Eddy Merckx EMX-525
The Eddy Merckx EMX-525 has been designed to deliver you to the line, first. If you read some of the reviews and advertising about the EMX-525, you’ll have heard how it’s been designed with stiffness and ride quality as it’s priority, rather than super light weight. You may be forgiven for expecting a hulking lump of carbon that simply rolled over it’s competitors, but at 1094g for the frame only, it’s plenty light enough for all but the most militant of the weight weenie crowd.
Obviously for us amateurs, a lightweight bike is a wonderful thing but with the UCI weight limit imposing a ceiling on pro bikes, the designers at Merckx decided that it would be better to concentrate on ride quality rather than shaving more grams off their frame weights, weight which would have to be replaced if the bike was ridden in an officially sanctioned UCI race. This is something bigger, more powerful riders will appreciate, as with more material to play with the emphasis turned back to stiffness and control. With this bike riders know all their power is going into propelling them forward.
At first sight the EMX-525 stands out when compared with other top end machines. It’s muscular, all angular and hard edges, almost stealth-fighter like in appearance. The head tube is a massive carbon construction, that promises tons of front end stiffness. In contrast the much thinner, kinked seatstays offer the promise of some compliance amidst all that stiffness.
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