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    Official Titanium Bike Thread

    1993 Titan Titanium Compe , got the frame NOS off ebay for $351US. Currently the frame is hanging in my basement. I had it put together as a bike for a few months and only used it for about 300 feet of pavement, once. I'm going to be putting it back together in the springtime to be my new Uglybike project.

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    1991 Alpinestars Ti Mega, got this on the mtbr classifieds back in dec 1998 for $200US for the frame and front derailleur. One of only two Ti-Mega's in Ottawa. Previously setup as a 24 speed XC bike, its now configured as a 1x8 trail/jump bike, well except for the fact its about to get a fork swap to another one of my Noleen MegaAir's. Needless to say running a 4" travel fork on a bike that was designed rigid is slackening the geometry, but at 71.5/74 originally, it can afford it. The Manitou fork that was on it previously (painted by Chris Chance) is now on my R.M. Thunderbolt, the blue topline cranks are going on my Titan Uglybike project, the Ti stem and carbon bar moved over to my R.M. Stratos, and I think I'll be using one of my Amoeba rear disc adapters to setup the back end with a disc brake (as it has clearance for a 3" wide tire otherwise).

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    yep, good idea now that the Merlin forum is closed

    wow, the first real live Ti-Mega i see, nice, i really like ECS bikes. this is my Merlin Elevator:



    and my Merlin Mountain, frame nr. 213!



    thats all Ti i have (for the time being...)

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    good opportunity also to show my merlin mountain, frame no. 446 with matching koski fork


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    my Newsboy

    hello, I would change the saddle with an old Brooks!
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    among other brands...

    I happen to be a Brooks saddle dealer... they even have a new model with Ti rails this year.
    I'm just afraid it'll be more expensive than the existing models which are about $300CDN.

    As to the merlins, the one model I'd like to add to my collection is their E-stay softtail with the elastomer bumper rear end.

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    Very nice. The KOSKI Dura-Trac is the most under-rated, unknown fork in my opinion. The suspension forks killed this one at a young age.

    They came on the 89 Bridgestone MB1. Thats where I found out about them. Great fork.

    Nice Ti frames! I like those Merlins!

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    Merlin Suspension

    Quote Originally Posted by DeeEight
    I happen to be a Brooks saddle dealer... they even have a new model with Ti rails this year.
    I'm just afraid it'll be more expensive than the existing models which are about $300CDN.

    As to the merlins, the one model I'd like to add to my collection is their E-stay softtail with the elastomer bumper rear end.
    I know the series of old Merlin suspension,

    take a look here........
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    yes - still one of my favourites. maybe some day ill own one......




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    newsboy'96? prototype

    take a look, great fork !!
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    Damn that reminds me..

    anyone have that Merlin rigid fork they made a long time ago. It was triangulated and mounted to the stem to... looked awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alasa
    hello, I would change the saddle with an old Brooks!
    Tell me more about those Paul (?) derailleurs, love the rasta theme. I have some rasta Paul levers, mmm....

    Wanna sell?

    Nice. Any better pics?

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    Paul derailleur

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    Tell me more about those Paul (?) derailleurs, love the rasta theme. I have some rasta Paul levers, mmm....

    Wanna sell?

    Nice. Any better pics?
    They are very light and shift good, asap I take some pix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erkan
    Damn that reminds me..

    anyone have that Merlin rigid fork they made a long time ago. It was triangulated and mounted to the stem to... looked awesome.
    i think they called it the Girder fork. dont have one but i have a pic:



    mounted on an Elevator prototype/pre-production version:



    the Newsboy with the suspension fork looks pretty much like a production frame. this is one of the prototypes:





    Interesting that the Newsboy was developped already in 1990 (i think) but made it into production in 1995 only.

    This is another of the Elevator prototypes:



    and, finally, a Mountain prototype with weird chainstays:



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    Thanks for the pictures!!!

    I remember them from the old MBA I had too

    That girderfork bike looked awesome. Too bad theres no market for rigid forks anymore.

    BTW, X-lite of UK had a titanium hardtail with a dual crown rigid titanium blade fork (I think the fork was TI also). It was in 1999 or 1998 I think, dunno if its in production now but that fork was badass in combination with the frame.

