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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:48 pm 
East Midlands AEC
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you can buy reducer headsets or headset reducers (2 different things confusingly!) - I'll see if I can get you some links.


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Reducer headset: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=25722

Headset reducer: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... delID=2219

Other listings magazines are available... :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:51 pm 
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here's another one. you get the point:

http://www.betd.co.uk/items.asp?Categor ... t+Reducers


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Thanks for the info Ed :wink:
I really am not too sure about the lefty fork - It is well weird looking when you ride it.
It has a great electronic lockout at the touch of a button and the fork is all carbon and ti.
So I may get used to it after time.


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If I could get some actual sizes for these frame headset reducers then I should be able to turn some up on the lathe at work. 8)


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Yes they're not cheap for how much metal you actually get! Should be easy enough to measure the inside diameter of your headtube and the outside diameter of a 1 1/8th" headset.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 11:09 pm 
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This Merlin was indeed designed to run with the 80mm Headshock fork. Still available I'm sure. Spencer may even still have his for this very frame.

Nice bike. I so nearly bought this off him twice. :D

Merlin still held the spares for the rear shock too if you needed them (last time I did was 2004 and they had plenty).

Quite a stunner. Keep us posted on the ride.


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Hello Wu-Tangled :) ,
Have you serviced the rear shock before? :?
I have noticed a little play in this and was going to strip it down to see if one of the bushes had worn.
Any advice would be appreciated mate. :wink:


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