Skip to main content

Pro bike: Tom Boonen's Quick Step Eddy Merckx EMX-7

Image 1 of 21

Prologo is the official saddle supplier for Quick Step this year.

Prologo is the official saddle supplier for Quick Step this year.
(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
Image 2 of 21

Tacx Tao aluminum cages are almost as light as many companies' carbon fiber models.

Tacx Tao aluminum cages are almost as light as many companies' carbon fiber models.
(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
Image 3 of 21

Eddy Merckx's latest EMX-7 flagship uses asymmetrical chain stays.

Eddy Merckx's latest EMX-7 flagship uses asymmetrical chain stays.
(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
Image 4 of 21

The bottom bracket uses press-fit cups.

The bottom bracket uses press-fit cups.
(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
Image 5 of 21

BBB provides the team with its BCP-32W wireless computers.

BBB provides the team with its BCP-32W wireless computers.
(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
Image 6 of 21

Quick Step recently logged some team training time in Calpe, Spain.

Quick Step recently logged some team training time in Calpe, Spain.
(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
Image 7 of 21

Hey, what's this do?

Hey, what's this do?
(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
Image 8 of 21

Clearance is fairly tight between the tire and fat seat tube.

Clearance is fairly tight between the tire and fat seat tube.
(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
Image 9 of 21

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) is hoping this season goes better than last year.

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) is hoping this season goes better than last year.
(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
Image 10 of 21

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) walks over to his bike before the day's ride.

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) walks over to his bike before the day's ride.
(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
Image 11 of 21

Quick Step team mechanics use these little rubber grommets to both protect the paint from scuffs as well as keep the housing from migrating in the frame.

Quick Step team mechanics use these little rubber grommets to both protect the paint from scuffs as well as keep the housing from migrating in the frame.
(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
Image 12 of 21

The top tube lines flow smoothly into the seat stays.

The top tube lines flow smoothly into the seat stays.
(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
Image 13 of 21

(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
Image 14 of 21

(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
Image 15 of 21

(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
Image 16 of 21

(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
Image 17 of 21

(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
Image 18 of 21

(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
Image 19 of 21

Campagnolo has fitted the latest Record 11 front derailleurs with stiffer mechanisms for faster shifts under power.

Campagnolo has fitted the latest Record 11 front derailleurs with stiffer mechanisms for faster shifts under power.
(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
Image 20 of 21

Campagnolo's second-tier Record 11 rear derailleur uses aluminum knuckles instead of Super Record's carbon fiber ones.

Campagnolo's second-tier Record 11 rear derailleur uses aluminum knuckles instead of Super Record's carbon fiber ones.
(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)
Image 21 of 21

The newly tapered head tube is massive in profile.

The newly tapered head tube is massive in profile.
(Image credit: Stephen Farrand)

Quick Step will stay on Eddy Merckx bikes for another season but will upgrade to the company's all-new EMX-7 carbon flagship and the heavily revamped EMX-5, both with all the bells and whistles of other modern race machines.

Key features include the usual must-haves: a tapered 1 1/8"-to-1 1/2" head tube, an integrated bottom bracket with press-fit bearing cups, and internal cable routing. As a side benefit of the stiffer and more precise handling front end and lighter crank bearing assembly, the upsized head tube and bottom bracket also allow for a broader down tube and wider spacing on the asymmetrical chain stays, both of which help increase drivetrain and torsional rigidity.  

The EMX-7 – the choice of classics and sprint specialist Tom Boonen – also adds nominally aero-shaped tubes, an upgraded composite blend with strategically placed patches of pitch carbon fiber for additional stiffness, and an integrated seatmast while the EMX-5 carries on with a standard, round, telescoping post. Both models retain Eddy Merckx's stable stage race-type geometry with relatively slack head tube angles and low bottom brackets.

Quick Step mechanics fit the team bikes with Campagnolo Record 11 groups across the board, including the company's latest Ergopower lever internals for a more positive shift action, smoother hoods, and revised chainring tooth profiles. Campagnolo also provides the full catalog of wheelsets including both carbon and alloy tubulars depending on the task at hand (Boonen's bike is pictured here with training clinchers fitted).

Finishing kit is provided by FSA (bars, stems, headsets, and seatmast heads or seatposts depending on bike model), Vittoria (tires), Prologo (saddles and bar tape), Look (pedals), Tacx (bottles and cages), and BBB (computers).

Frame: Eddy Merckx EMX-7, 58cm
Fork: Eddy Merckx Aerofork
Headset: FSA integrated
Stem: FSA SL-K, 140mm x -6°
Handlebars: FSA compact, 44cm (c-c)
Tape/grips: Prologo
Front brake: Campagnolo Record 11 D-Skeleton dual-pivot
Rear brake: Campagnolo Record 11 D-Skeleton single-pivot
Brake levers: Campagnolo Record Ergopower Ultra-Shift 11s
Front derailleur: Campagnolo Record 11s
Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Record 11s
Shift levers: Campagnolo Record Ergopower Ultra-Shift 11s
Cassette: Campagnolo Record 11s
Chain: Campagnolo Record 11s
Crankset: Campagnolo Record Ultra-Torque ST 11s, 177.5mm, 53/39T
Bottom bracket: Campagnolo Record Ultra-Torque press-fit
Pedals: Look KéO Blade
Wheelset: Campagnolo Zonda
Front tire: Vittoria
Rear tire: Vittoria
Saddle: Prologo Scratch Pro TR
Seat post: FSA integrated head