I think that’s what Eddy said?  Or was it ‘Don’t buy upgrades…’

The Columbus tubed beauty featured is ‘Straight outta Belgium’, and comes weeks after Eddy Merckx announced the Eddy70 – a run of 70 bicycles to celebrate Eddy Merckx’s birthday pictured below.

Happy Birthday, Eddy!

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For those few with a sizeable chunk of change burning a hole in their knicks, you can be the owner of one of a series of 69 of these Columbus XCR framesets, Campagnolo’s creme de la creme components, and a range of other options including Eddy’s own signature on a card and in a book.     On a pedantic note,  I can spy three details that are a little ‘off’ in the photo above.  Can you pick them?  (Pedals is not one).

It’s a very nice bike, but it fails to turn my crank.  Not like a classic from 30 years prior.

This build is for a returning customer, looking to upgrade his fyxomatosis Colnago.

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He spied the Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra track frame and gave the brief of a ‘dream build’ with a requisite of a brake as per his previous bike.

The frameset had been resprayed in ‘Llewellyn Azul’ by Sungraphics and is stunning.   Originally equipped with a chrome pista fork, I scoured the earth and the entire internet for a flat crown Eddy Merckx road fork so this could be used as a ‘street legal’ fix.   To do so meant purchasing another frame and fork, parting it out, and sending the fork to the platers.  Back from chrome it’s a sterling addition to the front end.

The road fork allows for the clearance and drop required for a caliper, it is drilled to suit and with a little more rake gives a more relaxed ride.

I could think of no better brake than a Super Record Cobalto caliper to compliment the blue of the frame and a pair of C Record brake lever hoods to balance the front end.

This came up a treat – or a dream if you will.

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Full gallery of photos at the top.


Shot at Farm Vigano, nestled in the picturesque Plenty George NP.


  • Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra PISTA 57cm
  • Eddy Merckx flat crown road fork
  • Cinelli XA ‘EDDY MERCKX’ stem 120mm
  • Cinelli Giro D’Italia 40cm bars
  • Campagnolo C Record brake levers
  • Campagnolo Super Record steel headset
  • Campagnolo Super Record 27.2 seat pillar
  • Selle San Marco Rolls saddle
  • Campagnolo Super Record bottom bracket (ITA)
  • Campagnolo Super Record 165mm Pista Cranks
  • Campagnolo Super Record Strada pedals
  • Cinelli alloy toe clips
  • Campagnolo Super Record 47t 1/8 Pista chainring
  • Campagnolo Super Record low flange track hubs
  • Campagnolo lock ring
  • 19t 1/8 track cog
  • HKK Vertex Silver and Gold chain
  • TB-14 Rims
  • Challenge Elite tyres
  • Filtered Air in tubes