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Merlin Titanium Road

This is my first proper road bike build, and I really love it. This bike is so fast but still comfortable over rough terrain.

Frame:
Merlin Titanium (3Al/2.5V)

Fork/Headset:
Carbon fork, King headset

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Dura-Ace FC-7700/BB-7700

Pedals:
Time Atac

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
Dura-Ace 7700 (9-speed)

Derailleurs/Shifters:
Dura-Ace 7700 (9-speed)

Handlebars/Stem:
ITM handlebars, Vision stem

Saddle/Seatpost:
Selle Italia Flite TT saddle, Thomson seatpost

Brakes:
Dura-Ace 7700

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Mavic Cosmic Carbone SL, Vittoria Corsa Evo CX tire

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Mavic Cosmic Elite, Continental Grand Prix tire

Bike History

Click a link below to see past stages of this bike.

  1. Initial
  2. Mavic Cosmic-Equipped

Current Stage Info:

Upgraded to a pieced-together Mavic wheelset. Much stiffer-feeling wheels, which I enjoy a lot more.

Added by Coomer. Last updated about 6 years ago.

As of about 6 years ago, Coomer has indicated that they no longer own this bike.

22 Comments

chrughes

chrughes says:

Great bike. I'm curious where you got the replacement decals. I'm building up a '92 and can't find the 'Tom Kellog' chain stay decal. The others are available on Velocal.

Posted over 3 years ago

Nathap470

Nathap470 says:

This is the exact build plan for my old lemond im building, sweet!

Posted almost 5 years ago

whipped_takara

whipped_takara says:

what a cool bike!

Posted about 5 years ago

Ewwyou

Ewwyou says:

congrats on the sale Coomer

Posted about 6 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

Thanks! It will be missed, but ultimately I'd like something with a bit shorter of a top tube.

Posted about 6 years ago

Ewwyou

Ewwyou says:

Yea I can tell by your fit. Something about 2cm shorter huh?

Posted about 6 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

Yep! I've got a new project frame that's exactly 2cm shorter that I'm excited to build up at some point. True Temper Velo tubing! :-)

Posted about 6 years ago

Ewwyou

Ewwyou says:

Ahhh! I want some nice steel road! I'm friends with John Beullens of Kinfolk so hopefully we're working on something soon.
PICS up yet?

Posted about 6 years ago

Blokk

Blokk says:

love your parts, especially the flite carbon

Posted over 6 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

Thanks!

Posted over 6 years ago

yurinocc

yurinocc says:

titanium frame? wow!., how does it feel? is it good?

Posted over 6 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

Feels awesome, it's nice and solid underneath me and feels stiff when sprinting, yet soaks up bumps in the road really well.

Posted over 6 years ago

budhai

budhai says:

lovely build, i've always wanted gumwall tires but you're build made me go out and get bluewall instead.

Posted over 6 years ago

Ewwyou

Ewwyou says:

proper! ahhh i love love love those flite tt's!

Posted over 6 years ago

sloman

sloman says:

And a right proper road bike it is! Haven't seen many painted Merlins but then again there was a purple Bianchi on here a few days ago(shudder) lol. Enjoy

Posted over 6 years ago

faz

faz says:

Wohoo! Nicely built Coomer. Great lighting for those photos too! Congrats! Let me know how does it ride..

Posted over 6 years ago

seriousedward

seriousedward says:

Woah I like this a lot! Very unique colour, and the blue tyres are a nice touch. Nice bike you have there.

Posted over 6 years ago

quixoticle

quixoticle says:

This is a stunning slightly retro roadie! How do you like the 7700 group? I'm currently fitting one on my Klein. Do those wheels need truing like every 5 mins?

Posted over 6 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

Thanks! I like the 7700 group a lot, it shifts well and seems to take the abuse I put on it just fine. I haven't had any issues with the wheels yet, but I also haven't ridden this bike a ton yet. If they end up not holding up well I'll probably switch to something more durable.

Posted over 6 years ago

tinj

tinj says:

Haven't seen many painted Merlin frames, definitely like the yellow over raw Ti, cool build!

Posted over 6 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

Thanks! Yeah, I hadn't seen many painted Merlins either. I think the previous owner had it painted, as there's also various stickers under the clear coat.

Posted over 6 years ago

Ruimteaapje

Ruimteaapje says:

The previous owner was also a lot taller I guess, that bike is way to big for you given the length of the stem and the position of the saddle

Posted over 6 years ago