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Old 06-09-21, 03:37 AM
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EMX91

91/92 catalog mix
1990 was the last year of mass usage of Campagnolo dropouts


EMX9101


The shocking new Corsa Extra Max (for the American market simply Max)
First version



EMX9102


Century TSX and the famous Tutti Frutti




EMX9103


Corsa Extra TSX and the beautiful 7-Eleven 89



EMX9104


Corsa Extra Motorola



EMX9105


Corsa Extra Weinmann 91



EMX9106


Corsa Extra Telekom



EMX9107


Corsa Extra Kelme 91



EMX9108


Corsa Extra TA (font!)



EMX9109


Corsa TA (font!)



EMX9110


Corsa Faema
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EMX93

Lots of changes, updates, new designs
...and pictures of older frames
A glaring lack of Century



EMX9301


Mx Leader debut - here version 2 built exclusively in 1992
New Merckx short dropouts
Mx Leader lettering from 92 - 94
12 Star Belgium Handmade" sticker also introduced in 1992
New design of slides on TT introduced in 1992
Campagnolo Record groupset



EMX9302


Mx Leader version 1 (compare how seatstays are attached with version 2)
Old Belgium Handmade sticker (beginning of 1992)



EMX9303


Corsa Extra early 1992



EMX9304


Corsa Extra with cool paint job



EMX9305


See the Campagnolo dropouts?
Corsa Extra 1990!
Campagnolo Record Group


EMX9306


Corsa SL
Campagnolo Veloce Group



EMX9307


Strada Strada - the latest version of the classic Strada
Campagnolo Veloce groupset



EMX9308


Strada in "Brazilian" colouring, i.e. Caloi
Shimano 105 groupset



Folder for the Armstrong World Championship
Autumn 1993
New Merckx medium dropouts on both models

EMX9309


Corsa Extra



EMX9310


Mx Leader in final version (EM seatstay cap)
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EMX94


So bikes in pieces
No news, Century and Corsa: none




EMX9401


EMX9402



Mx Leader - no sensations




EMX9402


EMX9404


Corsa Extra with amazing paint job




EMX9405


EMX9406


Red Strada
Campagnolo Veloce groupset



EMX9407


EMX9408


Blue Strada
Campagnolo Stratos groupset


EMX9409


EMX9410


Lots of "dull" colour frames (exception: TAL or Rainbow - painter's protest)
It has been better before
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EMX95

The beginning of the last steel revolution in EMC
New models, new paint schemes (painter's protest was successful)



EMX9501


Mx Leader Vlaanderen, new Mx Leader lettering



EMX9502


Mx Leader and classic Motorola design



EMX9503


Arcobaleno debut - successor of Century
But in the picture is Corsa Thron - successor of Corsa




EMX9504


Corsa Extra SLX



EMX9505


Corsa Extra SLX
older shorter dropouts



EMX9506


Corsa Extra TSX
At last we can see the new Corsa Extra lettering pattern on TT




EMX9507


Corsa Thron, oversize tubes inherited from the Trekking model
Only produced in 1994
New lettering pattern




EMX9508


Strada, neat explanation: Cromor + Gara = Strada




EMX9509


Another Strada, new inscription design



EMX9510


Strada, goodbye to "gold sticker"
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EMX96

Alu and titanium frames were also shown in this catalog - the beginning of the end for EMC steel
This is the last time the steel novelties were shown.
The only change from now on will be new paint designs.
All frames (except Strada) have the new Merckx long dropouts



EMX9601


Mx Leader - nothing new



EMX9602


Mx Leader - also nothing new



EMX9603


Arcobaleno debuts in final version ("with screw")




EMX9604


Corsa Extra - produced for 10 years...



