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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:56 am 
Old School Hero

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Location: Hamilton NZ
Hi HK
I am convinced this guy is making a false claim but want to be sure before I jump in
The bike is on TM and the guy is in Dunedin
Have a look see what you think
And get that bike done! :D


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:17 pm 
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Location: Mid Cornwall
not going to lie, as much as I love original bikes, Im not a purist and love these sort of improved bikes (cant think of a better term at the moment)

have to say though that is a seriously nice bike. such a simple design frame but so nice.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:34 am 
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like the bike more every time i look at it
might do something similar with mine and put the nos 900 xtr away
theres a dogs bollox on here that had all new modern running gear put onto it that loooks great also.... 8)


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:24 am 
Windmilling for a Scotch Egg
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IMHO Merlins can get away with any build, retro or modern, as long as it matches and isn't too gaudy.

Maybe its the classic design, the colour of the titanium maybe, it just works.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:18 am 
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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Location: Bristle
Rob Atkin wrote:
IMHO Merlins can get away with any build, retro or modern, as long as it matches and isn't too gaudy.

Maybe its the classic design, the colour of the titanium maybe, it just works.


reviewers at the time would talk about "the last frame you ever buy"

imho builds like this do a great job of showing just how prescient they were. here it is 18 years on, sporting bang up to date kit and looking every bit the part

With mine I get a lot of "nice bike" stuff. Everything else i've had has been "nice bike, RETRO!"


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:00 pm 
Old School Hero

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Some urban shots on a night ride tonight


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 6:46 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:14 pm
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Location: Sweden
This is totally right in my book! By using modern parts were they really make an improvement on the riding quality is the best way to realize how good this frame really is. I ride my 94 Merlin every day to work an it's a a joy in any wether. If I had a modern 1inch fork I would sertanly use it on my very rocky home trails. I use a 9speed Saint shifter, Cane Creek V-brakes and Extralite brake levers. The rest is orignal parts.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:32 pm 
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it is yummy
and getting used :D


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