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 Post subject: New Merlin XLM
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 3:09 pm 
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Some understandable comments about that headtube. Still looks good and faithful to Merlins of yore.

http://www.bikerumor.com/2013/10/01/ib1 ... more-67421


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 Post subject: Re: New Merlin XLM
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 7:19 pm 
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Head-tube horrible...disc mount horrible, the chain stay/seat stay brace is horrible. It's horrible
Seat stays horrible, chain stays horrible. Top tube down tube intersection horrible. Nice decals
RIP Merlin


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 Post subject: Re: New Merlin XLM
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 7:20 pm 
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Edit..stays are okay :-)


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 Post subject: Re: New Merlin XLM
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 7:30 pm 
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Looking at it I wonder if they avoided the heinous crime that would be a bent down tube by coming up with that head tube arrangement. Agree I would like to see something a bit neater done with that rear disc area too, but I guess that F+F is what 50% less that what a new Merlin frame would have cost in 93?


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 Post subject: Re: New Merlin XLM
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:20 pm 
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You've got to be losing stiffness with that headtube arrangement and it looks wrong


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 Post subject: Re: New Merlin XLM
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:09 pm 
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There's at least an inch of head tube below the downtube. At least stick a gussett in there.


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 Post subject: Re: New Merlin XLM
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:15 pm 
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Do people buy Ti frames for stiffness?


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 Post subject: Re: New Merlin XLM
PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 3:26 pm 
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snap crash crumple with that HT its all carbon nowadays away


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 Post subject: Re: New Merlin XLM
PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:00 pm 
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...headtube junction looks like a Yeti DJ - still not convinced I would trust it to take too much abuse though :|


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