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  1. #1
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    Merlin Mountain #1850

    I finally managed to finish another project rather than selling it halfway through because of advanced boredom. Thank god, i'd say because i am very happy with the outcome and can't wait to test this gentle rider.

    It is a custom-made Merlin frame from late 1989/1990 with frame number #1850. Martin owns the twin with #1849. Size is perfect and it has a u-brake what i had been looking for quite a while.

    Parts are mainly XT group in black, IRD stem and repro post, Merlin does look like many Merlins but i think this look suits them best. I am looking for a set of IRD U-Brakes to complement the built and maybe add a Type II as icing on the cake one day. But one shouldn't be to greedy, this bike is more than perfect as it is now.

    Merlin Mountain #1850-1986099-f0ay086tgcyh-9c47347f38347fba8dffd35bdc55df38-large.jpg
    Merlin Mountain #1850-1986101-rpik106wy6li-40a7205ff9753ac8e5e2a5366ec5f2e6-large.jpg
    Merlin Mountain #1850-1986102-ss8b2d8cktc1-813eb5c48150e9a7199e09c6c21dbbd8-large.jpg

    Best regards


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    A great and lovely bike. I deeply regret selling my Merlin.

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    Well done! Good clean build. No reason to ride it gently.
    Wanted: NDS Suntour XC Pro Microdrive 175mm Crank Arm.

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    Very nice looking. They do all look pretty similar in build, but it's a look that works. I have number 11** hanging in my garage, and I'm sure it'll end up very similar. I rode it once before I pulled it apart, and I must say, it's perfectly comfortable without feeling noodley at all. Totally the type of bike I could see riding all day on most any kind of trail. Very light too.

    Can't wait for the ride report.

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    I do love a nice Merlin, and that sir, is a nice Merlin!
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

    - FrostyStruthers

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    There is a friend of mine here on MTBR that has an 89 also like yours. That is probably my favorite Ti bike of all time. He has hi set up with IRD progressives on both ends and IRD Ti fork also. That bike rides better than about anything else on this planet, talk about early sprung suspension built into a frame.

    Congrats, I really love to see this back in the world!
    Good friction shifting is getting hard to find nowadays....

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