Retrobike Forum Index

It is currently Sat Dec 03, 2016 10:54 pm

* Login   * Register * Search  * FAQ



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 30 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3  Next
Author Message
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 5:10 am 
Retired Mod
Retired Mod
User avatar

Joined: Thu Jul 10, 2008 7:16 pm
Posts: 9939
Location: ÜberUnderbidder
thanks for posting.

I would love to see this bike in action, would you happen to have any videos of it on a trail? What type is it best suited for? I can only imagine it rides as good as it looks, or does it?

8)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 5:17 am 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Tue Aug 18, 2009 5:05 pm
Posts: 2068
Location: Boston, MA
Deleted


Last edited by SF Klein on Mon Sep 21, 2015 3:04 am, edited 1 time in total.

Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 7:54 am 
98+ BoTM | BoTM | PoTM Winner
98+ BoTM | BoTM | PoTM Winner
User avatar

Joined: Tue Mar 10, 2009 2:53 am
Posts: 267
Location: San Rafael, CA, USA
Thanks for the kind words guys. Replying to some of your questions/comments:

Shamus wrote:
...you must be quite tall?

Yes. About 6ft 5in (1.95m)

Elev12k wrote:
...When I visited your link, I learn't the under chainstay bosses are a std feature of Newsboys. Didn't knew that...

There were 2 series of Newsboys -- separated by a couple of years. Mine is from the first series which had chainstay-mounted WTB Rollercams stock. The later series had disc tabs.

Elev12k wrote:
I do like that mudguard feature. Where I live you do not really need that, except with the two or three occasions each year, when riding elsewhere on muddy soil. Type of soil really varies here in the small country. The guard is a cool feature though, due to its rareness, level of customization for function matter and that by no less the CC.

The mudguard is a standard feature on all of Charlie’s later customer bikes and all of his personal bikes. Each one is a little different and fully custom because of differences in tubing, geometry, etc. etc. so this could never be offered as an “off-the-shelf” part by WTB. Although we (thankfully) don’t get a lot of muddy days where I live/ride, the mudguard definitely works very well.

Martin wrote:
...What size it is, I thought that Newsboys laregst size is 19" or is this a larger one?

In this first series, Merlin made three sizes: 15”, 17”, and 19”. This is the 19”.

SF Klein wrote:
^^On that note, you mention on your site that the bike flexes quite a bit. Can you elaborate? Thanks.

It has more side-to-side flex than other rigid bikes that I ride... but that’s relative. My other 2 main “rider” bikes are a Cunningham Racer and a WTB Ti Phoenix -- both very laterally stiff bikes with heavily sloping top tubes. I’m also a big/heavy guy and more likely to flex any frame. I think the Newsboy’s relative flexi-ness owes to a combination of factors:
Curved and smaller diameter tubing.
Tubing optimized probably for the Size M and not beefed up for Size L.
Obviously Merlin were optimizing the frame for aesthetics over function (compared to the rest of their line-up).

Inigo Montoya wrote:
...is it a rider?

GoldenEraMTB wrote:
...I would love to see this bike in action, would you happen to have any videos of it on a trail? What type is it best suited for? I can only imagine it rides as good as it looks, or does it?...

The bike climbs very well (short stays). It also has great vertical compliance -- which makes fast/flowy downhill trails very nice. For tight, technical single-track it’s not my first pick.

It is definitely a “rider” and will now return to “normal rotation” for rides. I’m embarrassed at how clean it was for these photos and promptly took it out for a nice ride on Tam immediately after. The bike had been sidelined for about the last year while some of these upgrades were getting planned/sourced/done.

No video, but from trailside later that day:

Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 10:52 am 
Old School Hero
User avatar

Joined: Mon Dec 08, 2008 11:40 pm
Posts: 179
Location: Asturias, Spain
halaburt wrote:
My other 2 main “rider” bikes are a Cunningham Racer and a WTB Ti Phoenix

:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

And then visited your personal web page...
Is there an emoticon for "Speechless"?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 11:02 am 
Concours Judge
Concours Judge
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jul 06, 2005 3:59 pm
Posts: 8171
Location: a proper EU country
chusma wrote:
halaburt wrote:
My other 2 main “rider” bikes are a Cunningham Racer and a WTB Ti Phoenix

:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

And then visited your personal web page...
Is there an emoticon for "Speechless"?


possibly: :|

Nice bike >>

Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 11:13 am 
.o.T.M Triple Crown Winner
.o.T.M Triple Crown Winner
User avatar

Joined: Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:59 pm
Posts: 3135
Location: Sunny South of France
halaburt wrote:
Shamus wrote:
...you must be quite tall?

