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Custom Eddy Merckx with pantographed Campagnolo Potenza
  • Will

    It’s a lovely looking bike, but I’m disappointed that so much effort and money has gone into something that will last a year before his kids too big to ride it.

    This smacks of him having too much money to know what to do with it.

    • James Huang

      I spoke with Brett at length about this, and I honestly believe your fears are unfounded. Brett doesn’t deny that he’s well off, but he doesn’t at all flaunt it, either. His ability to have such a bike made had more to do with his personal connections with Eddy Merckx (through his many years of work with the Horton Collection) than how much he paid.

      Brett also had made for Trevor a few years prior a custom titanium mountain bike. As is the case with this Eddy Merckx, that bike undoubtedly wasn’t cheap, but Trevor did ride that for at least a couple of years, and rode the hell out of it. Many will surely view this bike as a needless display of wealth, but I’d argue that if that were the goal, Brett could have gone much further. I don’t have the resources that Brett does so I obviously wouldn’t have gone this far myself, but personally, I find it to be quite tasteful. I witnessed Trevor’s enthusiasm for *riding* this bike firsthand at NAHBS (not just enthusiasm for *having* it, which is a very different thing), and that sort of excitement for riding in a 12-year-old should be celebrated.

      • Will

        Thanks for replying James. My comment came mainly from my lack of enthusiasm as a child for anything beyond it’s use, so I had no consideration for history or interest in commercial sport for example.

        It’s good to know that the bike will be enjoyed.

    • Adam K

      I totally disagree as well. Even if people spend a bomb on bikes, the $ pale into comparison to things like nice cars. I have two high end road bikes, a tt bike, cx bike and mtb, and multiple sets of lightweight wheels. All of my stuff is worth less than one years depreciation on one of my friends AMG Mercedes. No one blinks at losing 40k+ in depreciation in a year on a 200k car, yet do double takes on how much was spent on multiple bikes and multiple sets of wheels. Which are investment in ones health and wellbeing. If someone has earnt some good coin and is going nuts spending on bikes and supporting awesome little cycling companies like cyclo retro, I say good on him. The fact he put the time and effort into compiling arguably the most comprehensive collection of cycling memorabilia in the world, I think shows he has a rather large passion and not just throwing his money around because he can. seems like a legend of a guy to me, and it seems rough to be hating on a guy who created something beautiful

      • Wily_Quixote

        When someones exclaims ‘how much’!! at the price of my road and MTB bikes, I ask them how much they spend on gym membership and petrol/ car wear and tear every year.

  • singlespeedscott

    Wish Campagnolo Record hubs still came in Silver. Maybe I should do the the same and strip the anodising off a modern set.

  • Mordecai Boone

    This is the last thing a kid needs. He will have no appreciation that a frame like this or components are something that some devoted cyclists never get. And to say he wants his kid to “beat the living crap” out of it. WTF? This is a work of art. He should want his kid to treasure it and give it to his son. Disgraceful.

    • MMaster

      I think your outrage is misplaced… I do not expect his kids will be BMX’n, bridge tossing, nor taking it off any “sweet jumps”… No doubt it will show signs of being ridden, with the expected wear & tear of actually being used…Isn’t that what a bike is for? Since the thought of the bike potentially getting damaged (or worse) doen’t bother the creator (in the least), why would it bother you(?)…
      If it bothers you so much, by all means, commission one for yourself and hang it on your wall…never ride it…That would be the bigger disgrace

      • Mordecai Boone

        A custom eddy mercx frame and campy components is not a bike to bang around. Period. If u think it is, fine. I would teach a kid to have more respect for cycling than that.

        • Cameron Harris

          I interpreted the quote as implying the kid would be riding the wheels off it, rather than disrespecting it. Riding it hard is the most respect anyone can offer it, irrespective of age.

        • Disagree, a custom Mercx frame is made to ridden, hard. If the guy’s son is able enjoys ripping his dad’s legs off with this bike, then all power to them.

          Bikes, cars, guitars etc that sit in a bank vault instead of being used is deeply sad.

          • pauldr

            Exactly. Every time there is a fantastic, exotic build people either say “ah what a waste, they’ll probably never ride it”, or the other extreme – “it’s too good to ride”…

        • JJ

          righto mate. Go hang your bikes on a wall and have fun looking at them

      • badhombrebigdo

        Ha! Sweet jumps FTW!!

