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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:41 am 
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Very nice, simply in titanium/silver/black.

I love it ! :D


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 12:56 pm 
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GT-Steve wrote:
Plain, simple, elegant.

Very nice 8)



+1 a very beautiful bike.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 2:01 pm 
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very nice Merlin! :wink: I didn't know that Merlin also takes U-brake :roll:


Yep. If you look back in the old catalogues and price sheets from 91 you'll see that U-brake was a "no cost" option when ordering a frame, but if you wanted your cables to be routed along the top tube.... you'd be paying.

My legs are hurting just looking at the rear cog though.
Looks like a 11-23T? But I guess you're in Holland so probably not too many hills eh :wink:


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 5:49 am 
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this i like. 8)
good job.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 5:53 am 
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Void, what is the year and serial number please.

It looks about a 1990-91.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 7:37 am 
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Oh, and if you evers sell it, please think of me!!!


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:01 am 
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Hi all,

Thanx for the kind replies :-) Very happy with the bike... I always wanted a Merlin, to be honest just for the welding (sooooo smooth) ;-) But I'm so pleasantly surprised with how the bike handles and rides.

Yep, it's an 11-23 cassette. Here in Holland that's perfectly useable (especially in the Utrecht area where everything is flat like a pancake). I also have a larger front ring in the middle (36T). You can really notice the difference between this and i.e. my S-Works with the micro-drive chainset :-D

Serial number is 729 IIRC, it should be a 1989 model. I've bought it off someone on this forum (kokies I believe) and it took me ages to fins stuff to build it up... and I wasn't sure about the Grafton brakes combined with the U-Brake but it works, not too sure about doing a fast downhill on this, but we'll see about that when we get the bike to Limburg, where there's at least some hills ;-)

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