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Readers’ Rigs: Eddy Merckx EMX-3


This submission is a really sharp wanting Eddy Merckx EMX-3 that’s a motorcycle with Belgian origins however an Italian coronary heart and is owned by an Asian from Mexico – it doesn’t get rather more worldwide than that. A wonderful mixture of conventional Campagnolo and fashionable design KCNC, topped off with a shocking paint job.

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Title: Clarence Poon
Location: Puerto Vallarta Mexico
Bike: 2010 Eddy Merckx EMX-3
Groupset: Mixture of Campagnolo components
Wheels: Campagnolo Bora Extremely 80
Pedals: Time
Saddle: Prologo
Different: Garmin 500
Weight: Roughly 16.2 lbs/7.35kgs (with the Bora 80’s).

When did you purchase it?
In roughly 2013 – however simply the body. I received it for a steal of a deal – $500 U.S. {dollars} from Planet X. I had a 2005 Fuji Skilled earlier than this, however the Eddy Merckx is a a lot superior bike in each manner.

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What made you select this bike?
I’ve all the time been an enormous fan of Eddy Merckx for the apparent causes and I wasn’t actually seeking to purchase a brand new body, till I noticed it and at that worth, I couldn’t say no! They solely had 1 in inventory, it was a ground demo, and it was my measurement!

What modifications/additions have you ever finished?
Enve carbon handlebar, Zipp SL 17 diploma 130mm stem , KCNC CB3 gold coloured brakes (I’m Asian so I wanted some gold in there!). I even have carbon/titanium wheel skewers, and a titanium 12-28 cassette with a KMC 11 sl gold chain.

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What elements are you operating?
Primarily Campagnolo Document 2015 11 pace, however just lately, my rear derailleur broke at a pivot level, so I modified it out for an Athena.

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What number of kilometers do you do in a 12 months?
Roughly 8000 kilometers – nevertheless it varies.

What do you like about this bike?
This bike is an Eddy Merckx – however I like the truth that it was truly made by Pinarello again then. It has good swooping traces that I like in regards to the Pinarellos. Additionally, this bike is extraordinarily secure going downhill: the quickest I’ve gone is round 95kmh – and never one wobble.

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Favourite trip?
My favourite trip goes southbound on the HWY 200 in the direction of just a little city referred to as El Tuito. The trip has every thing – using alongside the ocean coast, quick flats, interval hills, and a few good climbing (roughly 2500 meters complete elevation) with 6 to eight % grades – not too laborious. Good for a sprinter like me!

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Favourite using expertise in your bike?
First time using a bicycle to El Tuito – Like most individuals, the unknown of using a bicycle in Mexico will be scary – however actually, after I was using up the mountain on a 1 lane every manner freeway – I used to be possibly going about 12kmh, after I regarded over my left shoulder and noticed a lineup of automobiles and vans about 5 or 6 deep and all of them had their 4 manner emergency flashers on and they might not go till it was protected to take action – blew my thoughts! And once they handed me, there have been no points, no yelling or screaming, throwing stuff at me. That day – I knew that it was protected to trip right here, and drivers revered cyclists, and that I wished to open a bicycle touring firm in Paradise – so I did!

Future upgrades?
Perhaps some newer carbon clinchers with vast rims however that’s about it.

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Final phrases?
I like my Eddy Merckx – its excellent for me in everyway – it suits me nice with no again or neck ache. The body/fork may very well be a bit lighter, however I feel I can lose extra weight with my very own physique!

PS: Come go to me in Puerto Vallarta and I’ll take you on a number of excursions of the realm and a few superb eating places! Puerto Vallarta will not be a biking mecca – however the space does have some nice rides and the biking right here could be very protected. You’ll be able to cycle and have some seashore time as effectively!

Due to Clarence for sharing his trip with us. Received a motorcycle that you simply’re pleased with? Nicely how about sharing it with fellow PEZ followers and getting it featured in Readers’ Rigs so we will all stare at it! Ship us a Readers’ Rigs submission direct to [email protected] and your bike may very well be featured in all its glory right here on the pages of PEZ.


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