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    Hi Carsten,
    In that last picture, those chainstays were designed by the Onza guys and patented as far as I remember correctly. I dont remember all the exact details off the top of my head but it was an attempt to allow for more clearance with the chainrings and also the tire. Seems like it should work, but looks like it could be a bit weaker, flexier, and heavier. Dont know much about it though. Im sure someone here remembers the details on this thing. If you look at that Sotello bike its got the same design.

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    Here's my '92(?) E-stay Merlin Mtn.

    Topline cranks, really old Mavic rims w/ XT hubs, AC seatpost, Flite Alpes saddle, CK headset, & '99 Z2 fork. Picked it up for $500 several years ago from a guy here in LA, and changed very little except getting rid of the Mach 5 fork & swapping out the purple ano 135mm 0* Ringle stem. Serial number isn't etched sharply enough to read, & the folks at Merlin were no help in dating the frame when I asked them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeEight
    As to the merlins, the one model I'd like to add to my collection is their E-stay softtail with the elastomer bumper rear end.
    You mean this bike?

    Because it's such a great ride, it's actually my regular commute - no, I don't lock it up outside; I've tried to pile on the XTR 900 parts, right down to the seat binder QR (which is very heavy though), but I'm still short of the XTR 900 series v-brakes and seatpost. Anyone know where to source 'em, if they exist?

    And hey, for the truly retro look, about a year back it used to be all Ringle purple accessories: stem, seatpost, bottle cage, skewers, and seat binder bolt, but I decided that colour was best left as a memory!
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    I would guess your search for M900 V brakes will be a long one because they never made em! The M900 group had cantilevers. As for the seatpost, they are around. I have a 26.8 but its not perfect. I think the M900 is excellent stuff.

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    OMG my jaw is on the floor.

    I had no idea there ever was an Elevated merlin
    I want an E-stay merlin for my singlespeed project. In fact I was considering having a custom one made by seven.

    If anyone knows of a 19" or so one available anywhere please let me know.

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    Probably have an easier time tracking down a Ti Mega than an E-stay merlin...

    oh, and just to update the pics of my titan...

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    I still need to update the back wheel pic (I did eventually get around to building the rear M230/Atax/28 hole wheel).
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    my late 80's ti merlin is not as sexy as others in this thread but here is my contribution with a photo.


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    http://www.ssfta.com/vintage-race.html

    Anybody selling a Cook Bros. mtn stem? How about a blue Chris King Theaded headset?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vdubbusrider
    my late 80's ti merlin is not as sexy as others in this thread but here is my contribution with a photo.

    Dude! Is that a UNI disc wheel cover on the back!? Doooooope!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Dude! Is that a UNI disc wheel cover on the back!? Doooooope!
    wow, everybody around here wants to string me up by my b***s for putting that disc on a merlin. nice to see somebody else likes it. it came with the bike. the guy raced this in Italy and it still has the Italian sponser stickers on it. i think it puts just the right amount of retro uglyness in this bike for me. without it the bike looks modern except that there is not a 125mm fox fork on it.
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    Not sure if mine is quite vintage. It's 9 years old I guess.
    It's certainly got an old school flava.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeEight
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    Yow bud, just how many teeth are on that big ring?

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    '93 fat chance titanium, really a great frame! sorry for the forks' colour....


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    We the people ...

    nice moots next to the FAT ti there

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    moots DH-88

    thank you scant!

    according to butch boucher there have only been made around 50 of these moots DH-88's in total.
    sold in 1996 as an downhill fully (with 3.5 inch of travel) it is a great xc bike by today's standards.



    sorry for being a little bit off topic because it is not really vintage (1996)

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    Quote Originally Posted by alasa
    hello, I would change the saddle with an old Brooks!
    I've got an old Brooks that I'll swap you if you want - it's currently being used on a stool in my garage - PM me if you are interested and I'll shoot you some photos when I get home - it's in pretty new shape and was given to me by a friend (but might not work out well on my AC1).

