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 Post subject: Rock Lobster
PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 2:32 pm 
East Midlands AEC
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Never see them mentioned here - were they any good? Seem to remember a lot of adverts for them back in the day... I think Merlin Cycles used to sell them among others...


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 Post subject: Seeing for Looking
PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 3:43 pm 
North Wales Deputy AEC
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Try the Retrobike search facility (raise eyeballs 6cms and left... :roll: ) it's amazing what you'll find...

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... ht=lobster

Neil

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 3:51 pm 
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should have said - I mean the steel ones... and a general consensus rather than frame specific... :wink:


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 Post subject: Lobby
PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 4:16 pm 
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Sorry - wanted to see what it was like to be a smart arse.... 8)

As a single bod I can't give consensus, although in last month's MBR/MBUK (can't remember which, but it's next to the porcelain in my bathroom) it won a best in test. Yep, Merlin are the folks -

http://www.merlincycles.co.uk/acatalog/ ... bikes.html

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 4:24 pm 
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I had one in my shed for a while. It belonged to a friend and I sold it (with him knowing!) to another friend.

It was too small for me to ride properly, but it was a nice looking steed and pretty good weightwise given the spec it was built with. The recipient friend has used it on a couple of 2 day adventure races with me, both with some hardcore mountain bike stages and it performed really well. The previous owner was a regular on some of the North Wales trails (CYB etc) and only sold it when he got a cracking deal on a new Speccy full-susser.

I always remember them performing well in the MBUK tests and being a shop-brand were great value for money.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 5:01 pm 
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The black one in a centerfold spread in an issue of MTB World back in '97 was drop dead georgeous.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 5:03 pm 
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merlin made a few of the early proto ti 1s.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 7:17 pm 
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I had a Rock Lobster back in about 94/95, got it as a frame only - £250, you could have mattallic green or dark blue, 17 or 19in - it was one of the far east built frames and not USA built, can't remember the steel used but it was excellent quality and a light build - think the frame was under 4 1/2 lbs? used for a couple of years then sold it cos it was a pain to fit a rear pannier rack - mono-stay rear - so I ended up using my old specialized more as I got into touring a bit more. Wish I kept it and sometimes search ebay for the old one's but nothing ever comes up?

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 8:05 pm 
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i had one back in 97 iirc from merlin cycles made from fuji stout lite great ride the frame was a bit flexy.now the funny think is i never sold it or gave it away but to the love of god i dont know here it is it might be in my brothers loft but i carnt remember putting it there


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2007 11:00 am 
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This is the one I loved...

Still looks good IMO.

Couldn't quite get the mag flat in the copier I'm afraid. :-)


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