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Old 05-02-16, 07:02 AM
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1976 Tigra Titan 6 79kg Comepre Coassin Campagnolo ft Clement Seta Vintage Race | eBay


Not aware if this is a deal or not, but the drillium on this thing is amazing.
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RB-1 is one of those that will be on my rack some day. This one has potential but those bars would have to go.
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That's a beauty.

I wouldn't worry about the frameset giving up the ghost.
+1...buy it, ride it and don't worry about it. These were first rate bikes.

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+1 If that were my size, I'd buy it. That's an excellent value. The Merlins are supposed to be fantastic riders. I've heard of a handful of Ti frames pooping out -- mainly through fatigue from A LOT of riding. How could you not ride them a lot, though? They are sooo nice.
Of all the bikes I own, the Merlin would be among the last I sold. I dare say it's the best production roadie I've had. I could not think more of Merlin.

I was wondering which bike to take out today...this decided it!
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Originally Posted by TimmyT
I've heard of a handful of Ti frames pooping out -- mainly through fatigue from A LOT of riding.
Can you explain? (E.g., how exactly do they fail, and is the failure gradual or sudden?) I'm constantly tempted by Ti bikes but don't have any experience with one, so this comment piques my interest for sure.

For what it's worth, I thought (perhaps mistakenly) that Ti was supposed to be bulletproof, or close to.

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How could you not ride them a lot, though? They are sooo nice.
Also curious about this (in particular, how it compares to a good steel bike).

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Originally Posted by velofinds
Can you explain? (E.g., how exactly do they fail, and is the failure gradual or sudden?) I'm constantly tempted by Ti bikes but don't have any experience with one, so this comment piques my interest for sure.

For what it's worth, I thought (perhaps mistakenly) that Ti was supposed to be bulletproof, or close to.



Also curious about this (in particular, how it compares to a good steel bike).

TIA.
I'm gonna jump in here too...

First, any frame that is poorly made, or where there's an error, can have issues. Ti is trickier to work with as I understand it because you can't have oxygen pollute the weld. Sometimes you'll hear of that happening with a ti bike, nut it's the exception. If the bike has lasted this long while ridden, it's FINE. There were a few rumors about some Merlins cracking near the bottle bosses, mostly you heard that about the post cambridge Merlins. This merlin is cambridge, at the height of their mastery. Imwouldn't hesistate to ride any merlin any more than Id hesitate with any steel frame.

The glue job tI is another matter...like Miyata...and I wouldn't go near it.

What's great about Ti is its strength to weight ratio and its immunity to corrosion. No paint needed. No scratched paint anymore. The merlins have beautiful puddle welds.

Ride characteristic has to do with tubing diameter more than material...Merlins are often paired with cf forks (likely original aluminum fork), and the combo of a cf fork and that tubing really works for me. Tubing diameter is not as OS as some modern steel, but thicker than your standard 531. I think merlin gets it just right, and you'll find most merlin owners here agree.

You can't lump ti bikes together anymore than you can steel...it's the builder. Merlins were designed by tom kellogg and built up by very good builders. I am not going to make blanket statements about all ti...but Merlin is as nice a bike as you're liable to find.

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Price is highly ambitious, but it's a cool bike:

[h=2] 52cm Guerciotti Steel Cyclocross Frame/Fork - $700 (south philly) [/h]
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Lugged Columbus Thron steel cross frameset with original 1" threaded fork- very good condition and only light use. Made in Italy.
Includes Shimano 600 headset and Dura Ace bottom bracket. Additional components available for extra.
Seat tube: 51.5cm c-c
Top tube: 53cm c-c
Rear spacing: 132.5mm
Horizontal dropouts: Campagnolo (geared or single speed).
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1976 Tigra Titan 6 79kg Comepre Coassin Campagnolo ft Clement Seta Vintage Race | eBay


