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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:27 pm 
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A rash decision led to another and soon, I had 2 of these beauties coming in at the same time. After having a Klein for awhile, I figured I'd rather have something which I can use as an everyday workhorse.

I have been looking for a Merlin Cielo but I've heard a lot about the joints and most importantly, the price of it!:shock:

What I will do effectively is to transfer majority of my parts from the Klein, over to one of these beauties. The rest, I've yet to decide. (Sorry to those retro purist!)

Anyway, enjoy!

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The other one. :twisted:

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:31 pm 
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That is quite a pair of work horses you've acquired!

Merlin do look lovely - such neat welds. I'm sure you'll enjoy building them up and riding them. Ti does, of course, stay looking nice and rides rather well, too. I have a ti bike (Colnago Ovalmaster) and am always surprised by how smooth the road feels when I'm on it.

How come you got a pair? Are they a matching pair - off the peg or custom? Was it buy one get one free? Will you keep one and sell the other or keep both?

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:35 pm 
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what stylish frames!
i love the titanium stem too... what length is it? :wink:


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:11 am 
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Thank you there! I almost landed myself with a Ovalmaster myself. But the temptation to own a Merlin took the better of me!

Had an OEM Ti bike years ago and didn't quite like it then. Probably due to the geometry? :roll: I then went back to aluminum, my all-time weapon of choice, then carbon and back to aluminum again before this came about.

They aren't matching a pair, neither are they custom, or a buy-one-get-one-free bargain. I bought the Merlin Titanium first and was pretty contended to be a proud owner of a Merlin. Two days later, the dude posted the Extralight for sale and it was a stab to my heart. I knew i needed the Extralight as it has been one of my dream bikes since I started Road Biking 8 years ago. Tried ways to convince the guy to let me have the Extralight instead of the Titanium but the guy didn't budge. Left with no choice, I took the leap and landed myself with two frames.

I'm already at the midst of building up the Extralight. There's no plans yet for the Titanium but chances are, I will let it go to someone else who will appreciate it more than I do. Plus, I need the money more than anything else as I have two Ti bikes building at the same time!

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That is quite a pair of work horses you've acquired!

Merlin do look lovely - such neat welds. I'm sure you'll enjoy building them up and riding them. Ti does, of course, stay looking nice and rides rather well, too. I have a ti bike (Colnago Ovalmaster) and am always surprised by how smooth the road feels when I'm on it.

How come you got a pair? Are they a matching pair - off the peg or custom? Was it buy one get one free? Will you keep one and sell the other or keep both?

Tell us more...

David


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:15 am 
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oldmuthariley wrote:
what stylish frames!
i love the titanium stem too... what length is it? :wink:


I'm not exactly sure. I recon it's a 110/120mm. Haven't had the time to measure the bikes up. :twisted:


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:51 am 
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:shock: lovely!


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:28 am 
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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MERLIN-TITANI ... 5890b4b8cc

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MERLIN-EXTRAL ... 519bd62646

These two? Bargain!


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:44 am 
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Yup, you got it right there. But air freight for both of them across the ocean nearly resulted to me pawning myself. :lol:

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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MERLIN-TITANIUM-ROAD-BIKE-FRAMESET-CARBON-FORK-TOM-KELLOGG-PRESSED-B-B-57CM-/380384884940?pt=Road_Bikes&hash=item5890b4b8cc

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MERLIN-EXTRAL ... 519bd62646

These two? Bargain!


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 4:58 pm 
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Must have cost a fortune to ship em over? £200?


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 5:09 pm 
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After a quick check on the bill, i realized it was around 300-350 quids inclusive of the shipping and admin charges.


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