Eddy Merckx MX Leader

Eddy Merckx MX Leader

For connoisseurs of fine bicycles, Eddy Merckx’s MX Leader is one of the most highly sought-after frames. The iconic chevrons on the back of those seat stays can arouse more frenzied excitement in some fans than expensively detailed hosiery. While they’re usually equipped with Dura-Ace or Record, this Leader is bedecked with the rare Swiss Edco Competition groupset.

Edco began producing bicycles components in 1900 but disappeared into obscurity during the 80s, a result of both Shimano’s affordability and Campagnolo’s exclusivity. Edco actually manufactured only the bottom bracket, hubs, headset and cranks of their Competition group: the derailleurs were re-badged Simplex models, and a later edition included Magura’s hydraulic rim brakes, seen here.

As evidenced by his name on the top tube, this model belonged to a pro racer by the name of Thomas Wegmüller, who rode for the Weinmann / Eddy Merckx team in 1991 before moving to Lotus / Festina in 1992. His MX Leader was perfectly captured by Givanni Pirajno, a commercial photographer living in Switzerland with a penchant for classic European racing bicycles — always a good combination.

Head to Giovanni’s website and take a look at his blog and flickr for more.

Eddy Merckx MX Leader
Eddy Merckx MX Leader
Eddy Merckx MX Leader
Eddy Merckx MX Leader
Eddy Merckx MX Leader
Eddy Merckx MX Leader
Eddy Merckx MX Leader
Eddy Merckx MX Leader
Eddy Merckx MX Leader