Along with the changes in the monster cross frames, the road frame also got refreshed for this third run of frames. Like the monster cross frame, the sizing has been revised to 2cm jumps between sizes from 52cm up to 62cm. Again, no 50cm frame because sales haven't warranted keeping this size and I do have 50cm road frames still in stock. Geometry at the bottom of this post.
So, what's changed? The big one is the graphics. Over this last summer, I had one of those spontaneous what if ideas. What if I could create a graphic package in tribute to my all time favorite road frame - the orange Eddy Merckx with the blue panel graphic. As chance would have it, while I was working on this, an orange Merckx showed up in the shop for work. While that bike was here, I used it to get the correct orange nailed down. There's a lot of information on the interwebs saying this or that orange is the match. Turns out that RAL 2011 is really freakin' close - way closer than those who say RAL 2000 is the match.
The other change is to a flat fork crown from the previous sloping style. I also changed the fork offsets by increasing them a bit. I experimented with longer offsets over the summer. While I didn't really notice any difference in handling (it still handled great), I have had folks say they didn't care for toe overlap when running fenders. This will help get a bit more clearance.
This is the bike that is the inspiration for the new look. Owned by Giro's Eric Richter - aka @blacksocks on Instagram. Pretty much my favorite looking road bike of all time.
This is the graphic treatment Ken Prosser of Kenji Designs came up with based on my chicken scratch sketches. It's not exact and it's not meant to be.
And what's a Merckx themed tribute bike without a Molteni themed kit? Ken came up with this and Frank Strack from Velominati okayed the use of "Obey The Rules" and sent down the art for the graphic on the pocket. Kits will be available in early December (s/s and l/s jerseys, bib and std. shorts). Info on pricing and sizes/styles for the kits will be available soon.
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