EMX9605


Debut of Corsa 01 - the biggest surprise of the "last generation"



EMX9606


Debut of Strada OS




EMX9607


Latest appearance of Strada Strada
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EMX97

Selected excerpts from 1997+ catalogs
EMC steel declining period



EMX9701


Mx Leader
Campagnolo Chorus groupset



EMX9702


Corsa 01
Campagnolo Mirage groupset



EMX9703


Strada OS
Campagnolo Avanti groupset



EMX9704


EMX9705



Steel still outnumbered
Group photos:
- Corsa Extra
- Arcobaleno
- Corsa 01
- Mx Leader




EMX9706



Folder from 1998
Instead of Arcobaleno EMC boasts Strada OS



catalog from 2000


EMX9707


Mx Leader
Campagnolo Daytona groupset


EMX9708


Corsa 01
Campagnolo Daytona groupset
Threadless steering tube



EMX9709


Strada OS
Campagnolo Mirage groupset
Threadless steering tube


End of Part 08

mid short relax
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Part 09 - articlEMerCkx - EMA - News articles and other such items


Chronological arrangement

Introduction EMA, then EMA81,EMA82 etc
Photos in posts: EMA8102, EMA8102 etc
Laconic descriptions



EMA

Introduction

Eddy Merckx as long as he sat on his bike and won everything,
because he was a phenomenon and there's no one else like him,
he could afford anything

to use stimulants:

EMA01



and fast sports cars:

EMA02



...but in his new job he had to learn many things from the beginning

how to build a frame ?

it's not a frame yet:

EMA03



and this is already:

EMA04


it went fast


You have to be at the Fair (in good company)

EMA05



You have to know how to sell your product

EMA06


Experience gained in parents' store
suddenly turned out to be invaluable


Opening of a new store (actually: moving premises)
Among the invited guests - young businessman Eddy Merckx, 1980


3 lovely early EMCs

EMA07



Is there an EM logo on the seatstay cap?

EMA08



Beautiful light blue

EMA09



Trade negotiations (in irrelevant background)

EMA10




So-called personal reflection:

How a 35 year old rookie managed in this business - I don't know
I do know that the Belgian Tax Chamber almost "murdered" EMC
I know Ernesto Colnago tried to "gentlemanly" drive Merckx out of the business
by spreading nasty rumors.
I know that the first balance sheet at EMC showed huge losses (not even close until 1987)
I also know that Eddy Merckx the businessman impressed me more than Eddy Merckx profi biker - strange, no?


And here's what you can find in the old papers about EMC's
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EMA81

Optimistic beginnings




EMA8101


German press, May 1981
this probably means that the report was written in March/April



EMA8102


French subtitle explains why this model is not called Professional



EMA8103


Brown frame and seatstay cap EM-logo

EMA8104



EMA8105


Man (known from 1981 catalog) at work


EMA8106


2 versions of seatstay caps
We build the best bikes, money doesn't matter
52 ton press explains the secret of the Aero oval tubes
Crew: 18 people (only on bikes) + some white collars
The paint shop is already in operation! 8 frame colors


EMA8107


Translation of delays by chrome plating outside EMC - hmm...
Information about assembling the wheel in 20-25 minutes made me a bit sad
When I did it the time was measured in days
Columbus or Reynolds
Sizes 48-64
Bike 9 kg
Production of 20 bikes a day - these are plans, not reality
News flash: 1500 EMC bikes already on the streets
Kolbe is the representative of EMC for West Germany - I wonder if they ordered 500 bikes
and only received 100 bikes...
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EMA82

Article-announcement
(sorry, I see this "no copy")



EMA8201


Ugo De Rosa - EMC Advisor
The information about 19 employees in March 1980 is probably a misunderstanding
Other sources mention 7 employees
Maybe 19 employees were working in summer 1982 - that's when this article was published
The information about 100-125 frames built per week is just an ambitious plan
- This would give 5000-6250 frames per year, this result was achieved after another 5 years...


EMA8202


Information about other EMC models
6 colors
Sizes: 47-63 cm
Information about Milan Fair (1981)
Information about 2 profi teams: Capri-Sonne and Kelme (1982)



Significant break in 1983 - this was the year of Merckx's troubles


EMA84

US market


EMA8401


EMA8402


Announcement published in January/February 1984
The EMC representative for the US market is still Ochsner Int Inc
Sizes: 48-64 cm
Columbus SL (why was the Reynolds 531 rare in the US?)


