The ‘Molteni Superlight’ was inspired by this bike from Japan:
This is a highly customised neo-classic restoration, with amazing attention to detail. We were in awe of it from first sight.
Our bike is built from a 1998 Eddy Merckx MX-Leader, with Zipp wheelset and Shimano 105 11sp groupset.
The frame is very rare, custom-made by the Merckx factory in Belgium for a French pro rider. It’s an MXL in Columbus MAX, with Eddy’s signature ‘Mini-MAX’ toptube. It measures 60cm center-to-center, with a 5cm seatpost extension, so it will suit only the tallest of riders.
You’ll need to be over 180cm to get on this bike.
The frame carries a 1998 serial, and it has the original Columbus race number hanger.
The MX-Leaders were the finest steel frame ever made by Merckx, and were still being used in the pro peloton into the ‘noughties. There’s a great reference on MAX frames here, including a couple of Molteni models.
First made in the early 90s for teams like Motorola and Telekom, the MXL frames were the state of the art, and the choice of freakishly strong pro riders like Phil Anderson and Sean Yates. Their weak spot was their heavy forks, though. Many riders used SLX forks, or the emerging Titanium and carbon forks.
We’ve used a ‘full’ Carbon fork on this bike, to balance strength and weight. With a carbon steerer tube bonded to an alloy crown, they’re as strong as MAX forks, but at half the weight.
The bike has been built with a full Shimano 105 11 speed groupset, with a Dura-Ace crankset to retain some ‘period’ feel. It can be upgraded to Ultegra or full Dura-Ace, depending on your specification.
Watch the build video here:
The shake-downs were done with the frame in it’s original ‘Guillaume’ paint job:
…and now it’s complete as you see it here.
As you can see, this bike is an instant head-turner. The attention to detail on the build is very high, and no small details have been omitted. The list of small accessorisations is too long…you’ll have to see it to believe it.
This is without doubt the most customised Merckx Molteni in Australia, and built on a very rare frame that has attracted interest from Merckx enthusiasts worldwide.
Sales enquiries are welcome, please contact us here.