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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 5:00 pm 
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Seems like most Ti owners have the same tendencies: build a bike that is super strong and durable but deceptively light.

After 3 years of work I'm finally considering my Merlin Works CR 6/4 "feature complete":

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A few noteworthy parts:
    * King Cage Iris stainless steel bottle cages are awesome, though not purely WW. After breaking numerous carbon sets these are indestructible and don't scuff your water bottles. They're also have the easy-in/easy-out shape that you see in carbon cages
    * SMC Selle Dynamic Carbon saddle is comfortable and dropped 1/3 pound off my bike
    * While the Ciamillo Negative G GSLs were a hassle (http://weightweenies.starbike.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=99665) I love the modulation, power, and immediate and noticeable weight savings
    * Though I took most of the cheesy decals off, the Ti is 6/4 which is slightly lighter than the 3/2. iirc this was only in production for one year
    * May not be carbon but I love how the Ksyrium SLs spin up and handle
    * While the Garmin bike computers are HEAVY from a WW perspective, it is the first in it's family to make any sense to own as the navigation works as expected. I recently loaded up a bikely gpx file for The Longest Day http://www.linuxha.com/other/non-ha/bicycle/LongestDay.html and the alerts were flawless which is key--adding mileage onto an already 208 mile day is ungood
    * Thompson stuff all around including seat post clamp. 'Nuff said
    * Salsa Ti skewers are curvy and sexy, highly usable, and surprisingly leightweight
    * Edge (now ENVE) fork was a revelation. The stock reynolds fork was a squirmy noodle and this is a samuri blade slicing where I aim it, while adding a little compliance

Tips the scales at 16lbs 12oz (or 7.59kg) for a size "Large" (56cm equivalent) with the computer on.

As a side note about Ti: Fell in love with the ride from the very first time I took her out. It was a spring day which meant roads were pretty beat up from the winter. After going hard for 50 miles I returned feeling rejuvenated rather than beat up. This was not at the expense of responsiveness or get up and go.

I did have to work on building some extra upper body strength, though, as the bike is so quick to try to jump out from between your legs that I had a tough time controlling it for the first month!


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:55 pm 
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It's been about a year and I still love this thing. Rear wheel is now a Smart .4 rim.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:05 pm 
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Looks like you've got eebrakes there. I almost bought a pair of those due to the hassle Ciamillo put me through. What do you think of them?


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:33 pm 
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They are fantastic. Zero problems with mine. Simple to set-up and well designed for easy adjustment. Great modulation and breaking power. Basically everything the Fairwheel review says. Plus I got them when they were still anodizing the bodies, so they match my bike. Even better!

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:53 pm 
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Nice. If my Negative G's ever need service again they're going in the bin for a set of these. Brake upgrades are always one of the first things I do to a bike as it seems to be one of the quickest ways to drop a ton of weight, and in the case of these: possibly even improve the braking.

Cheers.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:07 pm 
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Colnago CT 2 titanio by willy gil, on Flickr

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:36 pm 
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Has it's own thread but may as well post final build pic here as well to update the in progress pic a page ago:

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:40 pm 
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ps the Colnago is fantastic!


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:18 am 
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Is this colnago a special colour ?

philhul,

I think your bike will look nice with black tyres :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:28 am 
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@willy , wow... that Colnago rocks... :thumbup:


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 4:06 pm 
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Willy, in a way it looks a lot better than before, but on the other hand... It's always sad to see an authentic and original paint job go away. The frame just lost some of its charisma. :noidea:

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:29 pm 
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@europerg, true, NL4 was a mice colour scheme...but...it was so scratched and upbeat, it was a sad sight in itself....trying to replicate NL4 was not an option, since it would have been evident that a repaint had been done, so I opted for the PR99 paint job but leaving the ti bare...


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:18 pm 
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willy wrote:
@europerg, true, NL4 was a mice colour scheme...but...it was so scratched and upbeat, it was a sad sight in itself....trying to replicate NL4 was not an option, since it would have been evident that a repaint had been done, so I opted for the PR99 paint job but leaving the ti bare...


FWiW I think it looks fantastic.. no envy here, none at all.. nope, none...

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:03 pm 
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Here's my Helix OS, thought I'd stick a pic up here although you may have seen it in it's own thread.
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BeeBee30, very excellent! A ride report? :thumbup:

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