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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 7:04 pm 
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ez054098 wrote:
Well done. I am loving everything except the bar. If I had a spare Ti bar I would send it to you. :)


i know, i will be changing to a ti bar & stem when i have the funds.
apart from that, very happy indeed.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 7:36 pm 
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videojetman wrote:
ez054098 wrote:
Well done. I am loving everything except the bar. If I had a spare Ti bar I would send it to you. :)


i know, i will be changing to a ti bar & stem when i have the funds.
apart from that, very happy indeed.


You should be, that is an awesome ride! I love those forks.

I just scored a Dean. I am trying to gather all of the parts, but it is going to take a while. The forks will be a big hurdle. I have some in mind though, but will need some TLC.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 1:41 pm 
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i finally got the chance to go for a ride on this today.
but only for my commute to work,
and i have to say, i love this bike, it feels so light & fast,
and the xtr m900 gears & brakes performed perfectly.
usually i have to tinker a little to get things running just right,
but this didnt miss a gear change, brakes very sharply.
i really have to stop buying bikes now, at least til next year.
the only things i am looking to change in the near future is the bar & stem & front hub.
i really want a nice titanium bar & stem & silver hope ti glide front hub.
and i am absolutely made up with the fork choice.
i took a few pics outside, enjoy.


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Looks great. I was sceptical about the use fork but have to admit it look ace!

What stem you going for? Ti?


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 2:04 pm 
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the_duke wrote:
Looks great. I was sceptical about the use fork but have to admit it look ace!

What stem you going for? Ti?


yes, something Ti.
i did have a very nice race face Ti stem, but it was not compatible with the fork steerer.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 3:20 pm 
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build spec.

Frame: merlin titanium 18"

Fork: use / pashley.

Headset: chris king.
Stem: pace.
Handlebar: superlight.
Grips: nukeproof.
Barends: onza.

Brakes: xtr m900.
Brake Pads: aztec.
Brake Cables: jagwire.
Cantilever cable hangers: avid tri.
Brake Levers: xtr m900.

Shifters: xtr m900.
Front Derailleur: xtr m900.
Rear Derailleur: xtr m900.
Derailleur Cables: jagwire.
Cassette: xtr m900.
Chain: kmc.
Cranks: xtr m900.
Crank Bolts: titanium.
Chainrings: xtr m900.
Chainring bolts: alloy.
Bottom Bracket: tune titanium.
Pedals: xt spd's.

Hub Skewers: Odyssey Svelte.
Rims: mavic 217 / bontager race.
Hubs: hope ti glide.
Nipples: alloy.
Spokes: alloy.
Tyres: tioga psycho.
Tubes: continental.

Saddle: selle italia xr.
Seatpost: dean titanium.
Seatpost Binder: titanium bolt.
bottle cage: ringle h2o.

Weight: ?


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 6:26 pm 
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Bike looks cool man! Like the forks.


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Very nice!!


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Looking good, well done, it went to the right home!


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 12:51 am 
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a little update on the merlin.
i have just got an xtr bottom bracket.
i have also just bought a set of cook bros cranks.
i have always liked these cranks.
will post pics when i install them on the merlin.


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