On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his first Yellow Jersey, Eddy Merckx is offering his bike for an auction in favour of BOZAR.
Bid in two stages.
1st offer to be made between July 4 and July 22, 2019.
Note: Only offers above the minimum threshold of 6000 € will be taken into account.
2nd offer: The three highest bidders will be contacted on July 22 with a possibility of bidding on the basis of the best offer received before July 28, date of the arrival of the tour in Paris. The winner shall be announced on the same day by email to the participants of the bidding.
Offers with full contact details are to be sent by e-mail to email@example.com
The highest bidder will leave with this Eddy Merckx Premium bike (year 2007 or 2008), one of the last to have been manufactured and assembled at the Eddy Merckx workshop in Meise.
Action valid from Thursday 04.07 to Monday 28.07.2019.
The tubes of the bicycle were supplied by Easton, an American company of quality bicycle material, they also make bicycles themselves. The tubes are made of aluminum, again top model, Easton Race 7005. The tubes are triple-butted, so thinner wall and finer in the middle than outside at the welds, which gives more response and resilience in the frame and increases efficiency.
The assembly is completely Campagnolo, Eddy Merckx bikes from the Meise workshop were by definition delivered in Campa. The group is Chorus of Record with carbon pedal set and brake levers. 10 (rear) x 2 (front) gears with 1 of the first hollow (Campa) bottom brackets in outer format.
Stem and handlebar are from the Deda brand, again Italian, and in aluminum.
The saddle is a Selle Italia, a professional model. Not for untrained buttocks.
The wheels with Campagnolo hubs (perfect quality, they will last for 30 years with regular lubrication and adjustment) are knitted with Sapim spokes (Belgian product) and Ambrosio Excellence wheels. The wheels and spokes of that time are still in production. There are tapes on them and no tubes (tapes are much cheaper than tubes, but give a little more rolling resistance).
The pedals are very special and from the Podio brand, an Eddy Merckx, Adidas (Eddy Merckx's sponsor for part of his career) and Campagnolo joint venture. The pedals came with matching shoes and had the same 'entry' as pedals with straps from then. They were introduced in 1994 in competition with the Look system. Just clicking out was "modern" (turning the foot outwards). More explanation here. The pedals, shoes and cleats are no longer in production.