Mail order catalog, spring 1984


EMA8403


The names Professional and Team Issue Signature appear (! - it's not "that signature")
Columbus SL/SP
This information fits perfectly with the 1985 catalog, except that....
they appear earlier ! Could it be that the 1985 catalog appeared not in August 1984 but a few months earlier ?
Research continues


Mail order catalog, summer 1984


EMA8404


Columbus SLX appears, but only as a teaser or a mistake !
SLX price would be ~$900
FAEMA drops out of the offer, Europ Decor 1984 appears


Sales document



EMA8405


This is a priceless treasure
Date + serial number
The earliest document confirming
and only date of sale (not production)
No Professional name - no one in Europe has come up with this....
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EMA85




photos from japanese catalog for 1985

EMA8501


Professional cost 400,000 yen

EMA8502


Aero - expensive
Cyclocross - cheap
Europ Decor TdF 84


US May 1986


EMA8601


Beautiful Pro Panasonic
Around this time the name Corsa Extra appears but this bike is from 1985


EMA8602


Another "trade" name on US market


EMA8603


Early number hanger
Early slides on TT
Inscription on stem from "previous era"
font does not match that of DT - transition period
I have never seen such inscriptions as in the description - there were double-sided E.Merckx


EMA8604


The oldest bridge model used in Pro SLX - 84/85


EMA8605


GITA shows information


EMA8606


Eddy Merckx shows his class
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EMA87



Belgium February 1987


EMA8701


The shocking information about employing about 40 people (probably at the turn of 86/87)
Considering that 21 people were employed in 1985, there should have been a surge in production at that time
Research continues.
4 profi teams - no surprises
Trade balance of the Belgian bicycle market - for every 1 export there are 20 imports



EMA8702


Again information about 5 thousand frames produced per year - this time it is true (with such employment maybe even an underestimation)


France 87/88

EMA8703


France has a different "trade names" system
This is a Pro SLX, but here they use the name SLX Panasonic or Eddy Merckx Panasonic
1985 frame, narrow seatstays


EMA8704


This is a noCorsa with "old" BB cover from Professional 80/81
Here it is called SL Kelme
Also 1985


EMA8705


MAVIC on EMC - you know, France


US market 87

EMA8706


Continued attempts to determine the model name....



Germany 87

EMA8707


Germans joined the discussion about the only correct name for this model
...and called it Super Corsa


EMA8708


It is even more strange, because this model already got its official name, what is confirmed by beautiful gold sticker



EMA8709


French used MAVIC, Germans opted for Suntour and Sakae



EMA8710


The bottom photo is more interesting:
Corsa Extra has brake bridge 86/87
Next to the 3-Athlete, a 1987 model superseded by the Strada
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EMA88


Germany - consumer test

EMA8801


EMA8802


Sticker discontinued in 1987
New brake bridge model
Copy from 1987


EMA8803


This is Germany, they really researched it


EMA8804


This is Germany, they really checked it out


EMA8805


A beautiful Corsa Extra - similar ones used by Team Lotto in 1986


EMA8806


This is Germany, they really measured it


EMA8807


You see that 586 mm? This is Germany,...


EMA8808


102 cm appears again - the attentive reader will remember the 1986 GITA in which 99 cm was given.
This is the same frame and geometry - who do you think really measured this ?
This is the Germans...

EMA8809


EMA8810
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EMA89


US 1989


EMA8901


Eddy Merckx with a beautiful machine for 7-Eleven for 1989.... almost


EMA8902


This is obviously a different copy...


EMA8903


Dura-Ace information


EMA8904


What you can do at the bicycle trade show



EMA8905


EMA8906


EMA8907


This is why very often profi frames do not have "technical" markings


EMA8908


Are you more than seven-speed and not competing in the TdF?
Now look in the mirror...


EMA8909


The chrome at this point only lasted 1 season....
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Germany, Rose Company, 1990


EMA9001


10 Anniversary for the German market built with Columbus SLX
I do not know what geometry it has

EMA9002


Dura Ace clearly cheaper than C - Record


EMA9003


EMA9004


Another local trade name: TEAM-Chorus
Relax, it's just a Corsa Extra


EMA9005


And another one: German Team Dura Ace
It's also a Corsa Extra


EMA9006


Panasonic has an old SLX sticker
Options


EMA9007


The most famous Corsa Extra family photo
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EMA92




US market


EMA9201


Corsa Extra Max in the US comes under the shortened name Max,
This is not a bad idea - Corsa Extra Max can be misleading
That is why there is no gold sticker
"Design by Merckx" does not refer to the Max model, but to the later Mx Leader


EMA9202


Corsa Extra SLX 1991, slope fork crown


EMA9203


Corsa or constantly modified Professional


EMA9204


Immortal FAEMA paint job, flat fork crown



EMA9205


Century TSX, flat fork crown



EMA9206


Classic seatstay cap


EMA9207


Many paint schemes - Century on US market holds up well


EMA9208


Time passes, but we keep building frames without change.


