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Olmo Zeffiro v. Merckx GX2: What is the difference?(6 posts)

Olmo Zeffiro v. Merckx GX2: What is the difference?BrianNYC
May 21, 2003 8:54 AM
I am "researching" my next bike (great way to pass time) and looking at a lot of them on the web, and although I like the new Merckx, the Olmo Zeffiro looks the same and is made out of GX2 CF, which I assume is what the Merckx GX2 is made of. What are the differences? Quality? Tube-size? Or just name? There is obviously a difference in price!!!

Thanks in advance
Only one is named after a pan flute playerWill Ross
May 22, 2003 3:49 AM
Based on a conversation at my LBS, I believe they are identical frames. GX2 is an Easton product, so my assumption is that Easton is making the frames. I thought all the comments earlier this year and late last year about how the tubes were so "typically Eddy" were kind of funny considering, but then it's quite possible that Easton developed the frameset originally in conjunction or cooperation with Merckx. There may even be other GX2 bikes out there, but I haven't been able to confirm any others so far. Also, I wasn't aware there was a huge differenc in price: I think the Merckx catalog has the GX2 listed at $3300, while I was quoted $3500 for the Olmo.
Only one is named after a pan flute playerBrianNYC
May 22, 2003 6:10 AM
I was going off the price for complete bikes in Cyclesport News. Obviously, the kits could be very different and that is why the complete bike price is so much higher for the Merckx - I don't have the mag in front of me, but I am pretty sure there is a big difference. I have been looking on line for a price for the Olmo frame and can't find one yet. I had assumed, perhaps wrongly, that the price difference was the result of the Merckx name in the complete bike prices.
Only one is named after a pan flute playerWill Ross
May 22, 2003 10:10 AM
Try checking out www.redroseimports.com -- that's the importer for Olmo in the US. They have some info online, plus they could probably steer you toward a local dealer..
Only one is named after a pan flute playerBrianNYC
May 22, 2003 12:59 PM
Been to the site, no pricing info. Wish there was something like competativecylclist.com for all brands. I will go check with my LBS. I like visiting there anyway. I am going to wait for the Dura Ace before I buy anything, and that is supposed to come out in January 04. Right now, the top choice is a Pinarello Prince SL, but no final decision. If I get the Olmo, at least no one else will have one.
Only one is named after a pan flute playerWill Ross
May 27, 2003 7:45 AM
Era Pro in my area (S.E. PA) just updated their website -- they're a fairly big dealer in Italian bikes -- ads in Velonews, etc. They've now got the Zeffiro on the site listed at $3500. Website is www.erapro.com
Good Luck.