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Old December 20th, 2010, 10:42 PM   #1
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A really interesting bike -- 24" wheels, built for an employee in 1984 or thereabouts. My uncle ran a shop in Philadelphia, The Wall, and got his hands on the bike. (He sold a lot of Fats). My dad then rode the bike for a while and then for a while a young child rode it to school in Brookline! She had no idea what she was riding!

I rescued it from school commuting duties and have been wondering what to do with it. A really interesting build, custom stem and handlebars, everything else stock. No expenses spared in the build, and it's still mostly or all original (except for the rack).

Not sure what I'm going to do with it...my '87 Wicked Fat (with the Ubrake) doesn't get ridden very much, and I've been working on building up a '01 Merlin Ti mtb for the past 3 years...still need to get some disc wheels built.

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Old December 20th, 2010, 11:56 PM   #2
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Nice - very interesting
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Old December 21st, 2010, 12:01 AM   #3
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If you are not putting that beauty to good use Im sure myself or someone else that loves these bikes could take it off your hands let me know as Im also from Boston
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Old December 21st, 2010, 8:58 AM   #4
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yeah, seriously. I would love to add that to my collection. what a cool little bike---thanks for sharing the pics!
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Old December 21st, 2010, 10:10 AM   #5
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I've been working on building up a '01 Merlin Ti mtb for the past 3 years...still need to get some disc wheels built.
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Um, yes, I meant '91 Merlin Ti, and no, they did not come from the factory ready to run disc brakes.

I bought the Merlin from a downhill racer in east bay, California (southeast of San Francisco). It was his wife's bike, and she was pregnant...wasn't going to be riding the bike anytime soon.

I shipped it back to Boston, and then shipped the frame to Mike Augspurger for him to add the disc brake mounting tab on the rear stay. In between the time I first contacted him, and in picking up the bike, he had stopped doing this work. Fortunately I was able to talk him into doing one more... He did a great job.

This Merlin has a pretty good bloodline. I do have to get it back on the road! Spring project.

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Old December 21st, 2010, 10:12 AM   #6
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If you are not putting that beauty to good use Im sure myself or someone else that loves these bikes could take it off your hands let me know as Im also from Boston

After the holidays, I'll probably post it on the for sale section of this website...

You're welcome to come and take a look at it. It's a really interesting build.

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yeah, seriously. I would love to add that to my collection. what a cool little bike---thanks for sharing the pics!
Thanks, it is really nicely put together, a great example of the company's early work.

...unlike the UBrake on my Wicked Fat, which I should have had exorcised many years ago.

Not that there's anything wrong with the UBrake. It does a fine job of reducing speed by the air turbulence it creates....and the mud it collects. Stopping power? Not so much...

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Old February 1st, 2011, 7:30 PM   #8
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A buddy of mine had the same frame in black..24" wheels, drum brakes...Quadangle frame. He got it in 1985 and the bike was stolen not long after.
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Old February 1st, 2011, 10:47 PM   #9
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A buddy of mine had the same frame in black..24" wheels, drum brakes...Quadangle frame. He got it in 1985 and the bike was stolen not long after.

Did your buddy ride it in Central Park?
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Old February 3rd, 2011, 5:20 PM   #10
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Yes he did, regularly...
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