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1977 Merz Sprint track bike

Old 05-20-23, 03:57 PM
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1977 Merz Sprint track bike

https://photos.app.goo.gl/s1CymrkeeFzdacPC9

This frame was built for Robert Burney, who was one of the top riders in Oregon back in the day. Robert was one of my best customers. On this bike, he requested that Mark DiNucci build the frame with his style. Mark worked for me then, most of the bikes he made were done with my touches. This frame was built as a sprint bike, using Columbus PS tubing. When I got this, it was just a frame. It had a rattle can paint job. Ed Litton did the wonderful repaint. I had these older Campagnolo Pista parts. They wouldn't have been used by Robert, but I think they really make a nice bike! Click on link to see more photos.

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Old 05-20-23, 04:00 PM
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very nice bike indeed
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Look at that fork rake ! wow. pure speed.

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That pic is going in my desktop rotation.
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What's the ST angle? Seems very steep. I like!

I also gravitated to very steep angles on sprint bikes I made in the late-'80s to early-90s, which were used to win lots of medals at Natz, a Worlds silver, and two trips to the Oly's. Some riders were skeptical but then turned in PRs on their first ride. I think some of the angles I used then are no longer UCI-legal. Too fast to be legal ?!?

When your event really only lasts ten seconds (the last 200 m is mostly all that matters in a Match Sprint), long-distance comfort isn't much of a consideration.

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The build sheet is on the photo link page I shared. 75 x 75 deg.

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