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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2016 9:57 pm 
BoTM Winner
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This was my Grail bike for years - a 1991 Merlin/C9 Raleigh Tomac Signature. You can tell the Merln from Litespeed bikes most easily by the rear dropouts and seattube - monostay connection but the finish on the Ti parts is another, more subtle distinguishing feature.

this build is most similar to that Tomac rode in early 1991 with pre-Answer Manitou fork though the earliest iteration had the famous drop bars he had also used in 1990 aboard his Yeti C-26.

It rides just as awesomely as it looks and I imagine chasing Ned, Rishi and Tinker whenever I'm in the saddle.

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I did race a slightly different build - Rockshox and different Tioga disc in the 2014 Keyesville Classic so this bike is no garage queen.

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Here's the build spec as seen in the first set of pics:

Frame:​​​1991 Raleigh (Merlin/Easton C9) Tomac Signature
Fork:​​​Manitou (Pre-Answer)
Headset: ​​Shimano XTR M900
Stem: ​​​Tioga T-bone Avenger
Handlebar: ​​Tioga Mountain XT Carbo
Grips: ​​​ODI Attack
Bar ends: ​​Tioga Power Studs
Brakes:​​​Shimano XTR M900 ​​
Brake Pads:​​Shimano XTR M900
Brake Cables: ​​Shimano XTR Grey housing
Cable hangers:​​Shimano M900
Cable Guides:​​Shimano Dura Ace
Shift/Brake Levers: ​Shimano XTR M900
Derailleur Cables: ​Shimano XTR Grey housing
Front Derailleur: ​Shimano XTR M900
Rear Derailleur:​​Shimano XTR M900
Cassette: ​​Shimano XTR M900
Chain:​​​Shimano
Cranks:​​​Shimano XTR M900
Crank Bolts: ​​SRP Ti
Chainrings: ​​Shimano
Chainring bolts: ​SRP Ti
Bottom Bracket: ​Ti spindle
Pedals:​​​Shimano M737
Bottle Cage:​​King Ti
Hub Skewers:​​Ringle
Rims:​​​Mavic 231 Ceramic (F)/Sun (R)
Hubs: ​​​Shimano Deore XTR M900
Spokes:​​​14g (F)/Tioga Disc (R)
Tyres: ​​​Tioga Trail Dawg (F)/Mud Dawg R
Tubes: ​​​Pink Latex
Saddle:​​​Selle Italia Flite Ti
Seatpost:​​Tioga Carbon


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:11 pm 
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Very very nice :)


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:38 pm 
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looks great dude, really want another disc drive now haha


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 3:25 am 
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CCMDoc wrote:
I imagine chasing Ned, Rishi and Tinker whenever I'm in the saddle.


I bet! I would imagine tailing Frischi for the same reason. Great to see it being used as intended 8)


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 9:33 am 
King of the Skip Monkeys
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What part did M900 XTR play in early 1991? I'm sure its commercial release was for the 92 season so there must have been loads of pre-production stuff around in 91 but how early?


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:46 am 
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Love it when I see bikes of this caliber being used for what they were designed for!


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 12:05 pm 
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This is all kinds of amazing! 8)

I was reading some blogs the other day about Tomac's old frames (the infamous garage sale circa 2006-08??) and there was mention of one that sold for upwards of USD6000 - is this te one I'm on about?

As with many others I'm very envious - I collected pictures of Tomac and had a collage of them on my bedroom wall as a kid, I even did a project for school about him and I was always excited to see the next magazine issues with pics of his bike featuring different components. So the fact that you have a few variations on the build is also very impressive! Especially that mint original Disk Drive and a 32H DD-Pro too! :D


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Amazing. Grail bike for me too. 8)

I'll never find one though...


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 8:05 pm 
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That is HAWT!


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 8:36 pm 
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Insane. Good to see one still charging!


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