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Merlin Extralight

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Merlin Extralight / 58 cm / 1993

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A 1993 Merlin Extralight still going strong after a 2007 complete rebuild

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very clean, clever shifter

very clean build, clever shifter customization (best of both worlds imho...)

i love it when Ti frames are painted and not bare.

Killer bike man. Very

Killer bike man. Very interested in your choice to use a dt shifter for the front mech. Is it b/c it's rarely used or campy's sub-par front shifting? Any more details about this wonderful nonsense?


Probably a weight weenie thing. I've seen it on a lot of weight conscious builds.


But I'm curious as to the

But I'm curious as to the weight difference between a carbon shift lever and a carbon dt shifter. Seems negligible, no.? Could save more weight with a carbon seatpost, kit carbonio slr saddle or tubular wheelset.


but its much cheaper than all of those options without really sacrificing anything as most people dont shift chainrings all that much and you'd be surprised at the weight of the lever and internals mech on a shifter


Interesting. As to the

Interesting. As to the expense, that goes without saying (although this cyclist has hardly spared any elsewhere on this killer build). I didn't figure the internals would come out, though - and certainly the front ring gets much less action than the rear cluster. Thanks for weighing in (dumb pun?) Haeg.

The downtube shifter saved

The downtube shifter saved me about 75 grams (internals came out, less inner- and outer cable needed). Apart from that it's a gimmic mostly, the Extralight is hardly a "racing" bike. To modern standard it's flexy and I use it as a long distance comfort bike. As noted above, on such rides one does not use the front gears that often. I'm quite used to peddling around with the chain on the small ring 90 percent of the time, using the big ring only during decents (I've got my Bianchi for - much faster - groups rides)

If it didn't say 1993, I

If it didn't say 1993, I would have guessed it was much newer.

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