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| Brand: Eddy Merckx
| Merchant: Performance Bicycle Eddy Merckx Sanremo76 Ultegra Di2 Road Bike - 2016. Milan-San Remo is known as LA Primavera. It's one of the longest one day races on the calendar and covers some punchy and steep climbs; but it also has a reputation as being the ultimate Sprinter's Classic. Eddy Merckx raced San Remo ten times, and won it seven of them--the last in 1976. To commemorate that momentous record, Eddy Merckx Bicycles introduced the Sanremo76--a true all around sprinters bike. So what does an all-around sprinter's bike mean? It means that it has to be aerodynamic, which the Sanremo76 definitely has covered, thanks to its integrated aero seatpost and fork, and blunted kam tail tube shape designs that cheat the wind. It also has to be stiff, which the Sanremo76 definitely is, with the massively oversized headtube, chunky BB86 bottom bracket shell, and Powerbox asymmetric chainstays--which all combine to transmit every last watt of power into forward motion. But thanks to the demands of a race like San Remo, the bike also has to be comfortable. Afterall, what good does a super-sprint bike do if you're too fatigued to sprint at the end? The Sanremo76 isn't the most compliant bike out there, but it the thinned out seatstays and large tire clearance do more than enough to mute out road feedback and improve the ride quality. But of course, as any experienced rider knows, a great frameset is nothing without excellent components. Fortunately, the Sanremo76 serves up a full Shimano Ultegra 6870 Di2 groupst. With Di2, Changing gears has never been so easy, effortless and fast. Ultegra Di2 features an automatic trimming front derailleur, so you never have to hear the sound of chain rub again. The shifters act with digital push button shifting and are ergonomically shaped for optimal comfort and control. The lever reach adjust fits all hand sizes. The Di2 rear derailleur is pre-programmed allowing you to shift gear quickly and accurately in all conditions. The battery, at the heart of the drivetrain, uses lithium ion technology and guarantees a range of 1,250 miles, or almost half the length of the Tour de France, before it needs to be recharged, which only takes just 90 minutes. And just in case you needed any more reminding that this is a sprint bike, the Sanremo76 is equipped with a Deda 35 Trentacinque cockpit and Fulcrum Racing Quattro wheels. The Deda 35 cockpit uses an oversized 35mm handlebar and stem, instead of the usual 31.8mm found on most bikes. This adds an impressive amount of stiffness to the bike, so there won't be a bit of front end flex during all out efforts. The Racing Quattro wheels are an excellent all-around training wheel, with a moderately deep profile so getting up to speed won't be a problem...but neither will the occasional pothole.