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Old 12-10-2014, 03:41 PM
Ruimteaapje Ruimteaapje is offline
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Merlin Extralight...

...painted

Frame: Merlin Extralight, 57cm, 1993, Wine Red (RAL 3005)

Fork/Headset: Ritchey Pro / Campagnolo Record

Crankset/Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo Chorus carbon UT 10sp cranks, 172.5mm, 53/39

Pedals: Speedplay X2 Stainless

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain: Campagnolo Veloce 10sp cassette, 12/25 / KMC 10SL

Derailleurs/Shifters: Campagnolo Record 10sp short cage / Campagnolo Chorus 10sp Ergopower

Handlebars/Stem: Scott Drop-in, 42 cm w/Brooks leather bar tape / Syntace F99, 105mm w/titanium bolts

Saddle/Seatpost: Brooks Cambium C17 / Campagnolo Chorus titanium

Brakes: Campagnolo Chorus Skeleton

Hubs/Rims/Spokes/Tires: Campagnolo Record / Mavic Open Pro Ceramic+ / DT Comp / Veloflex

Others: Elité Ciussi stainless steel bottle holders w/syntace titanium bolts






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Old 12-10-2014, 03:42 PM
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Can't see any of your pictures. It looks like you're linking directly to velospace images. Maybe try downloading them and attaching them to your post?
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Old 12-10-2014, 03:51 PM
Ruimteaapje Ruimteaapje is offline
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And two historical pics of the frame with its previous owner, first camouflaged as a Team Festina Rossin (Dutch National Championships 1993, then as a Team TVM Gazelle (Flèche Wallone 1995).



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Old 12-10-2014, 04:58 PM
buldogge buldogge is offline
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Welcome...Interesting frame and history!

I assume you are in A'Dam?

Do you have any other interesting Dutch frames to show us...Maybe some of the small producers we don't see in the states???

TIA
-Mark in St. Louis

'94 Vittorio Strada MAX
'95 Reus Criterium
'95 Batavus Pro (KNWU)
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Old 12-10-2014, 05:37 PM
Ruimteaapje Ruimteaapje is offline
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Amsterdam indeed. I've got an old Presto that is waiting for a rebuild and my ex-girl has a 650c RIH track bike. Here are some links (no pics just to stay on topic a little )

http://www.pedalroom.com/bike/rih-co...c-updated-2389
http://www.pedalroom.com/bike/presto-rapido-11406
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Old 12-10-2014, 06:00 PM
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Is that Steven Rooks in those pics? Sure looks like him.

Awesome looking bike. Paint job is superb!
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Old 12-10-2014, 06:29 PM
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That bike should last 'til hell freezes over. Very nice. -Jeff N.
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Old 12-10-2014, 06:39 PM
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wow this bike is awesome
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Old 12-10-2014, 06:45 PM
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That thing is spot on. The paint, group, wheels, post saddle, stem, and bars. I love it all.

I looked for some Scott or specalized bars for one of my bikes (for fun) but couldn't find a clean set at a price I was willing to pay.
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Old 12-10-2014, 07:20 PM
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Wow. As others have said, magnificent.
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Old 12-10-2014, 09:00 PM
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I really really like this bike.....beautiful and different....Well Done
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Old 12-10-2014, 09:34 PM
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Really like the painted frame. Black brakes maybe to match the group?

Being nitpicky but it's a great looking bike.
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Old 12-10-2014, 09:51 PM
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You painted a titanium frame? You sir, have class.
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Old 12-10-2014, 10:46 PM
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Really like the painted frame. Black brakes maybe to match the group?

Being nitpicky but it's a great looking bike.
No! Those do match the group. The aluminum is silver and the carbon is, well, carbon. It works great. The brakes match the headset, hubs, bars, post, spokes, and alloy derailler nuckles.
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Old 12-11-2014, 04:17 AM
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Is that Steven Rooks in those pics? Sure looks like him.

Awesome looking bike. Paint job is superb!
Well spotted, it's the 1988 TdF King of the Mountains. He purchased the frame early in 1993 in time for the Dutch national championships. His season with Team Festina was disappointing. He switched to Team TVM but despite his second national title in 1994 this was also disappointing and he ended his career in 1995. The Merlin Frame, already stripped of its sponsor colors, ended up in my local bike shop here in Amsterdam. I bought it in 2007 and in its first rendition I had it painted black and build it up as a full-on weightweenie bike (full Record, Storck Powerarms, Schmolke bars, ZG brakes, at some point a set of LW wheels) but in its current rendition I opted for classic looks.

Each summer I take it to the house in Burgundy, France, and last September it gave me as much fun as it did eight years ago. Decided to leave it there as it is no bike to use during the dutch autumn and winter, so I'll see it again next March for some more fun riding.



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