First spotted being ridden under the auspices of team AG2R La Mondiale earlier this year, Eddy Merckx Bikes has finally made its new 525 road bike available to the rest of the cycling masses.
The new 525 features an integrated cockpit, clearance for tires up to 28mm and is available in both a disc and rim brake model, with sizes ranging from XS to XL.
But, perhaps most importantly, the 525 was finally put on a diet, which now tips the scales at an impressive 860g for the rim brake version and 925g for the disc.
“We don’t want to be the umpteenth brand that launches aero or climbing bikes,” explains Jochim Aerts, CEO of Belgian Cycling Factory that owns the brand.
“The 525 combines aerodynamics, weight and comfort. This bike not only makes you ride faster, but it also makes you ride better. Whether you’re riding on cobbles, hills, mountains or racing along the flat, this bike will always feel perfect.”
“Because we’ve integrated all cables and use an aerodynamically optimised handlebar, the 525 performs extremely well in the wind tunnel. We’re able to go below the 7 kg limit fairly easily without losing stiffness. And at the seat and chainstays, we focused on comfort,” explains Toon Wils, an engineer at Belgian Cycling Factory.
“The lateral stiffness is at the same world-class level as the Stockeu69, but the special rear stays with the two flex zones provide extra vertical comfort. In other words, the 525 really is the ideal bike for all types of terrain,” continues Toon Wils.
The new 525 will be offered with various stem and handlebar combinations, as well as three paint schemes including AG2R La Mondiale’s team colors.
Better still, customers can personalize their frames using the MyMerckx customizer.
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