Eddy Merckx EMX-525

Eddy Merckx EMX-525

 

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The Eddy Merckx EMX-525 has a monstrous, angular down tube which connects into a relatively smooth, yet still massive, BB86 bottom bracket cluster with some hefty, angular chain stays; there will be no twisting here!

 

There will be no twisting here!
Bottom bracket is relatively smooth but still huge; there will be no twisting here!

 

Component wise the EMX-525 came with a full Shimano Ultegra DI2 groupset, Fulcrum Racing Quattro clincher wheels shod with Vittoria Rubino Pro, and 3T and Prologo providing the finishing parts. Not exactly a super lightweight build, but something I would be more than happy to race on, maybe with an upgrade to the super stiff Fulcrum Quattro wheels.

 

Fulcrum Racing Quattros tuck in tightly to the EMX-525 downtube
Fulcrum Racing Quattros tuck in tightly to the EMX-525 downtube

 

This was my first try out of Shimano’s DI2 shifters on the road; I’ve had a go on static test bikes, but this was the real deal. I must admit to being in the “do we really need these?” camp, but after a couple of hours riding around and shifting gear far more often than I needed to, I definitely like them. A well set-up mechanical system is cheaper and arguably more practical, as almost everyone can install, set-up and maintain it, but DI2 is just so much fun!

 

Fulcrum Racing wheels and Shimano Ultegra work well together. How many lines and angles can you see?
Fulcrum Racing wheels and Shimano Ultegra work well together. How many lines and angles can you see?

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3 thoughts on “Eddy Merckx EMX-525

    1. Yes I would have to agree. It does look awesome. Light frames are all well and good, but this one just seems ‘right’ – I imagine it would be superb in a sprint or similar hard effort. Hopkins certainly liked it. He told me it was the ‘most racey race bike’ he’d ever ridden.

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