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    My tribute-bike to the Ibis Scorcher..

    I've always appreciated the Ibis Scorcher but since it wasn't titanium I haven't been inclined to add one to my collection. Instead, I've opted to build my own interpretation of Wes' concept from a rare Cambridge-Merlin track bike. Frame, fork, stem, and seat post are titanium. Seat is an old (early 60's) Unica Nitor, bars are steel, and the drivetrain is Dura Ace NJS.<p>
    The result is a very fun bike to cruise around. This setup allows for 32c tires in the back and about a 38c up front so I might yet throw some cyclocross tires on there and hit the dirt!
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    I love you

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    forbidden love

    Quote Originally Posted by mainlyfats
    I don't know who you are, but I love you.
    best to turn your eyes away and walk the other direction. Getting sucked into Term's World of Ti will only make you question what kind of man you are, what you've acheived in life, what kind of lover you are, etc. It's a dead end man, trust me.

    rad bike T!

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    It's art

    ...that needs to be hanging in a museum, or on my wall.

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    I dont understand how you keep coming up with these amazing bikes. Its mind boggling trying to imagine how many titanium goodies you have. Incredible job on the bike!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood
    best to turn your eyes away and walk the other direction. Getting sucked into Term's World of Ti will only make you question what kind of man you are, what you've acheived in life, what kind of lover you are, etc. It's a dead end man, trust me.

    rad bike T!
    You're busting my gut, guys...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRedMantra
    I dont understand how you keep coming up with these amazing bikes. Its mind boggling trying to imagine how many titanium goodies you have. Incredible job on the bike!
    Thanks.

    ...I'm a very lucky man.

    This frame has special significance not only in that old-Merlin made very few track frames but it was also raced by world-record holder Vic Copeland of the USPS Masters Cycling team. I Googled up a photo of him on the bike:

    <a href="http://www.cyclingnews.com/track.php?id=photos/2004/may04/sandiego/sprint54_003">(from Cyclingnews)<br><img src="http://www.cyclingnews.com/photos/2004/may04/sandiego/sprint54_003.jpg"></a>

    ...and <a href="http://www.amdmasters.com/bios.shtml">racing bio</a>:

    Licensed Racer since - 1987
    USPS Teammate since - 1988
    Prestige selection - 1992, 1993, 1995 USCF Masters Rider of the Year
    World Titles - Current Masters World Record Holder; Former Masters World Track Champion; Former Masters World Games Champion
    World Year(s) - 2003 (4); 2002 (3); 1998 (3); 1995 (4)
    Nationals Titles - Current Masters Track Champion; Former Masters Nationals Road Champion; 6 time IronMan finisher
    National's Year(s) - 2004 (4); 2003 (3); 2002 (3); 2001 (3); 1999 (4); 1998; 1996 (2); 1995 (5); 1994 (5); 1993 (4); 1992 (3); 1991 (3); 1990; 1988

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    part questions

    could i get a breakdown of the build? anybody remember what the name of the girl from palo alto who raced the merlin track bike in the olympics?beautiful bike

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    Term - Looks great! Good job...but you know you could have just ordered up a Ti Scorcher from Wes now that he is back in bidness...

    I bet the rack is a Moots Tailgator!

    You sicko!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hollister
    could i get a breakdown of the build? anybody remember what the name of the girl from palo alto who raced the merlin track bike in the olympics?beautiful bike
    Here is a brief breakdown as seen in the original photos:

    Frame: Merlin titanium track, early press-fit BB style with titanium spindle
    Fork: unknown 90's fly-by-night titanium tapered unicrown
    Stem: Ibis titanium
    Headset: Tiso needle-bearing
    Headset spacers: unbranded titanium (might be Aerolite)
    Bars: Inverted/chopped steel cruiser bars
    Sadde: Unica Nitor (adjustable, in rare orange)
    Seat post: McMahon titanium tapered layback
    Cranks: Dura Ace NJS track
    Hubs: Dura Ace NJS track, high-flange
    Rack: Moots Tailgator
    Tires: Vrederstein 290TPI


    I picked up some Vrederstein cross tires today... and hope to get the bike on some dirt tomorrow:



    I'm also awaiting arrival of a 44-tooth chainring and at that time I'm likely going to swap out the Dura Ace stuff with Mavic...


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    Quote Originally Posted by lanpope
    Term - Looks great! Good job...but you know you could have just ordered up a Ti Scorcher from Wes now that he is back in bidness...

    I bet the rack is a Moots Tailgator!

    You sicko!

    LP
    I may yet order something from Wes. My dilema is I'd want it to be something way cooler than the two Willits I already have... and my brain is out of ideas as to what such a bike would be. A Scorcher is "too simple", IMHO.

    ...And yeah you got the Tailgator right.

