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Which Ti Bikesticky
Oct 3, 2003 9:05 AM
Looking to buy either Ghisallo or Merlin Magia.
Option to buy 2002 Ghisallo reduced - whats the difference between '02 model and 03 or even 04 models?
Magia has some lovely details - '04 model appears from Merlin website to be using a std headset and not an integrated headset - any news/views?
re: Which Ti BikeNessism
Oct 3, 2003 3:44 PM
Get the one that fits best. Keep in mind that these two frames are LIGHT...which means the tubes are thin...which means the frame will be flexable. Should be fine for a lightweight spinner, but not a strong masher.

Good luck.

Oct 3, 2003 9:03 PM
Fit is the most important factor. Tom Kellogg is the chief designer of Merlin. (He's the picture in the front of the catalog and website.) He will personally build you a fully custom frame: angles, length, tube diameter, etc. If you really want to invest in a Ti frame, you should go the extra step and make sure it fits perfectly.

Give him a call. (He'll answer the phone.)
Ditto that w/TituspedalAZ
Oct 5, 2003 6:38 PM
Straight Ti, or Ti Exogrid (laser cut Ti tubing with carbon resin impregnating the laser cut voids), or ultralight Isogrid tubing into Ti lugs. These guys have the shizznit tubing and know their fit, geometry, tube sizing, and Ti welding. Talk to Chris or Alan.

Top pic is the Isogrid & Ti frame; bottom pic is straight Ti.

Ditto that w/Titusscorpionking
Oct 5, 2003 7:16 PM
With that much carbon in the frame why not buy an all CF bike? Are the equivalent titanium lugs and headtube in the entire front triangle gonna make the bike ride like ti instead of CF??? Nope!
Because . . .pedalAZ
Oct 6, 2003 2:27 PM
the ti lugs are strong, and relatively easy to make, allowing the carbon tubing to be cut to any length, thus facilitating the custom sizing for the rider. Tell me how many makers of all CF frames offer them in custom sizes?
Because . . .scorpionking
Oct 6, 2003 4:27 PM
Calfee, Parlee, Merckx.
Oct 7, 2003 10:35 AM
But, of course, extremely rare and expensive that way.
re: Which Ti Bikesticky
Oct 7, 2003 12:30 AM
I'm only 145 and looking for a light Ti bike so the Magia or Ghisallo fit the bill.... Also the std sizing works well for me, either the Lge Ghisallo or Med/Lrge Merlin. Both have TT length of 56.5 which work with a 12 stem.

Any views on which frame I should go for, or whether the deal on the 2002 Ghisallo is worth doing (its $700 cheaper than the 03 model)