EMA9209


Bespoke frame dimensions for profi rider.
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Hampsten 92



EMA9210


Frame from 1991 (or 1990!)


EMA9211


Columbus TSX and custom geometry for Hampsten


EMA9212


No FD mounting
Dura-Ace prototype


EMA9213


Four people at Motorola using Max
Merckx's insistence on steel frames.


EMA9214


Campagnolo dropout?


EMA9215


Hyperglide/Superglide
Hampsten was given 10 bikes for the 1992 season.
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EMA93


US market


EMA9301


Mx Leader lands on American soil,
1992 versions in the photos.


EMA9302


Century on a well-deserved second place
On the top photo the version from 1991


EMA9303


Corsa Extra SLX
Times change, 6 years earlier
Corsa Extra was "soft" and Criterium was "aggressive"


EMA9304


No change


EMA9305


Immortal Molteni
Small photo - Corsa 90/91


EMA9306


MAVIC more expensive than Dura-Ace


EMA9307


On the photo Mx Leader - in the description Max
Unfortunately, it is common.
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EMA94


EMC Paris-Roubaix version


EMA9401


EMA9402


Caloi was not a subcontractor to EMC,
It was an importer and sponsor of team profi


EMA9403


Strange that the 1993 experiment was not enough


EMA9404


I don't like it


EMA9405



Less conspicuous, but I don't like it


EMA9406


Strange sizes (some)



US market


EMA9407


Century is offered until 1994
Photo and caption - timing not perfect


EMA9408


Corsa still on offer.
Why does Molteni have a photo of Eddy on headtube,
and FAEMA EM-logo?


EMA9409


Mx Leader as produced since 1993
The description "Max MXL" is overpowering chaos


EMA9410


I don't really know what year this
this publication - but the bike is outstandingly cool
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Build sheets and others



I don't know what publication this is, the pics were shown on an awesome German forum


EMAFR01


Well, a bike build sheet
The amount of information is a bit overwhelming
By the way:
If anyone finds such cards disturbing in their desk, garage or anywhere -.
please let me know...

D5071
D5072 - these are the serial numbers of the frames

Telekom - profi team

Aldag - profi rider

3.11.92 - order date (3 November 1992)

Confirmation - we build 2 bikes

30/11/92 - build date (with "internal" EMC numbers)

By the way 1: this note was personally made by Eddy
By the way 2: Should the serial number be combined with the order date or with the build date?
...I don't know - in this situation the accuracy of determining the date of making the frame is 1 month


Frame dimensions given to the nearest 1 mm

Frame information:

VP Mx frame: Mx - known, VP - unknown
Fork Mx
Frame additional elements A, SG, PB, FF, STI
Chrome plated components A,C,P
Paint scheme TGT

By the way 3: the catalog painting is marked TG, the team painting - TGT
I don't know what the differences are, but it is identical with Motorola frames (TM and TMT)

Equipment of these bikes


EMAFR02


EMAFR03


EMAFR04


"The same as last year - C9712"
Information simply priceless ! (for me)

EMAFR05


EMAFR06


EMAFR07


EMAFR08


EMAFR09


EMAFR10

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EMAFR11


EMAFR12


EMAFR13


By the way 4: the whole card was filled by Eddy
By the way 5: Frame built in a flash

EMAFR14


EMAFR15


EMAFR16


EMAFR17




Motorola mechanic's notes (very economical version)

EMAFR18



A valuable list, unfortunately without any dates, but we know anyway,
that this is a frame built in 1994 for the 1995 season.




I know, it's alu... but an invaluable thing when dating steel
Correction of the build card template

EMAFR19




...And more cool stuff like this I don't have....