    By the way - that is an abolutely beautiful ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    Yow bud, just how many teeth are on that big ring?
    ActionTec ELS Titanium 56T DH ring... the advantage of being an ActionTec dealer when closeouts were happening on stuff... $39cdn for a ring that a few years earlier would have been a couple hundred US. Pretty sure its the biggest size they made the 110mm pattern rings in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vdubbusrider
    wow, everybody around here wants to string me up by my b***s for putting that disc on a merlin. nice to see somebody else likes it. it came with the bike. the guy raced this in Italy and it still has the Italian sponser stickers on it. i think it puts just the right amount of retro uglyness in this bike for me. without it the bike looks modern except that there is not a 125mm fox fork on it.
    Those old Merlin frames (and Ti frames in general it seems) are so timeless, that with out anodized parts, you'd never know it was vintage....but that disc does the trick nicely. Tacky as hell...but does the trick.
    I think that kind of stuff is fun. It's harmless enough and gives on lookers a smile. I say why not!

    Speaking of which...I've only seen one UNI disc make it's way though eBay. If I get my hands on one, I could run it for Sea Otter!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lucifer
    Not sure if mine is quite vintage. It's 9 years old I guess.
    It's certainly got an old school flava.
    9 years old....totally vintage.
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    if the stem is long enough to serve as a dildo, its vintage...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeEight
    if the stem is long enough to serve as a dildo, its vintage...

    LMAO


    Note the stem length and the seat height and position. Yes at 18" 23"tt my frame is a tad small for me.
    Its fine in the mountains but I am definitely shooting for a 19" or 20" frame when I build my town bike/SS.
    I used to ride a 20" cdale that was great in town but ungainly in the hills.
    The nuke is just the opposite.

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    for example...

    <img src="http://yoda.densan.ca/kmr/bikes/stems.jpg">

    Tucker snagged the purple/black/blue kooka stem off me already (105 length), the other two kooka's are 90 and 120mm, and everything else in that picture is 130 or longer (four of them are 150mm as I recall).
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    Merlin E-stay watch

    If anyone sees one of those Merlin E-stay frames for sale someplace, turn me on to it (if your not buying it for yourself). I'd like to have one for sure. I'm thinking of selling my Klein Adroit, I'd replace it with one of those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pulli
    If anyone sees one of those Merlin E-stay frames for sale someplace, turn me on to it (if your not buying it for yourself). I'd like to have one for sure. I'm thinking of selling my Klein Adroit, I'd replace it with one of those.

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    Sorry not vintage yet (1999)

    But might as well be compared to all the modern motorcycle offerings in the bike stores these days.
    I predict soon 80mm front travel, V brakes and 8 speed will soon be retro/dinosour.
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    Ti Boulder Starship and Litespeed frame.

    This is my '95 Boulder Starship (with 12 year old Bullseye cranks) and a 1990 Litespeed frame I built up to a singlespeed.
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    My Commooter..

    Here is my ANODIZED (oh yes the horror) 94 YBB. It has definitley faded over time, but you can still see the ano pattern.

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    New question here. Ti-mega/Al-mega - question to DeeEight

    DeeEight,

    Did you set-up your Ti-mega to a 1x8 because the braze on mount for the front mech snapped???? (can't see it too well in the photo)
    I have just had that problem on my Al-mega, and was contempleting going down the same route, although would prefer to get it back up to spec.

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    no i set it up 1x8 because I don't need a granny or big ring on many of the trails I do with it. I just run a 29T ring with an 11-32 8sp cogset. Nothing wrong with my braze on mount, I just decided to save some weight and ditch a shifter, derailleur, cable, housing, bunch of chain, big ring, granny ring, buncha ring bolts.

    At present, only my Amp B-3, my '91 RMB Stratos and my '88 RMB Thunderbolt (which is one of my two loaner bikes) have 3 ring setups still (and they all have girvin rockrings also). My Oryx Hurricane is 2 rings, my K2 Razorback is 2 rings (another loaner), my giant warp is 2 rings (and for sale as well), and my Titan Compe is 2 rings also (and the only one without a bashring/rockring, but that's only because I didn't own one to cover a 56T ring). If and when I get around to building my full suspension singlespeed they'll be yet another with a bashring on it (its a consistent part of my bikes), and I'm still not sure which direction I'm going for my full rigid project bike but it'll likely use a 2-ring/bash guard setup too.
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    And this is mine!

