Merlin Metalworks Inc. Magia Dura Ace 10 Road Bike

5/5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $6325.00

Product Description

Frame Material: 3Al/2.5V titanium
Frame Angles: 73.5 head, 73.0 seat
Sizes: xsmall, small, medium, large
Colors: Polished
Fork: Reynolds Ouzo Pro
Rear Shock: Unspecified
Brake Levers: Shimano Dura-Ace STI Dual Control
Handlebar: ITM Millennium SO
Stem: ITM Millennium SO
Headset: 1 1/8" integrated Cane Creek
Front Der: Shimano Dura-Ace
Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace, 39/53 teeth
Rear Der: Shimano Dura-Ace SS
Pedals: Unspecified
Tires: 700 x 23c Vittoria Rubino Pro

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Manoli Olizon a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2012

Strengths:    light, responsive, smooth, corners like a knife, I always feel safe and under control, likes to go fast, fantastic cornering in close turns, gives me a smile all the time we go for a ride, it was love in the first moment I saw "her" and it still is love after some thousands of kilometers. Take care about the wheels to keep her charakter. They should be as light as possible but strong, like Campagnolo Neutron etc.. On this bike you have to stay relaxed. Let her go and trust her

Weaknesses:    Nothing

Bottom Line:   
The Merlin Magia is a bike for sensitive and aesthetical purists.

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Favorite Ride:   greek mountains

Similar Products Used:   Peugeot, Raleight, Dean El Diente Titanium .....but all the bikes I had or tryed are far away from this Magia.

Bike Setup:   Merlin Magia M/L, Ouzo Pro fork, Campagnolo Record Titanium, DEDA Zero and Newton, Continental Grand Prix 4000 s, Selle SLR, USE Alien Titanium, FRM Team Feather Wheels.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by fischetg a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: March 24, 2008

Strengths:    Ultra good looks, top-notch craftsmanship, light, fast and buttery smooth.

Weaknesses:    Compact has a squirrel-ly twitch...just pay attention. A bit of a flex upfront when accelerating very hard.

Bottom Line:   
An absolute work of art...beautiful even standing still. Light, fast and responsive on the road.

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Favorite Ride:   Ashokan Reservoir

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   private

Similar Products Used:   No other Ti in the corral. A steel Miyata and a CF S-works Roubaix.

Bike Setup:   Dura-Ace Ksysium SL, Conti force/attack.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by CDH a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: March 5, 2008

Strengths:    Strong, light, quick handling, classic good looks.

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
Purchased the frame and built it up with Dura Ace intending to use it as a durable, all weather training bike. Surprisingly stiff in the bottom bracket in and out of the saddle (I'm 6'2" 190 lbs.) but the ride is compliant on rough surfaces. The compact frame and short wheelbase make for very twitchy handling in tight spaces. Takes getting used to on fast descents

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Favorite Ride:   All

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Merlin Compact XL, Specialized Roubaix Pro, Cervelo Team Soloist.

Bike Setup:   Dura Ace, Reynolds fork, stem, and bars. King headset, Mavic Ksyrium SSC SL wheelset, Conti GP 4000 tires, Thomson seat post, WTB Devo saddle,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by wdd a Triathlete

Date Reviewed: October 21, 2007

Strengths:    unlimited unless you can't hadle the quirkiness of a compact vs corvette

Weaknesses:    can't find it if you have it don't give it up Ghisallo my.....

Bottom Line:   
unbelievable ride I have ridden almost every bike there is but in a compact this is the best. My Scott is awesome my Calfee dragon fly amazing ( Craig you are truely a genious ) but if I get up tomarrow and just want to ride and don't know where or how or want to care ....Magia magnificent

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Favorite Ride:   anywhere

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   too many

Bike Setup:   just moved it from shimano to campy love both but campy is so smooth shimano so raw go back to vette vs ferrari I love both

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jsp1210 a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2005

Strengths:    Everything about it exceeds expectations. And it really represents good vaue for the money. Inspite of a new one costing more than some cars; You won't even look at another bike for at least 10 years. And after 10 years you will still want to ride this one.

Weaknesses:    None. I mean it!!!

Bottom Line:   
A friend had let me use his 1999 Extralight for 8 months and I was hooked. I had to have a Merlin. Even if I had to sell my soul to get one. Well as good luck was bestowed upon me, I was able to scoop a mint Magia w/ full Dura Ace for $2450 US. I think the Extralight is slightly more comfortable overall but the Magia I swear has an engine somewhere in that 2lb frame. And with a few adjustments (change stem and bars), bloody close to perfect. If a compact frame is your preference, then this is it. Incrediblly stable on the severe downhills, responsive on passing and cornering and just "Magia" on climbs. And could it be any better looking? Well, I'll tell you in 10 years when maybe something else by then will come along and steal my eye. But as I already assume, it will probably be another Merlin. A perfect 10+.

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Favorite Ride:   HWY 1 Santa Cruz to Half Moon Bay w/ Swanto Loop

Price Paid:    $2450.00

Purchased At:   Private seller

Similar Products Used:   Over a three month period, I looked at every bike imaginable and not that there aren't great bikes out there, nothing had it all like the Merlin. Even if it is now made by the same people as Litespeed.

Bike Setup:   Magia Med. Frame with Cane creek headset, Reynolds Ouzo fork, Easton carbon seatpost w/ Selle "AssBite" seat, Mavic Ksryrium SL wheels, Vittoria Open Corso Evo tyres and full Dura Ace, cranks, cassette, chain, derailers, brakes.

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