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    My 1990 Strange Merlin/Magura cx brakes/Now with Nitto moustache

    This is a weird bike. Back in 1990 Italian builders bought frames from the States and rebadged them. This one was branded "Speed", a popular Italian factory in the 90s (original name, ain't it?). Tom Kellog wrote me that Merlin didn't have any agreement so I suppose the rebadging was a homemade operation.

    This frame is doubtless a Merlin: the frame number (Kellog dated it back to 1990), the canti brake studs, the seatclamp, the integrated bottom bracket, and, obviously, the dropouts, they all confirm its noble origins. The weird thing is that the frame is finished in satin. The oh-so-kind Mr. Kellog sait this might have been a treatment made by Speed to differentiate their bikes from Merlin. It might have also been a pre-finished frame bought raw to save money.

    BTW, I love the bike, but being it a bit small, i opted for the monstercross version, with Specy Rockombo drop bars, Magura CX brakes, and Ringlé/Paul hubs. Yes, the DDT oversized hub IS a nonsense on a rigid fork, but that's what I had in my garage you see..

    Not period correct but very functional and fun to ride. The Flexstem is going to go, tho...
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    Nice bike and story to go with it!

    I like the satin look on a ti frame anyway.

    (and good that you're ditching the flex stem!)
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    Definitely "...a rose by any other name." Looks great with the drop bars.
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    Nitto moustache on the way... Must decide about the stem, gotta be a high rise one.

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    Salsa P7/P10
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    Are those hydraulic brake levers?
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    I wanted to thank you for joining.
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    You're welcome, sugar.
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    Those are hydraulic rim brakes by Magura, how are you liking them OP?

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    Hello Guido,
    welcome to this forum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And compliments for your bike, and brakes :-)
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    Hahaha... Hi Alasa
    Yes, the brakes are Magura hydro brakes for cx, they are great ... you get one finger braking with no effort for your hands, useful when riding rocky downhills with drop bars.

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    And yet another Merlin I didn't know of. I love this place

    Maybe it's my monitor, but I have to ask, 26" wheels, right? Think I'd crap myself if they were 700.....
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    Yes, 26 inches, I wish they were 700 tho...


    Salsa P7/10, where to find them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by even
    Yes, 26 inches, I wish they were 700 tho...
    More pics! I love Merlins.

    I never tire of this pic.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by even
    Yes, 26 inches, I wish they were 700 tho...


    Salsa P7/10, where to find them?
    eBay, last one I saw went for over $100 IIRC.

    I would love a set of those Magura CX brakes, were they very common? I knew about the mtb ones, but never saw the CX version.

    More close up pics and details please. Is the resevoir in the caliper itself, or the lever?

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    pics to come, the reservoir is in the lever, the calipers are normal maguras. Really rare, bought from Alasa...

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    Those Magura brakes are for drop handle bars; touring, CX, Tandem etc.
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    Nitto moustache has just arrived...

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    now with Nitto bars.. It makes a world of difference. So comfy!

    Ah! An ITM stem too...
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    Quote Originally Posted by even
    This is a weird bike. Back in 1990 Italian builders bought frames from the States and rebadged them. This one was branded "Speed", a popular Italian factory in the 90s (original name, ain't it?). Tom Kellog wrote me that Merlin didn't have any agreement so I suppose the rebadging was a homemade operation.

    This frame is doubtless a Merlin: the frame number (Kellog dated it back to 1990), the canti brake studs, the seatclamp, the integrated bottom bracket, and, obviously, the dropouts, they all confirm its noble origins. The weird thing is that the frame is finished in satin. The oh-so-kind Mr. Kellog sait this might have been a treatment made by Speed to differentiate their bikes from Merlin. It might have also been a pre-finished frame bought raw to save money.

    BTW, I love the bike, but being it a bit small, i opted for the monstercross version, with Specy Rockombo drop bars, Magura CX brakes, and Ringlé/Paul hubs. Yes, the DDT oversized hub IS a nonsense on a rigid fork, but that's what I had in my garage you see..

    Not period correct but very functional and fun to ride. The Flexstem is going to go, tho...

    Sweet!
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    Man I would love to get some of those levers.
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    Had a set of Magura road brakes, Same lever, Different brake, Worked really well, Traded them for a pair of Magic moto cranks, New in the box, Kinda miss those brakes !!!

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    I remember road brakes... they had the piston between the left and the right arm, right?

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    I hope you have a good amount of seatpost left in the seat tube!

    Cool bike for sure!

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    not much but still within the safety limit etched on the post. Which is in steel, tho..

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