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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 4:00 pm 
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I honestly dont know much about it. It is not from the Merlin 'mail-order' shop, but I believe a Merlin badged, Bob Jackson built custom frame. There are some similarities in terms of construction between this and another lugged/brazed BJB MTB I used to have, however BJB claim that the frame number is not one of theirs. Its pretty interesting in terms of how its put together, the full Columbus O.R tubeset, including fork, and obviously the fact it was built for the Sturmey Archer drum brakes, plus little features like the pump peg, the bottle cage bosses at the bottom of the DT near the BB. The geometry is also, as you can see, a little relaxed, it rides OK though, I have it set up for use to pootle along the canal with the good lady wife, hence the Crossroads II tyres, its pretty heavy too, despite the fairly good tubeset and full M730 build, the wheels weigh a ton, and I cannot recommend the Rando M4 rims for anyone who changes tyres or gets punctures a lot.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 4:01 pm 
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can somebody explain me why this bike called "merlin"? some describe from the owner would be helpful.

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It has the faint outline of a sticker that says 'Merlin' on the down tube, pus all of the information above.


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Rod_Saetan wrote:
It has the faint outline of a sticker that says 'Merlin' on the down tube, pus all of the information above.


we posted in the same time, your explain and my question.

thanks a lot, nice bike


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this was hidden from me, or i was asleep when it all happened.

Good score mate, how does it ride,?


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absolutely beautiful


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So cool ! 8)
And nice pictures !

But why "Merlin" ? :?:


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An amazing find! What's the backstory?


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[quote="mrkawasaki"]An amazing find! What's the backstory?[/quote

You cant help but wonder, .

A very interesting bike for sure. I like it.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 2:21 pm 
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The geometry is also, as you can see, a little relaxed, it rides OK though, I have it set up for use to pootle along the canal with the good lady wife, hence the Crossroads II tyres, its pretty heavy too, despite the fairly good tubeset and full M730 build, the wheels weigh a ton, and I cannot recommend the Rando M4 rims for anyone who changes tyres or gets punctures a lot.

It does seem to have a head angle in the region of 68. As ever though, a shorter stem will always liven up over-relaxed steering. 68 degrees with that length of stem is a no no, 68 degrees with a 10cm or less stem is right back in the land of the living.


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