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    This was my Tomac 98 special pro from 2003.
    After one year riding the frame brokes.


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    As a replacement for my broken Tomac, I got a Litespeed Niota Al in 2004:

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    Sticky stuff
    Titanium or Bust !

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    Please delete
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    Here's mine..my last set up



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    my 97 Hiwassee
    started like this

    and gave it a little makeover







    probably pick up a Thomson seatpost just for shiggles this weekend.
    Also considering taking off the decals on the fork....

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    Nice make over! Good job.

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    Here is mine with XTR. I recently switched to SRAM XX.



    Some Rading here and there. The XLM just handles like a dream!






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    Classic looking. I like it alot.

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    Here's my Niota. I love my (heavy) litespeed! Bought it after an asskicking DH ride near Santa Cruz, and have since turned it into more of a DH bike than the mid-travel FS xc bike it was intended to be. 140mm thru axle fork, bashguard, tensioner, saint crankset & kona pedals, 2x9 drivetrain with midcage saint rear derailleur, and big honkin' knobby tires (2.35 rear, 2.5 front)
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    You might wanna watch the rear triangle for cracks. DH is not exactly what this frame was constructed to do. Other than that, great looking bike.
    Titanium or Bust !

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    Looks like his might be the all-Ti version.
    Steel is real...Ti is fly...carbon fiber is good for constipation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zasshu
    Looks like his might be the all-Ti version.
    Even then, those bullet stops are known to crack.
    Titanium or Bust !

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    Nice bike, it's the same large all-ti frame like mine. I'm riding it since 2006 mostly in rough terrain and it's still ok. take care and have fun!

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    I check the welds pretty regularly for cracks after having read all the frame crack horror stories and it's held up well to all my thrashing. I'm not a heavy guy, but I've definitely put the bike through some stuff. It's handled Northstar abuse, Santa Cruz DH, Oat Hill Mine rd trail in Calistoga, jumps, bails, so I'm pretty comfortable with its strength.

    Can't wait 'til its got a Ti bar and seatpost.

    Nice bike, it's the same large all-ti frame like mine.
    Thanks!

    As a replacement for my broken Tomac, I got a Litespeed Niota Al in 2004
    How would you compare the Al and Ti Niotas?? Got a buddy who might be looking into an Al one with the newer rear triangle with the the single machined 'Y' instead of the 2 tubes welded together like ours. (As seen in post #33)
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    1990/91 Litespeed

    So this is what happens when you have time, a frame and a bunch of misc parts sitting around.
    I bought this Litespeed some time ago for the parts group that was hanging on it and sold the frame on ebay. When the fella that bought it got the frame he went to clean it and found a very small crack(see photo) in the headtube where the breathe hole meets the downtube. I took the frame back and refunded his money. When I got the frame back I showed it to 3 different frame builders, all of which have many years of welding Ti under their belt, and asked their opinion on what happened and what if anything could be done about it. All three said the same thing, nothing could be done but to ride the heck out of it because they all believed that the crack had been there for a while and was not going to get any worse. The crack starts at the inside of the hole and stops right at the weld. All three said that the weld stopped the crack from going any further and would keep it that way. So.what to do?
    The frame had been hanging in my storage unit for some time until today. I brought it home and decided to build it up using some parts I have had. I tried to keep it as close to period correct as I could. I feel I built as if I bought it new in 1990 and then sometime around 1992 I decided to upgrade a little. I am having trouble with the seat tube sizing so if anyone knows what it should be please let me know. I think 28.6 but not sure. Right now I have a couple of shims in it to make it work. I took it for a spin around town today as it was sunny but cool and it rides great. The elastomers in the Manitou have been replaced with Speedsprings I got from a friend so it rides better than before.
    So now this has been added to the stable. Hope the wife does not notice.
    Happy New Years all!
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    Since I can't edit my previous post... For those other Niota owners out there who who wondering, I thought I'd make mention of the fact that I've confirmed 185mm rotors fit the rear triangle, it looks like 203/205 would rub or come too close to the chainstay.
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    My New Merlin,

    Merlin XLM 25th anniversary 2011










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    Very nice bike! I like the color combination you have choosed, it's a modern but classic hardtail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl-Arnold Wilke
    Very nice bike! I like the color combination you have choosed, it's a modern but classic hardtail.
    Thanks...your Niota also very nice

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    That is one nice 25th Anniversary XLM!

    I just visited MerlinBike.com and I guess they will be coming out with new bikes? The best thing that happened to them is moving as far away from ABC (American Bicycling Co).


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    Has anyone had luck with fitting the Disk adapter for 2000+ litespeeds on to an older model? Say a 1994 Obed??

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    [QUOTE=levir]That is one nice 25th Anniversary XLM!

    I just visited MerlinBike.com and I guess they will be coming out with new bikes? The best thing that happened to them is moving as far away from ABC (American Bicycling Co).



    Thanks Bro Levir, I dont know exactly, my LBS told me that my Merlin XLM is the last mass production items..before i was waiting the frame like yours, but never come, untill my LBS informed me this frame, but this frame is little bit heavier than your frame..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Bad Wolf
    those bullet stops are known to crack.
    Rear triangle finally ended up cracking at the base of the 'y' stiffening section where it is welded to the chainstay/pivot tube. It's like worse than getting dumper. NOOOOOOOO, my bike!!! Well, now i'm on the hunt for a fabricator that thinks they can repair and beef it up. Waiting on litespeed to tell me whether or not they still sell the ti-rears, I'm gonna be pissed if they only offer me the v3 Al rear.