End of Part 09
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Part 10 - pricElistMerCkx - EML

Unfortunately I do not have access to all the price lists.
I have information from the US market:

- 1993 -

Mx Leader $1575
Century TSX $1275
Corsa Extra $1250
Corsa SL $ 995

- 1994 -

Mx Leader $1421
Century TSX $1225
Corsa SL $ 925



The 1995 - 2002 price lists contain important information
about frame hierarchy, options and weights

September 1995 (i.e. for 1996 season)

EML01


- Mx Leader
- Arcobaleno
- Corsa Extra
- Corsa 01
- Strada OS
- Strada



EML02


Note the big difference in price between
Corsa Extra SLX and 753 - and minimal between 753
and Mx Leader !

1997 season

EML03


Hierarchy unchanged, but Corsa 01 has become more expensive

EML04


Corsa 01 in basic version at a bargain price
Mx Leader price goes up significantly

EML05


Table of frame weights - some surprises:

Corsa 01 is the heaviest steel frame available

Strada OS is lighter than Corsa Extra SLX

The leaders are:

- Corsa Extra 753 (and has been since 1984 !)
- Arcobaleno
- Mx Leader (!)

1998 season

EML06


- Mx Leader
- Arcobaleno
- Corsa 01
- Corsa Extra SLX
- Strada OS

Season 1999

EML07


Prices have gone up sharply
Arcobaleno and Corsa 01 almost the same price
Still available to order Corsa Extra on all tubes

Season 2000

EML08


Corsa 01 has caught up with the price of the entry level Corsa Extra
There is no doubt which steel model was the last
"hit" by EMC

2001 Season

EML09


- Mx Leader
- Corsa 01
- Corsa Extra SLX
- Strada OS

The end of Arcobaleno production, a great frame and poor marketing

2002 season

EML10


Hierarchy unchanged, Euro prices appear - one big sale of steel frames
...but 2002 steel frame production (custom only)
Eddy Merckx estimated at 5-10% of total production - not bad....

End of Part 10
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Part 11: timelinEMerCkx


Explanation:

What you will see here is (certainly!) an inaccurate attempt to recreate the "EMC calendar"
Since it is useful to have this information in one place
I will not limit myself to steel road frames only
I will try to describe everything from 1980 to 2008
The main source material is my "EMC dossier" where I collect data (mainly frame markings)
At the moment there are about 2300 frames described there - this must suffice for now.

Don't expect miracles...
As you will see there is very little reliable information,
There are even less documents, and the data is scattered in hundreds of sources.

Timeline should be approached cautiously, but with hope.


The history of an average frame:

- frame construction: a few hours
- "smoothing" and marking the frame by "EMC Men": a few hours
- chrome plating and painting (and drying of paint): weeks, sometimes the whole operation was done with many months of "delay
- transport to the point of sale: from a few minutes to a few weeks
- actual sale certified by a document: from a few days to a few... years

To sum up: from the date of marking the frame to its sale must pass at least several weeks (on average 2 months)
but can be several years (in some cases confirmed 2-3 years)


Evidence and circumstantial evidence useful for dating:

- build card: solves 100%
- manufacturer marking: solves 90% of problems
- frame parts: helps a lot (but there are rebuilds and repairs)
- paint pattern: sometimes helps (but there are repaints)
- stickers/titles: rarely helps (easily damaged, easily changed)
- purchase documentation (sometimes invaluable, more often worthless)



Why catalogs and price lists are important:

- EMC's "trading" year began in August and Sept,
This is when the photos for the catalogs were taken, and the catalogs and price lists were printed.
In other words, for example, the 1993 catalog shows what was produced up to August/September 1992
- Catalogs do not show all models from EMC offer.


Additional information:

- press articles (sometimes great, more often not)
- statements by Eddy Merckx (and co-workers!) in books and interviews (invaluable, but rare and often unspecific)



OK, I can't think of any more excuses, it's time to get started.




~ - The "no serial numbers" series

pre-prototypes, experiments, turbulent beginnings

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All available "early" elements were used for construction,
sometimes skillfully "mixing" them.
So far I have identified 17 such frames (really each is different).

Probably the frames were built in the spring and summer of 1980 at Meise, or 79/80 at De Rosa's as "training"
How many frames were built "without serial numbers" ? Probably nobody knows...
At the CEICMA in Milan in November 1979 and Brussels in February 1980
there were in any case "Eddy Merckx covered" bikes
made by De Rosa - apparently the early "practice" bikes were not suitable for this.

