Merlin Metalworks Inc. Cielo Dura Ace 10 Road Bike

DESCRIPTION

Frame Material: 3Al/2.5V titanium/carbon fiber composite
Frame Angles: 73.5 head, 73.5 seat
Sizes: 49cm, 51cm, 53cm, 54cm, 55cm, 56cm, 57cm, 58cm, 59cm, 61cm
Colors: Polished
Fork: Reynolds Ouzo Pro
Rear Shock: Unspecified
Brake Levers: Shimano Dura-Ace STI Dual Control
Handlebar: ITM Millennium SO
Stem: ITM Millennium SO
Headset: 1 1/8" integrated Cane Creek
Front Der: Shimano Dura-Ace
Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace, 39/53 teeth
Rear Der: Shimano Dura-Ace SS
Pedals: Unspecified
Tires: 700 x 23c Vittoria Rubino Pro

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 15, 2010]
JDM ATL
Road Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Road dampening without any compromise in power transfer. Corners like on rails. Stunning looks.

Weakness:

Cost, but if cycling is important to you and you have the cash - worth whatever is asked for it.

There is only one word to describe the ride of this frame - WOW! Bought this on a whim from a guy on craig's list. Frame only, slight crack on top tube - unknown if structural. Sent to Calfee Design and appox. $400 and six weeks later the frame is back with a minor repair and completely new clear coat of all carbon tubes. Looks brand new. Intalled dura ace 7900 and Edge wheel set aand fork (2.0)and I have the best bang I've ever gotten for my buck! The ride is not comparable to anything (includine other high end ti and carbon frames) I've ever ridden - plush where you want and stiff where it needs to be.

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Litespeed Ultimate, Pinarrelo Prince, Seven Axiom

[Apr 10, 2009]
Anonymous
Road Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great ride, dampens uneven surfaces, stiff bottom bracket, climbs excellently, super looking welds, and beautiful frame. Great warranty (life time warranty to original purchaser) and customer service.

Weakness:

None........other than price

The review is for the 2009 Cielo which has a CF top tube section and CF down tube section. This bike was warranty replacement/upgrade of a 1996 Merlin Extralight, which developed a crack originating at the seat tube bottom bracket joint on the crank side and the crack moved up and aft 1/4 way around the seat tube. Compared to the extralight the ride is smoother on uneven surfaces, and the bottom bracket is stiffer, probably due to the 1 1/8" tubes vs the 1" tubes used on the '96 extralight. Customer service from Merlin (American Bicycle Group) was excellent, from the time I contacted Merlin to the time I was riding the "replacement" the whole process was 2 1/2 weeks.

Similar Products Used:

1996 Merlin Extralight

[Jul 15, 2005]
Anonymous
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Beautiful frame, incredible workmanship. Fast and stable.

Weakness:

Honestly can't think of any. Perhaps cost, but this level of quality cannot be cheap.

It bogles my mind that few people seem to ride this bike. I guess it is the price. The Cielo is the finest riding bike I have ever ridden. Fast, comfortable, predictable, precise...and georgeous.

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Litspeed Ultimate Litespeed Natchez

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