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Look What Merlin has Done Now...(7 posts)

Look What Merlin has Done Now...PsyDad
Mar 25, 2002 10:42 AM
I found this little tidbit on the Serotta's message board. Apparently, Merlin has developed a bike that appears to be similar to Serotta's Ottrott.

http://www.seaotterclassic.com/news-02mar-23_expoDay3.htm
Saw it Sundaygrzy
Mar 25, 2002 11:10 AM
Yes, I saw it Sunday and admired it. Didn't have the opportunity to talk to anyone about it - they were all tied up. Essentially it's a 3 tube carbon frame with the rest being ti. The ends of the ti tube/lugs were all sculpted like a Rivendale lug.
I saw it too. No one has been on one, real early prototype(nm)James
Mar 26, 2002 12:58 AM
I'll be curious...Me Dot Org
Mar 25, 2002 1:48 PM
...to see how this works. It would seem to negate the need for a different mold for each Carbon Fiber frame, while maintaining many of the weight and ride advantages.
re: I'll be curious...cyclopathic
Mar 25, 2002 2:05 PM
there's a guy who've been doing CF lugged frames for quite some time. Lugs are out of CF
It's really nothing new........Dave Hickey
Mar 25, 2002 2:06 PM
Colnago, LOOK, and Calfee have been doing it for years. The Colnago C-40 and Calfee use carbon lugs while LOOK uses aluminum lugs. Vitus and TVT were making alloy lugged frames with carbon tubes in the mid 80's. Granted, the Merlin uses Ti lugs but the technology has been around for over 15 years.
re: Look What Merlin has Done Now...Got-to-ride
Mar 25, 2002 5:15 PM
I saw this Merlin at the Sea Otter Classic on sunday. It has Ti lugs with carbon fiber 3 main tubes + carbon seat stays. I spoke with someone at the Merlin booth and he said this was strictly a prototype, and not available for sale. It may be interesting if it ever makes it to production.