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Old 11-01-09, 03:51 PM   #1
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Mercier Kilo WT (Wide Tire) - Pictures

I originally planned on buying a Surly Steamroller frameset, after selling my Capo, because I was feeling really limited by what could be done with it as a "fast" road commuter/lockup bike/long distance rider. It was because of buying a Crosscheck that I discovered how awesome it is to have the ability to run large tires anytime you want. Since the Steamroller had a similar geo to the Capo, I was pretty much set on making the trade, but when a fellow bike aficionado told me about the Mercier WT I had to check it out since he mentioned it also had room for large tires. I was surprised to find it had the same geo as the Steamroller along with having more tire room and fender/rack eyelets, but I was a bit bummed it had a 26.8 seatpost listed in the specs. After some thinking it over, it only made sense to get it because it was only $30 more at $440 for a complete bike (including shipping) as opposed to buying a Steamroller frameset for $410 (including shipping from universal cycles).

When I got the frame I was super excited to start piecing it up. Got the tires on and was pleased to find all that space left even with 40mm Schwalbe Marathon XR tires. Even 50mm Big Apples fit!! (but you have to ride brakeless with those because the tire rubs the brake calipher) I was even more happy to find that the frame in fact did take a 27.2 post, but that excitement was short-lived when I took it for a test ride and found the seatpost shifted on me. After taking a closer look I was so pissed to find this:

At first I thought I had to send it back to get a replacement since they F'd up, but I didn't even want to go through all the trouble (since they only sell complete bikes and I would have to send everything back) so I decided to be resourceful and find out how to make my own compression slot on some frame building sites. 15 minutes later with a hacksaw and dremel and I solved the problem:

Now I think this was just a mistake on my frame since on the website photo gallery, it shows the frame to have a compression slot cut

The ride is absolutely great with the large tires and I was really really suprised to find how fast the handling is. I think it handles a little faster than the Capo and definitely much faster than the converted Crosscheck. It does have toe overlap, even with clipless pedals, (due to the large tires), but I've dealt with it before on previous bikes. While it is a much heavier than the Capo, I don't care about the weight because it more than makes up for it with how comfortable the ride is. With a Brooks and fat tires, it's really smooth and comfy to ride on. It's nice having a fast bike along with the option to put small or large tires. Depending on the mood, smaller tires will make it both lighter and faster, but the option for larger tires makes it able to roll off road as well. I also want to make note that since it has the same geo as a Steamroller, it can also be raced on the velodrome as well! I'll be doing a lot of Barbie dress-up since it has so many options available!









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Old 11-01-09, 04:04 PM   #2
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Looks nice!
I'm glad you decided to swap it out for the Capo! lol
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Very nice! I'm looking for a set of fenders for the Centurion I just converted. I like those.
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Old 11-01-09, 04:43 PM   #5
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wondering why you opted to zip tie+full housings for the rear brake in the pic with the drops on
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Old 11-01-09, 04:53 PM   #6
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Very nice! I'm looking for a set of fenders for the Centurion I just converted. I like those.
thanks. They are Zefal Croozer and Swan fenders

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wondering why you opted to zip tie+full housings for the rear brake in the pic with the drops on
I hadn't completely set up everything in those pics. I wanted to ride it to the shop to get some riser bars and didn't feel like setting it up all the way.
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Old 11-01-09, 05:29 PM   #7
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Makes me wish I got a WT instead of a stripper!
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damn that looks tough as nails! great build!
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Maybe I missed this reading the post, but what flat bar did you use when you swapped?
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Maybe I missed this reading the post, but what flat bar did you use when you swapped?
It's a Bontrager riser bar
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your bikes always have a "no bs" look to them while still looking good
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Gyeswho, you rule man. Looks great!
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Old 11-02-09, 02:26 AM   #13
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Gyeswho, love all your bikes man. This does not disappoint. This is how I'm building up my steamroller.
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Old 11-02-09, 08:43 AM   #14
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me likey. you said it was heavier than the capo...how much does it weigh?
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thanks. I'd say it's about 20-23lbs
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gyeswho- rather then p.m.ing you i'll just ask you here. I noticied on your cross check at one point you had the dimension cross fork. Did you like it?

And you have to get the road specific brake for the road brake pull?

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gyeswho- rather then p.m.ing you i'll just ask you here. I noticied on your cross check at one point you had the dimension cross fork. Did you like it?

And you have to get the road specific brake for the road brake pull?
I currently have a Dimension Cross Disk fork on the XCheck. I like it very much and it didn't change the handling of the bike because it's similar in geo to the original. Yes, I got the road specifc Avid BB7 disk brake for it.
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My gf just ordered one of these, unfortunately they were out of the emerald green in her size, but I will post pics when it gets here. I sure hope it has compression slots otherwise that'll be a pain. Good fix tho, and good idea on the risers.
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Thanks for the review. They should have name it something like "El Jefe", or "HMFIC" instead of Kilo WT. It just looks like it could own the road, MUP trail, and fireroads... to a point.
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kilo wt was my idea!
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Hauler mode - the use of bigger tires makes carrying things a perk with this bike as well since you won't have to worry about pinch flats as much



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^^what rack is that?
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