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Old 04-08-09, 01:38 PM
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Generic Carbon TT bike

Anybody familiar with these? They look similar to the Pedal Force TT2, but not exactly the same. It's available several places on Ebay, but always in a 54cm top tube.


I'm tempted, but concerned about fit, and the quality of the bike.

I noticced on the review of the pedal force, the guy says he's 6'3" and the 54.5 top tube fits him which sounds like a stretch.

So anybody bought one, and if so how tall are you?



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I can't comment exactly on the TT bike, but I've got the track version of this frame and fork. I'm 6'3" and am using the largest size they make which is the 57.5 top tube.

I've got a +15deg Thomson 120mm stem on it, and it fits nice for sprint and mass start racing. I'm struggling to find a pursuit position on it I'm comfortable with. Though to be fair I've only spent a couple of hours on it (dialing a TT position).

I can't imagine running a smaller top tube and getting anything resembling a fit.

Past that the frame is nice, its stiff and tight in mass start racing. It's the earlier version without the ISP and others (and me) have had issues with post slippage. They've obviously addressed that via the ISP.
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Merlin deserves a Cervelo IMHO.
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Having just received a 10% percent pay cut, no Cervelos in my immediate future.
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Looks nice, I doubt you can go wrong with this. Could be as good as Cervelo, you never know.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
Having just received a 10% percent pay cut, no Cervelos in my immediate future.
Well, you could just get the P3 instead of the P4...
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Also, its a bike that's going to get used in about 3 events a year.

The TT stage of a few stage races, or Omniums. And an off season Triathlon perhaps. So I can't justify spending significant money.

My thought process is that if I can get a new frame that is at least equal tomy Griffen, at not much more cost than repairing the Griffen (see previous thread) then it might make sense. So my budget for the frame is definitely sub $1000.
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I have no input on this frame, but let me know if you're going to toss the Griffen.
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Merlin, are you sure Griffen went out of business? Their website still works.
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I recently bought a Cervelo P2-SL TT bike with full Ultegra for $1400. It is a great bike for a few races per year. In fact, it is so fast and confortable that I have been riding it more than my Cervelo R3 this spring.

My LBS still has a couple 2007 and 2008 models in stock in 54cm - brand new. This is a much safer buy that an no-name Ebay frame. They might even be willing to deal (free shipping, etc,).

http://penncycle.com/page.cfm?pageID=396
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Originally Posted by sideshow_bob View Post
I can't comment exactly on the TT bike, but I've got the track version of this frame and fork. I'm 6'3" and am using the largest size they make which is the 57.5 top tube.
Where did you find the track version?
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Old 04-08-09, 10:18 PM
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Mystery frame on eBay? How's your dental insurance?
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
Anybody familiar with these? They look similar to the Pedal Force TT2, but not exactly the same. It's available several places on Ebay, but always in a 54cm top tube.


I'm tempted, but concerned about fit, and the quality of the bike.

I noticced on the review of the pedal force, the guy says he's 6'3" and the 54.5 top tube fits him which sounds like a stretch.

So anybody bought one, and if so how tall are you?
Yeah, the TT2 has different dropouts and seatpost arrangement.Having said that...
I'm curious about these as well , especially regarding actual delivery of these. Since there are so many being sold of the exact frame, in the same size, and all in HK...heck, even some of the auction descriptions are the same . These fit me quite well based on the geo numbers they post, but again, I'm curious as to any actual people that have ordered them (besides the track version).

Pictures anyone?
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Originally Posted by Gluteus View Post
Merlin, are you sure Griffen went out of business? Their website still works.

I sent an email to one address, got a woman named Beth, that said she was no longer with the Company, and that the owners were trying to sell it, but she didn't know the status.

Called the phone number on the website again got Beth.

Sent an email to the only other address I saw on the website, and got no reply. So functionally they appear to not be operational.

I doubt there's much of a market for $3500 frames made out of a fancy aluminum alloy, when you consider what $3500 buys in carbon, so I'm betting their efforts to sell or restructure have or will come up empty.
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I went back and looked at the website. It looks like there's been some changes since I looked at it last, so I'm sending another email.

But the lack of a phone number on the website now makes me suspicious.
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ok, I'm pretty sure Griffen's dead.

A full business day and no response to the latest email. Given my interctions with "Beth" and no responses for a month to my other email,I'm pretty confident they're toast.
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Merlin you may want to drop Patrick (Neo Group Buy) a PM or email...he was having a very similar frame done for his Neo brand...there was a photo but I can't find it now...I do remember the same headtube shape though (that pointy thing reminded me of it).
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if thats the frame i think it is... and ive too seen the generic track frame pleny of times at the velodrome.. i believe that generic frame is a CYTEX frame..... and that thing is heavy as bricks... the carbon weave finish doesnt really appeal to me much in person... but this bike is super heavy and seems very very solid.... (i am speaking on behalf of its track counter part... but im sure the TT frame shares similar build qualities)
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if thats the frame i think it is... and ive too seen the generic track frame pleny of times at the velodrome.. i believe that generic frame is a CYTEX frame..... and that thing is heavy as bricks... the carbon weave finish doesnt really appeal to me much in person... but this bike is super heavy and seems very very solid.... (i am speaking on behalf of its track counter part... but im sure the TT frame shares similar build qualities)
Spec says "1250g frame"
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Maybe a dumb question, but have you contacted the eBay sellers to see if they have or can get other sizes? They may be pinching pennies by only listing one size instead of starting auctions for the same bike, in various different sizes.

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Did you see the TT2 package deal? frame, fork, components and Reynolds carbon clinchers plus PT for about $4K.
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