It is possible that the "no serial number" frames are part of the "no letter" series.

EdMe to BB cover "Eddy Merckx"
= to BB cover "=" (identical to De Rosa)
Sign is SSC "Signature"
flat to SSC without any markings, blank
no description lugs to "long"


below

Frames for "team profi" 1982 - 1984

CS - Capri Sonne
KE - Kelme
ED - Europ Decor
W - Winning (probably)


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Series V

A series that exists "alongside" the official ones, it appears to include the "intros at De Rosa's"
Some numbers "duplicate" those of the next series "without the letter"
Unusual frame elements, designs, etc.
I have identified 7 frames so far, but the spread of numbers is overpowering:

51 - frame for Axel Merckx, age 8
199- frame with inverted rear brake, gold
398- De Rosa pieces
515 - the highest number in the series


Funny, because much later the V-series frames reappear,
difficult constructions, complicated shapes and materials (like Pista alu or Titane)

and


The "no letter" series

Serial numbers From the range 170 - 1048
Other designations and construction elements - unchanged


It is possible that the "without numbers" series is part of (not necessarily the beginning of) the "without letter" series
and all early production (for now) is limited by the number 1048.

logo is SSC EM

Most likely all these frames were built by the end of 1980






New year was a good opportunity to introduce "letterless" series designation
Actually, there was nothing to think about, the E

E for Eddy !




E series

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Lack of model name is not accidental - it really had no name
For the whole world a convenient name is Professional - and it will stay that way
E 0xx - the R designation Reynolds 531 appears
Lack of the designation in this model means Columbus SL/SP pipes.

E 3xx - probably in this period photos for the 1981 "white catalog" were taken

! there are evidently early frames with "later" markings, e.g. E3296, E4363 -
probably one of the digits was stamped "excessively" - by mistake


E 5xx - finally a "Professional standard" was established
short lugs, "logo" seatstay cap, MI6 BB cover
E 6xx - T = Eddy Merckx dropouts without Porta Catena appears (all other frames have Porta Catena)
- probably photos for the "german article" were taken during this period
E 929 - the next oldest Pista I know of (there should be earlier ones for the 80/81 season, similarly Cyclocross)


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E1669 - the oldest Aero known to me (from fork crown De Rosa)

E18xx - Probably in this period appeared a "folder" dated 1981
which mentions the existence of models
road, pista, aero and cyclocross models
E25xx - EM-logo slope fork crown appeared (on Aero model)
theoretically from this point on you can find the Professional slope fork crown and FD mounting on the frame!



E27xx - probably 1981/1982

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E42xx - exceptionally you can find Professional with "cable under BB cover", similarly with "slope fork crown"
E44xx - on some frames C instead of G appears by mistake (or for a moment - it happens - new "EMC men" were hired)
E50xx - FD mounting is added to the upgrades (more and more widely used)

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E54xx - Lady model


E55xx - probably turn of 1982/1983

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E71xx - common use of "under BB cover cables"
P designation appears (which has nothing to do with the Professional name)
E80xx - Team Issue series (test)
E8470 - confirmed by EMC as built in 1983


E85xx - probably turn of 1983/1984

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E89xx - Team Issue series (FAEMA, Molteni)
E95xx - big Team Issue series (FAEMA, Molteni, Fiat)
E97xx - photos of this series were placed in the 1985 catalog


E-series most probably ends in summer 1984;
EMC survived the difficult beginnings and the E-series numbering was just ending,
A "new" letter had to be found - ideally starting from the beginning of the alphabet,
but first it was decided to "close" the beginning,
for this the letter Z was best suited - then A (almost) would not surprise or confuse anyone.
The Z series followed immediately after the E series in the summer of 1984.
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Z Series


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Z 2xx - new Silva brakebridge 1 lettering 1
Z 4xx - new EMC model: 3-Athlete
Z 5xx - new SLX frames Pro and Chrono appear

- probably at this time the photos for the 1985 catalog were taken (which means August/September 1984)

Z 847 - Professional bike sold on 23.11.1984 in Germany
Z11xx - first series Pro 753 (in TeVe Blad 85 colors), brake bridge Gipiemme cube