Yes. About 6ft 5in (1.95m)


It would be difficult to ride for you when there's wind :lol: .
The only thing would be better : the tires. But why the tires brand has stopped to make good tires with amber wall :roll:


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 11:54 pm 
Retired Mod
Retired Mod
User avatar

Joined: Thu Jul 10, 2008 7:16 pm
Posts: 9939
Location: ÜberUnderbidder
halaburt wrote:

Inigo Montoya wrote:
...is it a rider?

GoldenEraMTB wrote:
...I would love to see this bike in action, would you happen to have any videos of it on a trail? What type is it best suited for? I can only imagine it rides as good as it looks, or does it?...

The bike climbs very well (short stays). It also has great vertical compliance -- which makes fast/flowy downhill trails very nice. For tight, technical single-track it’s not my first pick.

It is definitely a “rider” and will now return to “normal rotation” for rides. I’m embarrassed at how clean it was for these photos and promptly took it out for a nice ride on Tam immediately after. The bike had been sidelined for about the last year while some of these upgrades were getting planned/sourced/done.

No video, but from trailside later that day:

Image


Thanks for the response; it looked like it might be a handful on tight turns, but I didn't know if that was just the look of it due to its very large size.

Great that it's a rider; awesome bike.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: 1995 Merlin Newsboy
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 3:02 am 
98+ BoTM | BoTM | PoTM Winner
98+ BoTM | BoTM | PoTM Winner
User avatar

Joined: Tue Mar 10, 2009 2:53 am
Posts: 267
Location: San Rafael, CA, USA
As with a couple of my other "main" vintage rider bikes, I recently did a few upgrades/changes to my Newsboy. I really wanted to do a new, full set of pics of it while it was all nice/clean this morning --- but decided to go for a longer ride instead! ;p The formal set of "dungeon" pics will happen at some point.

Here's my much earlier (2002) gallery of it -- including the kitschy commentary. This is a re-creation of the now-dead .Mac gallery mentioned above in the first post: http://www.flickr.com/photos/halaburt/sets/72157632071916920/

The newest round of updates included:
- New shifters/levers
- Repainted fork (in "faux Titanium" Imron by Joe Bell)
- Wider bars (25" up from the previous 22.5")
- period-correct pedals
- taper-ground brake springs

Tupperware bin-o-parts for the work:

Image

On today's ride:

Image

And the revised spec sheet:

Frame: 1995 Merlin Newsboy #N055 (size “Large”, one-piece bow, custom 140mm rear spacing)

Fork: Steve Potts Type-II, suspension-corrected, 118mm dropout spacing

Headset: Chris King TwoNut “Old Cup” (No Logo)
Stem: Axis Design (quill-style, custom Titanium by Chris Paretich)
Handlebar: Steve Potts Titanium Flat-Bar
Grips: Magura Ergo (Cunningham-modified)

Brakes: WTB ToggleCam w/WTB Bridges (F&R), Cunningham mud guard (R)
Brake Pads: WTB GripMaster
Brake Levers: Suntour XC-Pro BL-XP01

Shifters: Shimano M732 Deore-XT
Front Derailleur: Shimano M900 XTR
Rear Derailleur: Shimano M900 XTR
Cassette: Shimano M900 XTR 8sp 12-32t
Chain: Shimano HG91
Cranks: Cook Bros. Racing “CBR” 181mm
Chainrings: Shimano SG-X 46/34/24t
Bottom Bracket: WTB New Paradigm GreaseGuard (thread-in)
Pedals: Shimano M737 Deore-XT clipless

Hub Skewers: Cunningham Slo-Release
Rims: WTB PowerBeam 32h (F), 36h (R)
Hubs: Cunningham/Hi-E 118mm 32h (F), WTB New Paradigm 140mm 36h (R)
Nipples/Spokes: DT
Tires: WTB ExiWolf 2.3” (F), 2.1” (R)

Saddle: WTB SST (Ti rails)
Seatpost: Cunningham Fixed-Angle
Seatpost QR: Cunningham Lightweight

Bottle Cage(s): King Cage Ti (2)
Chainstay Protector: WTB
Pump: Zefal Solibloc, seatpost/internal (Cunningham-modified)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: 1995 Merlin Newsboy
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:43 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 21, 2009 12:48 pm
Posts: 402
Location: .IT
this is my dream bike, congratulations! 8)

I'll never get one :cry:


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: 1995 Merlin Newsboy
PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 10:47 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:28 am
Posts: 1665
Location: Pacific Northwest
That is just cool.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 30 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3  Next

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: cherrybomb, Cheshire1980 and 24 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

About Us

Follow Retrobike

Other cool stuff

All content © 2005-2015 Retrobike unless otherwise stated.
Cookies Policy.
bikedeals - the best bike deals in one place
FatCOGS - Fat Chance Owner's Group

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group