carbon stem and bar; Campagnolo Khamsin G3 wheels; Gommaitalia Logo 700×23 tires
Price : 2,900 $
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