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Old 11-29-18, 07:05 AM
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Martelly bikes, new and vintage steel.

Just throwing this out there since I've never heard of them. I recently picked up a very nice bike that was built by them in 1985. They have been quite helpful and responsive as I try and sort out the history on the bike.

He mentioned that they still have vintage steel frames available for selling so I figured I'd start a post to mention that in case anyone is interested. It seems they have a good history with the racing pros and better known in the Europe area.

Some nice looking new rides too and the prices don't seem that crazy.

Eddy Martens is the owner and has been real cool by responding to my questions.

Here's the site. Martelly Bikes
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Old 11-29-18, 11:10 AM
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Martelly frames, because of their use of a clover cut-out back in the lug days, sometimes get "remade" as Colnagos. The clover is different enough, though.
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Old 11-29-18, 11:20 AM
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Their Retro model would be right at home here.

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What are the components and price for the retro? I couldn't find an english option on their site.
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Originally Posted by Shrevvy View Post
What are the components and price for the retro? I couldn't find an english option on their site.

Not much info. I was able to get a Google translated version of the site but it's just one sentence that says they're restored bikes. Perhaps old stock they've had lying around as they're all branded Martelly. No prices.
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Not much info. I was able to get a Google translated version of the site but it's just one sentence that says they're restored bikes. Perhaps old stock they've had lying around as they're all branded Martelly. No prices.
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Martens is well-known in these parts as a builder of high quality frames, albeit not as well as he might have been if his father had opted for investing in his own brand instead of building frames for others.

Eddy Martens told his story to a local C&V website a few years ago. This is a - roughly translated - part of it. Eddy talks about his father:

He built frames for the professional riders of the Poeders Mann team, including Daniel Ryckeghem and Willy Vanneste. He also built frames for many riders of the Flandria team. These were bare frames that were secretly delivered to the Flandria factory in Zedelgem to be painted in the Flandria team colors.

In 1980 I took over my father's business and decided to focus solely on the construction of race frames. We worked with tubing from Reynolds, Columbus, Vitus and Ishiwata. In 20 years we have built 25,000 steel frames for various companies in Belgium and the Netherlands.

We've built frames for six world champions (road and track frames):
  • Michel Pollentier, winner of the Tour of Flanders
  • Etienne de Wilde, Belgian champion
  • Dirk Baert, Olympic champion Mexico
  • Roger Ilegems, Olympic champion in 1984 on the slopes.
  • Noel Dejonckhere, points race world champion in 1978.
  • Spencer Smith, triathlon world champion 1993/1994
  • Jempi Mosere (3 bare frames made by my father)
  • and many other riders.
I've made frames for Cornelo in the seventies and eighties, and also for Empella and Wout Verhoeven and Jan Janssen. I also made frames for Henk van der Kloof at Remy (with R-panto). Frames with a U-panto in the fork crown and lower head lug were for Union. I made some 150 frames for Loverdi, supplied through their Belgian painter: Ampe-Vanwassenhove from Torhout. And I've made frames for Diamant, Dossche Sport, Concorde (Astore), Splendor, Chinetti, Devos Sport, Sportivo, Destoop Ghent (Coppi frames for 1980), Flanders and U.Scanini.
And also for the teams of Histor, Splendor, Safir Empella (the cyclocross team with Simunek), Flanders, Boston, Carlos and Gregoire.
Many were distributed in Holland by Wout Verhoeven. I own at least two that came from the Martens shop via this route.

This Giovanni was supplied by Verhoeven to Piet Slikker, the owner of the Giovanni brand:



It has the clover mentioned by @Ex Pres:



This Visser Vainqueur is also a likely suspect ...




... as Visser, like Verhoeven, came from the Rotterdam area and it was originally built for Diamant:



For those who would like to meet Eddy: he is a regular at the Ghent Stalen Ros event, every fall. Took this pic of his offerings a few weeks ago:

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I just picked one up myself, in Bruges....had to leave it over there though for now, will get it home next trip.





