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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 3:29 am 
Old School Hero
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Location: Southern Oregon
Purists look away :wink:

Well gents here we go. I purchased this as a frame only and always wanted to build an older frame with newer parts. So here it is, a wonderful bike to ride wth a mix of Ti and carbon that fits like a glove. 2x9

Frame: 1990 Merlin

Fork:Exotic Carbon

Headset: Cane Creek S6
Stem: Titec Titanium
Handlebar:Bontrager Crow Bar titanium
Grips: Gripshift
Barends: N/A

Brakes: Cane Creek Curve 3
Brake Pads: Cane Creek
Brake Cables: ?
Cantilever cable hangers: N/A
Brake Levers: Cane Creek

Shifters: Sram XO
Front Derailleur: Shimano XT
Rear Derailleur: Sram X9
Derailleur Cables: ?
Cassette: Sram
Chain: Sram
Cranks: White Industries Eno
Crank Bolts: ?
Chainrings: White Industries Eno
Chainring bolts: ?
Bottom Bracket: Stock
Pedals: CNC Palin

Hub Skewers: Bontrager
Rims: Bontrager
Hubs: Bontrager
Nipples: ?
Spokes: ?
Tyres: Panracer FireXCpro
Tubes: ?

Saddle: Bontrager
Seatpost: Thomson
Seatpost Binder: Stock

Weight:?


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Nice job. Beautiful bike.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 5:54 pm 
Old School Hero
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dirttorpedo wrote:
Nice job. Beautiful bike.


Thanks, This is the bike that got me hooked on TI. Very supple ride.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 7:16 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Location: Nearly in me box
Very nice build, I used to drool over Merlin metalworks frames bitd , beautifully crafted pieces of Titanium art , no doubt she'll will ride like a dream too, I like the cranks , think they suit well, carbon fibre forks are trim too, although I'm a little unsure about the red tyres :)


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 7:27 pm 
Old School Hero
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Old&slow wrote:
Very nice build, I used to drool over Merlin metalworks frames bitd , beautifully crafted pieces of Titanium art , no doubt she'll will ride like a dream too, I like the cranks , think they suit well, carbon fibre forks are trim too, although I'm a little unsure about the red tyres :)


I agree. The red tyres came off of my black and red Klein Mantra that I converted to discs. I will use until they are worn.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 9:03 pm 
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Nice build :) .


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2015 3:14 am 
Old School Hero
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Ollie wrote:
Nice build :) .


Thanks Ollie.

To me the only thing that has improved with time is shifting technology and shocks, so that is why I wanted to do this build a mix of old and new.


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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2015 5:09 pm 
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Beautiful bike. After seeing this I think the forum needs a retro-mod bike of the month. :lol:


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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2015 9:57 am 
Dirt Disciple

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nice work - about to do the same with my 96 GT Avalanche LE = new XT & Race Face Build .,


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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2015 10:48 pm 
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Love builds like this, they always look so good. Never seen gripshifters done well before!


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