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.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.
In 1980 the moment had come and the first Merckx bikes, soldered in an old farmhouse in Meise, were delivered.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.The bike features the typical details of the Merckx bikes like the pantographed parts, Signature seat stay caps and Cinelli bottom bracket, but the shorter lugs at the same time. This particular Eddy Merckx Professional dates certainly back to 1980 or early 1981.
Built with light Columbus SL tubing, this Professional is fully fitted with Campagnolo Super Record parts which have been thoroughly serviced in our workshop.These early Merckx bikes have gotten a bit rarer recently since many are already in the possession of collectors.Wether you are a vintage bikes enthusiast, an Eddy Merckx fan or simply love stunning bicycles, here is a chance to own a legendary road bike model!
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