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Old 09-15-14, 12:26 PM
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Originally Posted by IcySmooth52 View Post
All hot, except the bars. But I think the stem is perfect.

How do you like that saddle? I've been trying to get my hands on one to put on my Holdsworth I'm refurbishing to be like-new.
I've just tested it for 450 km during my holiday in France and I'm convinced. The saddle is quite large and extremely comfortable (well, I do have a big butt). Planning to switch the saddles on my other two bikes to C17 too.
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As a fellow Merlin rider, I really like this. As a fellow Campy rider, I really like this. As some one who used those Scott drop-in bars in about 1991, I really like this.
I had those drop-in bars in the old part bins for the past two decades after using them from 1991 to 1995. Fell in love again, the shape of the drops is perfect for me and I actually used the extensions during a long descent which was quite comfy. But I intend to use them as a platform for a GoPro camera.

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Old 09-15-14, 12:43 PM
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1999 Rocky Mountain Turbo.

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Old 09-15-14, 12:45 PM
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Old 09-15-14, 07:45 PM
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Hey @WheresWaldo - can you change your avatar? You're making me want to play Fallout and it's not even the dead of winter. When's that Boston shiz coming out, anyway?
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Old 09-15-14, 08:42 PM
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Hey @WheresWaldo - can you change your avatar? You're making me want to play Fallout and it's not even the dead of winter. When's that Boston shiz coming out, anyway?
I'm actually playing it again, This is like my 3rd time through. Just finished Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light (Metro: Redux for the XBox One). Hoping there really is a Fallout 4.
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Old 09-16-14, 01:25 AM
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Jens Voigts 1 hr bike...

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Old 09-16-14, 03:04 AM
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That merlin is begging for some traditional drops, although I admit it's hard not to love it regardless.

HOT HOT HEAT
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Old 09-16-14, 04:04 AM
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Originally Posted by FlatSix911 View Post
Jens Voigts 1 hr bike...

Saddle slammed forward on a set back post? Excessive gap between tire and seatpost due to too long chain for the gear installed. Aero extensions at an accute upward angle. It's a Trek. Trek couldn't even be bothered to do a proper custom for the effort. 120 drop outs glued to a road frame with the accompanying chainline issues.

We can overlook the crank positioning and at least Jens got the wheels lined up.

But, really Jens, BF expects more!

It'll be less Not, once Jens sets the new hour record.
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Old 09-16-14, 05:37 AM
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Old 09-16-14, 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Drummerboy1975 View Post
And this is my main go to ride.
In isolation, there several elements I don't care for, but altogether it is HOT!
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Old 09-16-14, 09:51 PM
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Jens' bike just looks odd. If you read the description of it, it sounds like they hacked a bunch of parts to make a fixed gear bike. They should have done better custom work. He deserves better. Those wheels just look ridiculous in my opinion - it looks like they have a machined sidewall for brakes on a bike that has no brakes. Why?
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Old 09-17-14, 11:54 AM
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Originally Posted by slowjamz View Post
That merlin is begging for some traditional drops, although I admit it's hard not to love it regardless.

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Crankset/Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo Chorus carbon UT 10sp cranks, 172.5mm, 53/39

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Handlebars/Stem: Scott Drop-in, 42 cm / Syntace F99, 105mm w/titanium bolts

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Old 09-19-14, 06:43 PM
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Gorgeous Merlin.

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Old 09-19-14, 07:16 PM
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Caad10 is close. Bars are rotated forward to much for my liking and you really need to get a wireless computer because that looks awful. I feel like it really needs some black crank arms too.
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Old 09-20-14, 01:47 AM
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THE KING IS BACK! The CCUs def add some nice bling to it though.
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Old 09-20-14, 12:03 PM
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Gorgeous Merlin.

That PM is not the prettiest thing in the world. Everything else is awesome. How about black hollogram cranks with stages/vector PM? Best of both worlds.
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Old 09-24-14, 05:08 PM
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Felt AR3

New bike with swapped over parts.

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Old 09-24-14, 06:15 PM
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Old 09-24-14, 06:18 PM
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New bike with swapped over parts.

Seat looks like it's sitting back awfully far and the bar tape is ugly, however, that is one sexy f'in bike!
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Old 09-25-14, 06:28 AM
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Seat looks like it's sitting back awfully far and the bar tape is ugly, however, that is one sexy f'in bike!
I think I agree about the bar tape and my wife definitely agrees (it was what was in the drawer when I changed the shifters so I didn't really pick it for this bike - at least that is my excuse). The tape will probably be changed out to flat black soon. As for the saddle, the bike came with a Retul fit that I haven't done yet, so that will determine where it ends up.

Thanks for the comments!
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Old 09-25-14, 07:24 AM
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I think I agree about the bar tape and my wife definitely agrees (it was what was in the drawer when I changed the shifters so I didn't really pick it for this bike - at least that is my excuse). The tape will probably be changed out to flat black soon. As for the saddle, the bike came with a Retul fit that I haven't done yet, so that will determine where it ends up.

Thanks for the comments!
Not a bike that I find jaw dropping by any means but it is a nice bike. Saddle position and bar tape really bother me (you've already mentioned your reason for tape though). I'd recommend lizardskin 1.8 black race tape. Super comfortable without being thick, grippy as hell and looks great.
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Old 09-25-14, 07:32 AM
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Gorgeous Merlin.

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Old 09-25-14, 10:15 AM
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Gorgeous Merlin.

Although it's very nicely staged, its geometry is appealing and it appears to be assembled from individually attractive components (for the most part), on the whole I have to say 'Not.' Rim and frames are disproportionate to each other and inconsistently accented, and that has to be the most unsightly combination of crank arms chainwheels and pedals ever assembled. A fine bike, I'm sure; just not 'hot.'
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Old 09-28-14, 10:59 AM
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Finally added the finishing touch to my Colnago 30th Anniversary frame. H plus son TB14 rims on Novatec hubs.
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Old 09-28-14, 11:13 AM
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Although it's very nicely staged, its geometry is appealing and it appears to be assembled from individually attractive components (for the most part), on the whole I have to say 'Not.' Rim and frames are disproportionate to each other and inconsistently accented, and that has to be the most unsightly combination of crank arms chainwheels and pedals ever assembled. A fine bike, I'm sure; just not 'hot.'
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