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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:33 pm 
Old School Hero

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Location: Hamilton NZ
Had some spare time today and can't ride at the moment so had a go at some Merlin shots.
This is my 1994 Merlin Titanium with a combination of parts from various eras.
1999 Mars Elite fork
1999/2000 Crossmax wheelset
Pauls levers
Recent XTR etc.
The bike is riden regularly and performs flawlesly.
It is the best hard tail I have ever owned and the modern components allow the bike to perform as it should.
I would like to fit a modern fork with 80mm travel but the choices with v-brake options are limited and I have not found an option I am happy with yet.
I know a few on here will cringe at the modern approach but the bike definately rides better for it and I get the best of both world with this set up.
Enjoy.
:)


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 1:06 pm 
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loverly bike
think its great to see old frames fitted out with later gears shifters etc, can only make a merlin better to ride if poss, :D


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 1:50 pm 
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Lovely bike, will go on for a long long time, and everything works.

Just one thing though, if you raise the stem a bit you can have a flat bar on there.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:00 pm 
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very very nice frame / bike :D
I also would like to have a titan Merlin :P although I had set up it differently but you've also done a good job mate.

Yes true, with age base and modern parts can achieve good result.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:02 pm 
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congratulations! 8)
nice work, I also possess a merlin of 93 and going really well, what is your serial number?


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:36 pm 
Old School Hero

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10387 my mistake 1994 :shock:


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 10:01 pm 
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Love the frame and know the modern parts will be functional, but personally would go with period parts, especially canti's.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:35 am 
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Nice 8) 8) 8) . I'm sure it'll upset a few of the purists on here but nowt wrong with modernising a classic frame imho. Just don't be tempted to weld a disc mount onto it please :wink:


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 7:29 am 
Old School Hero

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I think v-brakes are as good if not better in many ways so will be sticking with them


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:50 am 
Old School Hero

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Hi Mark,

Looking good.

Am yet to build the K2 - but getting closer!

LT

Good luck with the Klein dating!


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