Eddy Merckx EMX-3 What's wrong with them?
Been thinking of getting a proper road bike for a while, and was considering, well almost everything at one point or another. I looked at Rose, Canyon, Scott CR1, Synapse etc. I’m after something confortable rather than racy.
On Friday I had a brief spin on the EMX – 3 at Evans in Manchester. cheap tat?Didn’t exactly blow me away but then there were no hills and no-one really to rise against/with.
It’s completely shallow, but I’m drawn to it simply because it has 30% discount. The head tube seems quite long so it should be comfortable, but apart from that and the shiny Carob fibre Athena cranks I don’t really know much about it. It weighs 8.3kg with nasty pedals on.
Anyone got any experience of these bikes? Are they any good or just junk that never sells full price and they just flog them off discounted to muppets like me at the end of the year…
cheersPosted 4 years agotonyg2003Subscriber
Hi Athena Carbon is a good groupset and shifts well. The only annoyance is that the levers rattle when you are pulling on the brakes and the chainset is power torque not ultra torque.
The EM bikes get good reviews the discounting just reflects that they aren’t a well know brand to most buyers. I don’t think for instance they sponsor a tour team and don’t see much advertising for them.Posted 4 years agojohnnytMember
I have an EMX3 with Campag groupset and Scirocco 35mm wheels, love it to bits.Posted 4 years ago
It’s a very taught frame and me being a heavyweight muscular build it takes some
punishment. The only mods if I’m honest have been to fit a Fi’zi’k saddle, other than that I’m extremely impressed
with it. It also comes with a lifetime warranty on frame and forks. They are rare too, in the 4000 miles I’ve done I’ve
not noticed another. I think people are scared of branching out from the usual Trek / Cannondale etcjamesrMember
The reason the Merckxs can currently be found heavily discounted is that I believe they are currently without a UK importer.Posted 4 years ago
I’ve owned two EMX 5s, one of which I broke, prompting some exemplary customer service from Merckx in Belgium and Epic Cycles, the shop I bought it from.
I reported the break on Monday and had a new frame by Friday, all done via email and phone.
The EMX 3 is a different geometry, but generally, they’re well made – very robust – and well specced.
I’d go for it.
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