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Merckx EMX-5 Road Bike Frame - 2012

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Once considered to be the workhorse race frame in team Quick-Step's arsenal, the Merckx EMX-5 was built to provide a lightweight, rigid, and stable platform for the strongest riders in professional cycling. The frameset was fine-tuned from previous EMX versions, blending a large BB86 bottom bracket, a 1-1/2in lower headset bearing, and fully internal cable routing into the package. It's no wonder that Boonen and his buddies used this secret weapon to take on everything from the Spring classics to the three-week-long grand tours. Once again, nice work, Mr. Merckx.

Starting with the frame itself, Merckx's EMX-5 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 was combined with Merckx's Optimized Structural Reinforcement (OSR), which, as the name suggests, places high modular (50HM/HS) stiffness fibers in strategic areas for added reinforcement. These fibers were used in conjunction with high-strength fibers at force-load-heavy zones, such as the BB86 bottom bracket and head tube junctions. By using these methods 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 that's used for all of Merckx's top-end carbon road frames, as it yields the ideal combination of stiffness, low weight, and vertical compliance.

The EMX-5 provides a comfortable ride, yet it still possesses the race-tuned characteristics that are 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 carbon blades, made from OSR 50 1K carbon, flare to a wide, aerodynamic shape toward the 1-1/2 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.

The Merckx EMX-5 Road Bike Frame - 2012 includes an FSA K-Force seatpost, and it also features internal cable routing. It's available in the sizes 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, and 60cm and in the colors Matte Black, Red/white, and White/black.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Carbon OSR 50HM1K
Fork Blade Shape:
aero
Steer Tube Type:
tapered carbon fiber
Rear Axle:
130 mm
Dropout Type:
vertical
Replaceable Rear Derailleur Hanger:
yes
Head Tube Diameter:
1-1/2 to 1-1/8in tapered
Headset Included:
yes, FSA
Bottom Bracket Type:
BB86
Front Derailleur Mount:
braze-on
Derailleur Pull:
bottom
Seatpost Diameter:
31.6 mm
Cable Routing:
internal
Extras:
FSA K-Force seatpost
Recommended Use:
road training and racing
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited lifetime

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Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Standover

(SO)

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay Length

(CS)

Wheelbase

44 44.0cm 51.5cm

51.7cm

36.3cm 72.1cm

12.0cm

72.0 deg 75.0 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.1cm
47 47.0cm 53.0cm

52.8cm

37.0cm 74.1cm 13.0cm 72.5 deg 74.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.7cm
50 50.0cm 54.5cm 54.0cm 37.0cm 76.0cm 14.0cm 73.0 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.6cm
53 53.0cm 56.0cm 56.0cm 37.9cm 78.3cm 16.0cm 73.5 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 98.6cm
55 55.0cm 57.5cm 58.0cm 38.9cm 80.1cm 18.0cm 73.5 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 100.1cm
58 58.0cm 59.0cm 60.1cm 39.7cm 82.1cm 20.0cm 74.0 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm

101.0cm

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Avg. ride time: 14m per week
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Will Ultegra Di2 work on this frame?

Avg. ride time: 19m per week
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55

Excellent Frameset

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I just finished building up the matte black frameset with campy record and gotten a few rides in. As far as the ride quality, I couldn't be happier. It handles great. It is very stiff laterally but dampens rough roads well. For appearance, everyone who has seen the frame has been in awe of the lines and quality. The black is subtle and clean. I built this using a Rotor BB30 crankset also from competitive cyclist. This paired perfectly with an enduro PF4130 bottom bracket.