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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:16 am 
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I went to NAHBS (north american handmade bike show) and talked to the Black Sheep Bikes guys about building custom ti fork legs for the Merlin. It's a go! We have lift off. James at Black Sheep has been great. He is excited about doing this outside of the box custom work. I have put the deposit down and now just have to decide if I want it set up for cantis or for cantis and disc? Which should I do?

Should I keep the classic look and only have brake bosses for v's?

Or should I add a disc tap as well even though I don't plan on using disc in the foreseeable future? I want to know!


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:06 pm 
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AtomicAtom wrote:
Unfortunately the guy's name who sold it to me is on the top tube. Any ideas on how to remove it are welcome.


First, I really like it!

Second, yes that sucks! Not only is there some guy's name on the toptube....the name is (say it out loud now) "D. Gehman"

Hmm.....maybe a sticker?


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:20 am 
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Update finally!
Here is the Merlin with a set of (structurally sound) Spinergy wheels. These actually may have added a small amount of weight but it's still sub 25lbs. It rides really well. I've never used Spinergy's before but really enjoyed their lateral stiffness. They make a funny noise but don't seem like the weigh as much as they do. I also replaced the handlebar with a Easton Monkey Lite, and put a shorter stem on. Enjoy some photos.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:34 am 
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IMO better without the Spinergys on


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:32 pm 
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i like it with the spinergys on, they suit it!


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 4:30 pm 
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I'm into the Spinergys for now. One thing I like is there stiffness, one thing I don't like is how hard it is to change a tire. They have no give in that department. I like the way they look. I nice set of black crossmax, or a lightweight old school set would work too. (Anyone want to trade a nice pair for my Spinergys? hehe) Ultimately this ride isn't complete yet. Just wait until I have the new Titanium fork legs made by Black Sheep to round out this awesome bike! I think I am a few weeks away from delivery, so watch this space!


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:20 pm 
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AtomicAtom wrote:
I'm into the Spinergys for now. One thing I like is there stiffness, one thing I don't like is how hard it is to change a tire. They have no give in that department. I like the way they look. I nice set of black crossmax, or a lightweight old school set would work too. (Anyone want to trade a nice pair for my Spinergys? hehe) Ultimately this ride isn't complete yet. Just wait until I have the new Titanium fork legs made by Black Sheep to round out this awesome bike! I think I am a few weeks away from delivery, so watch this space!


sweet, Atom 8)

looking forward to seeing that one-off Ti fork.


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 Post subject: Stripping the paint.
PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 9:24 pm 
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Just something to keep in mind... I've seen a few painted Ti bikes that don't have beautiful welds when stripped. I think some mfg's might sort the frames into piles that get painted and piles that don't get painted. There is a small chance that if you strip the paint, you might not be happy with the way some of the welds. It looks like you've decided to keep it painted which is good. I like a 'stealthy' ti.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 9:27 pm 
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I doubt the welds on a Merlin will be bad


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 Post subject: Re: Stripping the paint.
PostPosted: Sat Oct 23, 2010 12:47 am 
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bennie222 wrote:
Just something to keep in mind... I've seen a few painted Ti bikes that don't have beautiful welds when stripped. I think some mfg's might sort the frames into piles that get painted and piles that don't get painted. There is a small chance that if you strip the paint, you might not be happy with the way some of the welds. It looks like you've decided to keep it painted which is good. I like a 'stealthy' ti.


not the case here. Merlin and Spectrum- both highly reputable


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