My Merlin, Reborn! (Lots-o-pics)

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lung
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by lung

Acquired in 2002. Sold in 2005... reacquired in 2009... rebuilt and ready to ride! Pretty much done save a few little bits I wanna add. Rides as awesome as I remembered... and the SRAM stuff is great! Hope you like.

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Only planned upgrades now are a new fork, KCNC Skewers, a Ti seat post collar.

As a first time SRAM owner.... here's a quick Review:

I just built up this bike with the following:

Rear and Front Dérailleurs: Force (2010)
Brakes: Force
Shifters: Rival
Crankset: Rival

This is to me the best combination of performance, value, and great looks. The shifting is fantastic. The Force Dérailleurs are smooth and easy to dial in. The Rival shifters do a great job and the carbon levers are a nice touch. A big surprise was the Rival crankset. I had my heart set on Force or Red but when I saw the stiffness numbers on the Rival (one of the stiffest out there) I took the chance. Let me tell you that crankset is a steal for the money. Stiff as hell and looks great. With a KCNC scandium post and a Thomson stem... the black aluminum cranks on the Rival compliment the look great. I was skeptical of all the praise Rival gets on these boards... but the gang here is right on. Sram is awesome and Rival "rivals" anything out there at twice the price. Lastly, DoubleTap shifting makes more sense to me than both Shimano and Campy's versions. Just great stuff. Brakes also work great and were easy to dial in.
Via Dolorosa

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Redddraggon
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by Redddraggon

This is exactly the reason I want a Ti bike - 7 or so years down the line and it still looks good and hasn't gone out of fashion.

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lung
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Redddraggon wrote:This is exactly the reason I want a Ti bike - 7 or so years down the line and it still looks good and hasn't gone out of fashion.


Very well said. I agree 100%!
Via Dolorosa

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by RihardsR

what handlebar did U use?
very col looking bike :thumbup:

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lung
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by lung

LV wrote:what handlebar did U use?
very col looking bike :thumbup:


ITM 101. Sanded down logo free, refinished and buffed down to a matte finish. :thumbup:
Via Dolorosa

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Cheers!
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by Cheers!

10/10

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by Juanmoretime

Well done! Always love to see the gray metal here. I too think Rival is one of the most under rated groups out there.
RESIDENT GRUMPY OLD MAN.

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micky
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by micky

It must be love! :D

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Redddraggon
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by Redddraggon

I hope my Ti frame looks this good in 7 years

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fa63
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by fa63

Great looking bike; enjoy.

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lung
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by lung

Redddraggon wrote:I hope my Ti frame looks this good in 7 years


It has to... it's Ti!
Via Dolorosa

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WOW! You did a great job restoring your old fling to her most beautiful.
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Mads Kock
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by Mads Kock

did you get shorter arms in the 7 years? :-)

great looking bike.

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by bencolem

Its a beautiful looking bike but exactly the same post in four different topics :noidea: C'mon man, don't overload it...

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Timo
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by Timo

VERY nice Merlin :thumbup:
And if I ever meet an aardvark, I'm going to step on its damn protruding nasal implement until it couldn't suck up an insect if its life depended on it.

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