|This is our Titanium Merlin,
outfitted with Record 9-speed. We've owned this frame for more
than ten years now, having purchased it as a slightly used complete bike
in 1991 for $2,000 (built with a Chorus gruppo). At that time, Ti
bikes were a rarity on the streets of Southern California; since then,
titanium has become pretty commonplace.
We've upgraded and changed components on the Merlin as time has gone by; with the exception of the frame, everything else is totally changed from the bike's original form. We've stuck with it for the ride (very comfortable, yet responsive), the frame's light weight (the bike now weights a shade over 19 pounds) and the ease of taking care of the brushed finish frame.
We're also impressed by Merlin's great customer service. Last year, the frame developed a crack at the drive side chainstay/dropout joint, and we sent it back to Merlin for repairs. They fixed the frame, re-finished it, put on new decals and a new head badge, even changed the bearings in the bottom bracket--all for free. That's the hallmark of a quality company.
One note: Campagnolo no longer supplies equipment to Campy Only or other news sources for road testing. With the exception of the Ergo levers (the last items sent to us by Campagnolo, some two years ago), everything here was purchased by us. With the exception of the bars, stem, and Avocet Vertech, everything here is available from Branford Bike (a Campy Only sponsor).