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    Show Us Your Litespeed/Merlin/Tomac

    We need a few piccys of these very sexy machines. I'll start with a couple of pics of Litespeed Niota Al, with SunSingletrack wheels, Race Face kit, SRAM X7/XT transmission and Manitou Black Comps, with custom fitted TPC lockout. It only arrived today, so its had no more than a pootle around my back garden. Roll on the weekend...
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    ... and if we just ... My New Ride Tomac Eli

    Just built up two days ago, nice ride!
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    ... and if we just ...

    Nice curtains! ;-)

    Oh here's my bike, same as in other thread.
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    '98 Merlin

    Just bought this used Merlin and am loving it. It's got a mix of XT and XTR with Chris King hubs.
    I have been a roadie for a long time but today went on my first real trail ride. My friend is an experienced rider and taught me a lot.
    The Merlin is light, responsive and a fast climber, my friend called it "snappy". Needs new tires though. Maybe the Fire XC or Mythos.
    I guess I am hooked!
    The pic shows the Merlin, Litespeed Tuscany and an unknown maker track bike.

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    1999 Obed

    how about his one?
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    Nice, classic, elegant and well worn

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Bad Wolf
    how about his one?
    too bad SIDs still don't come in sky freaking blue.

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    heres mine again....=)

    01 Toccoa

    Wolf it looks like you have the SID Race Ti upper mated to the SID SL lowers?...am i correct......

    I miss the electric blue sid and the electric red judy race of 01 those colors were nice too
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    As far as I know it is a standard 2001 SID SL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cupidstunt
    We need a few piccys of these very sexy machines. I'll start with a couple of pics of Litespeed Niota Al, with SunSingletrack wheels, Race Face kit, SRAM X7/XT transmission and Manitou Black Comps, with custom fitted TPC lockout. It only arrived today, so its had no more than a pootle around my back garden. Roll on the weekend...
    how does it ride your Niota Al? any problems? does the aluminium frameset works good?of which year it is?
    hehehe

    as the other thread I'm thinking on buying a 2006 Litespeed Niota AL do you recomend it?
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    that's what my tomac revolver looked like:



    and this is the reason why I have to send it to ABG (quite a long way from europe ):




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    Sorry to see that Joe

    Quote Originally Posted by JoeDesperado
    that's what my tomac revolver looked like:



    and this is the reason why I have to send it to ABG (quite a long way from europe ):




    That frame is junk now, have you found out if it's warranted?

    Hope you got a back up ride.

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    My LBS sent it back to ABG two weeks ago, I've not heard anything on this matter since then...but it's a long way to go from europe, so maybe I'd just have to be more patient.

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    I see or hear a lot of word of these frame failures. Anyone know what the story is?

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    hey jerk

    bikes break, doesnt matter who builds them or what they are made of.

    Go to any one of these chat rooms and you will find people talking about broken frames.

    A lot of people use these sites simply to complain, so you sometimes see more negative stuff than positive.

    Just my 2 cents

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    Quote Originally Posted by TiRyder
    bikes break, doesnt matter who builds them or what they are made of.

    Go to any one of these chat rooms and you will find people talking about broken frames.

    A lot of people use these sites simply to complain, so you sometimes see more negative stuff than positive.

    Just my 2 cents
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    Here is mine - I just cleaned it




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    Nice linkages. Have you used all the shock positions and do they make a big difference in handling and suspension action?

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    I just keep mine in 5.5" as it pedals so well anyway I haven't felt the need to change it.

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    great bike - I should have taken the Eli instead of the revolver
    I hope this is a '05 frame, since the '04 seems to brake just like my revolver did.

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    Heres one i have in my garage... (Dads..). It is used once a week (occasionaly more), and it doesn't see much 'rough' terrain, No drops, jumps or racing, so i'm not expecting it to crack anytime soon.

    (Old photos, only changes from when the photos were taken are carbon spacers, 990 cassette and new lighter tires. It weighs in at about 12.9kg at the moment).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bike Nazi
    That frame is junk now, have you found out if it's warranted?

