Tuesday, February 27, 2024

READERS RIGS: Andrew’s Two Eddy Merckx Motorcycles


We’ve got no longer had a ‘Readers Rig’ for some time, but if Andrew despatched PEZ pictures and knowledge on his two Eddy Merckx AMX motorcycles, we simply needed to display you some motorbike perfection from the Belgian ace of the street. Take it away Andrew:


Location: Connecticut
Title: Andrew

Motorcycle description/specs

2007 Eddy MERCKX AXM with proprietary sized MERCKX Carbon Seatpost 2 other Sizes

Dimension: 52.5 Most sensible Tube and 55cm Most sensible Tube
Campagnolo RECORD 10 gruppo ULTRA TORQUE with 2d GEN RECORD tapered BB crankset
ZIPP 404 tubulars with Vittoria Corsa Velocity tubular tires 700/23
FSA Okay FORCE Wing Compact Complete Carbon bar with matching Stem
Prologo complete Carbon saddle
LOOK Keo Carbon pedals Ti axles
ELITE Carbon Bottle Cages
SIGMA Motorcycle Pc
Weight: 15.25 lbs entire construct.


When did you purchase it?
I latterly bought this motorbike from a collector who bought and spec’d the construct NEW in 2008 from a Prime Finish Motorcycle store in NYC. I additionally bought a an identical motorbike round a 12 months in the past, additionally from every other collector who bought and spec’d NEW from a Prime Finish Motorcycle store in Massachusetts with an identical but other construct specifications. Campagnolo RECORD 10 gruppo ULTRA Torque. That one has Campagnolo ULTRA BORA 50 tubulars with Tufo 700/21 tires. Campagnolo RECORD ULTRA Torque Crankset. ZERO Gravity brakes vs Campagnolo RECORD skeleton brakes. fizik Airione complete Carbon saddle. The bigger one, 55cm Most sensible Tube used to be merely constructed and displayed, necessarily unused.


Why did I buy it/them?
I’ve at all times been an enormous fan of Eddy MERCKX motorcycles from that technology early 2000’s to mid 2000′ s when Eddy nonetheless owned the corporate. He nonetheless had ALOT of design enter and affect on his motorcycles again then. The MERCKX AXM used to be the remaining motorbike design together with his enter and affect. It is usually Eddy’s favourite. It is also an overly uncommon motorbike , with simplest about 100 produced between 2006 and 2008. It used to be an especially dear, complicated frameset to create. One if no longer the ONLY , true complete monocoque frames made. Conventional monocoque frames have the rear triangle/seat/chainstays molded one by one and bonded to primary body. The MERCKX AXM had Rear Triangle and primary body molded as an entire monocoque. This created an AMAZING, laterally stiff body. A PURE ROAD ROCKET.

Eddy’s favourite

Eddy MERCKX commissioned DreamWorks Carbon of Italy to build, create and engineer those franesets along side MERCKX engineers and EASTON. I had a possibility to experience one when the motorcycles had been introduced NEW in 2006. Used to be very inspired how superbly it treated, speeded up and ticked all of the proper containers regarding efficiency parameters. And ..the construct high quality, end workmanship and natural good looks are really remarkable. Sadly, again within the day, simply the frameset price nearly $5,000.00 USD. A whole “HYPER BIKE ” spec’d construct just like the Campagnolo RECORD gruppo ones that I now personal price over $12,000 in 2000’s cash. No manner used to be I ready to spend that more or less cash then.


Speedy ahead to provide
Over the previous few years, I’ve hunted down both NOS or frivolously used “HYPER BIKEs” just like the MERCKX AXM for a fragment in their Authentic prices. I’ve discovered there’s an ever rising marketplace call for for those form of motorcycles as an Final Choice to present GEN motorcycles for a large number of, glaring causes.


What Do I Love About Those Motorcycles?
Each 55cm and the 52.5 cm motorcycles keep in touch superbly. As mentioned previous the comments , dealing with and total efficiency parameters tick all of the proper containers. IMMEDIATE acceleration, laterally stiff below load , merely AMAZING. The superbly, practical elements and wheelsets of the builds supplement and strengthen the MERCKX AXM experience studies.


What Adjustments Did I Do/Plan?
I plan on probably reducing stem, reduce steerertube on each motorcycles. Obviously, the bigger 55cm, I might reduce down steerertube so stem is flush, SLAMMED onto head tube. On 52.5cm, I may additionally set up a somewhat longer stem, 100mm on now to a 110 or 120mm period. Thankfully, I used to be additionally in a position to supply NOS FSA 099 stems in the ones sizes if wanted. Will ultimately exchange present tubulars with somewhat wider 700/25 or 700/26 when present ones want changing.

What number of miles / kilometers do I experience in line with 12 months?
I attempt to get in 5 – 6,000 miles in line with 12 months. Sadly spending extra time then I would love on instructor within on my instructor motorbike to lend a hand stability out my health and so on.


My Favourite Journey Studies?
I attempt to do YALE CYCLING Century loop or segments when time, time table lets in.


Favourite Journey Studies on my 2 MERCKX AXM motorcycles?
My 1st maiden rides on each motorcycles to test the whole thing used to be dialed in. Additionally, confirming what I had skilled over 15 years prior to now. They each are merely AMAZING motorcycles to experience.


Ultimate Ideas?
As I shared more than one occasions right here: I, like a robust rising workforce of an identical minded , cyclists have discovered a rising call for for those remarkable “HYPER BIKES” from past due 1990’s to mid 2000’s. They supply superb efficiency parameters and so on. in comparison to the most commonly “SOULESS” present GEN motorcycles to be had. And if you understand how to supply them, purchasing both NOS/frivolously used entire motorcycles and or Framesets/elements for a fragment in their authentic worth. I’ve ridden buddies as neatly check ridden a large number of present GEN street motorcycles. All of them are excellent, however none appear remarkable just like the motorcycles I’ve. The present GEN motorbike lack soul, intimate engagement that the ones earlier GEN motorcycles supply. They’re necessarily only a branding workout which can be outlined with ALOT of R&D Advertising and marketing that only a few if any bike owner can understand.


Because of Andrew for sharing his experience with us. Were given a motorcycle that you simply’re pleased with? Neatly how about sharing it with fellow PEZ fanatics and getting it featured in Readers’ Rigs so we will be able to all stare at it! Ship us a Readers’ Rigs submission direct to [email protected] and your motorbike might be featured in all its glory right here at the pages of PEZ.

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