The Colnago Eddy Merckx bicycle is actually a Colnago Super with special Molteni Team orange paint, Eddy Merckx decals and a selection of high-end components. Here is a photo of the bike in an old Colnago brochure circa 1973.
Who is Eddy Merckx?
Eddy Merckx is considered by many as the greatest cyclist of all time. He competed as a professional cyclist from 1961 to 1978. He recorded 525 victories throughout his career including winning all five one day ‘Monuments of Cycling’ (i.e., Milan–San Remo, Tour of Flanders, Paris–Roubaix, Liège–Bastogne–Liège, and the Giro di Lombardia). He has won all three grand tours (Giro d’Italia & Tour de France x 5 times each plus the Vuelta a Espana). He has been World Road Champion several times etc. Throughout the 1970’s, he was racing on Colnago bikes, and used a super-light (5.75kg) Colnago bike to break the one hour world record.
Before you start with the identification process, you should start here;
How to identify a Colnago vintage bike.
Features of a Colnago Eddy Merckx.
If you would like to see a real 1970’s Molteni Team bike click here.
I have used photos of several replica bikes which are very close to the original. Essentially this model would have shared all the features of an early 1970’s Super. Here is help on how to identify a Colnago Super.
As for the components included with this bike, I would presume they were top of the range Campagnolo Nuovo Record. As you can see in the catalogue, the chain rings were drilled to reduce weight and the craftsmanship is beautiful.
These images show some of the features that would probably feature on the Colnago Eddy Merckx model. Images courtesy of www.vintageluxurybicycles.com
This next picture is of a different bike, showing the Eddy Merckx portrait decals on the head tube and seat tube. Image courtesy of premium-cycling.com
Replica decals can be purchased online from a wide variety of suppliers. Here is an example of set for this frame available from Cyclomondo.net.
The following websites have a large selection scanned Colnago literature including reviews, catalogues and brochures.
I hope you found this article interesting. I have listed the following website pages as general references.
Please remember that this information is only to be used as a guide.
I consider myself an enthusiast, not an expert. The information I have presented in this article is based on my many hours of online research.
In addition, there will always be frames that don’t quite match the characteristics of a particular model as they could have been a custom build, prototype etc. Note: forks can also be swapped between different frames.
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