    94 Hei Hei with 93 decals. With all original Kona titanium parts. That includes the titanium project 2 fork, stem, Dewey bar ends, and seatpost.

    Special thanks goes to OLAK who gave me the handlebar and Djuc for the saddle.

    cheers! zeck
    ps. Am looking now for a 18" 91-93 Hei Hei frame. If you got one (or know of one) in fantastic condition, please let me know!
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    it's an SS now...

    but the titanium frame is unidentified...some say its a DBR Axis, some say its a Doug(?). Purchased it 3rd hand from a fellow rider, who said it was an Axis TT, but since the decals were all scratched up, the original owner put DEAN stickers on it prior to the sale.

    I need your expertise in ID'ing it, seatpost diamter is 26.8, and seat tube has some reinforcement.

    I've attached pics of the drop out as well.

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    Nice one! Im working on a vintage ti forked, framed, stem'd, bared, posted, ensemble myself. Not by Kona though. Pics to come soon hopefully.

    How does that fork ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishy
    94 Hei Hei with 93 decals.
    Love, love love that Ti Project 2 fork. If I ever find one for sale there is going to be a bloodbath..

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    Quote Originally Posted by CabRider
    but the titanium frame is unidentified...some say its a DBR Axis, some say its a Doug(?). Purchased it 3rd hand from a fellow rider, who said it was an Axis TT, but since the decals were all scratched up, the original owner put DEAN stickers on it prior to the sale.

    I need your expertise in ID'ing it, seatpost diamter is 26.8, and seat tube has some reinforcement.

    I've attached pics of the drop out as well.

    Thanks!
    Sandvik made the DB Axis if I recall correctly. I had a Sandvik frame in 94 or so and the drops looked nothing like those. I would be more likely to guess Dean but cant say for sure on either one...

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    thanks!

    all i know is that it definitely is Made in The USA

    the ride is sweet though - looking to round it off with more Ti goodies in the long run

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    marin Team ti

    fillet-brazed, I have not had the chance to ride it extensively yet. Winter and work made it pretty much impossible. Will ride it pretty soon though. Btw, what is your vintage ti project, or is it still a secret? ;-)

    mwr, patience and luck. It took my almost 2 years to find all the parts. None of them were easy although I could have cheated with the handlebar and probably the stem by using other makes but thought I would wait and get the right parts instead. Goodluck!

    Anyway, here is another of my projects - a Marin-Team Ti. Litespeed made. I think it is a 1991. Parts are obviously not finalised yet. The Panaracers definately have to go for starters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishy
    fillet-brazed, I have not had the chance to ride it extensively yet. Winter and work made it pretty much impossible. Will ride it pretty soon though. Btw, what is your vintage ti project, or is it still a secret? ;-)

    mwr, patience and luck. It took my almost 2 years to find all the parts. None of them were easy although I could have cheated with the handlebar and probably the stem by using other makes but thought I would wait and get the right parts instead. Goodluck!

    Anyway, here is another of my projects - a Marin-Team Ti. Litespeed made. I think it is a 1991. Parts are obviously not finalised yet. The Panaracers definately have to go for starters.
    Nice. I know the early Marin Team Titaniums (1987-8ish) were made my Merlin. Yours does look like a Litespeed though. My project is a 1990 Litespeed. Back then they made a frame, fork, bb, stem, and bars. Ive got all those parts but need to do some steerer threading.

    I see atleast a couple mor ti frames in the background!

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    Elevated Merlin

    Here you guys go, just what you were looking for, btw not mine and don't know who the seller is, and it probably will sell in Europe anyway.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...sPageName=WDVW

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    and here's my 1996 GT Xizang

    Hi,

    here's my 1996 Xizang. I built it up to be my "favourite" after having lost my 1992 Zaskar to a burglar (one day I'll find you!!!! ).
    So, this babe doesn't come in the original set up, I rather tried to use up to date components, while still not violating the spirit of the frame too much.

    Climbs like a mountaingoat and takes all abuses w/o a problem. I simply love it, even prefer it on rough trails to my plush fullsuspension.

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    That DBR Axis TT (if it is) was also one of my dream titanium bikes.

