Eddy70 by Eddie Merckx – Steel Bike

Going back to the days when the legend Eddie Merckx traveled through the inscriptions of fans on the asphalt, creating the name of his team FAEMA, the current Merckx releases the model Eddy70 in the signature coloring book of the FAEMA team. FAEMA is an Italian manufacturer of espresso machines that sponsored Eddie from '68 to '70, before the years at Molteni.

Only 70 bikes will be collected, and they will be delivered on June 17 for Eddie's 70th birthday. Pre-orders began on January 28, 2015, and the price is an impressive $17500. However, it's not just a markup because of the name on the retro steel bike, the Eddy70 is made from the finest Columbus steel to become a modern racing bike created for a worthy competition in a sea of carbon fiber.

Even though 70 units will be released, only 69 will be available to the public, because serial number 1 will go to Eddie himself, who will soon be 70 years old. If you pre-order, you can choose your own serial number from 2 to 70 and indicate where on the frame you would like to see the autograph of the legend.

The entire production process will be documented on Facebook for each buyer. Also, along with the bike, buyers will receive a photo album signed personally by Merckx.

Merckx explained the creation of the bike as follows: "Everyone knows that I have always placed great importance on the equipment I rode. That's still the case. And as a result, I wanted only the best and most modern components and materials for my bike. The goal was to create a high-performance, modern racing bike, but not a replica of my old bike."

The Eddy70 steel frame uses the latest Columbus XCr seamless steel pipes. Ultra-light and rigid stainless steel fits perfectly into the production of racing bicycles. The pipes are TIG welded in Eddy Merckx Cycles workshops, and then completed with a Columbus carbon plug, after which the frame is painted.

Then the bike is fitted with Campagnolo Super Record components and Bora Ultra 35 wheels – all signed by Eddy70. The same is printed on the cockpit, seat post and Cinelli seat.