Just to tempt you, heres a pic of my merlin mountain before I sold it *sob* with rc 30's.
the handling was superb, but because the forks are quite short I found the front end too low when it was fitted with flat bars and a flat stem hence the risers.
Sold mine because it was just too big for me, would love another in the next size down if anyones selling...
Hmm, did I mention I have a 17.5" Merlin Mountain?
Still got some post in the frame, not quite at the limit but lucky it's a 400 post! Check out the shadow in the photo - I'm clearly a mutant.
Quality of bike certainly inversely proportional to quality of rider. Almost seems a shame that I own it. Almost.
noticed your shadow!