    Fillet-brazed, I only got one more Serotta CHT which is titanium. I already sold my other Hei Hei which was a 1996. The other frames are a 92 Marin Team Issue (remember Tange Ultimate?), and a 92 Kona Explosif (Tange Prestige Concept). Gota thin the fleet though.

    And I am 99% certain mine is the Litespeed because of the dropouts. Exactly the same as one of the earlier pics in this thread which shows a Litespeed frame. Nice, I remember pics of the Litespeed fork, stem, handlebar etc. Makes for a pretty stunning bike. I was kicking myself for not bidding when a Litespeed titanium fork went for 50 Euros here on Ebay Germany about 6 months back. Of course you will post pics when yours is done eh?

    cheers, zeck
    ps. Anyone know of a medium Rocky Mountain Ti-Bolt for sale?

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    nice brace of rides, Fishy! am still in the dark about my frame though- all the photos of DBR Axis TT's I've come across are slightly different from mine- especially the seat tube!

    Oldman, the Xizang is nice! I used to have a Zaskar myself! dig the Flite saddle! what brakes you running?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishy
    That DBR Axis TT (if it is) was also one of my dream titanium bikes.

    Fillet-brazed, I only got one more Serotta CHT which is titanium. I already sold my other Hei Hei which was a 1996. The other frames are a 92 Marin Team Issue (remember Tange Ultimate?), and a 92 Kona Explosif (Tange Prestige Concept). Gota thin the fleet though.

    And I am 99% certain mine is the Litespeed because of the dropouts. Exactly the same as one of the earlier pics in this thread which shows a Litespeed frame. Nice, I remember pics of the Litespeed fork, stem, handlebar etc. Makes for a pretty stunning bike. I was kicking myself for not bidding when a Litespeed titanium fork went for 50 Euros here on Ebay Germany about 6 months back. Of course you will post pics when yours is done eh?

    cheers, zeck
    ps. Anyone know of a medium Rocky Mountain Ti-Bolt for sale?
    Hmm, one went through on ebay Germany huh? Did it have Litespeed stickers?
    I wonder if it was an IBC. IBC I think is a Russian company and did a near perfect knock-off of Litespeeds old fork. It looks identical except the steerer tube extends just slightly below the crown.

    Heres a pic of the 1990 with the ti fork, stem, and bars.
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    Fillet, yeah I think it had Litespeed stickers.

    That would be a nice restoration project for sure. And the frame in the picture looks EXACTLY like my Marin Ti, as well as the Litespeed pic posted earlier by LQQK.

    Have fun! fishy

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    Kona ti

    Clean as a whistle...

    Should have seen it 3 hours ago... terrible state!

    Thought summer was coming and the ground was drying up? Could have fooled me..



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    Kona

    ...clean again after todays ride...




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    Looking for Mountain Goat stem or a nice salsa 1" ahead

    Selling 2 pairs of FSX Judys

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    looking nice there jez! now we await your (mates') 2 other hei hei, and roly's.

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    Are they pace forks? RC36? Used to have a pair on my old klein fervor until it got stolen great forks
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    FB, theres a dean ti (with FAT chance decals! slander!) somewhere on mtb-classic.de photo forum with litespeed ti forks. I've got the MBA test of that litespeed ti (91). pretty cool looking bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by scant
    FB, theres a dean ti (with FAT chance decals! slander!) somewhere on mtb-classic.de photo forum with litespeed ti forks. I've got the MBA test of that litespeed ti (91). pretty cool looking bike

    Id like to see that. I'll have to get pics of mine, its pretty much complete.

    That 91 test, thats a different fork though right? If I recall correctly, it had curved legs the following year.

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    Just thought id post my 94' Rocky mountain Ti Bolt - been in the garage for the past 6 or so years. Check out the front spokes - dont see them much these days

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    ibis ti szazbo, merlin xlm, merlin newsboy, specialized ultimate

    most parts are ti...

    more are coming...
    wanted:
    - older 80's merlin titanium
    - potts type I or II fork
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    Quote Originally Posted by darkside
    Just thought id post my 94' Rocky mountain Ti Bolt - been in the garage for the past 6 or so years. Check out the front spokes - dont see them much these days

    DS
    oops, forgot the pic!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by newsboymerlin
    ibis ti szazbo, merlin xlm, merlin newsboy, specialized ultimate

    most parts are ti...

    more are coming...
    my goodness, THAT is quite a collection. Cool....

