How to identify a Colnago Eddy Merckx

Colnago Eddy Merckx
Colnago Eddy Merckx circa 1973
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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.

Colnago Brochure Eddy Merckx
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

This next picture is of a different bike, showing the Eddy Merckx portrait decals on the head tube and seat tube. Image courtesy of

Colnago Eddy Merckx portrait logos
Eddy Merckx portrait decals on head tube and seat tube.

Aftermarket Decals.

Replica decals can be purchased online from a wide variety of suppliers. Here is an example of set for this frame available from

Colnago Eddy Merckx decal set
Eddy Merckx decal set.

Colnago Literature.

The following websites have a large selection scanned Colnago literature including reviews, catalogues and brochures.

Article References.

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.

About Me.

I have been riding and working on my own bikes for many years now. I wanted to share my experiences, knowledge and research with others. My aim is to inspire people to get involved in all aspects of this amazing sport. Cheers.


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6 thoughts on “How to identify a Colnago Eddy Merckx

  • Hi there, Did Colnago produce any “Mexico”frame for Merckx featuring orange Molteni painting? Or was it just “Super” model?
    Speedbicycles website seems to have one but not sure.

    • Hi Steph, that is a very good question. I don’t know if the Molteni team rode Super’s or Mexico’s, however I would expect that Merckx was provided with a custom frame utilising all the best materials and design. We know how weight conscious they were back then with the production of the 5.75kg super light bike Eddy used to beat the one hour world record.

  • Hey there,

    I purchased around 4 years ago a 1973 Colnago Super with a Nuovo Record NOS groupset.
    The curious part is that the guy who restored it did put a clear coat over the original paint which was orange Molteni and due to aging was “flicking” away if it makes any sense.
    I tried to gather any more info but can’t find anything.

    Compliments for the blog!

    • Nice to hear you have a wonderful bike. Did you meant the paint was flaking off. They probably applied the clear coat to try to preserve the original paint. The good thing about original paint is that you can tell the frame’s condition more easily than if the bike had been fully repainted.

  • Hi:

    What rims were used on the 1972 Colnago Eddy Merckx, NiSi or Fiamme? and what components Cinelli or 3ttt?


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