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  1. #1
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    Talking Introducing the newest addition to my stable

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    As of today, I am the proud owner of a 2004 Merlin Camena! This is Merlin's women's specific model; its frame was designed by Tom Kellogg. The frame is titanium with carbon seatstays, and yes, it rides like a dream. I knew from the first pedal stroke that I was going to end up buying the bike. Components are a mixture of Dura Ace and Ultegra. The previous owner outfitted her with a Kestrel carbon fork and Spinergy wheels.

    I can't wait to get her home and clean her up. I have an appointment on Friday to dial in the stem setting.

    I'll try to post pics after I clean her up. In the meantime, here are some pics from the Merlin site:

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    (Head) Badges?! We don't need no stinkin' (head) badges!


    Engraving by bottom bracket:


    I wish they had a shot of the hourglass-shaped seatstays -- it looks really sexy!

    I now own 4 bikes -- I think I am now officially a bike addict. Since the first step is admitting you have a problem, I guess I'm on my way to recovery. But no, I have no intention of selling any of my bikes.
    I'll get back on the bike soon, I promise!

  2. #2
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    Riding my Luna & Rivendell in the Hudson Valley, NY
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    That's one gorgeous bike. CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    Lisa
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  3. #3
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    That's really beautiful!! Congratulations!

  4. #4
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    its one of the bikes I really wanted. They are just so luscious. years ago, I settled for the next best thing, a Litespeed.

    BTW, I love the old world touch of engraving. So beautiful.

    Enjoy the bike.

  5. #5
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    foothills of the Ozarks aka Tornado Alley
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    That is a G O R G E O U S bike. You must be very proud! Congratulations!!

  6. #6
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    Beeee-ooooo-ti-ful!!!!!!
    "If Americans want to live the American Dream, they should go to Denmark." - Richard Wilkinson

  7. #7
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    Absolutely delicious! Enjoyyyyyyyyyyyyy
    Bad JuJu: Team TE Bianchista
    "The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress." -Roth
    Read my blog: Works in Progress

  8. #8
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    lovely!!!!!
    Discipline is remembering what you want.

  9. #9
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    Nice!!!

    Alex

  10. #10
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    Can't wait to see pics of YOURS! Congrats... it really is pretty Sexy!
    Everyone Deserves a Lifetime

  11. #11
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    Nov 2006
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    that is a good looking bike with a nice set of parts.

  12. #12
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    Oh wow, now I want one! That engraving is gorgeous! Very nice.

  13. #13
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    Awesome. If you love your Merlin half as much as I love mine, you are going to be one happy lady!

  14. #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by melissam View Post
    I wish they had a shot of the hourglass-shaped seatstays -- it looks really sexy!
    Are they like these? Those seat stays are were a huge factor in my decision to get a Spectrum. Tom sent me this picture when I asked for a better view of the seatstays; I knew I didn't want straight ones.



    Bubba is gonna be so jealous. He lusts after the engraved Merlins.
    Frends know gud humors when dey is hear it. ~ Da Crockydiles of ZZE.

  15. #15
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    Ohhh, that's purty. Congrats.

    SK--I know you had some discussion on RBR about curved seatstays when you were trying to pick a builder, but could you explain their benefit to me. I may be having my own conversation about it with Tom one of these days.
    Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Continue to learn. Appreciate your friends. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.

    --Mary Anne Radmacher

 

 

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