    **Officially pissed: "Dear Patrick,



    Thank you for sending your request to us. I have double checked with the repair department and we do not make a ti rear end for repair. The only option you have if you would like your bike repaired is to have an aluminum rear end for the Niota. The cost for the repair would be $250 + shipping.



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    Hey tifan,

    You XLM 25th Anniversary surely looks lots beefier than my 2009 XLM. I am sure it rides like a dream!

    What size is that?


    Quote Originally Posted by tifan

    Thanks Bro Levir, I dont know exactly, my LBS told me that my Merlin XLM is the last mass production items..before i was waiting the frame like yours, but never come, untill my LBS informed me this frame, but this frame is little bit heavier than your frame..

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    my litespeed ocoee :










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    Quote Originally Posted by levir
    Hey tifan,

    You XLM 25th Anniversary surely looks lots beefier than my 2009 XLM. I am sure it rides like a dream!

    What size is that?
    Hello Levir, sorry for the late reply, the size is 16,25. I believe it is same size with your frame..

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    Here is my "New" Merlin! I'm so pumped about it!








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    My Merlin XLM

    My 13.38 lbs.Rob Vandermark Merlin XLM Hardtail.
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    Litespeed Sewanee with 120mm fork

    Hi.
    Ive a Litespeed Sewanee LS from 2009 and now I'm thinking to put a Fox with 120mm travel, to improve better handling and put better stabelity on front.

    What you think about that?

    Regards and nice and smoth rides

    Rui

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    @ubo; what ti seatpost is it on your ocooe? looks nice

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    my just finished 2011 xlm anniversarry 8070gr/17.79lbs....going sub 8kg..LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dkolopaking
    @ubo; what ti seatpost is it on your ocooe? looks nice
    It's a PMP




    http://www.pmpbike.net/bike/Seatpost.html

    @+

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    The 25th Merlin XLM looks very nice, I will find one but it's difficult to find it.

    Here are my merlins...




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    Quote Originally Posted by yuths
    Here are my merlins...
    Wow, that's quite the collection you've got there...
    2012 Intense M9
    2012 Pivot Mach 5.7 Carbon
    2008 Look 595
    2007 Custom Litespeed Sewanee

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    Lovin' the Newsboy!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbnozpikr
    Wow, that's quite the collection you've got there...
    Thank you, now I need the 25th Merlin XLM. Anyone can sell to me?

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    @yuths : about XLM 25th Edition, Indonesian LBS called "sepedakita" still have 2 of em , but I'm not sure about the size, they selling it for about 3450USD, depends to the currency, I dont know wether its consider expensive or not. I can help you if you need any assistance

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dkolopaking
    @yuths : about XLM 25th Edition, Indonesian LBS called "sepedakita" still have 2 of em , but I'm not sure about the size, they selling it for about 3450USD, depends to the currency, I dont know wether its consider expensive or not. I can help you if you need any assistance
    Please... Do you have information of the shop? Would you like to sale your one to make it cheaper?.. just kidding, I know you love your Merlin. Do you think Competitive Cyclist will change the style again as ABG did?

    I love the badge style on the head tube that it was not look so mass, laser is ok for BB, drop out or even on frame. I hope that they will make it again. Now Litespeed has a new badge on already.




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    I'll drop by at the shop tomorrow and make sure they still got it, What size are you looking for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dkolopaking
    I'll drop by at the shop tomorrow and make sure they still got it, What size are you looking for?
    16.25 please or 17 Thank you very much.

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    @yuth : They got your size 17!!!!!

    the shop's name :

    SEPEDAKITA
    Jl. Letnan Sutopo No. 37
    BSD City Sektor I.2
    Tangerang Selatan 15321
    Banten - Indonesia
    Phone: (+6221) 3301-3338, 5377-944
    www.sepedakita.com
    E-mail: info@sepedakita.com
    : sepedakita@yahoo.com

    they can shipped outside Indonesia
    just email them and tell them you are frind of Doddy, I told them about you..
    btw, where is your location?


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    Update: Lotsa new stuff...

    Now with Aluminum Rear Triangle Blackspire C4 bash & Stinger tensioner, Avid Code R rear brake, RockShox Revelation XX 150mm/20mm, Twenty6 Perunner pedals, VanNicholas 620mm/31.8mm Ti bar, Ti post, n' WTB saddle
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    Finally... The Merlin 25th XLM


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    '91 Litespeed

    Here's a shot my 91 as it's currently setup.
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    Love the ONZA pedals!!!

    I have 4 sets of onza pedals...recently scored a new set on ebay..


    -J

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Dude View Post
    Here's a shot my 91 as it's currently setup.
    Nice bike, you should post it in the VRC forum. Is that a Tange or Bontrager fork?
    Mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders are not the enemy. Bulldozers are the enemy.

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    Vintage Merlin

    Rob Vandermark designed this bike for my father in 92. In 99 when my dad followed my direction, and transitioned into enduro motorcycle racing he passed it on to me.

    About a year ago I sent the frame back to American Bicycle Group to have it refinished. I rebuilt the bike with all new components, but still rocking the anodized blue TNT cranks.

    Believe it or not, I ride almost every day it doesn't rain. I have had to buy and sell bikes as I move around the country, but this is the only one I would never sell!

    Current weight 19.9lbs
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    I'm glad to see that you are still riding it (in the mud no less) and that it's still going strong.
    2012 Intense M9
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    2008 Look 595
    2007 Custom Litespeed Sewanee

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    Rides like a dream!

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