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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hi guys -

Somewhat of a newbe, hope you guys can help me out with my decision. I am currently looking at two bike's.

Bike #1 - "Brand New" 2002 Merlin Extralight with the following setup -

Crank arms: FSA Carbon, 172.5mm, 53/39 teeth chainrings
Flight Deck: Dura Ace
Front Derailleur: Dura Ace
Rear Derailleur: Dura Ace
Brake Callipers: Ultegra
Stem: 3T Forgie XL, 110mm
Handlebar: 3T Forgie Bar XL, 42cm
Cassette: Dura Ace, 11-23
Wheelset: Velomax Circuit
Fork: Time Millenium Carbon
Tires: Panaracer Stardius Pro
Saddle: Selle Italia SLR
Seatpost: Easton EC70 Carbon

High to Very high 2K


Bike #2 - "Brand New" 2004 Merlin Cyrene

Full Dura Ace 10 Speed
ITM Millenium S.O. Handle Bar & Stem
Mavic SS Rims and hubs
Easton EC-70 Seatpost
Saddle: Selle Italia SLR

Mid 3K

Either bike is at my breaking point - but willing to go for it.

Any help from you guys will be greatly appreaciated


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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
treebound - thank you so much for your reply, here's the scoop

My dilemma is that I'm looking for a (Ti) frame with components that are condusive to my objectives which will give me the biggest bang for the buck - I'm really not in the position of spending the big bucks myself (but will extend myself a bit) - which brings me to my problem (were to cut corners) - and unfortunately I'm not as versed in bike setup's as you guys are. I'd also like to try to cut through some of the marketing hype vs real world differences between one setup from another. I guess what I'm asking is if you guys can get me going in the right direction i.e. would better components on a cheaper frame be better or vise versa - hence my vague original post.

My objective and bike expectations:

I'm 5'10' 180 lbs

Light weight - Plenty of hills and there long

Smooth Ride - Long aggresive distance riding (Approx. 350 miles per week) on city streets with bumps along the way - (why I took ALU. out of the equation)

Maintance - Low maintance on frame (Ti)

Longevity of Frame and components: I don't want to go through this process again for a long time - this is worse than buying a car :confused:

Racing: Maybe some recreational/club/and or friendly racing among friends down the road.

Warranty and service.

Now that I'm asking for the world :D - any tips would by greatly appreciated.

Once again thanks for listening

PS - treebound - loved your opening line humor :)
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