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Old 08-27-15, 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by WheelsRolling
Okay, here's my Merlin Extralight (debadged) in its latest iteration.

Hot! how light is it?
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Old 08-27-15, 01:50 PM
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Originally Posted by sheepdog84
Hot! how light is it?
I've added a number of features that make it "not extra light" anymore. It's approximately 19 lbs now.
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Old 08-27-15, 02:34 PM
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Originally Posted by WheelsRolling
Okay, here's my Merlin Extralight (debadged) in its latest iteration.

Hot. If I saw this on the street I would gawk. You don't see many bikes that look just like this.
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Old 08-27-15, 02:42 PM
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Originally Posted by WheelsRolling

man this is good. it looks so "precise"

whats the pump you got on there? it matches perfectly and looks almost surgical
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Old 08-27-15, 03:29 PM
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Originally Posted by WheelsRolling
Okay, here's my Merlin Extralight (debadged) in its latest iteration.

Now that is hot....solid ride.
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Old 08-27-15, 06:05 PM
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The pump was custom built by Bruce Gordon Cycles. I bought two of them… Figured I'd never find anyone else to make a titanium frame pump ever again!
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Originally Posted by WheelsRolling
The pump was custom built by Bruce Gordon Cycles. I bought two of them… Figured I'd never find anyone else to make a titanium frame pump ever again!
What fork is that? Did you replace the original carbon fork with a steel one? Ti fork even?
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Originally Posted by WheelsRolling
The pump was custom built by Bruce Gordon Cycles. I bought two of them… Figured I'd never find anyone else to make a titanium frame pump ever again!
Someone here loves his bikes....
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Old 08-27-15, 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by link0
What fork is that? Did you replace the original carbon fork with a steel one? Ti fork even?
It's a custom titanium fork made by Ti Cycles Fabrication in Portland. They made the stem as well. It's obviously a quill stem, but it has a 31.8 mm handlebar clamp with removable faceplate to accept modern handlebars. Ti Cycles also retrofitted the S&S couplers.
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Old 08-27-15, 07:00 PM
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Originally Posted by WheelsRolling
It's a custom titanium fork made by Ti Cycles Fabrication in Portland. They made the stem as well. It's obviously a quill stem, but it has a 31.8 mm handlebar clamp with removable faceplate to accept modern handlebars. Ti Cycles also retrofitted the S&S couplers.
Love your Ti fork. Makes your bike very unique.

Here is my 2011 extralight

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Old 08-27-15, 08:02 PM
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Very nice! Not much has changed between 1993 and 2011.

You'll need pedals if you're planning to ride it...
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Old 08-27-15, 08:20 PM
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Originally Posted by WheelsRolling
Very nice! Not much has changed between 1993 and 2011.

You'll need pedals if you're planning to ride it...
Quite a few changes actually. The top tube became tappered and the seatstays became S-curved (viewed from the rear).
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Old 08-27-15, 08:32 PM
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True. Also, the head tube went from 1" to 1.125", the down tube cable stops were moved to the head tube, and it now uses a separate seatpost binder clamp. But, it does retain the level top tube, and the geometry looks the same to my eye.
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Old 08-27-15, 08:47 PM
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Originally Posted by WheelsRolling
Okay, here's my Merlin Extralight (debadged) in its latest iteration.

One aesthetic I'm learning I really like is blending retro with modern. Because of that this bike fires on all cylinders for me.
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Hot. Congrats!
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id definitely give that a hot.

will refrain from New and Improved™ nitpicking
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Originally Posted by lsberrios1
Another Giant, another hot bike!
Every day I'm more disappointed that my shop dropped them....
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Originally Posted by WheelsRolling
Okay, here's my Merlin Extralight (debadged) in its latest iteration.

10/10. Wow.
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Hot I love the seat post it really brings it all together.
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Originally Posted by wheelsrolling
okay, here's my merlin extralight (debadged) in its latest iteration.


oh.... My... God.... Hoooot!
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Old 09-17-15, 11:28 PM
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Thanks for all the positive responses! But... The Merlin is still not in it's final form. The next big change is top secret for now, but if it happens possibly by next spring, I'll repost the fully realized concept.
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Old 09-18-15, 11:47 AM
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Love the bike, hate the color..
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