Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

Mercier Kilo TT Pictures

Old 06-04-07, 08:39 PM
  #1  
macncheese
Member
Thread Starter
 
macncheese's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 42
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Mercier Kilo TT Pictures


I recieved my 50cm Mercier Kilo TT today and snapped a bunch of pictures while I was assembling it. There seems to be a lot of information and misinformation scattered about so hopefully the pictures help answer any questions other peoples may have. There's a lot of talk about how cheap the majority of the components are but generally I'm skeptical of peoples opinions so hopefully the pictures let you make your own assesment. Click on the picture for more pictures.

I'm not a bike expert by any means but I do have a manufacturing background. The hubs look fairly rough to me but I'm not afraid to ride them. The stem sure doesnt get any style points but I think its funtional. Crankset seems fine. Pedals are eh. The chain is marked KMC. I've never had a roadbike so I'm not sure about the tires but they seem to be atleast made out of a tire type material. Now the handlebars and the saddle..... it blows my mind that raw materials were harvested from the earth to manufacture these items. I'm planning to replace both.

Front brake is going on tomorrow if i can figure it out. If there is a part you'd like to see, let me know and I'll snap a picture.

cheese

Last edited by macncheese; 01-25-08 at 10:50 AM.
macncheese is offline  
Old 06-04-07, 08:45 PM
  #2  
covpride
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 127
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Mine came in this past Friday, I got it in black. I've been riding it since I got it. I'm sure the components aren't the best. I'm 215 and it's holding up alright for now, 4 days and 27miles isn't really time to tell anything though. I'll see how it goes, put a break on today. Second day out, no brakes, and strapless/clipless pedals, going down a hill I was almost unable to slow down, but caught the pedals once and was okay. Learned out to slow down on the fly, may have been the best way. Went on a 10 mile ride today, didn't use the break, just have it for emergencies essentially. Anyway it's a entry level bike for sure. Geometry is tight, still getting use to the toe overlap. Wish I had done some more research, but glad to be riding. Already starting to plot my next bike. I may keep this even when I get another, it's so twitchie it'll always be fun to ride I think.
covpride is offline  
Old 06-04-07, 08:47 PM
  #3  
Rikardi151
redonkulous
 
Rikardi151's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: West Philly
Posts: 837

Bikes: 2001 GT GTB

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
There is NO possible way anyone could ever convince me those arent a great deal. how much are they again? like 350? They are classy bikes. If they sold those framesets alone I think they would make a killing. I suspect it woudl cost somewhere around the IRO LC's and we bought 400+ of those.

Def. the best fork on ANY budget complete bike.
Rikardi151 is offline  
Old 06-04-07, 08:52 PM
  #4  
mailer
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: gainesville
Posts: 214
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Rikardi151
There is NO possible way anyone could ever convince me those arent a great deal. how much are they again? like 350? They are classy bikes. If they sold those framesets alone I think they would make a killing. I suspect it woudl cost somewhere around the IRO LC's and we bought 400+ of those.

Def. the best fork on ANY budget complete bike.

spicer sells the frameset, just unbranded or sometimes the khs frameset (same frame, but the fork is threadless)
mailer is offline  
Old 06-04-07, 09:00 PM
  #5  
ryanday
The Cat's Meow
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 322
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
That's the same crankset that comes on the Rush Hour.
ryanday is offline  
Old 06-04-07, 09:06 PM
  #6  
SingleSpeeDemon
Team Sohoku
 
SingleSpeeDemon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Not where I want to be.
Posts: 2,005

Bikes: BMC, Cannondale, '87 Nishiki Modulus, 3Rensho Keirin

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
not bad for the money...I'd seriously consider one.
SingleSpeeDemon is offline  
Old 06-04-07, 09:16 PM
  #7  
str8flexed
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Charleston, SC
Posts: 672
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Wow, that green looks nice, I haven't seen one of those yet (just the black). I might have to get one. You think they will be the same price in a couple of months from bikesdirect? (has it always been $350?)

Also, those handlebars on there aren't the stock ones right? Did you put your own cog on there as well?
str8flexed is offline  
Old 06-04-07, 09:56 PM
  #8  
macncheese
Member
Thread Starter
 
macncheese's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 42
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Yeah Im pretty happy with the color. It'd be better with fewer decals. It's weird that some are very vintage and some are sorta modern.

The bike is 100% stock as pictured. Those are the stock bars and the stock cog. The bars come already wrapped. I believe its a cork wrap.
macncheese is offline  
Old 06-04-07, 10:03 PM
  #9  
zelah
Banned
 
zelah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Portland
Posts: 2,536

Bikes: Mercier Kilo TT

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
my frame is still going strong two years later
zelah is offline  
Old 06-04-07, 10:33 PM
  #10  
stbtra
Senior Member
 
stbtra's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: SF
Posts: 136

Bikes: two wheeled pedal cycle

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
post more pics
ERM nm clicked the picture
stbtra is offline  
Old 06-04-07, 11:44 PM
  #11  
huerro
Villainous
 
huerro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Austin
Posts: 1,894

Bikes: Trek 420, Cyclops

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I ordered one last week and can't wait to get it (mostly because I already sold my conversion and have been riding around on gears for a week, oh the humanity).

I think I'm driving my gf crazy asking everyday "Do you think it will come today?"

