Eddy Merckx EMX-1105

Enthusiast: Carbon Comfort; $2,700.

Eddy Merckx EMX-1105     Photo: Photograph by Inga Hendrickson

This season marks the return of Eddy Merckx bikes to elite racing, with the company's sponsorship of Belgium's top team, Quick Step. But we wanted to see what Merckx delivered in its entry-level racer. The full-carbon EMX-1 comes with Shimano's price-conscious 105 components—including a compact double crankset—and is designed with a slightly upright, back-friendly "comfort-performance" geometry. Our verdict: A little heavy on the climbs, but all in all it's a fantastic bike for the price. "It's sturdy and stable," said one tester, "but it handles like a race bike." 18.4 lbs (48 cm, though effectively a 55 cm); eddymerckx.be
PEDALING RESPONSIVENESS: 3 HANDLING: 4

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