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 Post subject: Merlin Titanium 1992
PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 1:26 am 
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1992 Merlin Titanium - 15 inch

After seeing all the nice builds in person and on this site, I decided it was time to build one myself. This is my first build.

I always wanted a titanium bike and the one I wanted was a Merlin. So I decided to get a nice frame and build it up using as many period and NOS parts as possible.

Looking around for quite a while I decided on the route I was going to take. Once settled and pictured in my mind I set about trying to collect the bits. It took me the good part of 2 years to get everything.

It also took 3 frames before I was happy with what I had. The first one was a 18 inch and arrived poorly packed and had a small dent in it. That one was cancelled. The next one was a nearly NOS frame 16 inch that was absolutely beautiful but ended up being too big for me. (I am trying to sell that 16 inch Merlin bike and/or frame, contact me if interested).

Third time lucky, by chance I bought a 15 inch complete bike intending that one to be for my wife. But once I tried the fit on the larger frame it didn’t feel right. I then tried the smaller one (this one) and it fit very nicely. So finally I was sorted with a nice frame.

Specifications:

> Frame: Merlin Titanium 1992 – 15 inches - Used
> Fork: Ritchey Logic – Black Chrome Finish – NOS
> Rims: Araya – RM 20 – Black Finished - NOS
> Hubs: Shimano Deore XT- M730 – Black – 135mm Rear 100mm Front - NOS
> Skewers: Shimano Deore XT - NOS
> Spokes: DT Stainless - Double Butted – New
> Tires: Ritchey Mega Bite Z Max 1.9 - Kevlar Folding - NOS
> Pedals: Shimano Deore XT – M735 - NOS
> Crank: Shimano Deore XT – M730 – 170mm – Black - NOS
> Chain: Shimano Hyperglide – HG90 - NOS
> Rear Cogs: Shimano 7 speed ( 12-28 ) Hyperglide – HG90 - NOS
> Bottom Bracket: WTB Grease Guard – 123mm Phil Wood Titanium - New
> Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT – M735 – 31.8mm - NOS
> Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT – M735 – Short Cage – NOS
> Shifters: Shimano Deore XT – M732 – NOS
> Handlebars: Merlin Titanium – Used
> Grips: Grab On - NOS
> Stem: Ibis Titanium – 1inch x 120mm 10 degree rise - Used
> Headset: Shimano Deore XT – M735 – 1 inch – NOS
> Brake Set: Shimano Deore XT – M732 – Cantilevers - Black – NOS
> Brake Levers: Shimano Deore XT SLR – M732 - 2 finger – NOS
> Saddle: Selle – Italia Flite Titanium - NOS
> Seat Post: Syncros - Hardcore Aluminum – 27.2mm – Black – NOS
> Seat Clamp: Shimano Deore XT - M730 - NOS
> Frame Color: Titanium Natural
> Frame Size: Seat Tube - CTC -15 Inch
> Weight: 21.7 pounds/8.09 kg

The first photo shows the exploded view of the frame and the collection of parts that were used on the bike. NOTE: The frame shown is the larger one that I did not use and obviously the BB was not needed.

The second photo is the finished bike.

The rest are detail photos.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 2:26 am 
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 6:13 am 
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Rocco that is simply amazing :shock:

Where did you manage to get all that nos kit from?

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 6:45 am 
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That's an INSPIRING bike!


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 8:22 am 
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Amazing....great build :D


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 9:44 am 
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That´s a very cool bike! And they ride really well, one of my favorite ti frames :wink:


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 9:48 am 
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oh my....what a gorgeous Merlin and it looks hard as nails with the rim / tyre combo 8)


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