Eddy Merckx Professional Rare Golden Road Bike 1980
- Manufacturer: Eddy Merckx
- Size: 57 cm
In 1978, after retiring from road racing as the most successful rider of all time, the great Belgian champion Eddy Merckx planned to set up a bicycle manufacture.In 1980 the moment had come and the first Merckx bikes, soldered in an old farmhouse in Meise, were delivered.
Since he wanted to build road bikes as fine and efficient as possible, he engaged his friend Ugo De Rosa – arguebly the best frame builder of the 1970s – to help him with the frame design and to teach other frame builders.
Instead of offering a wide range of models, Merckx just offered one: the Eddy Merckx Professional.
Due to its fabulous riding qualities and its austere elegance, the Professional has been one of the most appealing steel racing framesets ever since.
Because production has been relatively low in the first year (especially the first months), very early Professional models are both hard to find and coveted.
Thus we are stoked to be able to present a very special bike to you:
A gold plated Eddy Merckx Professional from 1980
The bike features the typical details of very early Merckx bikes like the pantographed parts, the long lugs, Signature seat stay caps and Cinelli bottom bracket.
Apart from the characteristic particularities, there are at least two very special alterations to the standard. There is of course the distinct gold plating instead of a normal varnish but there is also the rear brake which, for whatever reason, has been installed in a reverse way.
This particular Eddy Merckx Professional – serial number V 199 – dates certainly back to 1980 and thus is one of the earliest if not the earliest Professional we have featured so far.»See Details
Built with light Columbus SL tubing tubing, this Professional is fully fitted with Campagnolo Super Record parts which have been thoroughly serviced in our workshop.
Whether to enjoy the pleasure of riding an extra rare classic steel bike, or to enrich a collection, this Eddy Merckx is a choice which is hardly regrettable.
- Condition: Used. The bike is in very good condition. The frame has no cracks and is not bent. Few very small uneven spots in the tubes. Plating has been professionally refurbished. All parts have been thoroughly checked and are working fine.
- Era: 1980s
- Storage: BMS
|Frame & Fork||Eddy Merckx Professional; Columbus SL tubing|
|Front Derailleur||Campagnolo Record|
|Rear Derailleur||Campagnolo Super Record|
|Headset||Campagnolo Super Record|
|Crankset||Campagnolo Super Record; 170mm; 52/42; pantographed|
|Bottom Bracket||Campagnolo Record|
|Stem||3ttt; 90mm; pantographed|
|Stem Bar||3ttt; 40cm|
|Brake Levers||Campagnolo Nuovo Record; milled + pantographed|
|Hubs||Campagnolo Record; Freewheel Regina Extra 13-23|
|Rims||Nisi; 700c tubular|
|Tires||Continental Giro; 700c tubular|
|Seat Post||Campagnolo Super Record|
|Seat||Selle Italia RS sintetica|
|Chain||Regina Record S Superstar|
|Handlebar Tape||Cotton Cloth|
|Pedals||Campagnolo Record Superleggeri|
- Seat Tube (c-t): 57 cm
- Top Tube (c-c): 56 cm
- Head Tube: 13 cm
- Standover: 80 cm
|Germany||DHL Economy (2-3 days)||€45|
|UK||FedEx (2-3 days)||€79||FedEx Express (1-2 days)||€129|
|Europe *||FedEx (2-3 days)||€99||FedEx Express (1-2 days)||€129|
|USA||FedEx (3-5 days)||€149||FedEx Express (1-2 days)||€199|
|Japan||FedEx (7-9 days)||€149||FedEx Express (3-5 days)||€249|
|Australia||FedEx (5-7 days)||€149||FedEx Express (3-5 days)||€299|
|Worldwide *||FedEx (9-14 days)||€199||FedEx Express (5-8 days)||€299|