    Hope you got a back up ride.
    Bike Nazi,

    That is exactly where mine broke. Did it break on both sides, or just one? How long did it last for you, what type of riding do you do, and how much do you weigh (if you don't mind me asking)? Mine broke on both sides, was ridden in XC training and one race, and I weigh in at a whopping 135#. Just wondering, cause I have never broken any frame or forks that were not directly related to a crash until now. BTW, they will likely replace it with a Niota AL. Don't expect any decent help on sizing though, or at least I recieved none. Pay close attention to the measurements when choosing the replacement size, as they can be quite different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schwing_ding
    Bike Nazi,

    That is exactly where mine broke. Did it break on both sides, or just one? How long did it last for you, what type of riding do you do, and how much do you weigh (if you don't mind me asking)? Mine broke on both sides, was ridden in XC training and one race, and I weigh in at a whopping 135#. Just wondering, cause I have never broken any frame or forks that were not directly related to a crash until now. BTW, they will likely replace it with a Niota AL. Don't expect any decent help on sizing though, or at least I recieved none. Pay close attention to the measurements when choosing the replacement size, as they can be quite different.
    I guess you're talking about my broken revolver frame - it's been on the long way to the states for 4 weeks now, but it has not yet arrived at ABG and yes, it broke on both sides, I'm glad I found the cracks before I could take it out for a ride! I used my revolver for some marathons & other long rides, but I'd say that I never stressed it too much - the frame lasted 16 months before it broke. my weight is 80 kilo, I guess that's somwhere about 180 pounds. I'm looking forward to the niota AL, seems to be a nice ride, though I'll most likely trade it for another frame, if my LBS agrees to that.

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    update: my new litespeed niota AL frame went on its long way to europe last friday, I'm curious how long it will take until it arrives...I think it's a good deal for me, I don't even have to pay anything for the upgrade from my (broken) tomac revolver frame. the only downside I'm currently worrying about: the frame is said to be YELLOW - I really don't know if I can live with that colour, so maybe I'll sell it

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    Quote Originally Posted by TiRyder
    bikes break, doesnt matter who builds them or what they are made of.

    Go to any one of these chat rooms and you will find people talking about broken frames.

    A lot of people use these sites simply to complain, so you sometimes see more negative stuff than positive.

    Just my 2 cents
    I agree with you that there are usually more negatives on these sites, but there is definitely an issue with the Tomacs that people should be aware of. They used to be popular bikes around here but they have been dropping like flys lately. I broke (2) 98 Specials in 2 years so they upgraded me to an Eli which lasted about 18 months before every weld on the thing cracked. Admittedly, I am on the larger side for a cross country rider (6'5" 200 lbs) but never did anything major (i.e. large drops or jumps) to abuse these frames. Three of my friends also exploded their Tomacs including a 65 year old rider that stays on the smooth singletrack and avoids the bumps.

    To their credit, they replaced the bike each time, but what a hassle!

    Just putting this out there for anyone weighing their options.

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    I have actually read and seen the exact same thing about weld failures all over. Has anyone figured out why this was the case only on these bikes? I mean other designers get their bikes built in the same factories in Taiwan, so why not them?

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    afaik are all broken tomac-frames made from AN6-aluminium - maybe that's the reason?
    the litespeed niota is made from AN6-alu too, so let's hope it won't break that easily...
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    Looks like the Niota AL is as vulnerable as the Tomac. Just dropped mine off at the bike shop for a crack where the chain stay meets the bottom bracket. This puts my record at (2) Tomac 98 Specials, (1) Tomac Eli and (1) Litespeed Niota AL. The bike shop said they have seen a couple of these with the exact same crack. My previous bike (which I still have) was a Dean Colonel. I beat the heck out of this bike and never had any problems. I guess the strength difference between Titanium and Aluminum is pretty significant. If only the Niota Ti wasn't as expensive as my car.

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    that sounds really bad...how long did you ride the niota? maybe I can change mine for another frame, but I don't know if my LBS would do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeDesperado
    that sounds really bad...how long did you ride the niota? maybe I can change mine for another frame, but I don't know if my LBS would do that.
    Joe,
    I rode the Niota for less than 1 year. Actually got it as a replacement for my Broken Eli the middle of last summer. I am not sure at what point the crack occured. A friend of mine in Moab was checking out the rear suspension setup on the Niota and noticed a hairline crack all the way around the weld. I decided to take it in immediately and avoid a disastrous breakage on the trail somewhere. Just got word that the frame will be warrantied and a I should have a replacement in a couple of weeks. They offered me a pretty good deal on the Sewasee frame which is Titanium instead of Aluminum. Unfortunately it is only like a 2.5" travel bike. Since I already have a titanium hardtail and really enjoy the 5" Niota I turned it down. If there are issues with the new bike (#5) then I will have to suck it up and go with something else. Even if the frames continue to be replaced under warranty, I don't want to constantly worry about a high speed blowup.

