2017 Road Bike Buyer's Guide

Eddy Merckx Strasbourg 71
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Eddy Merckx Strasbourg 71

Eddy Merckx is perhaps the greatest racer the sport has ever seen. But while the Belgian no longer has a direct role in the development of the bikes that bear his name, the brand does its best to live up to the legacy of its namesake. The Strasbourg 71 is the company's first foray into the endurance/gravel bike category; it takes its name from the town that hosted the finish of the first stage of 1971 Tour de France, a stage won by Merckx on a gravel track. Available in both aluminum and carbon fiber, the Strasbourg 71’s frameset is built for long off-road rambles with comfortable endurance geometry, clearance for wider tires, and disc brakes. Three component packages are available, starting at $2,299 for an alloy bike with SRAM’s Rival groupset. For $4,999 you get a carbon fiber frameset built with Shimano’s Ultegra components. Eddy would have loved a bike like this when he was racing. [From $2,299; eddymerckx.com

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