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Edddy Merckx TeVe Blad 1985-1987

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Edddy Merckx TeVe Blad 1985-1987

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Team TeVe Blad (TVB) appears in descriptions of EMC bikes very often... and it was a small team, operating locally (Belgium, northern France), unsuccessful and on average popular. There are two reasons for this: the regular confusion of the TVB 86/87 painting pattern with the Lotto 88 painting pattern (they are really similar) and the lack of information that the Kelme team had identical painting in the 86/87 seasons (and the name Kelme appears in advertising materials from that time, TeVe Blad - never). However, I have not seen a seller (or a proud owner) describe such a pattern as Kelme 86 or 87 - it is always TeVe Blad... great and unexpected marketing success...
TVB 1985 - first season on EMC bikes: the team started the season on the Professional model (late version): on the photos you can recognize brake bridge Gipiemme "cube", early font of "Eddy Merck". (on the frame and T-shirts), slides on top tube, "MEXICO" on "championship stripes" sticker... Everything points to the production from the end of 1984 (it is the autumn when photos for press materials and catalogues are taken before the new season). A very unusual painting pattern - shaded red-white and red-white - in such a manner was painted in EMC only in the years 1984-1985 (the Pro 753 bikes of the first series sent to the US were painted identically; the same painting pattern was... Kelme 85, but instead of red, blue was used)

TVB 1986 - second season on EMC bikes: the Professional model went down in history, the team got the new Pro SLX: Silva 1 (flat bottom) brake bridge, "bold" character for EMC top models (again on the frame and T-shirts), new slides on top tube, Columbus SLX stickers "old style", number hanger ver.1 and no "Corsa Extra" sticker - everything points to the end of 1985. Painting pattern identical to that of the Kelme 86. 1985 season inscription on the car fender, but the team "painted" in 1986 pattern

TVB 1987 - the third season on EMC bikes: The Pro SLX turns into the Corsa Extra with a magical golden sticker... The only differences from the 1986 season are..: Silva 2 brake bridge and (perhaps) number hanger ver.2 - the frames were built at the end of 1986. There is already an EDDY MERCKX inscription on the fender of the car in the right bold. Team Kelme maintains the same painting pattern for the 1987 season.

In 1988 TeVe Blad changed to Intral Renting - NEC - Ricoh (EMC bikes - of course), and in 1989 it changed to La William Fondua Euroclean (EMC bikes - of course).

Model changes in professional teams between 1985 and 1987 were identical everywhere (Lotto, Panasonic, Kelme).

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