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    Frame number five? You might want to consider ebaying it before using it and moving on because eventually, Litespeed will stop warranteeing them. I am surprised they got you up to that number in the first place.

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    Have all five been in a 3 year window? I am wondering, because once the origional 3 year window is up that may be the timeframe. Unless the clock starts ticking at each new frame, which I doubt. This gives me serious pause in accepting this frame. I have not heard of anything like this in any other design period. Yes, I have heard of failures, just not at this rate and with so many sources. The night before the race where I broke mine, someone rode up to me on a Niota AL, which was a replacement for his Eli under warranty. At the time, I understood the Eli to have the problem, not the Revolver so I discounted it. After my Revolver broke, research showed that this was somewhat of a trend like the Eli's. This is the first I am starting to hear about recurring failures in the Niota AL. It makes sense if it is built in the same factory using the same series of aluminum, and the same heat treatment process. My real concern is having this thing come apart underneath me during a critical time. Either catistrophic failure leading to an injury, or structural failure in the middle of nowhere.

    BTW, I know frames fail, that is accepted. Recently a friend of mine had a Sewanee repaired for a cracked weld in the chain stay where it meets the bridge. And yes, ABG took good care of him. My concern is with the rate of failure for the frames in question.

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    it's finally done (click on a thumbnail to enlarge the picture):









    nice ride so far!
    big thx to litespeed for sending me such a great replacement for my broken tomac revolver, great job, guys!

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    Well, after lots of indecision I decided that I did not want to worry about breaking another aluminum frame. Worked a deal with Litespeed to exchange the broken NiotaAl for the Ti version of the same frame. It costs more to upgrade than I wanted to spend right now, but I think it should work out better in the long run. As frustrated as I am about breaking 4 frames in 3 years, I am happy to at least work out something allowing me to get a bike that I can hopefully be happy with. I guess time will tell

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    Quote Originally Posted by VintageDirt
    Here's mine.

    Haha, I wonder if anyone here remembers Bultaco.. I've ridden one, a long time ago.
    Isn't that an Obed? I have one too , it's a great bike and has been performing well for many years now
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Bad Wolf

    Isn't that an Obed? I have one too , it's a great bike and has been performing well for many years now
    It is an Obed. I bought it from a local bike shop way back in 1993. The original one had a Rock Shock (mag 21 or something like that) and LX components. I don't know who built the wheels but they were out of true on the first easy ride. Anyway after about 18 months the frame broke at the dropout and I had to send it back for repairs. Then, 6 months later it broke again at the seat tube/seat stay. Probably got stressed from being ridden with a broken dropout. Litespeed wanted to repair it again but I cried and cried and *****ed until they finally agreed to replace it. So in 1996 I got the Obed you see in the photo, none of the original components are on the frame and it broke at the dropout again last year. Rather than hassle with Litespeed I just took it to a local specialty welder and had them sew it back together for $15. The only complaint I had with Litespeed was the way the handled the customer service. Seems like they wanted to make it all my fault and that was at the time when they had the magazine ad depicting the Litespeed bike on top of a pile of aluminum frames, implying that a Litespeed is indestructible.

    I'm sure that's way more than you wanted to know. Oh, I've had a few Bultacos in my day and I've still got a M199A in the garage, along with a 1973 CZ 400, a 1975CZ 400, a 1983Maico 490, and two 1971 CT70s.

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    Well, I haven't managed to break mine yet.