Not aware if this is a deal or not, but the drillium on this thing is amazing.
That is a very cool looking bike, but I would have thought that bike should have drillium derailleurs? However even though I have heard of that brand I know nothing about that particular model, the price seems high but it probably is rare since in my 40 plus years of riding I have never seen one, so it might be worth the price. I think I would rather have that then a Colnago for the price, but that's just me, especially if it had drillium Campy derailleurs.
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Originally Posted by rekmeyata
That is a very cool looking bike, but I would have thought that bike should have drillium derailleurs? However even though I have heard of that brand I know nothing about that particular model, the price seems high but it probably is rare since in my 40 plus years of riding I have never seen one, so it might be worth the price. I think I would rather have that then a Colnago for the price, but that's just me, especially if it had drillium Campy derailleurs.
Fascinating bike but I'll bet quite daring to ride. I forget who, but someone had posted pics of Tigra at the NYC bike show, mid- late 1970's. Also in that group of photo's was another Euro make, glued carbon tube and lugged.
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Originally Posted by velofinds
Can you explain? (E.g., how exactly do they fail, and is the failure gradual or sudden?) I'm constantly tempted by Ti bikes but don't have any experience with one, so this comment piques my interest for sure.

For what it's worth, I thought (perhaps mistakenly) that Ti was supposed to be bulletproof, or close to.



Also curious about this (in particular, how it compares to a good steel bike).
I can't speak to Merlin in particular, but I have a Lightspeed of similar vintage, and it's exceptional. I have 3 steel Italian road bikes, and they are all wonderful, but the Lightspeed has really stiff transfer from the bb to the rear wheel.

As for failure, there was a fellow a month or two ago on The Paceline who had a Lynskey frame fail from fatigue. Apparently, there was a nick in the weld or thereabouts, and it grew over 10's of thousands of miles. It broke clean one day, and Lynskey wouldn't provide a new frame, arguing that it was beyond it's lifetime.
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@KonAaron Snake, @TimmyT, thanks for the replies -- sounds like cases of failure are fairly isolated in example. Stiff power transfer would be welcome. My Columbus SLX bike, sweet as it rides, gets pretty flexy when really applying the torque! (And I'm hardly breaking any wattage records...)
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Picked up the Opus from a few pages back. Thanks to everyone that posts here everyday, wouldn't have had a clue it was available otherwise. No idea if '83 or '84. Serial is F306 but that doesn't seem to correspond to any dating I can find online. Really looking forward to building this up, any recommendations on wheels?
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24K GOLD Plated 60cm 1975? Lambert (Viscount) Aerospace G.P. MK I Bike Very Rare





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Is that the "death fork".
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That Colnago is sweet....
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Lower level group but top end Nuovo Mexico frame that is worth the price alone.
I purchased this Colnago a few minutes ago. A local friend facilitated the purchase, and it's in his possession. He says its really nice, ready to ride and with excellent paint, except a few small chips.

Thanks for posting! this is my third remote Craigslist purchase found here in the last 18 months.
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I purchased this Colnago a few minutes ago. A local friend facilitated the purchase, and it's in his possession. He says its really nice, ready to ride (except the tires) and with excellent paint, except a few small chips.

Thanks for posting! this is my third remote Craigslist purchase found here in the last 18 months.
Excellent! It looks like a nice example; enjoy it.
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That is a very cool looking bike, but I would have thought that bike should have drillium derailleurs? ... I think I would rather have that then a Colnago for the price, but that's just me, especially if it had drillium Campy derailleurs.
Because there isn't enough drillium on that bike? LOL! It's early TIG'd titanium. It's worth more than most Colnagos, but, alas, it's really a wall hanger.
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Originally Posted by Barrettscv
I purchased this Colnago a few minutes ago. A local friend facilitated the purchase, and it's in his possession. He says its really nice, ready to ride (except the tires) and with excellent paint, except a few small chips.

Thanks for posting! this is my third remote Craigslist purchase found here in the last 18 months.
So glad it went to someone here. You know we all expect lots of pictures. right?
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Original Twenty folder. Pump, platform pedals

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Originally Posted by plonz
This one has potential but those bars would have to go.
You dont like super huge, ridiculous looking bars?
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Trek 560 (500 Series)

Okay, it's been converted to brifters (and track bars, maybe??), so it's hard to say how much on it is going to be original (especially with a single non-drive side photo), but if you're into vintage steel Treks, here's one in 531, I believe, for $100.

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RB-1 is one of those that will be on my rack some day. This one has potential but those bars would have to go.
I think maybe that this RB-1 has been hit from the rear, the seller has additional photos in the ad and this close up photo of the rear drops looks a bit off....what do you guys think?

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[h=2]TREK "MADE IN USA" 531 REYNOLDS - $350 (watertown) [/h]
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Ti is only has bullet proof as the person welding is qualified to make it so.
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