[checks no-one is looking as I make my first foray into the skinny wheeled side]
Since I've signed up for my first triathlon in 12 years, I rashly promised myself I wouldn't spend any cash on unnecessary kit until I was happy that my single speed Langster was actually holding me back. Having raced on a Yeti FRO with slicks, it feels pretty nippy!
But that's kind of frustrating when I stroll into the LBS out here and there's a used Merlin Extralight, in my size, at a decent price hanging on the wall. Ok it's "only" got Centaur on it, which is plenty good enough for me and gives me room to upgrade later
Of all the bikes I've never had, a Merlin XLM was the one I've kept half an eye out for, even after I snagged a Mountain and built it into a s/s off road carbon / ti snake, so finding an Extralight is quite a nice touch.
The question is ... can I take it for a test ride? I have a feeling it's pretty pointless. If I get that far, I've probably bought it in my head already!
Is there anything I should know about the versions? I know they made a change in 2005 but if anyone has any detailed knowledge, please post here. I'll check the frame number when I'm feeling brave!!