    That Maico 490 was a ***** to start, the kickback from the starter could send you skywards
    But what a beast to ride . I no longer have any motorbikes but I had an IT175 and KTM 250 GS amongst others. Enduro bikes.
    The very first motorbike I rode was a Bultaco 250( Frontera I think it was called) , must've been around 1979 or thereabouts
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    I don't know about the 81 or the 82 Maico 490s but on my 83 (and on the 85 Mstar I had) they had a compression release that was located in the cylinder wall instead of the head and you coud start the bike while holding the compression release. It was real easy and it saved the kickstart gear too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VintageDirt
    I don't know about the 81 or the 82 Maico 490s but on my 83 (and on the 85 Mstar I had) they had a compression release that was located in the cylinder wall instead of the head and you coud start the bike while holding the compression release. It was real easy and it saved the kickstart gear too.

    None of the kind on the bike I rode, you had to make sure the crank/cylinder was in the right position before kickstarting it , if you did not it would kick right back at you.. that bike must have been from before 1980 since it was a 2nd hand bike I checked out (but did not buy eventually ) .

    But lets get back to Litespeed before people are noticing we are digressing

    Its interesting to note that your Obed always cracked at the same spot, the (driveside?) rear dropout. Did Litespeed give an explanation for that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Bad Wolf

    But lets get back to Litespeed before people are noticing we are digressing

    Its interesting to note that your Obed always cracked at the same spot, the (driveside?) rear dropout. Did Litespeed give an explanation for that?
    Righto.

    I don't remember which side broke the first time but it was where the bullet welded to the chain stay. It broke cleanly all the way through almost like it was a weld defect. I'm almost certain that the failure at the seat stay/seat tube was due to my not noticing the break at the dropout. I rode for months before I finally noticed it although I was curious why I had such a difficult time holding a line in fast sweepers.

    Litespeed didn't try to explain anything but on the first break they did imply that I had abused the bike. The second time, they quizzed me about my inseam length and body weight, implying that I had the seat post raised up past the limit to accommodate a freakishly long-legged fat ass. I took offense because of my average dimensions and mass.

    The recent failure was indeed on the drive side. I didn't even consider sending it back due to the turn around time with a factory repair and the fact that I've been riding the bike for 10 years (some fairly rocky terrain but I am 50 years old so I'm not impressing the chicks with my big-air stunt prowess). I'm considering a new bike but I like the one I have so maybe I'll do another component upgrade. I dunno, maybe another Litespeed.
    And to all you virgins out there, thanks for nothing.

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    I'm gonna check my bullets now
    How can you abuse a bike? It's true that (ex-)motocrossers tend to go a lot faster in the downhills due to their better bike control and visualisation of the right lines , but the bike should be able to take that.
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    ... and if we just ... 1999 Litespeed Tsali (m)

    Love it, never had any issues with ownership over the past 7 years! Damn that's a long time for me to own a bike. Plan to do some component upgrades, cranks, derailers system and wheels.
    Sorry about the photos, not being on the ground, if I remember, I will take some and edit this post later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Bad Wolf
    Well, I haven't managed to break mine yet.

    That Maico 490 was a ***** to start, the kickback from the starter could send you skywards
    But what a beast to ride . I no longer have any motorbikes but I had an IT175 and KTM 250 GS amongst others. Enduro bikes.
    The very first motorbike I rode was a Bultaco 250( Frontera I think it was called) , must've been around 1979 or thereabouts
    lol i have a maico 490 enduro and like you said htey are a beast to ride the powerband on mine cones in right at the end and almost throws you of the bike and i broke my leg trying to kick start it i am still quite scared of the bike but i am getting used to the beastyness

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    Merlin Taiga

    '02 Duke Fork, XT drive train, Avid Brakes, Deore Derailleur (broke too many XT's), good back up ride
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    Here's my Taos

    Posted elsewhere, but thought I'd stick it in the official Tomac posting thread.

    Small Taos frame
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    2006 X9 shifters
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    Stylo ISIS cranks and Truvativ BB
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    EPX 31.6mm carbon post
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    Mavic 317 28 hole rims on DT Onyx Centrelock hubs with DT blade spokes
    XT Centrelock rotors
    Deore hydros.
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    tomac revolver ti 2004

    weight: 22.9 lbs
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    Quote Originally Posted by yossipollak
    weight: 22.9 lbs
    Is that a Ti frame?
    Titanium or Bust !

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    yes, it is titanium.

    (made by litespeed for tomac).

