Eddy Merckx Carbon LXM Road Bike

DESCRIPTION

Carbon fiber full monocoque front triangle bonded to carbon fiber rear stays. Unidirectional preimpregnated carbon monocoque. Allows for the highest level of consistency, weight savings, vibration damping, without compromise to reliability. Recent advancements in fiber technology, construction techniques and fiber placement, have allowed unidirectional carbon to replace woven fibers. No internal or external reinforcements of any other materials, eliminates creaking or movement of the frame.

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 07, 2021]
ednpru


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

Bought local off a club member who had stored it away . changed the wheels to novatec jetfly, put a prologo seat on and a deda stem and bontrager racelite carbon bars, running on a sram force groupset with a carbon hollowtech crank with 50 / 34 rings. bike comes in at 7-5 kg looks lovely with the curves and theT section frame, very responsive and handles well, pity they stopped making them as apparently they were too expensive to make and only ran for about 18 months shame really as they are hard to find

Weakness:

None really with the bike, the wheels rattle a bit as they are that light 1550 gramms for the pair as the spokes are really thin but none have broken so far if you can find one at a good price like i did snap it up. i've had it about 5 years and would love the blue one as well but never even seen one, frame looks a bit dated to todays frames but that is not an issue.

Price Paid:
£ 450.00
Purchased:
Used  
Model Year:
2008
[Jun 24, 2008]
Anonymous
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

-The way the carbon frame is constructed, the bike feels quite stiff allowing for some serious pedal mashing. But it also feels forgiving enough for something like a century ride. This bicycle give the biggest bang for each retail buck.

Weakness:

I have not owned this long enough to determine any obvious flaws.

I recently moved to Boulder,CO and needed to buy a new bike as I sold my other before moving. I began on a 2 day tour de force of Boulder Bike shops. I tested 25 bikes in all and each were ridden on routes ranging from 1-3 miles. The Eddy Merckx 2008 LXM was the first bicycle I tried out. Having ridden steel road bikes my whole life, after the first pedal stroke, I knew I wanted a carbon frame. The bike accelerated like a finely tuned Porsche, light, stable, responsive, and forgiving enough to dampen harsh road vibrations. I was ecstatic after testing it out, feeling really really excited about cycling again.
The following 24 bike that I tested included similiar offerings(in price and component range) and were from brands such as Pinarello, Time, Scott, BH, BMC, willier, rocky mountain, colnago, and seven cycles. The only bike that came close to the amazing feel of the LXM was the BH.
I returned to the LBS where I first tried the merckx and test road it again. I thought maybe my respect for the greatest cyclist of all time, Merckx, had somehow nostalgically altered my reality and perception of its real ride/aspects. All my newly conjured doubts dissapated as soon as I revved that thing up again. The feeling of this bike is truly amazing for its "relatively" modest price tag. For just under $3000, I got the LXM with Campy wheels, deda newton bars, look pedals, Campy centaur carbon grouppo, and selle italia flite saddle. That is an OUTSTANDING Value when comparing it to other similiar offerings from various manufacturers.
In summary, The best way I can summarize the feel of the Merckx 2008 LXM is something akin to a streamlined thoroughbred arabian race horse, eager to sprint, but with the long-range comfort of an old betsy with a plush saddle.

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-2007 Allez Elite
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