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 Post subject: 1999 Merlin XLM
PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 5:37 am 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:11 am
Posts: 36
Location: Toronto, Canada
Hey guys, Just wanted to share my XLM. It's been an ongoing project in the last few months. Got it as a frame only in early spring. I stripped a G.Fisher SAAB :oops: and harvested most of the parts to make the frame rideable. I've just been slowly changing parts on it since..

Here it is now:
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Some specs:
Frame: Merlin XLM (no disc-brake mounts)
Fork: RS SID SL
Headset: CK Sotto Voce
Shifters/Brake levers: M952
Brakes: M951/950
Derailleurs: M750
Crankset: RF Next
Stem and Post: Thomson
Wheelset: Bontrager Race Lite


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:23 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:11 am
Posts: 36
Location: Toronto, Canada
I joined my first ever race last weekend with the XLM (52km point-to-point). Set it up 1x9 with a Grafton Joystix and short-cage M952 rear derailleur. Also used a Fox F90RL fork because the SID isn't as predictable anymore. It rode awesome! :D

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:42 pm 
Devout Dirtbag

Joined: Tue Sep 21, 2010 4:14 pm
Posts: 146
Location: Chicago, IL
Lovely bike. Im expecting delivery this week of my very own XLM frame. Just starting to think about the build. I hope it rides as well as many say it does.

How did the race go?


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:56 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:11 am
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Location: Toronto, Canada
Race was awesome. Weather turned out nicely, as opposed to 3mm forecasted rain. It would have been difficult with the v-brakes. The gearing was also perfect (36 x 11-32), there were long road sections but lots of hills in the singletrack. Did better than I expected. 8)


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:53 am 
Old School Hero

Joined: Thu Jul 05, 2012 7:42 pm
Posts: 224
Location: Hamilton NZ
What are the wheels in the second photos?


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:32 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:11 am
Posts: 36
Location: Toronto, Canada
They're an earlier set of red metal zero from fulcrum.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:36 pm 
Devout Dirtbag

Joined: Tue Sep 21, 2010 4:14 pm
Posts: 146
Location: Chicago, IL
hey, whats your serial number please? Im trying to date my frame ....


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:48 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:11 am
Posts: 36
Location: Toronto, Canada
Mine's 177xx. Have you checked the timeline at the mombat site?


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