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Thoughts on older Merlin Ti with spinergy Rev X(5 posts)

Thoughts on older Merlin Ti with spinergy Rev Xpepperjeans
Jul 4, 2002 5:57 PM
Newbiw to the board, have been observing for a month or so and thought that it was time take the big plunge. First off I have ridden for a couple of years and in the fall sold my 1999 53cm Lemond Zurich for a price that I couldn't refuse and I am now back in the market for a bike. Check in at about 5'10" tall and 230lbs, not a whole lot of fat due to professional hockey aspiriations, anyhow, there is an older Merlin Ti for sale on ebay with Spinergy Rev X rims and dura-ace components. The bike has been raced but doesn't seem to show much wear from pictures, but pictures can be decieving. The owner is hoping to get 1500.00 bucks for the bike and I am not real familiar with the company and don't see much in the reviews. Any info, warnings, or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in Advanced!
PassNessism
Jul 4, 2002 6:41 PM
Those old Merlins use small diameter tubing and thus they are quite flexable. For a powerful rider, I suggest something stiffer. Plus, $1500 is not a bargin for a bike like that.

Good luck.

Ed
thanks--any suggestionspepperjeans
Jul 4, 2002 6:54 PM
Ed--
Thanks for the advice, I Kind of figured that hence the reason I never bid on the bike. Do youhave any suggestions as far as what kind of bike would best suit me?? To be honest I really liked the Lemond, But I don't have any experience with other types of frame materials. I am on a tight college student budget, but could probably swing 1500.00, but would prefer much less. I am also very willing to build a bike and components and such don't have to be top of the line, but is a better than everage chance that I will be competing at some point and don't want to have to upgrade at that point. Thanks

Jack
thanks--any suggestionsJuanmoretime
Jul 5, 2002 11:30 AM
Find a used Canondale. The stiff aluminium will work for a guy your size plus you can probably find something to fit into you student budget. Look to get 105 or better in components.
So many choicesNessism
Jul 6, 2002 5:39 PM
Honestly, there are a LOT of good bikes being made today. Plus, there is always the used market. I would check around for used first. Find the local race clubs and ask around. No doubt someone looking to get rid of something.

I wouldn't try to buy a bike based on the frame material at this point. Nice frames can be made from a varity of materials so just look for the best quality and value within your price point.

Good luck.

Ed