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Anyone has heard of Merida?

Old 11-22-04, 08:12 PM
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Anyone has heard of Merida?

It's a brand from Taiwan just like Giant. They make magnesium frames, but pretty pricy. Just wondering how many people actually ride magnesium frames.
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Old 11-22-04, 08:44 PM
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I've been told Merida is an American-based company that specialised originally in making welding machines -- to the point that its machines are used to build many bikes.

The Mg frames it makes seem to be ok from what I have seen and from their owners have said. Their aluminium bikes are OK, and of reasonable value. I have had for over three years an Al entry level 900 Extreme with eight-speed down-tube shifters and Sora levers and drive train. It was under $900 AUD and was well finished. I like it as a go-fast commute and fun bike.
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Old 11-23-04, 03:13 AM
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Well, I am pretty sure that Merida is a Taiwanese company( not many well known Taiwanese companies out there). Merida is actually the OEM of GT bikes before they went down. When I got my avalanche, I got it from a Merida dealer, so I don't need to worry about the warrenty.
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Originally Posted by unrelated
It's a brand from Taiwan just like Giant. They make magnesium frames, but pretty pricy. Just wondering how many people actually ride magnesium frames.
I dnot want to hijack the thread but does anyone remember that episode of MacGyver where he files down a "magnesium" bike frame and ignites the filings (as if they were pure magnesium).

Has anyone tried this. It seems a little unlikely to me.
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Merida is one of the Taiwanese bike firms that makes a lot of frames for others, including the various US brands (under the US name of course). There is an interesting article in Bike Magazine (Nov 2004) about frame mfgrs in Taiwan. Merida is just one of them.

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Gunn-Rita Dahle rides for Merida.
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I'd be interested to see someone filing a McLaren F1 rim
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Originally Posted by royalflash
I dnot want to hijack the thread but does anyone remember that episode of MacGyver where he files down a "magnesium" bike frame and ignites the filings (as if they were pure magnesium).

Has anyone tried this. It seems a little unlikely to me.
And if you also had filed the rust off a steel bike and some shavings from aluminum bike, mixed them together, you could use the magnesium filings from that Mg bike as a trigger for the thermite.
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Love a good thermite joke!
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Fe2O3 + 2Al → Al2O3 + 2Fe; ΔH = -851.5kJ/mol
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Originally Posted by Raiyn
Fe2O3 + 2Al → Al2O3 + 2Fe; ΔH = -851.5kJ/mol
Exothermic huh?
Hmmm......
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Originally Posted by Raiyn
Fe2O3 + 2Al → Al2O3 + 2Fe; ΔH = -851.5kJ/mol
Must be fun at birthday parties, "Blow this cake out!".
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Old 11-24-04, 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Seeker
Must be fun at birthday parties, "Blow this cake out!".
Exactly. That's what sparklers are made of, isn't it?
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Yes, they are a large Taiwanese bike maker. I believe they make all the bikes for Specialized, and, in fact, own at least part of that company.
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