Eddy Merckx Mourenx69 105 Road Bike - 2016. 1969 was a big year for young Eddy Merckx, and it was defined by his heroic stage win in Mourenx during the Tour de France. His 214.5km solo bid for victory quickly became the stuff of legend, and the inspiration for a bike designed to race long distances: the Eddy Merckx Mourenx69 road bike. The Mourenx69 is a bike that's designed to go big, with a comfort oriented geometry that makes comfort a priority during long, hard days in the saddle. But this is no old man's race bike, with a super upright geometry and big old stack of spacers under the stem. While some modern endurance bikes tend to sacrifice performance in the name of keeping your back comfortable, the Mourenx69 eschews such compromises. Instead, it uses a tuned carbon layup with pencil then seatstays and a svelt fork to deliver comfort, while also delivering up a healthy dose of modern race features. The bike featuers aerodynamically shaped tubes and seatpost to help you set a new PR on your next gran fondo, and a chunky oversized bottom bracket and headtube that deliver plenty of stiffness for all-out efforts. The headtube is a wee-bit taller and the angles a little more slack than their all-out race bikes, but the Mourenx's geometry is still firmly on the go fast side of things. The Mourenx69 is outfitted with Shimano's latest 105 5800 11-speed drivetrain. 5800 benefits from many of the technology and ergonomic developments Shimano made with Dura-Ace and Ultegra, but at a fraction of the price. With an updated shifter design for improved performance and comfort, and redesigned derailleurs for smoother, more precise shifting, and the addition of an extra gear, this might be the best value going in components. The mid-compact alloy crankset is stiff and lightweight, and is equipped with 50/34 chainrings to give you plenty of top end speed, while making the hills a lot more manageable. And just in case you needed any more reminding that this is a sprint bike, the Sanremo76 is equipped with a Deda RHM02 and Zero2 cockpit and Fulcrum Racing 5 wheels. The Racing 5wheels are an excellent all-around training wheel, with a moderately deep profile so getting up to speed won't be a problem...but neither will the occasional pothole.
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