Eddy Merckx bikes are back in the UK again and to celebrate that fact the UK distributor, Jim Walker, is giving away one of the new EMX3s decked out in Shimano SL and Fulcrum Racing 5 wheels worth £2999.99. To enter click on this Eddy Merckx compo link (or on the button ad on the top right of our home page) – you will need to register on the site and your name will then be entered into the draw.
Made from Toray 30HM12K carbon the EMX3 lies second in the Merckx range behind the EMX5, the big difference between the two is that the EMX5 is made of an even higher grade of carbon and is slightly lighter. In every other respect the bikes are very similar. As with most top end race bikes these days the emphasis with the EMX3 is on combining comfort with top end performance. While there is an emphasis on keeping weight down the EMX frames also look to score by being as aero-dynamic as possible.
When it comes to performance and handling a lot of thought has gone in to providing the rider with an ultra-stiff and efficient pedalling platform – hence the over-sized bottom bracket shell and down tube, and the thickness of the head tube (the main triangle is a monocoque construction too). The layup of the carbon is designed to reduce road buzz and damp vibration as are the asymetric chainstays – the design of which is also supposed to boost stability and power transfer.
The chainstays aren't the only asymetric part of the frame either; the head tube is asymetric too, a feature that is very much in vogue on top end performance bikes. The Merckx takes things one step further with a conical fork steerer designed to fit snugly into the the head tube and further enhance stiffness when sprinting out of the saddle or climbing.
If you are lucky enough to win there's no need to worry that they won't have your size either, the EMX3 is available in 10 sizes from 44 (with sloping geometry) through to 60.
Sizes: 44SL - 47SL - 50 - 52 - 56 - 58 - 60cm
Colours: WHITE - RED
Frame: Full Carbon 30HM 12K
Fork: Carbon 12K blades and steerer
Headset: Semi integrated 1 1/8" alloy top cover EM logo
Crankset: Shimano Ultegra SL various sizes
Bottom bracket: Shimano Ultegra SL BB Italian thread
Front derailleur: Shimano Ultegra SL 10 speed brazed-on
Rear derailleur: Shimano Ultegra SL 10 speed
Shifters: Shimano Ultegra SL STI dual control levers
Cassette (Pignon): Shimano Ultegra SL 12-25 for 10 speed
Chain: Shimano Ultegra SL for 10 speed
Front & rear brakes: Shimano Ultegra SL
Wheels: Fulcrum Racing 5 wheelset
Front & rear tires: Continental UltraSport 700 x 23C black
Inner tubes: CST, 700C
Handlebars: 31,8 mm EM logo
Stem: 31,8 mm EM logo carbon wrapped, body 3K
Saddle: Eddy Merckx saddle EMX
Seatpost: 31,6 mm EM logo carbon 3K wrapped
Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.