    Is that riser titanium too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishy
    my goodness, THAT is quite a collection. Cool....

    Is that riser titanium too?
    yepp, is a ti riser from merlin like the "simple" ti one.
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    - potts type I or II fork
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    newsboymerlin, awesome collection
    merlin ti legs with the purple pace fork crown? what forks that on the newsboy?

    FB, you're right. that era litespeed fork looked like a tange strut, but in titanium

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    Here's one for you retro boffins.

    One of my friends had (what he claimed to be) a Merlin built titanium Mongoose. The frame had a ti front end with a cro-mo wishbone (IIRC) back end. I think the frame would've been from the early 90s or late 80s - I certainly remember him riding it in the mid 90s. Originally the frame came with the mongoose stickers and the back end painted black. Later he managed to get hold of some Merlin stickers (from Merlin direct he claimed). Anyone shed any light on this model or remember it?

    My main ride is a '97 litespeed. I was kind of hoping it wasn't retro just yet, but maybe I ought to post a picture of it here

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    Quote Originally Posted by scant
    newsboymerlin, awesome collection
    merlin ti legs with the purple pace fork crown? what forks that on the newsboy?

    FB, you're right. that era litespeed fork looked like a tange strut, but in titanium
    the purple crown is from a brand-x ti fork. the main manufacture i don't know. on the newsboy is only a cromoly spinner fork. if someone have a ti fork... they are welcome!
    wanted:
    - older 80's merlin titanium
    - potts type I or II fork
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    Quote Originally Posted by rutteger
    Here's one for you retro boffins.

    One of my friends had (what he claimed to be) a Merlin built titanium Mongoose. The frame had a ti front end with a cro-mo wishbone (IIRC) back end. I think the frame would've been from the early 90s or late 80s - I certainly remember him riding it in the mid 90s. Originally the frame came with the mongoose stickers and the back end painted black. Later he managed to get hold of some Merlin stickers (from Merlin direct he claimed). Anyone shed any light on this model or remember it?

    My main ride is a '97 litespeed. I was kind of hoping it wasn't retro just yet, but maybe I ought to post a picture of it here
    Yep, that was a production Mongoose made for the race team (max jones and johnny T) but they never used it. They used a full ti bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    Yep, that was a production Mongoose made for the race team (max jones and johnny T) but they never used it. They used a full ti bike.
    Yeah, that make sense. I remember the owner mentioning a JT connection. What year would that have been then? I thought Tomes used a mongoose stickered Fat Chance when he was riding for them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rutteger
    Yeah, that make sense. I remember the owner mentioning a JT connection. What year would that have been then? I thought Tomes used a mongoose stickered Fat Chance when he was riding for them?
    Must have been 89. The next year he rode for 7 Eleven and a bit for Yeti. He rode the Fat/Mongoose in 87 and then in 88 they made him a JT signature bike out of steel.

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    anyone familliar with these Russian frames...?

    Hi all!
    I'm a noob here, but recently picked up a couple of older Russian Ti frames. The polished one is a complete bike with an old LX group and RockShox Mag 21 Sl/Ti fork, and the yellow frame never built, and also with the same fork new in the box. These were branded "KGB", and "MIG 3.3"; supposedly 3.3 pound frames. The yellow one actually weighs out at 3.4 pounds, but it's got some pretty thick paint on it. Does anyone here know more about these frames? Thanks...!
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    Man, that yellow paint looks awesome!
    Herro prease

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRedMantra
    Man, that yellow paint looks awesome!
    Thanks. It's a candle or acetylene soot over the yellow, then clear-coat over everything. I'm guessing the frames are mid-'90s, but not really sure. Any suggestions on what to build the yellow one with? I have a NOS M900 XTR crankset I snagged off eBay, but that's all so far....

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    I say go singlespeedski on the yellow one, komrade!

