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1980's Prototype Eddy Merckx aero #23.

I found something very special in the shape of this 1981 Eddy Merckx Professional Aerodynamic with Columbus aero profile tubing. This is how i found this Eddy Merckx with a mix of parts. What's particularly interesting about this Merckx is the use of the early fork crown & seat stay caps, features not generally seen until the mid-80s, I think I have found something special. A magnificent machine from the 1980s, one of the earlier Eddy Merckx cycles. This one features the same tube set used on it's younger sibling, the Merckx Chrono pursuit, seen in the 1984 catalogue. The track version was never seen in any promotional material, in fact i’ve only ever seen 2 or 3 other examples, making this a very rare beast. The general assumption is that these aero models were not part of normal production, instead they were most likely custom ordered which explains the unconventional frame detail. Frame still has the original Campagnolo super record pista headset and bottom bracket, The other parts I will switch out in the future. The paint is not original & decals that are currently on the bike has been added later as these are from the mid 80’s. I will restore the frameset. More info and detailed pictures later 59cm center center 60,5cm center top 58,5cm top tube Thanks again @gerardboogerd

Frame:
Columbus aero profile tubing.

Fork/Headset:
Columbus / Campagnolo super record

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Campagnolo nr pista / Campagnolo nr pista

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
51-16 / 16T / 52T / DID

Handlebars/Stem:
Cinelli 65-40 / Cinelli 1A 110mm

Saddle/Seatpost:
Selle Italia / Unknown 27mm

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Rigida DP18 / Miche / Vittoria ultra speed clincher

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Rigida DP18 / Miche / Vittoria ultra speed clincher

More Info:
Framenumber: G AE1298

Added by kobe. Last updated 5 months ago.

1 Comment

Emerxil

Emerxil says:

Unique and beautiful!

A few clarifications:

- Tubes are regular Columbus, in a frame this size SP rather than SL. Merckx had a 50 ton press at Meise that he used to flatten the tubes - these are definitely not Columbus Aero tubes.
- Information about the Aero model appeared in an EMC brochure dated 1981 (with no distinction between Road and Pista).
- This is a 1981 frame, roughly the 2500th EMC built in Meise.
- "Shorter" seat stay caps were used exclusively on the Aero model.
- The A marking does not appear to be an official EMC designation.

Posted 4 months ago