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    clean

    I think it's that clean and simple look that is so aesthetic. that's what i like about track bikes. in that b/w photo, i can image some guy in the 1890s with a suit on swinging a leg over it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cygnus
    I think it's that clean and simple look that is so aesthetic. that's what i like about track bikes. in that b/w photo, i can image some guy in the 1890s with a suit on swinging a leg over it.
    Yeah - I really like the clean lines of a fixed gear as well, and as some might guess... there are a couple of 1890's bikes in my stable. They're still awaiting their unveiling. <a href="http://fooriders.com/CS/photos/foo_riders_general_gallery/images/118/original.aspx">Click here</a> for a cool photo of some really early "technical" riders scorching around.

    For the Brooks fans, I tried out an old Swallow from the 50's on the bike...

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    New stuff coming soon with our official launch. Beware!
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    >100 years

    I love that old stuff. You know, more than 100 years later and contemporary bikes don't really look that different. and Term, your's look just like those. probabably way lighter, and less creaky, but the form and function are the same. willets, or somebody, is probably going to make some money on people looking to go retro. so, how does the scorcher ride? it's probably well named.

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    Bump for a cool old thread. I found it by accident with google...

    Hello boys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddy
    Bump for a cool old thread. I found it by accident with google...

    Hello boys!
    Hellya Ed! Long time, man.

    I see this thread got moved to the (new?) Ibis forum. Well this bike has a lot of Mojo so I suppose it's all good. Some of the mojo has been transferred to Eric Clapton though as the orange saddle was sold to him a few months back. It's on his blog now...

    http://blog.honeyee.com/eric/archive.../no_title.html

    Are you out shopping for Scorchers?

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    Oh, this is too cool! Those cranks are some of my favorites. This brings back old memories.

    And I have a Unicanitor seat that still has the leather cover on it.

    How did Clapton end up with the seat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregg K
    And I have a Unicanitor seat that still has the leather cover on it.

    How did Clapton end up with the seat?
    The Unicanitors are true classics and I still have several (including another orange nylon one now).

    EC put out the word through an "agent for bike stuff" that he wanted a vintage orange Unicanitor and I ended up selling mine. Apparently he's been into Cinelli stuff for a number of years, having raced when he was younger.

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    OMG!

    Terminaut, I have to thank you. I just lost a good hour to one of the best threads I've ever seen on this forum. And the thought of an "underground track bike pipeline".

    You have an amazing stable of history and beauty.

    It's like going back to my early days. I used to wonder how my friends would descend La Honda road on the SF penninsula with only a glove for a brake. And no freehub. And sewups.

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    nice bike, but i confess; i love my Ibis Scorcher with all its Campy and Phil bits,...

    what i really want to know, is where i can get a High C-Factor high-rise stem like the one in these pics for one of my other Ibis bikes? i've also got a nicely funked-out Ibis Hakkalügi that could use a higher-rise stem.

    i've got a 1" threadless Ibis Ti stem that would be perfect for it, but it's a Zero rise. for now, i'm using a Salsa that's got a bit of a rise, but a high-rise Ibis Ti like the one in these pics would be _perfect_.

    anyone know where i might be able to get a 1" threadless high-rise stem? preferably Ibis, preferably Ti, though i'd consider other suitably cool options.


    cheers!

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    Looks great. Don't want to seem a worrier, but wouldn't some brakes help avoid "hitting the dirt" or something harder, for real??

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    Quote Originally Posted by zouch
    nice bike, but i confess; i love my Ibis Scorcher with all its Campy and Phil bits,...
    Nuttin' wrong with that. Scorchers are cool! However, I think one spirited ride on my bike would likely change your disposition. The bike handles wickedly well and can carve turns like you wouldn't believe. The light weight also allows it to burst up to speed very nicely as well. Of course, it can scorch around on leisurely Sunday rides comfortably as well.

    Here's a photo of its current setup with titanium bars.

    <img src="http://www.chainedrevolution.com/images/bikes/merlin/IMG_7181.jpg">


    Quote Originally Posted by zouch
    i've also got a nicely funked-out Ibis Hakkalügi that could use a higher-rise stem.
    Your Hakkalügi needs this....

    <img src="http://www.chainedrevolution.com/images/bikes/merlin/ibis_stem.jpg">

    I'd trade it for a long (130mm-ish?) negative-rise ti stem.

    Keep it cranked!
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    PS: Post up some photos of your bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ridnparadise
    Looks great. Don't want to seem a worrier, but wouldn't some brakes help avoid "hitting the dirt" or something harder, for real??
    Neah... brakes would just <i>slow me down</i>!

    In all seriousness though, the routes I ride are fairly tame. Here's an old video of me scorchin' from my house to some trails.

    <a href="http://www.chainedrevolution.com/public/videos/scorch.wmv">Link to 21MB video</a>
    Last edited by terminaut; 06-20-2008 at 05:20 PM.

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    hi Tam!

    i'm sure the Ti Scorcher is fun to ride; my problem is that i love the old style that mine exhibits now and i wouldn't be able to get rid of it. you know that means we'd have to have the "Another Bike?!" conversation at the house,...

    that stem you pic'd would be just about perfect, except that my current 'lügi is one of the last ones, with 1" *threadless*.
    as if we didn't make enough problems for ourselves trying to make these things our idea of cool, i'm trying to do it with one that's got one of the shortest-lived steerer configurations in history,...

    i'm off for travel again here shortly, but will look into getting some pics up after i return.


    cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zouch
    i love the old style that mine exhibits now and i wouldn't be able to get rid of it.
    I know what you mean about the "old style". I have several actual scorchers from the 1890's that I'll have to photograph one of these days. All of my recent purchases have been vintage steel. Take a look at my living room.