  • will59

    Went to the local bike shop, picked up a $50 used bike that fit my son. He rode it for years all over town. Didn’t realize until now that he was so hard done by.

    • James Huang

      And was he super happy about it? My guess is yes, as is Trevor, from what I could tell at NAHBS. So in other words, all good all around.

    • badhombrebigdo

      ‘Hard done by’?

  • If stock Potenza looked at all like this, I’d finally modernize from my beloved Record 10…

    • James Huang

      Probably goes without saying that the guys from Campagnolo USA were all over this thing at the show :)

  • Sunny Ape

    Looks spectacular and a real labour of love. Using 650c wheels might have kept the proportions a little better, but that’s splitting hairs.

  • Larry @CycleItalia

    I saw the bike at the show and spoke with Brett for a bit. Extravagant? Certainly. But if you had the means to spoil your kid (or grandkid) with something like this (and we’re pretty sure the kid’s college fund was not diverted for this project) wouldn’t you do the same? The kid will be an angry, sullen teenager soon enough, so a parent’s got to have fun with the kids while they can, no?

  • Alan59

    Smart Bike .

  • Tim

    Peanut gallery is pissy today.
    So he has money, why do you care?
    So the kid potentially does something silly with the bike, why do you care?
    Get a grip folks.

    • Wily_Quixote

      Probably it’s people who don’t like seeing ostentatious displays of wealth. But if the kid’s peer group is similarly well endowed with quality playthings (I suspect he is not going to a state school) I suppose it doesn’t matter.

      When I was at school we mercifully taunted a fat kid with a high end bike – never taunted the local 14 year old racer on a handmade bike – but then he was training with the adults in the local club. It appears that ‘all the gear, no idea’ was a nascent concept even in our teens.

      That kid had better be able to ride, is all I’ll say, otherwise he will lead himself and his dad open to disapprobation. That’s the way the world works, isn’t it?

      • Tim

        That is the way the world works, no way I can disagree with you. It is a shame.

        One would hope though, as adults, we would heed my mom’s favourite saying “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say it”.

        One point, I doubt you mercifully taunted the lad … I somehow doubt he was thankful for the taunting ;)

        • Wily_Quixote

          No, it was merciful.
          These are lessons we ought to receive.

          • Nathan

            Why? Why should one’s equipment reflect one’s physical ability? I would say the child you refer to was the victim of bullying due to the envy of his classmates, not because of some altruistic ulterior motive. My son rode a very low end road bike for five seasons and he enjoyed it, but that doesn’t mean he or I have an issue with his friend who received a new top end bike on a yearly basis. That would just be weird.

            • Wily_Quixote

              ‘Why should one’s equipment reflect one’s physical ability?’

              Because anything extra is a waste of money and blatant consumerism.
              Which is fine for the affluent and adult consumers reading CT website, I suppose.

              In the case I cite, buying a child of poor athletic ability a high end bike in a low socioeconomic area did the child no favours, as his parents could reasonably predict, I think, had they thought about it.

              In a perfect world no child would be picked on for such banal reasons but then in a perfect world inequality and envy would not exist.

              • Nathan

                Except you were arguing the bullying of this child was a good thing. Envy is a trait equal to the greed (consumerism) you seem to despise. Just be happy with your own life and spend less time trying justify your moralistic worldview by demeaning the choices of others. You write quite a lot of well constructed comments and responses on this site, but this is not one of them.

                • Wily_Quixote

                  Taunting in the playground is not always bullying. I learnt many valuable lessons via the critique of my peers. Humility was one of them.

                  • Nathan

                    Clearly. Very humble.

                    • Wily_Quixote

                      Well if you have to resort to ad hominem perhaps you shouldn’t engage with other people on the internet.

  • George Darroch

    A beautiful bike.

    But why not make it in 650c? That’s what the standard is there for.

    It astounds me that we have an industry that treats anyone under 165cm – most women and quite a few men – as unworthy of a bike designed for them.

  • István Fedor

    no offence, but this is not a kid’s bike. it’s for midgets and achondroplastics. a proper kids bike has a junior cassette.. 16-28 or something of that sort..

  • Shane Nicholas Glackin

    When the revolution comes…


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