Merlin Malt 1 - Finished

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Merlin Malt 1 - Finished

Postby Twelly » Mon Jun 25, 2012 18:40 pm

So I figured it was about time I contributed something vaguely interesting to this site.

I bought a frame on a whim. Here it is:
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I also bought some wheels, also on a whim:
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(these I bought after):
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Thank you classifieds.

(In the mean time, I bought a new camera, thus enabling this thread to exist)

Figured I may as well do something with these new purchases rather than just staring at the shiny bits and going "ooooo" so I bought these:
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and this:
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and these:
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Today was pay day (despite Natwest's boo-boo this weekend) so I have just ordered this:
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and 2 of these:
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Oh and this (bargain - £5):
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In next months issue...

This:
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and these:
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Intended result? Me having fun building something (I miss my Lego collection) and a half decent second bike for town/light rides with Mrs TwellySmat which is less valuable than my Cube.

Oh and about the orange... I like shiny orange things and I like shiny blue things. My road bike is draped in blue and my hardtail is blue and silver. This one will be draped in orange.

Stay tuned kids...

Oh and for anyone who cares...

Frame: REALLY SHINY!
Forks: Recon Silvers
Bars: Raceface Evolve XC flat 600mm
Stem: FSA 90mm
Headset: Merlin - included with frame
Grips: Clarks lock-on
Bar Ends: Clarks

Front Brake Lever assy: Shimano BRM445
Front Caliper: Shimano BRM445
Front disc: Superstar 180mm
Rear Brake Lever assy: Shimano BRM445
Rear Caliper: Shimano BRM445
Rear Disc: Superstar 160mm
Hoses: Shimano


Shifters: Deore 9spd
Cables:
Front Mech: None
Rear Mech: Deore
Chain Device: hmmm... still deciding whether to bother with one. Suggestions?

Seat: Charge Spoon
Seat Post: Superstar inline
Seat Post Clamp: Merlin

Cranks: Raceface Ride XC Singlespeed
Chainring(s):
Chain: Shimano
Cassette: Shimano 9spd
Pedals: Undecided
Bottom Bracket: Raceface

Front Wheel: Yep, it has one.
Rim: WTB SX24
Spokes: Shiny!
Hub: Shimano M475
Tube: Airwave MTB
Tire: Schwalbe City Jet 1.95

Back Wheel: Yes, it has one of those too
Rim: WTB SX24
Spokes: Also shiny!
Hub: Shimano M475
Tube: Airwave MTB
Tire: Schwalbe City Jet

Weight: Like 6kg. Honest

Other info: Orange bling. Like if Mr T was a satsuma.
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Re: WIP Merlin Malt 1 (with too many shiny orange bits)

Postby Twelly » Wed Jun 27, 2012 13:06 pm

Quick update:

Forks arrived yesterday - excellent service from On One, they even told me the time they would be delivered (12:07-13:07) arrived at 12:08.. well impressed.

Had a bit of an issue with fitting the forks and headset but Nicklouse and Cooldad soon cleared that up! Forks are now in the frame and just need to trim the steerer and they are good to go. Pinched a pipe cutter from work today to finish that off.

Got tyres and a different stem (one supplied with the frame has a 31.8mm clamp - I need 25mm for the bars I have) on their way from CRC, should be here tomorrow so I can dress the wheels in their shiny new rubber suits tomorrow evening.

Glad it's looking more bike-shaped now and I will upload some pics tonight.

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Re: WIP Merlin Malt 1 (with too many shiny orange bits)

Postby twonks » Wed Jun 27, 2012 19:44 pm

Interesting choice, but I'd have to question the desire for suspension forks with road tyres ?

I've just converted my old HT into a road mile muncher using the same tyres, and rigid forks are much more direct and 'road bike' feeling when stomping on the pedals stood up etc.

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Re: WIP Merlin Malt 1 (with too many shiny orange bits)

Postby Twelly » Wed Jun 27, 2012 22:15 pm

I did consider a set of carbon forks but I have a road bike, which gives me all the direct, stiff feel I need if I want that. I prefer the versatility of the sus fork. I could have spent £80ish on a carbon rigid or £110 on the Recon which can be set firm or locked out but can be softened up if I want. I know there is a weight penalty but weight isn't my priority. Also gives me the option to throw some knobblies on and take it through some rougher stuff if I ever need to.

The City Jets can handle light gravel and tow paths fine whilst still being very good on tarmac which is good for me pootling round the kind of surfaces the girlfriend likes to ride.

I may buy some carbon forks at some point in the future so I've got the option to swap. If I do do that, I have an old full sus which would benefit from the Recons.

Anyway, as promised, pictures as it is now:
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New stem will arrive tomorrow so I can size the steerer tube properly, cut it down and fit the star nut and top cap, then time to focus on the drivetrain..

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Re: WIP Merlin Malt 1 (with too many shiny orange bits)

Postby mrmonkfinger » Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:05 am

simple, straightfoward, nice.

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Re: WIP Merlin Malt 1 (with too many shiny orange bits)

Postby Twelly » Sun Jul 01, 2012 21:16 pm

Update:

This all happened on Thursday but I have been in Somerset for the weekend so haven't been able to update.

Tyres on, forks on, stem and handlebars on, all that's left know is brakes and drivetrain which I can start collecting bits for next month.