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Z18xx - probably turn 1984/1985


Z18xx - noCorsa appears and its C designation (i.e. Columbus SL/SP)
Z24xx - the Kelme 85 paintwork appears
- in the area 24xx - 29xx the "confusing fonts" in FAEMA colours appear
(design intended for SLX goes on SL and vice versa)


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Z35xx - "World Champion stripes" sticker loses MEXICO lettering; Silva 1 lettering 2
Z40xx - the oldest Crescent/EMC
Z43xx - the designation for the Columbus SLX/SPX tubes appears, i.e. X
Z43xx - a series of Pista bikes sold to DDR (East Germany)

- probably photos for the 1986 catalog were taken during this period (08/09 1985)

Z45xx - first series of bikes for Team Panasonic marked 86
Z46xx - painting of Kelme 86

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Z50xx - Silva 1 lettering 3
Z55xx - Silva 2 was introduced


Z58xx - probably turn of 1985/1986


Z65xx - end of Silva 1; new "EMC man" - T (this is not a TSX designation)

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Z74xx - last Panasonic frames 86
Z77xx - gold Corsa Extra sticker appears;
thus Pro becomes Corsa Extra
and X starts to stand for... Corsa Extra SLX/SPX
Z78xx - first series of new model: Criterium, gold sticker, CX markings

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Z84xx - last copies of Professional

Z85xx - probable period of taking photos for 1987 catalog (08/09 1986)

- First real Corsa -
with gold sticker and C = Corsa
Z89xx - bikes for Team Lotto 87 and Panasonic 87: Pista and Cyclocross
Z92xx - road team bike Panasonic with mark 87
Z93xx - road team bike Lotto 87
Z94xx - team bike cyclocross


When does the Z-series end?
Most likely in the autumn of 1986
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Epic work as usual Jacek, well done.

I notice in some of the pics in their own catalogues, EMC bikes had pantographed stems, although not always in the matching script as the script on the frame. Did EMC do their own pantographing of parts like stems, chainrings etc, and was it something you could order directly from them when buying a new Merckx bike, or did they outsource that to another company?

I have also noticed online occasionally there are some metal bottles cages with EMC logo on. I've seen these in silver, black, red, blue and yellow. Do you know if these were made in-house and you could buy direct from EMC or was that something they got made elsewhere?

Apologies if this is not the correct thread for asking, but as this thread seems to be all about all things made by EMC, I thought it would be good to include any other info on EMC branded products and accessories, for you to move onto now you've mastered the entire frame database
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After the Z-series inevitably had to come the A-series, a new and better beginning:
Renewed models, beautiful paint schemes, making up for the losses of previous years.
An optimistic mood.



A-series

Probable beginning late autumn 1986

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A01xx - FD mounting pattern change

A06xx - probably late 1986/1987

A08xx - Silva 3 brake bridge appears
A14xx - end of regular production of 3-Athlete
A15xx - Strada model appears (Matrix then Cromor); M designation changes its meaning
"EMC man" -> Strada (warning: some mistakes happen!)
Number hanger design change

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A23xx - new paint schemes appear (Hitachi, Kelme 88, ADR - probably "delayed" paint scheme); last 3-Athlete
A2377 - frame bought on 12.05.87
A28xx - some frames instead of A have E series designation (mistake)

A30xx - Lotto 88 pattern
A3335 - Pista for Kristel Werckx in Lotto 88 colors

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A35xx - "thin" seatstays were introduced, "thick" still in production

A41xx - probably in this period photos for catalog 1988 (08/09 1987) were taken

A4694 - Pista for Connie Paraskevin built in 87 (confirmed)
A51xx - end of Silva 2 brakebridge (road)

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A58xx - probably 1987/1988


A69xx - "fat" seatstays and "big" seatstays caps disappear

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A81xx - Corsa Extra 753 series, S designation appears (coincidence)
A82xx - La William,Stuttgart, 7-Eleven paint scheme

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A90xx - Grand Prix Series premiere
A91xx - ...and Century 653
A94xx - Domex pattern

A95xx - probably during this period photos were taken for 1989 catalogs (08/09 1988)

A98xx - end of regular Criterium production


Series A probably ends in the fall of 1988
Inevitably the B series begins
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