Readers’ Rigs: Eddy Merckx EMX-3
This submission is a very sharp looking Eddy Merckx EMX-3 that’s a bike with Belgian origins but an Italian heart and is owned by an Asian from Mexico – it doesn’t get much more international than that. A fine mix of traditional Campagnolo and modern design KCNC, topped off with a stunning paint job.
Name: Clarence Poon
Location: Puerto Vallarta Mexico
Bike: 2010 Eddy Merckx EMX-3
Groupset: Mix of Campagnolo parts
Wheels: Campagnolo Bora Ultra 80
Other: Garmin 500
Weight: Approximately 16.2 lbs/7.35kgs (with the Bora 80’s).
When did you buy it?
In approximately 2013 – but just the frame. I got it for a steal of a deal – $500 U.S. dollars from Planet X. I had a 2005 Fuji Professional before this, but the Eddy Merckx is a much superior bike in every way.
What made you choose this bike?
I have always been a huge fan of Eddy Merckx for the obvious reasons and I wasn’t really looking to buy a new frame, until I saw it and at that price, I couldn’t say no! They only had 1 in stock, it was a floor demo, and it was my size!
What modifications/additions have you done?
Enve carbon handlebar, Zipp SL 17 degree 130mm stem , KCNC CB3 gold colored brakes (I am Asian so I needed some gold in there!). I also have carbon/titanium wheel skewers, and a titanium 12-28 cassette with a KMC 11 sl gold chain.
What components are you running?
Mainly Campagnolo Record 2015 11 speed, but recently, my rear derailleur broke at a pivot point, so I changed it out for an Athena.
How many kilometers do you do in a year?
Approximately 8000 kilometers – but it varies.
What do you love about this bike?
This bike is an Eddy Merckx – but I love the fact that it was actually made by Pinarello back then. It has nice swooping lines that I love about the Pinarellos. Also, this bike is extremely stable going downhill: the fastest I have gone is around 95kmh – and not one wobble.
My favorite ride is going southbound on the HWY 200 towards a little town called El Tuito. The ride has everything – riding along the ocean coast, fast flats, interval hills, and some good climbing (approximately 2500 meters total elevation) with 6 to 8 percent grades – not too hard. Good for a sprinter like me!
Favorite riding experience on your bike?
First time riding a bicycle to El Tuito – Like most people, the unknown of riding a bicycle in Mexico can be scary – but honestly, when I was riding up the mountain on a 1 lane each way highway – I was maybe going about 12kmh, when I looked over my left shoulder and saw a lineup of cars and trucks about 5 or 6 deep and all of them had their 4 way emergency flashers on and they would not pass until it was safe to do so – blew my mind! And when they passed me, there were no issues, no yelling or screaming, throwing stuff at me. That day – I knew that it was safe to ride here, and drivers respected cyclists, and that I wanted to open a bicycle touring company in Paradise – so I did!
Maybe some newer carbon clinchers with wide rims but that’s about it.
I love my Eddy Merckx – its perfect for me in everyway – it fits me great with no back or neck pain. The frame/fork could be a bit lighter, but I think I can lose more weight with my own body!
PS: Come visit me in Puerto Vallarta and I will take you on a few tours of the area and some amazing restaurants! Puerto Vallarta may not be a cycling mecca – but the area does have some great rides and the cycling here is very safe. You can cycle and have some beach time as well!
Thanks to Clarence for sharing his ride with us. Got a bike that you’re proud of? Well how about sharing it with fellow PEZ fans and getting it featured in Readers’ Rigs so we can all stare at it! Send us a Readers’ Rigs submission direct to [email protected] and your bike could be featured in all its glory here on the pages of PEZ.