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    upgraded my litespeed: revelation air u-turn & 2007 avid juicy 5 disc brakes



    it's for sale now, btw

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    Here's my 2005 Revolver

    Love the 2005 Revolver! The 2004 100mm travel Shiver fork is a bit of an overkill, but it's amazing how well this bike takes the big hits. The rear 3-way swinger shock is easy to get to, and I'm using the four inch travel mode. I'm sure I could shave some weight with a different fork, but this set-up lets me do some freeride. No bob at all. Only problem--DOES ANYBODY KNOW WHERE TO GET SPARE DERAILURE HANGERS FOR THE 2005 REVOLVER? Thanks!
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    Here's my '01 Kitsuma, don't see these around much:

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    Isn't that the all mountain hardtail? How do you like it???

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaukaRunner
    Isn't that the all mountain hardtail? How do you like it???
    I like it a lot, great bike! Yes, it was their freeride hardtail entry, only produced as a complete bike for a couple years. Massive tubing, and laser-cut gussets welded in at various locations. Beautiful work by Litespeed as usual.

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    i know this isnt a mtn bike but whatever... My Litespeed Ultimate


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    here's my 99' tellico

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    Nice setup.


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    Smile Litespeed Lookout MTN 2003

    Litespeed Lookout MTN 2003....
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    Merlin WORKS 4.0





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    Rats. The frame broke on my Tomac 98 Special a few years back. AMG replaced it with a new 2005 Revolver frame. while I had to buy components to fit the new frame (wheel, disc brakes), it rode great. Now IT just broke and ABG just washed their hands of it except for offering a Litespeed Obed Ti frame at half price off retail ($1,100) plus half off the Fox fork ($300).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountyman
    Rats. The frame broke on my Tomac 98 Special a few years back. AMG replaced it with a new 2005 Revolver frame. while I had to buy components to fit the new frame (wheel, disc brakes), it rode great. Now IT just broke and ABG just washed their hands of it except for offering a Litespeed Obed Ti frame at half price off retail ($1,100) plus half off the Fox fork ($300).
    mountyman

    Go for Ti. Take the Obed frame and ride it forever.. Forget about the Tomac issues.
    ABG learend his lesson about <Taiwan production> and went back to their roots: TITANIUM.

    I have been gone through several US brand frames in the past 20 year. The Obed is the best frame ever owned. Stiff, light, fast, durable. The Litespeed customer service and support is top-notch - even here in the alps of EUROPE!

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    my buddy's extra fat Ti

    Merlin extra fat Ti 13.5 or 15 inches i forgot...
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    my xlm

    old setup, now with disc brakes
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    more pics of the xlm close up

    sorry for the dirty xlm .....
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    my kitsuma


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    Quote Originally Posted by virtueminehonour
    my kitsuma

    Very CLASSIC setup - this is a Jones bar, right?'

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    My custom merlin xlm

    2007 frame with misc. parts
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    Ride-Air from Paris, France

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    Litespeed OBED

    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/www.napfgeist.ch/LitespeedObedJune2008/photo#5215713973998765250"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/www.napfgeist.ch/SGHwOa48xMI/AAAAAAAAA8c/xMtWQYJInWc/s800/P1040919.JPG" /></a>

    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/www.napfgeist.ch/LitespeedObedJune2008/photo#5215714371900500754"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/www.napfgeist.ch/SGHwllMHaxI/AAAAAAAAA90/SdmPDupyQL0/s800/P1040928.JPG" /></a>

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    Here's my '99 Tellico. Fox F100RL fork, Hope Pro2 hubs, Mavic XC717 rims, XT 760 drivetrain, Avid BB7 disc (6"rear, 8"front) Thomson post and stem. Nice riding versatile bike. Got the frame on ebay for $300 and had Jim Kish (custom bike Ti bike builder) weld a rear disc tab on to update the frame a bit.

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    99 Merlin

    1999 Merlin Mountain. Sorry for the crappy picture.
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    Merlin Works XLM

    Here's Mine


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    Looks good, but your chain is too long on pic one..
    Titanium or Bust !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Bad Wolf
    Looks good, but your chain is too long on pic one..
    Thanks broo, and also for the chain, Im gonna fix it

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    Litespeed Kitsuma

    hi,
    here is my Kitsuma, bought it in Scotland. Now it rocks trails in the Czech Republic!


