Jan 1, 2002 5:03 PM
|Anyone out there who has ridden a Merckx AX titanium frame?
If so, I would appreciate your insight. How would it compare to a Zurich or a Cad 4? I know its built by Litespeed, but is the quality comparable? Thanks in advance.
|re: Merckx Frame||Rusty Coggs|
Jan 1, 2002 5:35 PM
|I had one. workmanship was first rate. Never could get it to work for me. Don't know if it was germetry of frame flex or both. Just wore me out teying to pedal it. Zurich would be similar geometry. Caad 4 alot more agressive. Caad4 is least favored of extensive stable that includes OCLV and numerous good steel rides.|
|it's justa litespeed||nm|
Jan 2, 2002 9:15 AM
|with slack angles|
|re: Merckx Frame||Nessism|
Jan 3, 2002 12:48 PM
|I rode a Merckx EX Ti frame for several years. The AX is similar but without all the ovalized tubing and beefy chainstays.
They are fine frames although difficult to compare to the others you mentioned. The stiffness will be a little less than the Zurich and a lot less than the Cad 4.
As far as geometery is concern, the Merckx frames have a short front center. This is due to a slack seat tube and medium short top tube.
As far as quality goes, they are very good. Litespeed makes a very nice frame. The welds may not be as nice as a Seven or older Merlin, but they are no less serviceable.