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Can't vouch for the provenance of this machine but hey, there aren't that many Eddy-Merckx-branded Lotus TT bikes from the turn of the century. Even if it's not Boardman's one, £1700 looks like a snip  1

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Eddy-Merckx-Time-Trial-Racing-Bike_W0QQitemZ170391...

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Jon Burrage [998 posts] 6 years ago
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I was looking at that earlier...its still ironman-legal!

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dave atkinson [6207 posts] 6 years ago
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didn't take long for them to sell that one then  1

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curdins [37 posts] 6 years ago
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Isn't this actually a Hotta TT700 (ebay blurb calls it a 'hotter'), rather than a Lotus? I'm aware that Mike Burrows had something to do with Hotta - probably around this time in 1999 - having worked with Lotus much earlier to produce the Barcelona Games bike in 1992, the original naked carbon 'JPS' one we're all familiar with.

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dave atkinson [6207 posts] 6 years ago
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possibly, yeah. good blog post here, chris used to sell his bikes on locally to help the young talent...

http://bicycledesign.blogspot.com/2006/06/hotta-time-trial-bike.html