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    Quote Originally Posted by riff View Post
    +1! Beautiful, classy, understated. What made you go with the down tube Front shifter?
    Thanks! Simply to save weight. I used an old alu Campagnolo Record down tube shifter but upgraded to a btp carbon one. I've also added a stripped Flite saddle to see if this is comfy enough for me. If it is I will upgrade to either an old full carbon Flite evolution 2 or an AX Lightness Endurance saddle. Next step will be Speedplay titanium pedals anyway. Still thinking about some full carbon clinchers to replace the tubular Lightweights I've sold, but not sure if I want to go for Lightweight clinchers, Campagnolo Hyperion clinchers or something else.

    The current setup...

    Frame: Merlin Extralight ; 58 cm ; gloss black

    Fork: Ritchey Pro ; Ø 1” ; straight ; gloss black

    Headset: Chris King Aheadset ; Ø 1” ; black

    Headset cap: Carbon

    Stem: Syntace Force 99 ; 105 mm ; Ø 26.0 mm w/titanium bolt kit

    Handlebar: Schmolke SL ; 42 cm ; Ø 26.0 mm

    Brake levers: Campagnolo Record TT (left) / Campagnolo Record Ergopower (right)

    Down tube shifter: BTP carbon handle w/Campagnolo bolt

    Handlebar tape: cotton black w/Schmolke carbon end caps

    Shifting cables: Campagnolo : black

    Brake cables: Campagnolo ; black

    Brakes: Zero Gravity ; black

    Bottom bracket: TA Specialité Axis Ti ; 108 mm

    Bottom bracket bolts: Tiso ; black

    Crank arms: Storck Powerarms ; 172.5 mm

    Chain rings: Stronglight CT² ; 53/39

    Chain ring bolts: Tiso ; black

    Pedals: Time ATAC XS carbon/titanium

    Chain: KCMC

    Cassette: Campagnolo Chorus ; 12-25

    Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Record ; short cage w/Fibre-Lyte carbon inner plate

    Front derailleur: Campagnolo Record ; braze-on

    Derailleur clamp: BTP carbon ; Ø 34.9 mm ; black

    Seat post: Thomson Masterpiece ; Ø 27,2 mm

    Saddle: Selle Italia Flite ; stripped

    Bottle holders: Tune Wasserträger

    Wheels: Campagnolo Neutron clincher

    Inner tubes: Vittoria light

    Tires: Michelin Pro3 grip (front) ; Michelin Pro3 (rear)

    Quick releases: Tune AC14 ; black





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    That merlin is totally James Bond's bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegunner View Post
    wait a second, you sold a damocles to upgrade to a caad? hmm, i would gladly trade my caad for a damocles, streetfire, or onix... am i doing something wrong here? haha
    Hey, I think Competitive Cyclist still has new 08 streetfires with full rival for $1500 or something? do it, man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinn View Post
    Damocles's are nice. I rode this one all last season. But I sold it to upgrade to Cannondale Aluminum. Pics of the new Caad9 soon!
    The new matte black CAAD9s are SICK. I'd have no problem riding one. In fact, that's what I would have gone for if I was racing crits. I'm more into club rides and centuries though, when I'm not racing my mountain bike. The Damocles is super comfortable but still very light and stiff. I'm extremely happy with it.


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    Timo, that Merlin looks amazing. I think the best looking bikes aren't ones that just look pretty but the ones that you look at and just really want to go out on a ride on, which yours does.

    btw- is it just me or do Merlin Extralight slope down towards the head tube?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsuru View Post
    Hey, I think Competitive Cyclist still has new 08 streetfires with full rival for $1500 or something? do it, man.
    i absolutely would if i could find someone who wants a 09 caad9 w/ultegra with under 500 miles on it and would pay me 1500 for it (now that i think about it, that's pretty fair considering the 105 goes for 1399 retail)
    Quote Originally Posted by hao View Post
    Yes yes. Next time when I post about how I was riding in Belgium and was complimented by Fabian Cancellara and was invited to Saxo-Bank, you'll all know that by Belgium I mean Bumtown KY, by Fabian Cancellara I mean a creepy old dude, and by Saxo-Bank I mean his house. And knowing all that, you'll still whole-heartedly congratulate me on my extraordinary achievement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegunner View Post
    i absolutely would if i could find someone who wants a 09 caad9 w/ultegra with under 500 miles on it and would pay me 1500 for it (now that i think about it, that's pretty fair considering the 105 goes for 1399 retail)
    sounds pretty reasonable to me.... people seem to really be liking the CAAD9s! Go for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegunner View Post
    i absolutely would if i could find someone who wants a 09 caad9 w/ultegra with under 500 miles on it and would pay me 1500 for it (now that i think about it, that's pretty fair considering the 105 goes for 1399 retail)
    I have a streetfire with 105 that I've been wanting to upgrade... though wasn't planning on it just yet, only thing is I'm not interested in the caad9.