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Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
For those who would like to meet Eddy: he is a regular at the Ghent Stalen Ros event, every fall. Took this pic of his offerings a few weeks ago:

I also met him there, and came very close to buying that sky blue frame above for my wife. I would have bought it in a second if it were my size, but alas, she didn't see the need for another bike when she'd just gotten a new Specialized a couple of months before. The SL tubing with beautiful lugs and really nice craftsmanship weren't enough to mesmerize her the way they did me. He was selling frames that he had on hand for about half of what they would normally go for.
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Originally Posted by jmead11france View Post
I just picked one up myself, in Bruges....had to leave it over there though for now, will get it home next trip.





Finally! This is the first pictures I've seen of another bike that matches my Martelly built "Ribble" bike. The cutout lugs, head lugs and numbers tab all match. Cool!




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Mine was made for Georges Vandenberghe in 1980 not long before he passed away. I consider myself fortunate to have acquired it.
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Originally Posted by jmead11france View Post
Mine was made for Georges Vandenberghe in 1980 not long before he passed away. I consider myself fortunate to have acquired it.
Awesome to have a real pro's ride. And it's a beauty!
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Not my first one....I have a Limongi that was owned by Phillipe Saude and a LeMond wheelset was included in that deal....as well as two complete sets of shorts and jerseys. Renault Elf Gitane

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Originally Posted by jmead11france View Post
I just picked one up myself, in Bruges....had to leave it over there though for now, will get it home next trip.
A beautiful bike, it should clean up very well...nice score!
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Any help with identifying my frame gratefully received!

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Not my first one....I have a Limongi that was owned by Phillipe Saude and a LeMond wheelset was included in that deal....as well as two complete sets of shorts and jerseys. Renault Elf Gitane
Hi- I dont suppose you have any good photos of the headbadge of this do you? - I am, desperately trying to identify a much loved bike frame I have and I suspect it may be Martens/ Martelly- from what I can see of the head badge on the yellow Diamant they look very similar. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated!- as a newbie it wont let me post photos of my bike unfortunately- but am happy to share these with you over email if that would help for point of comparison. Cheers, Alex
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Just thought I'd update this a bit with my impression of how the bike rides on the road. I should note that I spent 4 unusual months off my bikes for a health reason so am just getting back into shape. But I've had several good rides on the bike as the conditioning comes back. With calm conditions I have easily been able to run a 20+ mph avg pace on it for half of each ride. It's that time of year here when the winds come up each afternoon so I've yet to get complete 25 mile ride in without wind problems. But for me 20 mph over the slight rolling hills route is fast. The bike just seems to carry speed very well and I've been able to run an extra gear over the other bikes I've been riding. It seems fairly comfortable on the rough roads and yet not flexy at all when I'm getting on it. This despite still weighing over 190 lbs as I shed the illness weight. It is quick to turn it, diving eagerly into turns. Yet it's not really twitchy feeling on the straights. Anyway, I'm happy with it and highly recommend these frames to anyone interested. I'm still sorting mine out. Added some nice light Mavics that work great in the calm but suck in side winds. I'm also converting it to mostly all Dura Ace 7400 since it deserves it. The BB has a tad of play so I need to look into that. Here's how I'm riding it right now as I slowly work on it.



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Great write-up on Martens/Martelly history that fills in some of those wide gaps in the database. There are so many of their frames that wear so many other names, it's very helpful to see a list!
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Hi- I dont suppose you have any good photos of the headbadge of this do you? - I am, desperately trying to identify a much loved bike frame I have and I suspect it may be Martens/ Martelly- from what I can see of the head badge on the yellow Diamant they look very similar. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated!- as a newbie it wont let me post photos of my bike unfortunately- but am happy to share these with you over email if that would help for point of comparison. Cheers, Alex


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Thanks so much for this!
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