Merlin Metalworks Inc. Extralight Dura Ace 9 Road Bike

DESCRIPTION

Frame Material: 3Al/2.5V titanium
Frame Angles: 73.5 head, 73.5 seat
Sizes: 45cm, 47cm, 63cm, 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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[May 24, 2012]
John
Commuter

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Absolutely incredible ride! The most comfortable bike I have ever owned! Have ridden aluminum, steel & carbon and nothing compares to Ti! Stiff when your out of the saddle or climbing, absorbs vibrations like a sponge and the frame will be around long after I am gone!!! LOL

Weakness:

I bought this from a friend who bought it new in '89 and got a screaming deal. If you buy one new they are pricey, but like one of the other reviews said you will own it forever so in my book it's worth it. You won't be dissapointed!

I would recommend this bike to anyone that puts in any significant miles or races. It handles rock solid without being twitchy. Have done 60 mph on descents and it is solid & stable, no high speed wobbles. Turns nice & tight during crits or such. Can't say enough about the ride. Rode & raced a Cannondale 3.0 frame and I could flex the bottom bracket on that bad boy enough to rub the chain occasionally and they are supposed to be way stiff. It buzzed and picked up every little tiny nick in the road. Anyhow the Merlin is stiff when climbing, has never rubbed the chain and is so much more comfortable and supple it's amazing. Also had a glued together carbon bike and the Merlin is smoother than that too. It's been the best bike I have ever owned! I will have it forever!! The only bike I have ever ridden that compares was a buddies Litespeed Titanium. His was 15+ years newer too! LOL

Similar Products Used:

'89 Cannondale 3.0 criterium frame road bike, '90 Specialized Carbon Allez

[Jan 29, 2009]
fast ferd
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Smooth as silk. Lively when climbing or sprinting. No corrosion. Easy to keep clean.

Weakness:

One pound heavier than my Kestrel 200sci. Costly when bought new. The decals seem to disintegrate for no good reason.

Surprisingly nice ride. Good for long days in the saddle. I got lucky finding this on eBay, but generally don't expect the same luck. Most riders keep their Merlin forever and the last forever.

Similar Products Used:

Kestrel 200sci, Kestrel Evoke, Raleigh Pro ('73), DiBernardi track bike

[Aug 13, 2008]
buccwwylld
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

smooth smooth smooth,handles great,flies when you have to drop the hammer,absorbs road vibration like a sponge

Weakness:

intial cost

this by for the best bike i ever owned,handles like a dream,have owned steel,aluminum,and carbon,but ti is the best

Similar Products Used:

ross steel frame,reliegh supercourse,origin8

[Apr 20, 2004]
Anonymous
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Ride quality is Phenomenal!! Power transfer is increased through 1" stays while retaining incredible sense of liveliness!! Titanium does not rust (I have destroyed steel and aluminum frames with my sweat).

Weakness:

Initially expensive, but if you amortize it over the many happy years you will be riding it, it becomes an incredible deal!

I have owned a Dure-ace equipped Spectrum titanium bicycle since 1989, and swore that I would be buried with this bike. I discovered a small crack in the top tube 2 weeks ago and contacted Tom Kellogg (Designer and frame builder for Merlin bicycles) about having it repaired. He informed me that he would be happy to fix the frame (covered under warranty) but that it would take 10 weeks due to their backlog of work. I needed a bicycle in the meantime and have always been curious about the Extralite. I pruchased and received the frameset with FSA bottom bracket and compact cranks last week and swiched over my componetry from my Spectrum, which included recently upgraded Reynolds ouza pro carbon forks, STI 9-speed set-up and Velomax Circuit wheels. I have ridden the bike 3 times since completion of the switch-over, and am absolutely blown away at the difference in ride quality and climbing/sprinting characteristics! The forks are integraded with 1 1/8" steerer which feels a bit stiffer than my Spectrum w/ 1" steerer did, but the overall ride is so much smoother and more lively! The 1" chain stays really increase power transfer while keeping the bicycle tracking like an arrow! It appears that I will be buried with a different bicycle than my beloved Spectrum!

Similar Products Used:

Spectrum Titanium since 1989.

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