Eddy Merckx Milano 72 Disc
While billed as a race bike, the Eddy Merckx Milano fits better as a crossover between an endurance and performance bike.
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The Merckx Milano 72 commemorates the Cannibal’s 1972 Giro d’Italia victory in Milano, Italy and is the company’s take on women’s-specific design. While billed as a race bike, the Milano fits better as a crossover option, straddling the line between endurance and performance bike.
A tall head tube (185 millimeters, size medium) and short 370mm reach make for an upright and riding position more similar to endurance bikes. We struggled to achieve our long and low race fit. The 71.5-degree head tube angle also leads to slower steering and stable handling over rough terrain but it was slower than what we’d want in a tight road race.
A wide BB86 bottom bracket stiffens up the pedaling response. Its lab numbers (0.61mm BB deflection) place it mid-pack amongst all-around race bikes, yet the Milano didn’t feel squishy under hard efforts.
A capable Ultegra Di2 build pairs a 50/34-tooth crankset with an 11-32-tooth cassette and provides plenty of gear range for long exploratory rides. At 18.85 pounds, it is no featherweight race steed, but it’s competitive for a disc brake build. We’d trade a little extra weight for the performance benefits of disc brakes.
The Milano 72 is ideal for riders who prefer a more upright position and want a responsive bike for varied types of riding. If you dabble in road racing, gran fondos, or exploratory rides long and short, the Milano 72 will work for you.
Component Highlights: Shimano Ultegra Di2 drivetrain with 50/34 crankset and 11-32 cassette; Shimano RS805 hydraulic disc brakes; Fulcrum Racing Sport wheels