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    Quote Originally Posted by milliron View Post
    The new matte black CAAD9s are SICK. I'd have no problem riding one. In fact, that's what I would have gone for if I was racing crits. I'm more into club rides and centuries though, when I'm not racing my mountain bike. The Damocles is super comfortable but still very light and stiff. I'm extremely happy with it.

    i happen to own one of the 09 bbq black ones, it does look pretty sick, yeah... like i said in another thread, give me an all white bike and red pedals and
    Quote Originally Posted by hao View Post
    Yes yes. Next time when I post about how I was riding in Belgium and was complimented by Fabian Cancellara and was invited to Saxo-Bank, you'll all know that by Belgium I mean Bumtown KY, by Fabian Cancellara I mean a creepy old dude, and by Saxo-Bank I mean his house. And knowing all that, you'll still whole-heartedly congratulate me on my extraordinary achievement.

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    just picked her up yesterday...




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    Quote Originally Posted by n8tron View Post
    btw- is it just me or do Merlin Extralight slope down towards the head tube?
    Nope, you're absolutely right. The Extralight has a slightly sloping top tube, Not much but it's sloping.

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    Timo, why all the uber-lite bits with a Chorus cassette? You could save probably 130-150g with a Tiso or KCNC cassette.

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    My new Guru Geneo with 2010 SRAM red. Pick it up tomorrow


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    Quote Originally Posted by aminewyork View Post
    My new Guru Geneo with 2010 SRAM red. Pick it up tomorrow

    Ooo... odd frame! I love it!

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    I want some of those wall mounted wheel clamps to hang bikes around my house like artwork! The bike is just crazy. Inspired design for sure. I am not sure if I like it, but the WTF factor doesn't hurt in a world full of bikes that all look very similar for the most part.

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    That GURU is dope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjaman View Post
    Timo, why all the uber-lite bits with a Chorus cassette? You could save probably 130-150g with a Tiso or KCNC cassette.
    Because the Chorus cassette is mounted on a set of also not quite weightweenie Campagnolo Neutron training wheels and because I appreciate some durability that I won´t find in Tiso or KCNC cassettes. Doing 8,000 to 9,000 kilometers a year would minch several überlite cassettes per season.

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    Many fine examples of beautiful road bikes on this forum. I love them all.

    I feel priveliged to present one of my favorites right now, altough I have a few. My 1995 Schwinn Le Tour, 100 Year Anniversary Edition. Chro-Moly double butted, steel main tubes, Shimano 300EX drivetrain with Biopace crankset, 7 speed Shimano cassette, Shimano sealed cartridge BB, Shimano RSX brakes, Shimano 300 Aero brake levers, Araya AL Alloy wheels, Shimano indexed shifters on the downtube and many more goodies, all stock (sans pedals). This bike weighs in at about 24lbs. and I have no problem passing $4500 road bikes all day long. It's currently in the que for a total resto-mod.



    BTW, if you know of any like this for sale anywhere, please let me know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Everhandy View Post
    Many fine examples of beautiful road bikes on this forum. I love them all.

    I feel priveliged to present one of my favorites right now, altough I have a few. My 1995 Schwinn Le Tour, 100 Year Anniversary Edition. Chro-Moly double butted, steel main tubes, Shimano 300EX drivetrain with Biopace crankset, 7 speed Shimano cassette, Shimano sealed cartridge BB, Shimano RSX brakes, Shimano 300 Aero brake levers, Araya AL Alloy wheels, Shimano indexed shifters on the downtube and many more goodies, all stock (sans pedals). This bike weighs in at about 24lbs. and I have no problem passing $4500 road bikes all day long. It's currently in the que for a total resto-mod.



    BTW, if you know of any like this for sale anywhere, please let me know.
    i like this bike so much more that the new trend over designed, silly looking things with big big fonts and speed racer carbon bits all over ..

    congrats on keeping it REAL!!
    the internet is the death of many things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scuzzo View Post
    i like this bike so much more that the new trend over designed, silly looking things with big big fonts and speed racer carbon bits all over ..

    congrats on keeping it REAL!!
    Thank you.

    Steel is real. After some 14 years of terrible abuse on harsh pavement, potholes, curbs, you name it, it's still the smoothest ride in town.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Everhandy View Post
    BTW, if you know of any like this for sale anywhere, please let me know.
    No. I'll call dibs.


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    Just a plain old Giant.

    ebay 271.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by bezlar View Post
    Just a plain old Giant.

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    I like the back & red & white! Very nice... Does the "giant" logo run up the fork and into the head tube? Never noticed that before.... If so, it's cool, but I guess it'd be odd if you ever replaced the fork, eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bezlar View Post
    Just a plain old Giant.

    ebay 271.jpg
    No reason to be humble with a bike like that. We don't want to end up like the those Cervelo or Cannondale crazies, but be proud of it. It's a freakin' Giant!

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