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De Rosa Merak Build

Old 11-18-10, 08:54 PM
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De Rosa Merak Build

Just built, internal routing for the der. cables into the head tube is a little cumbersome, need to sort it out. Other than that, went together pretty easily. Campy S/R.
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Old 11-18-10, 08:55 PM
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Pretty.

Your photo is all wrong.
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Old 11-18-10, 09:13 PM
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Because it's from the non-drive side? I like the view better from that side, shows more of the frame.

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Small ring. Cranks. Valve stems.


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Looks good, but a drive side picture would be nice. That way we can see the components a little better.
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Old 11-18-10, 09:31 PM
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Okay, here you go. No tape, & I think I still have some "alignment" issues
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You're getting there.
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You're right! You CAN see more frame!! You can see more bottle cage too!!

YOU'VE SAVED US!!
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Very nice! Good color coordinaton!!
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Sorry for the late bump - pretty bike. I am pondering a Merak and wonder if you can provide some info on your build.

Can you tell me what size frame that is, what the saddle height is (centre of bottom bracket to top of saddle) and what your height and inseam are? Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
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Nice!
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Because it's from the non-drive side? I like the view better from that side, shows more of the frame.
gotta play by the rules, death- dismemberment may follow otherwise. nice bike.
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Old 02-20-11, 10:55 AM
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Niiice.

Just in case you didn't spend enough, you can add these wheels:

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Originally Posted by mahons View Post
Sorry for the late bump - pretty bike. I am pondering a Merak and wonder if you can provide some info on your build.

Can you tell me what size frame that is, what the saddle height is (centre of bottom bracket to top of saddle) and what your height and inseam are? Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
Frame size is 66.5, top tube length is 54.5. My inseam is about 31.5". Saddle height is 73cm from center of BB to top of saddle. I had to cut the seat mast 2.5 cm.
I suggest going by the top tube length you need, and fitting it from there.
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Originally Posted by achoo View Post
Niiice.

Just in case you didn't spend enough, you can add these wheels:

Those are nice, and would look great on the bike, but to spend the extra $1k or so & only save a little weight, and small aero advantage isn't worth it to me.
For everyday wheels I'm not a big fan of carbon wheels, too many unknown hazards on the roads I ride, plus the tubeless tire option has been the best for me the last few years.
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Beautiful Merak, great job.
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Niiice.

Just in case you didn't spend enough, you can add these wheels:

Incorrect:
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Originally Posted by DanMartin View Post
Okay, here you go. No tape, & I think I still have some "alignment" issues
Lol, sorry in advance. No bar tape. Split the rear triangle with the foreground crank. Highlight in the foreground is distracting.
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Old 02-20-11, 09:45 PM
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great looking bike. either those fulcrums or the boras would look ridiculously good on it.
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Nice bike!

Somehow I missed this the first time it showed up. Too bad you went with that nasty ol' cheap Super Record stuff!
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Nice bike, how was the ride? any problem with the ISP?

don't worry I am not going to go all photo nazi about it.
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Originally Posted by DanMartin View Post
Frame size is 66.5, top tube length is 54.5. My inseam is about 31.5". Saddle height is 73cm from center of BB to top of saddle. I had to cut the seat mast 2.5 cm.
I suggest going by the top tube length you need, and fitting it from there.
Thanks for your quick reply. Is there anything about the bike that you don't like? Looks great and is firming as a candidate for my next purchase.
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Old 02-21-11, 10:08 AM
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Originally Posted by iam7head View Post
Nice bike, how was the ride? any problem with the ISP?

don't worry I am not going to go all photo nazi about it.
Ride is great, very stiff & direct. Rough roads or real long rides would probably be uncomfortable, but I usually only go 3 hours max these days.
I left the ISP cut & instal to a professional who has done them before, and had a guide. Drilling through the seat mast sort of blind leaves no room for error, he took his time, measured several times, and got it right.
No slippage at all with the post.
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Old 02-21-11, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by mahons View Post
Thanks for your quick reply. Is there anything about the bike that you don't like? Looks great and is firming as a candidate for my next purchase.
The only issue I have had is the internal shift cables through the head tube. They only go through the head tube, and then come out & are open all the way down the downtube.
Ferrules weren't provided, and the shop/distributor said to use 4mm housing without ferrules into the head tube eyelets. Campy housing is 4mm, so that seemed strange.
The shifting works fine at first install, but after a few days it needs to be adjusted, it will shift fine, but just hangs up on the cog. I thought it was cable stretch at first, but it wouldn't go away.
On the advice of a longtime bike mechanic/aircraft engineer who owns a machine shop I had my mechanic install barrel adjusters at the eyelets as a stop, he felt the housing and cable was floating around causing the problem.
So far so good, but it's only been a couple rides so far, we'll see how it goes.
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Incorrect:
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