    Quote Originally Posted by TheOtherGuy
    Thanks. It's a candle or acetylene soot over the yellow, then clear-coat over everything. I'm guessing the frames are mid-'90s, but not really sure. Any suggestions on what to build the yellow one with? I have a NOS M900 XTR crankset I snagged off eBay, but that's all so far....

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    Quote Originally Posted by scant
    newsboymerlin, awesome collection
    merlin ti legs with the purple pace fork crown? what forks that on the newsboy?

    FB, you're right. that era litespeed fork looked like a tange strut, but in titanium
    Scant, I poked around for a bit and couldnt find that Dean with the Litespeed fork. If you find it let me know. Thanks.

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    FB, I've been looking but I cant find it either.. maybe ask carsten (his finding ability is waay greater than mine ... also give him a nice change from packing bikes ;D LOL

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    FB! with thanks to fishy for actually finding it!.. thought I'd imagined it for a while there!

    http://fotos.mtb-news.de/fotos/showp...cat/511/page/1

    & its a dean not a FAT!

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    Fat chance ti!

    Ti Fat Chance - new build!


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    update: i added a mrc ti and some other ti parts



    another update will be made soon...
    wanted:
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    - potts type I or II fork
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    Smile just turned 10 years ...

    my 1994 YBB - made to meassure by Kent himself and still goin' strong after all those years ...
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    Wink Not vintage yet but Ti anyhow ...

    my 1997 Litespeed Owl Hollow - had it customized by Avia/Morati for discbrakes - still spend most of my woodstime on that really stiff and yet forgiving beauty
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    Vintage? Maybe, but it's for sale

    SPAM: I paid my $2

    2000 Merlin Fat Beat YBB/Headshok Fatty Ultra

    Crossmax Ceramic Wheel Set

    XTR 952 (175mm) Cranks and Newish BB. (Rings are in great shape)

    Makes a wicked Single Speed too!

    PM me.
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    here the update... thanks to a forum member...


    somewhere the parts are placeholders...
    wanted:
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    - potts type I or II fork
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    fishys old kona ti & whats the other ti with litespeed fork?... MMMmmmm, nice additions

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    Quote Originally Posted by scant
    fishys old kona ti & whats the other ti with litespeed fork?... MMMmmmm, nice additions
    it's a mrc ti. i think there i need a mrc ti fork! for the newsboy i need a one-off ti fork... someone got one of these for sell?
    wanted:
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    - potts type I or II fork
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    Quote Originally Posted by newsboymerlin
    it's a mrc ti. i think there i need a mrc ti fork! for the newsboy i need a one-off ti fork... someone got one of these for sell?
    I know of a One Off ti fork for sale, but it most definitely wont be cheap. If youre interested let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkside
    Are they pace forks? RC36? Used to have a pair on my old klein fervor until it got stolen great forks
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    Yep - they're the RC36 "Pro Class" forks with the Ti-Nitride stanchions.....best looking forks they made.

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    the ti parts for the ti frames...
    wanted:
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    - potts type I or II fork
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    Quote Originally Posted by newsboymerlin
    the ti parts for the ti frames...

    You are hereby charged with hoarding....

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    My 1993 SpeedMetal Ti

    My 1993 SpeedMetal Ti. Love the ride. Thanks to Zeck for the Serrota Ti fork. One hell of a fork it is. Cheers....









    Cheers................

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    Thanks!!!

    - My Retinas are burnt crispy!

    That's one helluva throwback.

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    Merlin Taiga (vintage?)

    I'm not sure if this qualifies as vintage yet but here's my Merlin Taiga Ti. It has the wrong stickers on it but I can't complain for basically getting it for free. A friend of mine bought it for 200 euros and it was too small. He said it wasn't worth selling since he spent so little on it and just gave it to me. I guess it's from '98 or there about. I love the way it rides, even with the 100mm fork (set really soft) proping up a little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamdel
    My 1993 SpeedMetal Ti.

    Let this be a warning to everyone else: this is what happens when you come around a downhill corner at high speed and collide with a hippie.
    Show me your Toads. Old Brodies, too.

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    My 1991 Rocky Mountain Titanium
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    an my 1993 TiBOLT.
    Still searching for the matching race face titanium stem (120-130mm).
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