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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 almost 10 years ago.

As of almost 10 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 almost 7 years ago

Nathap470

Nathap470 says:

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

Posted over 8 years ago

whipped_takara

whipped_takara says:

what a cool bike!

Posted almost 9 years ago

Ewwyou

Ewwyou says:

congrats on the sale Coomer

Posted almost 10 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 almost 10 years ago

Ewwyou

Ewwyou says:

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

Posted almost 10 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 almost 10 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 almost 10 years ago

Blokk

Blokk says:

love your parts, especially the flite carbon

Posted almost 10 years ago

Coomer

Coomer says:

Thanks!

Posted almost 10 years ago

yurinocc

yurinocc says:

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

Posted about 10 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 about 10 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 about 10 years ago

Ewwyou

Ewwyou says:

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

Posted about 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 years ago

tinj

tinj says:

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

Posted over 10 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 10 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 about 10 years ago