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Old 04-16-21, 03:08 AM
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Merlin Extralight build thread: part 2

Found this for a reasonable price locally.
thank god i'm tall and i spotted it early after it was posted for sale, had it been 54-56 cm it would have sold fast
so, a 60cm Merlin titanium fully equiped in 7400 Dura Ace. Even has Ti spindle and DA hubs on Mavic rims.
rebuild begins, it will get 7800 Dura Ace.

Question for you guys: looking at options for the fork and stem. Keep the fork and go quill stem or convert to threadless with modern stem ?





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Old 04-16-21, 06:31 AM
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Depends on what you want to achieve.
Threadless is handy if you are not sure what stem length you want. Because they are so easy and cheap to change. But if you have the right length there isn't much benefit.
The stem you have is a bit ugly in my opinion but so are threadless adapters.
I went full carbon fork and bars with a threadless stem.
It's not as pretty as a quill but it works very well.
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Keep the threaded headset. Virtually any stem would be an improvement. Those Merlins have very nice lines and look good with classic or "modern" stems.
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I like the Syncros stem, but I came into this hobby thought mountain bikes. I'm guessing it'd at least sell for decent money if you hated it.
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Is it for aesthetics or function? Is it worth the cost to you? Your decision. Very nice bike. If it were mine, I would go modern with a threadless headset/stem, compact, 31.8 bar, and carbon fork. I am in the process of doing that to a Lemond Tourmalet. I just acquired the fork from Spaghetti Legs. I also switched to, 6750 crankset, and the rest is 6600. It already had 4600 shifters and they stayed. It is a fair investment for whatever gain there is or isn't. It is something I wanted to do, saw an opportunity to do it at, IMO, a low cost, and went with it.
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If the headtube can take a threadless headset, I'd go that route (if it were my bike).
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I'm a big fan of the Nitto Tallux stem (the kind Rivendell sells - available here). Lots of height flexibility, plenty strong, very nice classic look. It's what I'd choose. But that's just me.
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little update; spent some time removing scratches and all around polish, medium Scothbrite with WD-40 as a lube, looking good.
What a nicely made frame! The welds are the best i'seen on a Titanium frame, very nice details, and my god what a light frame.







now, the parts that came off this bike; full 7400 Dura Ace with 8 speed brifters
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next, what it's getting

next round of polishing coming up
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Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease! Change this stem and bar...it is "killing" the bike!
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A 60cm Extralight, how sweet. Color me jealous, always wanted one.

Here is an example of a 20 year old bike that underwent a change from threaded to threadless with new fork, headset, stem, bars.

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Originally Posted by reissue59
next, what it's getting

next round of polishing coming up
Bumping an old thread here, but I am curious how this build turned out.
I recently picked up an Extralight and trying to decide how I want to build it.
They are gorgeous frames.
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