Merlin Metalworks Inc. Agilis Dura-Ace 2003 Road Bike

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[Jan 31, 2004]
abradlow
Road Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Speed- Very fast acceleration and great climbing bike. Chainstays are super stiff, almost no flex in the BB and this is a compact frame which again adds stiffness. Looks- this is one tough looking bike, I get an awful lot of compliments about this bike. Maintainance- so easy, spray with simple green, hose down, dry and lube. For those up north Titanium will never corrode or rust, a Merlin is a bike for life. For a compact frame this bike rides very smooth, the hourglass design seat stays help smooth the ride plus I have carbon post and handlebar.

Weakness:

Not really a weakness but next Merlin I get I'll order without an integrated headset so I can put on a Titanium Chris King headset but since King headsets require machining to fit into an integrated head tube design i went with cane creek is-6, no problems with it at all but it's not a king.

I purchased this bike from Mike Ward at Flatlands Mountain Bikes in Tampa Florida (813-901-9000) on his recommendation. I had bought a Marin from Mike that was great but I was riding 200-250 miles a week and I wanted to upgrade to a high end bike that would be easy to maintain. The Titanium finish is great, to detail you use metal polish or lemon pledge, if you get a scratch you just lightly buff it out with superfine steelwool or very fine scoth brite. My bike has American Classic aero wheels and full dura-ace 9 speed group. I have ridden this bike in 5 century rides and 2 double century's and it is extremely comfy. Bike weighs in around 16.5 lbs so climbing is easy. I highly recommend any Merlin product and my Merlin dealer is outstanding, buy one from him and he'll ship it and you save the sales tax!

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