Merlin Metalworks Inc. Cielo Record Road Bike

5/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $7395.00

Product Description

Frame Material: 3Al/2.5V titanium/carbon fiber composite
Frame Angles: 73.5 head, 73.5 seat
Sizes: 49cm, 51cm, 53cm, 54cm, 55cm, 56cm, 57cm, 58cm, 59cm, 61cm
Colors: Polished
Fork: Reynolds Ouzo Pro
Rear Shock: Unspecified
Brake Levers: Campagnolo Record Ergo
Handlebar: ITM Millennium SO
Stem: ITM Millennium SO
Headset: 1 1/8" integrated Cane Creek
Front Der: Campagnolo Record
Crankset: Campagnolo Record, 39/53 teeth
Rear Der: Campagnolo Record
Pedals: Unspecified
Tires: 700 x 23c Vittoria Rubino Pro

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by kratomonly a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2009

Strengths:    The frame tracks remarkably well and holds a line even with a strong descent and tight line. Also, it looks beautiful and is unique.

Weaknesses:    None yet, except for price which really did not affect me.

Bottom Line:   
I have ridden my Cielo now for about 800+ miles and must say that it does everything I ask of it exceptionally well. Back in the late '80's and early '90's I was a cat 2 rider who put way too many miles on steel frames. I dabbled in aluminum which I must admit I preferred for crits. With that said, since riding this frame I now wonder what took me so long to spend the money for carbon fiber and Ti.

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Favorite Ride:   All of them (ecept the rainy ones)

Price Paid:    $5000.00

Purchased At:   private sale

Similar Products Used:   Prior to this purchase I raced a Bob Jackson steel frame (which I still own and will not throw out much to my wife's irritation) and also own a Cervelo team soloist limited edition.

Bike Setup:   I have always rode Shimano Ultegra but this bike is set up with the new SRAM Force. I must admit that I am now a SRAM fan and must point out that the braking is better than Shimano.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Robert Kohler a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: May 21, 2007

Strengths:    Craftsmanship, comfortable, handles well, responsive, absorbs road vibrations without sacrificing road feel. It is a beautiful bike to look at and ride.

Weaknesses:    When you pay this much money for a bike, you get paranoid about group rides with inexperienced riders and nipping in the store to buy fluids on solo rides.

Bottom Line:   
I ride about 150 miles/week with a long ride (70-100 miles) on the weekend. This is the most comfortable bike I have ridden. You don't have that beat up feeling caused by excessive road vibrations after a long ride. It is stable, very responsive and elegant in design.

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Favorite Ride:   Merlin Cielo Record

Price Paid:    $5800.00

Purchased At:   Bikesport

Similar Products Used:   Trek alpha 2500, Dura Ace 9 set up. I put ~ 30,000 miles on this bike in the last 8 years, it is a good bike, but no comparison to the Merlin. Also have a Raleigh competition. Same comment

Bike Setup:   Fizik Arione saddle, Zipp stem and bar, Eurus wheels, Record 10 speed double set up, Continental Grand Prix Supersonic front, GP 3000 rear.

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