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  1. #1
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    Jan 2007

    Smile New Merlin Oreas

    I've finally completed re-building my Merlin Oreas with new wheels, brakes and drivetrain and it's brilliant. The full spec is as follows

    Merlin Oreas 16.25" frame
    Rock Shox Reba Worldcup Blackbox forks with Poploc
    Avid Juicy Ultimate brakes 185mm front and rear
    Ritchey WCS stem
    Ritchey WCS grips
    Easton EC70 mid-riser bar
    Chris King Rasta headset
    XTR 970 chainset
    XTR 971 front mech
    XTR 970 cassette
    SRAM X.0 rear mech
    SRAM X.9 shifters
    SRAM chain
    Xpedo Ti/Ti pedals
    Goldtec Pro Competition hubs front and rear on Stans ZTR rims
    Schwalbe Nobby Nic/Racing Ralph 2.25 tyres running Stans tubeless system
    XTR 970 skewers
    Easton EC70 seatpost
    Specialized Rival saddle
    Tune seatpost clamp
    Flying Snakes cables

    I've had a couple of short rides on it and it absolutely flies. The Goldtec hubs and Stans rims knocked a pound off the previous wheels (Tune/DT240S/Mavic 717's) and with the Schwalbe tyres it is so fast on hardpack it's brilliant. It just begs to be ridden hard - pity about the rider! It handles well and is very flickable through the singletrack but we've had loads of rain here so as yet I haven't had chance to really give it a good thrash.
    The brakes aren't as powerfull as my Carbon Juicy's but I believe that is because they use different pad compounds. They are very light though. I weighed the bike on my Ultimate scales and was very pleased to see it come in at 21.8 lbs including the pedals. I'll leave it at that weight as I'm sure if it gets any lighter it will make it nervous over rocky stuff and it rides very well as it is. Here's hoping for some sunny days now :-)
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    smokin hot!!!

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