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 Post subject: 88 merlin maiden voyage
PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:59 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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rode up mt tam - the maiden voyage - shocked! how fast this thing is - screams uphill - geometry feels very contemporary - fits me like a glove - shifting is spot on - braking - well thats a diff story - prob doesnt help the pads are otiginal 80s compound ; )
downhill...oh boy - i refused to go slow - but i did get the crap beaten out of my mojo sl, 5" travel sheltered body


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:53 pm 
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Looks cracking, what are the forks? They look the part.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:59 pm 
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- thanks : )
had them custom made by Rick hunter - i could NOT find a 1" threaded straight fork from that era - non suspension corrected - he used the P2 & koski forks as inspiration
http://www.huntercycles.com/

fork is beautiful


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Super slick, that looks like it goes like stink. Very nice.


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PoTM Winner / retrobike rider
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that's a classic! Looks great, would love to see some more pics of your bike :lol:


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amazing how contemporary it looks for a 23 year old bike :shock: :D


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:34 pm 
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some more pics in the gallery - and i was so surprised to how it looks modern - im building up a 86 ritchey - and man, it looks decades older than the merllin -


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What a beauty, and such a fitting maiden voyage!


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