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Any 200lb Merlin Extralight riders out there?(5 posts)

Any 200lb Merlin Extralight riders out there?mightya
Sep 22, 2003 2:37 PM
I am lusting after an Extralight, but weigh 204. My test rides have been OK, but was wondering if other, err, linebacker sized folks ride the Extralight. How much BB flex? Other bikes in this general vicinity (quality/performance wise) I should be considering?
I'm 205 and mt Vortex is fine for meNASA Noddler
Sep 22, 2003 6:22 PM
re: Any 200lb Merlin Extralight riders out there?scorpionking
Sep 22, 2003 6:33 PM
The Vortex rides like an aluminum bike compared with the extralite, totally different tubeset, etc. Bottom line is the only way you can find out if its ok for you is to ride one or borrow one of your LBS's who sells them. I'd guess at your weight an extralite would flex like a wet noodle if you posess any kind of power for your size at all.
re: Any 200lb Merlin Extralight riders out there?merlint3
Sep 22, 2003 10:33 PM
I am 200 lbs. with a 58 cm (96 vintage) Extralight. I do not notice much, if any BB flex, hardly a wet noodle. I love my bike, awesome on long rides: in fact I recently bought a 03 XLR frame with the integrated headset to build up this winter. FYI I believe the 04's are going from a 7/8" to a 1" chainstay and should be even a bit stiffer. Having said that, I'm sure the Vortex, 6/4 Ti is stiffer, but that is a tradeoff I wouldn't make.
re: Any 200lb Merlin Extralight riders out there?fallzboater
Sep 23, 2003 6:39 AM
I'm 6'3", 185 lbs and recently tried a 63cm Extralight. I thought the BB was a little flexy, definitely had some chain rub out of the saddle. A smaller frame would probably be stiffer, but also designed around a lighter rider.

As far as price, I think you can do better with a custom steel or Ti bike from Seven, Strong, or any of several other builders.