I like the green, not as bright as I expected, but the black will be fine for me.
huerro is offline  
Old 06-04-07, 11:47 PM
  #12  
Morgie
Senior Member
 
Morgie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Cambridge, MA
Posts: 777
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
nice pics, nice bike, nice car...
Morgie is offline  
Old 06-05-07, 07:55 AM
  #13  
fatbot
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 45
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Did this come with brakes, as your photoset suggests?
fatbot is offline  
Old 06-05-07, 08:04 AM
  #14  
covpride
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 127
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
No brakes on this bike, is drilled for front and back.
covpride is offline  
Old 06-05-07, 08:28 AM
  #15  
piwonka
park ranger
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: mars
Posts: 1,794

Bikes: recumbents

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by huerro
I ordered one last week and can't wait to get it (mostly because I already sold my conversion and have been riding around on gears for a week, oh the humanity).

I think I'm driving my gf crazy asking everyday "Do you think it will come today?"

I like the green, not as bright as I expected, but the black will be fine for me.
where is the stratos?
do you lock up for long periods or something?
piwonka is offline  
Old 06-05-07, 09:07 AM
  #16  
macncheese
Member
Thread Starter
 
macncheese's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 42
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I forgot I also uploaded pictures of the brakes. The brakes were not included.

I purchased them seperately from Bike Island, a sponsor of bikeforums, for 39 bucks. Came with two calipers, R200A levers and cables and lots of little clips and ferrules that I'm not sure what do with. I think they're just extras for bikes with the sections of bare cable?
macncheese is offline  
Old 06-05-07, 09:16 AM
  #17  
Rikardi151
redonkulous
 
Rikardi151's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: West Philly
Posts: 837

Bikes: 2001 GT GTB

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by macncheese
I purchased them seperately from Bike Island, a sponsor of bikeforums, for 39 bucks. Came with two calipers, R200A levers and cables and lots of little clips and ferrules that I'm not sure what do with. I think they're just extras for bikes with the sections of bare cable?
Just saw that on their site... that is also a REALLY good deal!
Rikardi151 is offline  
Old 06-05-07, 11:08 AM
  #18  
huerro
Villainous
 
huerro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Austin
Posts: 1,894

Bikes: Trek 420, Cyclops

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by piwonka
where is the stratos?
do you lock up for long periods or something?
I'd guess I'm not who you think I am, but yes, when I ride to work I lock up outside for long times and my road bike is built up with lots of expensive (for me) quick release bits that I am very uncomfortable leaving unattended outside.
huerro is offline  
Old 06-05-07, 12:16 PM
  #19  
bonechilling
Run What 'Ya Brung
 
bonechilling's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 5,694
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Rikardi151
There is NO possible way anyone could ever convince me those arent a great deal. how much are they again? like 350? They are classy bikes. If they sold those framesets alone I think they would make a killing. I suspect it woudl cost somewhere around the IRO LC's and we bought 400+ of those.

Def. the best fork on ANY budget complete bike.
Agreed 100%. Reynolds 520 is their out-sourced 4130 steel,
so if this frame is just the standard double-butted Maxway
frameset (which we have every reason to believe it is), then
it's basically the exact same frame as the rest of the budget
bike market out there. So compare it to the rest of the field,
and it just blows the competition away. Plus this bike gets
bonus point for the beautiful lugged fork.

If I weren't waiting on my fancy special IRO with Dedacciai
tubing, I would probably buy one of these bikes for myself.
bonechilling is offline  
Old 06-05-07, 12:25 PM
  #20  
gregtheripper
i am batman
 
gregtheripper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 561
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
i'm thinking about buying one anyways because of the geometry. not sure if i can really have another bike though, heh.
gregtheripper is offline  
Old 06-05-07, 01:15 PM
  #21  
Landgolier
THIS SPACE FOR RENT
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 2,849
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Does the new run of the mercier frames still have the rack mounts on the seat stays? I lust after these.
Landgolier is offline  
Old 06-05-07, 01:25 PM
  #22  
macncheese
Member
Thread Starter
 
macncheese's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 42
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Landgolier
Does the new run of the mercier frames still have the rack mounts on the seat stays? I lust after these.

Yup and here's some photographic evidence so you don't have to take my word for it.
macncheese is offline  
Old 06-05-07, 01:26 PM
  #23  
jet sanchEz
Senior Member
 
jet sanchEz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 8,544
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 592 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks for this post and the effort that you put into taking the pics. I've had a few questions about the TT in the past (were the eyelets threaded, what is the tire clearance, what are the welds like) and your photos answered them, thanks again.

Do you think you could do us a favour and take a complete side-shot of the bike up against something white? Your garage door probably works nicely. I too think that this is a screaming deal and if I didn't already have a GTB, I would scoop this baby up; in fact, I think my gold deep-Vs would look damn nice on that green frame...hrm.....
jet sanchEz is offline  
Old 06-05-07, 01:28 PM
  #24  
Landgolier
THIS SPACE FOR RENT
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 2,849
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
oops, missed that pic, thanks.
Landgolier is offline  
Old 06-05-07, 01:30 PM
  #25  
bikesdirect_com
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,605
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Landgolier
Does the new run of the mercier frames still have the rack mounts on the seat stays? I lust after these.
yes
rack braze-ons and eyelets

I am starting to do that on more and more bikes; in case gas jumps to $5 or $6 and we get a bunch of commuter requests

my attitude is - what does it hurt -- and rack braze-ons and eyelets can be very useful
bikesdirect_com is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.