I cant believe there's not a Merlin thread...
Anyway, here's mine - bad picture, hopefully more up later...
its a mix of
centaur 10 - shifters & rd
athena 11 - crankset
chorus 11 - FD
planet x superlight brakeset
angry, we meet again.
i've posted this before, but here goes again :)
The only thing I have left of this one are some great memories and the for sale pics.
A buddy's bike.
Unfortunately, it hardly gets used these days. He now lives in Chicago and the conditions are really not favorable for riding. His time there is up in a year or so - hopefully then he'll move to greener pastures and get back on the bike.
My 1996 Merlin is my favorite bike.
Not much on here for merlins. Here's one I picked up as a shop demo out of cycles Bikyle. I think he still has one left that is not painted.
Seems like there wasn't much love in the public opinion for these CR works frames after merlin was aquired by ABC or something? Anyhow, I conferred with Tom Kellogg before buying this and he spoke highly of the design and construction. One of the last great 'production' Ti bikes he said. Most of what you get now from a custom builder like himself will not differ much other than aesthetic choices and custom sizing. The seamless tubes on these are butted, swagged and shaped to generate the best ride out of the given sizes.
Currently built with ultegra and shod with a set of nemesis/dura ace wheels it is a magic carpet ride. I guess we're all still waiting for Brendan at CC to re-launch the marque...