If you're operating under the assumption that riding an Eddy Merckx is out of reach, it's time to stop operating and start shopping at Nashbar. We just got a bunch of them and the price is, shall we say...amazing. The SXM Frame set is full monocoque carbon, so it's stiff, responsive, and doesn't creak when you're hammering in a sprint or up an incline. The full carbon fork is has the perfect balance of stiff control with some very nice road vibration dampening. Your ship has come in, and it says "Merckx" on the down tube.
Formed in one piece with no internal or external reinforcements of other materials
Monocoque construction eliminates the chance of creaking, squeaking or movement of the frame as a result of materials shifting or rubbing against one another
Over 100 layers of various grades of carbon fiber and Kevlar as well as titanium are used in the construction of this frame
Cured in an autoclave with 6 atmopheres pressure at 180° C to compace the layers and force out any air that may be trapped between layers
Curvilinear seat stays enhance ride comfort
High modulus carbon fiber Eddy Merckx fork developed in conjunction with Easton