Eddy Merckx bikes relaunches with retro team tribute machine plus gravel options

Legend's bike brand returns with Panasonic team tribute models

Eddy Merckx bikes releases Retrosonic Panasonic tribute bike
(Image credit: Eddy Merckx / BCF)

Eddy Merckx bikes is set to make a comeback thanks to Belgian Cycling Factory, the parent company of Ridley bikes and owner of the Merckx brand. And in a move that will gladden the hearts of longtime bike racing fans, as part of the relaunch it will be releasing a limited edition homage to the Panasonic team bike of the 1980s and 90s – the 'Retrosonic'.

The tribute bike features the blue and white livery of the machines used by the Dutch team, which featured riders including Phil Anderson, Pippa York (formerly Robert Millar) and Eric Vanderaerden, and can be supplied as a version of four of the brand's existing models. It will be available from February 24.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.