|eddy merckx mxm||zippi|
Nov 20, 2003 10:13 PM
|has anyone seen, ridden or have any information on this bike? i'm seriously thinking about getting it. what does it compare to? is it stiffer than a c40/c50? i'm currently riding a ti bike. i can get a great deal on one, but what is the mark up on it?|
|Seen them around||boneman|
Nov 20, 2003 11:12 PM
|The picture was taken at the London Bike show in September. I also saw Robbie McEwen riding one in Paris on the last stage of the Tour.
Given that he's ridden the C40, various Litespeed's, and could have ridden one of the aluminum Merckx's would indicate that it's stiff enough. Especially given that the green jersey was going to be decided in the last sprint along the Champs d'elysees. I posted a picture in the race section but it's not the greatest quality.
|Seen them around||zippi|
Nov 21, 2003 12:13 AM
|thanks for the photo, that's beautifull.|
Nov 21, 2003 2:38 AM
|I had a test ride on the very Merckx carbon frame that is pictured above - Peter Van Petegem's former frame, which seemed to be a custom (although I thought that wasn't possible) with a 47cm seat tube but a longer toptube than the normal Merckx sloping size 47.
Anyway, what a hoot! The only other carbon frame I have ridden was a Trek which was very different. How to explain? How about using car similies. The Trek was a Jaguar saloon - will go quickly, corners well, but doesn't feel like a sports car, just too disconnected from the road. The Merckx carbon is a 996 Porsche (probably a C4S) - will go extremely quickly, goes through corners on rails whilst suggesting politely but insistently that you go quicker, feels connected to the road in a direct but cleverly damped way. In fact, remarkably similar to (but different from) my Pegoretti Marcelo - same damping and certainty of line but just more urgency.
Did I like it? Well, my new Merckx carbon frame is being built up as I write this - hopefully ready today.
Nov 21, 2003 8:10 AM
|have a question np...look at the finish (clear coat) on your frame. is it kinda bumpy or not so smooth? 'cuase both of the frames i've seen have terrible finish. one of them was even pitted. post photos when it's done. thanx|
|re: eddy merckx mxm||geeker|
Nov 21, 2003 7:35 AM
|"but what is the mark up on it?"
I don't know, or have any idea how to find out, but if you're worried about markup, Eddy Merckx may not be the brand to look at ;-). I compared the price of the aluminum Leader model to other frames using the same tubing, and thought that there was a Merckx "name premium" of about 30%.
|re: eddy merckx mxm||rrodrigz|
Nov 21, 2003 12:31 PM
|Have had one for a couple of weeks. Have tried Trek 5500 and Look 381. Trek felt plush, Look felt steady as a rock but also ready to pounce in any direction, not "nervous", but very quick response. The MXM is altogether different. It feels like you have to try to make it do something wrong. The best compliment i can give it is that I forget very quickly about the bike and concentrate on the ride itself. Everything seems natural and intuitive so you don't pay attention to the bike. I used an Easton oversized stem with a carbon easton bar(highly recommended as it keeps the wrists in neutral position) and campy chorus components(2004). Oh!, the handlebar was wrapped with white Benotto shiny vynil tape and I used campy delta brakes! LLLLooovvve it!|
|re: eddy merckx mxm||zippi|
Nov 21, 2003 9:28 PM
|i just put a down on one. will build it after christmas. wife's present to me. rodriguez, post a photo, i'd really like to see your merckx|| |