Eddy Merckx bicycles used by many builders during his career.His natural tendancy of using a builder from his home country saw him come in contact with the Kessel family in the sixties. Kessel became his official builder making most of his Molteni-period bikes until 1971 when Colnago took over. Eddy Merckx also used Masi and Pella during his racing career. Merckx was a fanatic when it came to detail and is often seen measuring and fiddling with position of his bike.
Kessels, father and two sons in Oostende built framework of a very high standard you see in the pictures.They were sold under the brand Main d'Or.Kessels helped also to license the rights to Merck's name to Falcon in England, which paid £ 1 for each decal kit they used for their Merckx bikes.A curiosity: Main d'Or were imported into the U.S. of Western States Imports also sold bicycles under the brand Centurion-Diamondback.