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    My '96 Tellico. It had a tear in the downtube (base of the headtube interface) in 2003, but the problem was repaired under warranty.
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    My 09 Merlin XLM

    My Merlin XLM, just put it together last week and have ridden 20 miles on it so far. It's a flyer and very responsive.
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    Looks great !
    Titanium or Bust !

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    Hello everyone!

    i'm Andrea, from Italy.

    this is my new Ocoee...ready for the mud!
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    Quote Originally Posted by andrea_on_bike
    Hello everyone!

    i'm Andrea, from Italy.

    this is my new Ocoee...ready for the mud!
    Ciao Andrea

    Very nice bike and setup!
    Have fun!

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    I've ridden a Merlin since 1990. This is my 1996 Merlin...love this bike. Now a single speed with a White Industries ENO. (Being ridden by my 15-year old brother-in-law.)
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    My 2000 Litespeed Toccoa travel bike with S & S couplings. Last summer in Colorado. A super bike!
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    The Litespeed packed in its travel case.
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    Couplers...
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    my Obed with scars of war
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    That looks like one big frame..

    Here is my Obed last week in the snow



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    Fellow Ti fanatics! Yeehaw!
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    That looks like one big frame..
    whether it is a size 20.5, I remember

    hurts the manufacturer's warranty

    here low travel fork
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    asymetrical chainstay





    asymetrical? is this still useful or just a gimmick?


    anybody know which year is this merlin XLM?

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    Don't know what year it is, but probably a post 1996 based on the location of the serial number. Can't confirm that either because my 1996 (last year for a true Rob Vandermark) Merlin is a standard mtn (straight gauge tubing) and it has the SN on the drive side dropout and maybe XLM have a different SN location. My 96 has a lower number.

    The asymmetrical chain stay seems to help in reducing chain suck. I haven't experienced much, if any chain suck on my bike. Bonus...it looks cool!
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    My merlinkolis loh.. halo om2 semua...
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    Beautiful one, Kintamani!

    Quote Originally Posted by kintamani
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    Yes,nice XLM but those tyres are only for the dryest conditions I believe
    Titanium or Bust !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Bad Wolf
    Yes,nice XLM but those tyres are only for the dryest conditions I believe
    Thanks! Ive become very terrain specific lately. Still have some Nevegals & Racing Ralphs. The picture was taken during dry season in kemang pratama bekasi, indonesia

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    nice.. very nice.. kintamani
    nice bike in a perfect setup.. i just a little bit curious here.. how much your bike weight is..? ooh.. one more thing.. what does it means.. My merlinkolis loh.. halo om2 semua... ??
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    Litespeed sucks

    I had an 04 eli tomac and worked ther at the factory. Can't beat an American made bike by a bunch of drunk crack head meth smoking fools. That is why so many frames break. and the aluminuim frames are made in Taiwain: ie eli's and other litespeed al bikes. They are overpriced and selling a name now, The real litespeed is now Lynskey performance. Most of the good staff now works there and build nice ti stuff here in Chatt town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidNeiles
    I had an 04 eli tomac and worked ther at the factory. Can't beat an American made bike by a bunch of drunk crack head meth smoking fools. That is why so many frames break. and the aluminuim frames are made in Taiwain: ie eli's and other litespeed al bikes. They are overpriced and selling a name now, The real litespeed is now Lynskey performance. Most of the good staff now works there and build nice ti stuff here in Chatt town.
    That's pretty funny. Looks like you don't even own a Litespeed or Lynskey. But it is pretty easy to be a hater. That's OK, I'm sure you'll mellow out in time.

    Most of the Litespeed's I have seen here look like they were made before the reorganization of the company.

    I'll still enjoy my '01 Tsali and '03 Tuscany, which by the way do not suck.

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    merlin xlm 2008

    [QUOTE=ede]Here's Mine

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    Component : XTR, Magura marta SL
    Mavic SLR, Fox f100 RLC 2009
    Cockpit : EC90-EA70, Fizik Gobi XM.
    Accessories : King Ti bottle cage, Cateeye wireless strada

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    2008 Merlin XLM Update

    My last set up..love to ride it..no more selling bike..

    sold to Mr. Rama...next 2 days I bought again, cannot find good frame like merlin...
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    this is my rig:







    and in (winter)ride mode:

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