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Museeuw MF-1

Flax/carbon blend makes a great racing frame

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The Museeuw MF-1 is made from carbon and flax tubing joined to carbon lugs

The Museeuw MF-1 is made from carbon and flax tubing joined to carbon lugs (Image credit: Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com)
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The carbon/flax seat tube has a slight aero profile

The carbon/flax seat tube has a slight aero profile (Image credit: Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com)
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The main tubes join at a huge carbon fibre lug for stiffness at the frame's biggest stress point

The main tubes join at a huge carbon fibre lug for stiffness at the frame's biggest stress point (Image credit: Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com)
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A full carbon lug keeps things tidy where the top tube joins the seat tube and stays

A full carbon lug keeps things tidy where the top tube joins the seat tube and stays (Image credit: Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com)
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Curved and tapered chainstays morph from inverted teardrops at the bottom bracket to round at the dropouts

Curved and tapered chainstays morph from inverted teardrops at the bottom bracket to round at the dropouts (Image credit: Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com)
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The wishbone seatstays join the seat tube lug in a single monostay

The wishbone seatstays join the seat tube lug in a single monostay (Image credit: Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com)
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Like the chainstays, the hourglass seatstays change from teardrop to round on their way down to the rear hub

Like the chainstays, the hourglass seatstays change from teardrop to round on their way down to the rear hub (Image credit: Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com)
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The large down tube features another teardrop shape at the head tube and changes to almost a diamond at the bottom bracket

The large down tube features another teardrop shape at the head tube and changes to almost a diamond at the bottom bracket (Image credit: Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com)
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The tapered top tube maintains its teardrop shape throughout its length but narrows towards the seat tube joint

The tapered top tube maintains its teardrop shape throughout its length but narrows towards the seat tube joint (Image credit: Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com)
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The MF-1's head tube is a 100 percent carbon fibre lug

The MF-1's head tube is a 100 percent carbon fibre lug (Image credit: Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com)
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The head tube features a pointed front for styling and aerodynamics

The head tube features a pointed front for styling and aerodynamics (Image credit: Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com)
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Yes, this frame is made from a blend of carbon and flax fibres

Yes, this frame is made from a blend of carbon and flax fibres (Image credit: Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com)
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Museeuw bikes won an award for innovation at last year's Eurobike show

Museeuw bikes won an award for innovation at last year's Eurobike show (Image credit: Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com)
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Johan Museeuw is the name behind the bike and it carries his signature

Johan Museeuw is the name behind the bike and it carries his signature (Image credit: Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com)
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The Lion of Flanders features strongly in the frame's graphics

The Lion of Flanders features strongly in the frame's graphics (Image credit: Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com)
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Each frame is handbuilt from tubes and lugs and individually numbered

Each frame is handbuilt from tubes and lugs and individually numbered (Image credit: Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com)
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The Museeuw MF-9 fork is also built from carbon and flax fibres

The Museeuw MF-9 fork is also built from carbon and flax fibres (Image credit: Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com)
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The MF-9 fork blades have a slight hourglass curve

The MF-9 fork blades have a slight hourglass curve (Image credit: Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com)
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The drivetrain on our MF-1 is all Shimano Ultegra - it works well but a frame of this calibre deserves better

The drivetrain on our MF-1 is all Shimano Ultegra - it works well but a frame of this calibre deserves better (Image credit: Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com)
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The Ultegra chainset has similar styling to that of Dura-Ace, but less dramatic

The Ultegra chainset has similar styling to that of Dura-Ace, but less dramatic (Image credit: Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com)
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The Ultegra rear derailleur works as surely as you could want

The Ultegra rear derailleur works as surely as you could want (Image credit: Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com)
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Ultegra Dual Control levers are similar in appearance - and function - to Dura-Ace

Ultegra Dual Control levers are similar in appearance - and function - to Dura-Ace (Image credit: Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com)
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Museeuw provided an 11-23T, 10-speed Ultegra cassette which we fitted to our own test wheels

Museeuw provided an 11-23T, 10-speed Ultegra cassette which we fitted to our own test wheels (Image credit: Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com)
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The seat clamp is by FRM but is monogrammed with Museeuw's name

The seat clamp is by FRM but is monogrammed with Museeuw's name (Image credit: Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com)
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The Museeuw branded seatpost features a micro-adjust clamp to get the saddle just right

The Museeuw branded seatpost features a micro-adjust clamp to get the saddle just right (Image credit: Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com)
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The SX-Force saddle was comfortable enough but surely a cromoly railed seat has no place on a frame of this quality

The SX-Force saddle was comfortable enough but surely a cromoly railed seat has no place on a frame of this quality (Image credit: Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com)
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More Museeuw monogrammes appear on the FRM threadless headset and top cap

More Museeuw monogrammes appear on the FRM threadless headset and top cap (Image credit: Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com)
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SX-Force carbon fibre stem did its job with no fuss

SX-Force carbon fibre stem did its job with no fuss (Image credit: Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com)
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The carbon front plate of the SX-Force stem clamps onto a matching set of bars

The carbon front plate of the SX-Force stem clamps onto a matching set of bars (Image credit: Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com)
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The gentle anatomic shape of the SX-Force carbon bars was comfortable enough in a variety of positions

The gentle anatomic shape of the SX-Force carbon bars was comfortable enough in a variety of positions (Image credit: Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com)
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Despite its flimsy appearance the SX-Force carbon bottle cage performed well enough

Despite its flimsy appearance the SX-Force carbon bottle cage performed well enough (Image credit: Ben Atkins/Cyclingnews.com)

Museeuw's MF-1 uses a unique carbon/flax fibre blend - yes, flax, the stuff they make linen out

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