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Merlin Cyrene vs Extralight?(4 posts)

Merlin Cyrene vs Extralight?Philharmonic
Mar 24, 2003 9:00 PM
Any opinions comparing the Cyrene vs Extralight? I'd like a straignt top tube and weight ~150lbs. Not many reviews on the Cyrene anyone with ride experience?
Thanks
re: Merlin Cyrene vs Extralight?ol
Mar 25, 2003 8:49 PM
I am about the same weight as you are and I own a Merlin extralight compact. Not sure about the Cyrene but I can tell you that the extralight has the smoothest ride imagineble, that coupled with bottom bracket stiffness and perfect road geometry ( for me at least), and bulletproof finish will make this bike the last bike you will own. Make the move.
Cheers.
re: Merlin Cyrene vs Extralight?Philharmonic
Mar 26, 2003 7:18 AM
Thanks. I'm getting a custom fit to get the STA to 71 degrees (was fit on a Serrotta fit bike) . After calling the factory I've been told that the bottom line with the double butted tubes etc. is the weight differential of about half a pound less for for the xtralight. The guys at Merlin told me the ride would be the same. Will I feel the half pound difference or will I just get used to the single bike I'll be riding? What component group did you get? I stayed away from compact purely because of my psychological bias towards wanting a traditional look.
Thanks
Tom
re: Merlin Cyrene vs Extralight?DWbike
Mar 26, 2003 9:50 AM
I bought a 54CM Cyrene in December from Excel Sport (outstanding phone sales help, quick delivery, very good assembly and packaging, a five star experience) and have put about 500 miles on it over the winter. The ride of a bike is the sum of the components, so my review is based on a Cyrene with all Campy Chorus, Campy Proton wheels, Conti 3000 tires, Merlin carbon fork, Ritchie WCS bar & Stem, Easton carbon seat post and Sella Italia saddle. Simply put, with this combination of components the ride is excellent, very smooth, very quiet. I only ride 25 to 30 miles at a time and it it a very relaxing bike to ride, stable with no shimmy on fast downhill runs (top speed so far 42 mph), yet very responsive when climbing or manuvering. I test rode the Cyrene and the Extralight and could not feel the difference, so I decided to spend my money on components, rather than the lighter frame. Buy either one of them and you will be very happy.