The UMX-S is a brand new, exciting model for 2012 that encorporates top-grade Columbus Cromo-r steel with fine lugged construction and pays tribute to Eddy's hour record achieved in Mexico City in 1972. The UMX-S is an urban-style, single-speed / fixed gear commuter aesthetically similar to classic track legends but with more relaxed geometry for comfortable all-day riding. The rear hub is switchable from fixed gear to single speed- freewheel and brakes are added for safety. For 2012, the UMX-S is offered in ?Mexico City Orange?, the same color as the orange bike Eddy rode with Team Moltini in the early 70?s. This color is synonymous with Merckx biycles and shattered records.. The 2012 UMX-S is available as a complete-built factory bike only. Specifications: -Frame: -Available sizes: 50S, 53M, 56L, 59XL -Available colors: Mexico City Orange -Fork: Eddy Merckx steel, sloping crown -Brake/Shift Levers: Eddy Merckx Urban -rakes: Eddy Merckx -Front Derailleur: none -Rear Derailleur: none -Chain: Eddy Merckx -Cassette: Free/Fixed 16T -Crankset: Eddy Merckx 46T -Bottom Bracket: Eddy Merckx -Wheelset: Eddy Merckx White V-rim Alloy -Tires: 23 x 700c clincher -Stem: Eddy Merckx Alloy -Handlebar: Eddy Merckx Bullhorn -Saddle: Eddy Merckx white track-comfort -Seatpoast: Eddy Merckx alloy
Strengths: Stiff and Fast for a Single Speed. Fun to ride. Merckx quality in build.
Weaknesses: White tires. White finished components seem to scratch a bit too easy. Studs for only a single water bottle cage. Seat post seems off-size for fitting alternative saddles and bag systems. It may be a challenge on hills and sometimes in a strong head wind--but no more so than any other single gear bike.
Despite my copious list of weaknesses, I have to say I love this bike. It inspires alot of envy whenever you take it out. Some people complain of the price and components, and I would agree that if it seems like a lot of money to you--this may not be your best bike choice. I find myself frequently choosing it as a fitness recovery ride or just to get around. I frequently have taken it for 30 mile rides without much fatigue. The only complaint on longer rides would be somewhat challenging hills--but then again, working hard makes you stronger. I was especially attracted to this bike because of my first racing bike which is a forty year old Eddy Merckx Molteni. By the way, I am compulsive about my bike maintenance and don't really mind scrubbing those white tires once a week. I would like to find more of a racing profile white saddle, but I think there is a questionable dimension in the clamp that makes fitting a saddle somewhat difficult. I encountered the same issue when installing a quick release bag system. I might need to change out the seat post eventually. The bull horns are fun to ride, and seem fairly necessary when you are in a standing run to keep a good steer going. I weighed it loaded up at about 20 pounds. There is just enough room to center mount your Garmin using their standard mounts. I am riding a 54 cm frame and I am 70.5 inches tall and 182 pounds. Other frames I am riding comfortably are a 55 cm Bianchi Infinito and a 57 cm Bianchi Oltre XR. I ride every day at least 30 miles. I have only ridden in the freewheel option thus far, but will probably try out the fixed wheel option once it stops snowing (could that be June?).