    <img src="http://www.chainedrevolution.com/images/misc/bikeroom.jpg">


    Quote Originally Posted by zouch
    my current 'lügi is one of the last ones, with 1" *threadless*.
    That's actually pretty cool, IMHO. If I were you I'd give Willits a call and have him make you a stem of whatever dimensions you want. <img src="http://forums.mtbr.com/images/icons/icon14.gif">

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    Scorcher bars

    Oh that is a sweet bike!
    Where did you come by the Ti handle bar?

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    Interesting thread... did a bit searching and came up with the photos below... Enjoy!

    My tribute-bike to the Ibis Scorcher..-scorcherside.jpg
    My tribute-bike to the Ibis Scorcher..-scorcherfork.jpg
    My tribute-bike to the Ibis Scorcher..-scorchercrank.jpg
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    My tribute-bike to the Ibis Scorcher..-scorcherdecal.jpg

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    original Scorcher pics

    these are a couple of my favs... snatched from the Ibis website.

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    the listing of the serial numbers is what most of the stories about there only being 100 made alludes to; note that if you're looking for a Small, you're going to have a harder time finding one!

    there were "a few more" made (3-6, from what i've heard from people who were supposed to be in the know) that don't have any serial numbers whatsoever; mine is one of those, and was traded for a kayak to a girl who worked at Ibis (i think it was Erika). i call those the Ghost Scorchers.

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    I don't understand the nostalgia of this bike. Personally I would rather have the ti bike over the original. I say this because I have actually ridden an ibis scorcher and it's not for me. And I would not try to get close to the scorcher. I would get close to what feels good for me. I am also not the type to wax my bikes either. I am real and beat my shit so I am not a poser.

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    "I would get close to what feels good for me."
    This sounds a little racy for this forum...meow.

    "I am also not the type to wax my bikes either. I am real and beat my shit so I am not a poser."
    And thanks for clarifying that you are "real". By the lack of emotion you expressed for a bit of nostalgic old school coolness you had me wondering if you were a robot.

    Seriously though, I think this post highlights the many facets of bikes and riding that people enjoy, and I've thoroughly enjoyed it. Some people enjoy the history and evolution and the equipment as much as riding itself. I have an old Rudge British 3speed that isn't a great ride by modern mt bike standards, but it is a wonderful thing to pull out a few times a year to commute to work on. I feel like a should be wearing a dapper wool suit when I ride it, but that's the beauty of it, it has its own character and personality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bizango View Post
    "I would get close to what feels good for me."
    This sounds a little racy for this forum...meow.

    "I am also not the type to wax my bikes either. I am real and beat my shit so I am not a poser."
    And thanks for clarifying that you are "real". By the lack of emotion you expressed for a bit of nostalgic old school coolness you had me wondering if you were a robot.

    Seriously though, I think this post highlights the many facets of bikes and riding that people enjoy, and I've thoroughly enjoyed it. Some people enjoy the history and evolution and the equipment as much as riding itself. I have an old Rudge British 3speed that isn't a great ride by modern mt bike standards, but it is a wonderful thing to pull out a few times a year to commute to work on. I feel like a should be wearing a dapper wool suit when I ride it, but that's the beauty of it, it has its own character and personality.
    Vintage or not....if it doesn't feel right while riding it, then it doesn't feel right and therefore is of no use to me. The other important thing for me is value. I guess I don't place value on any bike that I do not ride more than once a week. Just to have a bike isn't good enough in my house. To me something cool is using it and not having it around just to have it doesn't jive. Bike hoarding mentality sometimes takes over for some buddies that I have. They are some crazy dudes and I respect them a ton. But I do not think collecting bikes should be for the purpose of having them just to have them if you do not have room for them. I only collect just for building for the kids in my neighborhood. The other day I gave a kid a vintage Gary Fisher Grateful Dead model frame from the mid 90's. I was told by a guy at work I am an idiot for doing that because there are collectors out there that want those. My response was no it belongs being ridden and not on a wall. Tomorrow my youngest boy's friend is getting an old school Raleigh M5 with a candy green/blue frame. Very popular for some as well out there. Its going to a little boy who would otherwise not have a bike.

    Dapper wool Suit?!?!.....Dude that has a Dutch style bike written all over it. Especially if you top it off with wing-tip shoes.

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    I totally agree that the biggest form of flattery to give a bike is to ride it. That's cool that you are keeping some of those older bikes in circulation.

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    I only get older because that is what is available for on the cheap. The Gary Fisher dead model I got for free from a lady at my work. The Raleigh came from a yard sale last weekend for 5 dollars.

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    My tribute-bike to the Ibis Scorcher..-posertshirt.jpg

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