“EXCELLENT. Original (stronger and more expensive) coveted V-bend chainstays "non wishbone chainstays", overall excellent, seat tube decal has been squished a little, no more than rub marks cosmetically here and there from normal use, structurally perfect, if you want more pictures let me know. Welds on this frame are a work of art. Entire frame assembled with Anti-seize, all threads are PERFECT. PEDALS and SADDLE NOT INCLUDED. For those that do not know, this is an original MERLIN from the original guys at the Cambridge, MA shop (before the Litespeed buyout).”
Classic MERLIN RSR titanium 57cm Shimano ULTEGRA 6600 10-speed FULCRUM Racing 5 for sale
Current customer rating: (3) based on 25 votes
MERLIN (vintage original) RSR geometry by Tom Kellogg 57cm (this is true factory 57cm size) there is another rsr on eBay for long time that is not correctly measured 57cm. Anyway this RSR has 56.5cm top tube length and 138mm headtube length. I am the second owner. purchased this RSR (frame, fork, headset) from Merlin collector who has believe three other Merlin's and this one he rode the least. Since purchase might have ridden it under ten times as have about six other bikes in my garage. MERLIN'S "low budget" frame was actually the most forward looking in design and also the best performing in energy transfer from the massive seat tube used from all the R&D of their previous models. (Way stiffer than the ROAD model as personally owned that model as original owner in 1998). The V-bend chainstays on this early production RSR cost lot more to make because of the mitering and welding time-and they are exactly the same as the classic Road model. Merlin later switched to the wishbone CHAINSTAY style on later designs to further bring down the cost of the frame, but there ended up being structural issues with that design. Rear stay's will accommodate 25c tire, Time equipe pro fork 23c (maybe 24c). Frame details include, pump peg, chain peg hanger, and the rear dropouts are threaded. Stronglight Delta headset (needle bearing). Legendary Time Equipe Pro fork. Full SHIMANO ULTEGRA 6600 build which includes super rare and expensive DURA-ACE YUMEYA chain.172.5mm crank length, 12-25 cassette, FSA 50T big ringKING stainless w.b. cagesFULCRUM RACING wheelsThomson seatpostNitto 110mm 90 degree made in Japan stem-hardcoreSalsa Poco bars (wide)Conti tire in the rear Vittoria in the front (I have good assortment of tires that can always substitute out)Bar tape needs replacing and can included some new (barely used, black tape) with the bike. This bike is another one of my collectibles that really hate parting with, but rarely get out to ride now and when do it is more often on my other road bike. Remember, even though this frame is vintage, because of the material it is basically ageless. As you've probably heard say with titanium, dream bike today, dream bike 20 years from today.
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