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Merckx EMX-3/SRAM Force Complete Road Bike - 2011 $0.00
While the man whose name is represented on the down tube needs no introduction, the advanced technological innovations that have made the new EMX-3 possible ought to be thoroughly examined. As with everything that wears the Eddy Merckx signature, the EMX-3/SRAM Force Complete Road Bike - 2011 was built on a race-oriented platform, blending low weight, stiffness, and speed into a complete package.
Starting with the frame itself, Merckx's EMX-3 was constructed using a full Carbon Laminate + layup. Essentially, this technique involves layering the carbon fiber sheets together in ways that maximize the strength and rigidity of the frame. This layup is combined with Merckx's Optimized Structural Reinforcement (OSR), which, as the name suggests, places high modular (30HM) stiffness fibers in strategic areas for added reinforcement. These fibers are used in conjunction with high-strength fibers at force-load-heavy zones, such as the bottom bracket and head tube junctions. By using these techniques together, Merckx engineers were able to add material where it's needed for increased rigidity, while removing material at less flex-prone areas to keep the overall weight as low as possible. This is the same technique used for all of Merckx's top-end carbon road frames, as it yields the ideal combination of stiffness, low weight, and vertical compliance.
With a slightly relaxed geometry, the EMX-3 provides a comfortable ride, yet it still possesses the race-tuned characteristics necessary for competitive road racing. Aside from the frame's optimized layup schedule, the fork has also been designed to deliver maximum stability and speed. The blades flare to a wide shape toward the 1-1/4 to 1-1/8in steerer, which works to both cut aerodynamic drag and to provide precise handling up front. Similarly, at the rear end of the frame, both the seatstays and chainstays were designed with handling and power transfer in mind. Their slender shapes provide the ideal blend of comfort and transmission of power directly to the rear wheel.
For the build of the EMX-3, Merckx complemented its BB86 bottom bracket with a full SRAM Force 10-speed group set. The machine includes SRAM's standard 53/39t crankset and a 11-25t cassette. At the cockpit, the build features an aluminum handlebar and stem, with an Eddy Merckx saddle perched atop the carbon-wrapped seatpost. In terms of wheels, the EMX-3 rolls on a pair of Fulcrum Racing 5 clinchers.
The Merckx EMX-3/SRAM Force Complete Road Bike - 2011 is available in sizes 45, 48, 51, and 54cm and in the color White/black/red.
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