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Old 07-28-2017, 01:51 PM
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Merlin Works TR 6/4Ti

Just as I sold my 63cm (59.5TT) Extralight, I found this 59cm (57.5TT) replacement that'd give me the opportunity to try a small-side frame while still getting the Merlin geometry and race-oriented ride. If it doesn't work, I'm just going to N=1 w the Moots and be done with it. If it does, this will be my racing/training bike to keep the Moots from being overly thrashed. That's the idea anyway...



Deposit down. Delivery next weekend. So long as I haven't jinxed it..

It'll probably get the DA9000 planned for the wife's Moots surprise (which is looking iffy), or maybe R8000. Deda finishing kit. And the Vision 40 tubs I picked up earlier this week. Maybe repaint the spare Moots fork I have and put that on there, or ??? Then a Spesh Power Pro to help me get low. Acetone will also be my friend - one or two decals are plenty..

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Old 07-28-2017, 03:43 PM
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So... the experiment continues! You found something a little shorter in the TT and lower up front?
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Old 07-28-2017, 04:46 PM
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So... the experiment continues! You found something a little shorter in the TT and lower up front?

Exactly. Basically same as my Extralight but smaller, and a few tubing and manipulation differences.
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:36 AM
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One big medieval mess!



Have it in hand and am starting to tinker..

Here's what it came with:

Merlin Works TR 6/4ti Frame
Ritchey Pro Carbon Fork
Chris King Headset
Ritchey WCS 4-Axis 120 stem
Easton EC70 Bars
Lizard Skins DSP Tape (newish)
Ritchey Pro Carbon Post
Flite Ti Gel Saddle (VGC)
King Ti Polished Cages
Campy Chorus 10 Compact Group (CC chain is under 0.5 on Park Tool - good sign; shifters are crisp and smooth)
Campy Record Hubs 32H to Open Pro rims (moderate mileage, smooth and straight - missing rear Campy skewer)
Mismatched tires.
CrankBros Pedals

The frame appears to be in flawless condition.

Plan is to mount up post/stem/saddle/bar I'd be using and give it a good ride to see how the fit feels - this is a 57.5TT and a much lower front end. Will probably pop my spare Moots fork on there too and my Neutron Ultras to give it a fair shake.

If the fit is good, next step is a full strip and rebuild with DA9000 or R8000. And it'd get the HED Jet 6+ wheels..

I could also go back to Campy on this and the Moots.
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Old 08-07-2017, 08:28 PM
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Will probably pop my spare Moots fork on there too and my Neutron Ultras to give it a fair shake.

If the fit is good, next step is a full strip and rebuild with DA9000 or R8000. And it'd get the HED Jet 6+ wheels..

I could also go back to Campy on this and the Moots.
Moots fork and Neutrons ... YES !!!!!!!!!!!!

DA9000 or R8000 ... NO !!!!!!!

go back to Campy... YES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Also, keep acetone as far away from this beautiful frame as possible !!!!
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Old 08-07-2017, 08:53 PM
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Also, keep acetone as far away from this beautiful frame as possible !!!!
Acetone won't harm the Ti itself. It will just dissolve the decals.
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Old 08-07-2017, 08:58 PM
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First ride was a lemon run for the wifey..

Damn this thing feels quick and lively under foot! I need to play with position a bit, but I think it's workable pretty much as is.











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Nice. I like the headtube and bottom bracket pantographing. Those seat stays are really cool too.


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Old 08-08-2017, 11:46 PM
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Nice. I like the headtube and bottom bracket pantographing. Those seat stays are really cool too.


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The manipulation on the chain-stays is pretty sweet too. And all the machining of the dropouts...
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Old 08-19-2017, 06:11 PM
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I'd say it looks a fair bit better all stripped and polished. Amazing what a little acetone and grey Scotch-Brite can accomplish in an hour.

I did keep one sticker though...

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Old 08-19-2017, 08:15 PM
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Also, keep acetone as far away from this beautiful frame as possible !!!!
Umm, ... I'm glad you like the results.
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Old 08-20-2017, 12:13 AM
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Umm, ... I'm glad you like the results.

Ha ha. It's a work in progress, but yeah, I might miss having www.merlin.com on there...

I'm thinking I'll get a single downtube decal similar to what Rchman did on his Litespeed. Either pink or light blue.



It's getting a DA9K group with Belgium C2 on DA hubs, gumwalls, and blacked out finishing kit...then maybe some low-profile / skinny tubs down the road.

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Old 08-20-2017, 09:30 AM
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I pretty sure I have the stock sticker kit if you're interested.
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Old 08-20-2017, 11:21 AM
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I'm thinking I'll get a single downtube decal similar to what Rchman did on his Litespeed. Either pink or light blue.
Nice understated choice!
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Old 08-26-2017, 09:25 PM
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Finished it. And 45mi in the heat of the day.

I need to redo the plasti-dip spray on the Moots fork (it could be better), but I'm pretty happy with how that turned out for a $7 can and no prep.

16.25lbs as shown. Could shed a bit, but not much. Not too bad though for a pretty stock build.

The position feels great. It's a 57.5TT off normal angles and I think that may be my sweet-spot - which bodes well for the Marcelo showing up in a couple days. I honestly enjoyed riding this more than my Moots CR. The ride is just a bit more snappy and responsive. It could be the lighter wheels, or maybe the weight distribution being just a bit different w the slightly shorter stays and longer stem. More riding is needed and some wheel swapping.

All told, I'm glad I didn't sell the frame for $500. I'm still bummed about the clearance. Just going to have to find some older narrow (21mm x 50mm) tubs for it if she sticks around...


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