Eurobike: Merckx launches women's line

Is the Cannibal softening, or getting wiser?

Belgian bike company Eddy Merckx is launching a new complete line of women's road racing bikes for the first time in 2010 including both carbon fibre and aluminium models. 

The top-end EFX-1 features the same carbon technology as on the rest of Eddy Merckx's E-series frames, including newly reshaped seat stays that reportedly offer more comfort and drivetrain rigidity, tapered 1 1/8"-to-1 1/4" front ends with additionally reinforced head tubes, and the Belgian legend's trademark handling characteristics. 

The women's-specific afx-4 features a scandium tubeset, carbon stays and a tapered front end.:

Geometry has been slightly adjusted for shorter torsos, however, with correspondingly shorter and sloping top tubes plus longer head tubes. Alloy models also feature tapered front ends, carbon seat stays for vibration damping, and smooth welds for a unified appearance. The AFX-4 uses Eddy Merckx's proven scandium-enhanced aluminium tubeset while the AFX-1 gets along with a more conventional 7005 alloy. 

The efx-1 is eddy merckx's top women's-specific road model with a a carbon frame and fork plus a tapered front end.:

Both the EFX-1 and a new standard-geometry EMX-1 will be available in special edition complete builds, too, the former in a light blue and white paint scheme and the latter in a particularly bold green and white. Both will come with a Shimano Ultegra group and FFWD carbon-and-aluminium differential profile clinchers.

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James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
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