As it is now:
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Re: WIP Merlin Malt 1 (with too many shiny orange bits)

Postby Hairylegs66 » Wed Jul 04, 2012 12:21 pm

Simple idea, will look really nice when finished, I look forward to seeing the pics.
The polished finish on the Malt lends itself nicely to colour coding the peripheral bits n' pieces.
I would have gone with a rigid alloy fork personally - my Malt 1 commuter bike weighs under 24lbs with a 3 x 10 Deore transmission, the fork weighs a third as much as my Recon SL did and the fork only cost me £20 new. I have no issues about using the rigid fork off road either with a set of knobblies, but with the same City Jet tyres as you have fitted on the road it goes like stink.
But - your bike, your choice - enjoy.

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Re: WIP Merlin Malt 1 (with too many shiny orange bits)

Postby Twelly » Wed Jul 04, 2012 12:39 pm

Cheers for the comments.

As said above, I did consider the rigid fork. I probably will get one at some point and just chop and change when I fancy. The Recons are very weighty! Feels very nose heavy at the moment (no drivetrain on at the moment of course).

I think the build will have to take the back seat for the next month or so. The girlfriend doesn't like me spending £200 a month on bike stuff when our holiday fund at the moment will barely cover a night at Butlins, let alone a week away somewhere nice...

I have noticed some play in the front hub though, so that will give me something to investigate and fix, probably just needs the cones tightening.

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Re: WIP Merlin Malt 1 (with too many shiny orange bits)

Postby The Rookie » Wed Jul 11, 2012 11:28 am

Sometimes when you have nothing constructive to say, you could try shutting the F**k up perhaps......

Not what I would have done but should be a comfy and fairly quick gravel path bike which is what the smat is after....personally I'd fit some ally forks like Onza Tough guys (incidently what my commuter wears!), only 850g and can be had quite cheap.

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Re: WIP Merlin Malt 1 (with too many shiny orange bits)

Postby Twelly » Wed Jul 11, 2012 11:37 am

Don't worry, he is just upset because he was wrong in another thread. Oh and he is jealous of my road bike. Bless.

Any links to best deals on the Onza forks? As said, may chop and change the forks in the future so it's handy to know what options I have.

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Re: WIP Merlin Malt 1 (with too many shiny orange bits)

Postby The Rookie » Wed Jul 11, 2012 11:55 am

I got mine off ebay direct from Onza, not sure if they still sell on there, cost me £45, if I can get some carbon road bike forks with disc mounts (like the Boardman hybrids) for my commuter then mine will be for sale!

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Re: WIP Merlin Malt 1 (with too many shiny orange bits)

Postby Twelly » Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:08 pm

I'll keep an eye on the classifieds ;)

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Re: WIP Merlin Malt 1 (with too many shiny orange bits)

Postby Twelly » Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:55 am

Hairylegs66 wrote:Simple idea, will look really nice when finished, I look forward to seeing the pics.
The polished finish on the Malt lends itself nicely to colour coding the peripheral bits n' pieces.
I would have gone with a rigid alloy fork personally - my Malt 1 commuter bike weighs under 24lbs with a 3 x 10 Deore transmission, the fork weighs a third as much as my Recon SL did and the fork only cost me £20 new. I have no issues about using the rigid fork off road either with a set of knobblies, but with the same City Jet tyres as you have fitted on the road it goes like stink.
But - your bike, your choice - enjoy.


Just noticed your username, I have actually read your build thread many times for inspiration! When the frame became available I found your thread and your Malt definitely swayed me into handing over the money.

How is yours off/on road? Which do you think the frame is more suited to? Anything I should beware of with the frame when building up the drivetrain?

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Re: WIP Merlin Malt 1 (with too many shiny orange bits)

Postby Hairylegs66 » Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:24 pm

Hi, sorry for the late reply, have been away in Alaska for a while with no access to the web.

Thanks for the comments, it is nice to have inspired someone!
I loved my Malt off road, it was quick handling with great geometry for XC riding and also fairly light for the money. Tyre and clearance was a bit tight with 2.35 tyres, best stick to 2.1's perhaps.

On-road with a rigid fork - I am pleased with it, it is even lighter than before & it stops and goes very well; I possibly should have gone for 1.5" tyres which would improve the turn-in a bit. Even at 45psi the 1.9" tyres are a bit squidgy for tight corners.

Frame/drivetrain issues - I would invest in a framestay protector if you do venture off road, the chain slap on a 3 x 9 SLX drivetrain was pretty bad and the chain will mangle the paint really quick (if it hasn't already).
I have also recently replaced the bog standard Merlin seatclamp with a Hope item (blue, obviously) as after I rebuilt the bike the seatpost kept dropping by about half an inch every time I went for a ride.

Hope yours is going well, any more orange bits on the horizon? Orange bottle cage bolts?

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Re: WIP Merlin Malt 1 (with too many shiny orange bits)

Postby Twelly » Sat Aug 25, 2012 08:18 am

Thanks for the tips.

The build has been put on hold at the moment (going to Portugal next week - all funds going towards that) but next month I should be able to resume buying orange things!

I'm going Deore and losing a couple of chain rings to go 1 x 9 - keep it light and simple.

Will be building up with the Recon still on but I am still thinking about swapping the fork for a rigid. If I do change it, I think I can sell the Recon to my housemate for almost what I paid for it. Failing that it can go on my old Mongoose.

Orange bottle cages bolts may have to be done...

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Re: WIP Merlin Malt 1 (with too many shiny orange bits)

Postby Hairylegs66 » Sat Aug 25, 2012 16:13 pm

1 x 9 is a good idea if you can still find the stuff. I don't think I've used the front mech on mine on the road....
Merlin sell the orange cage bolts, I bought black ones for my Rock Lobster Team Tig. My aluminium forks came from Rutland Cycling's EBay shop; no sign of them any more which is a shame, they were a bit of a bargain for £20 & p&p.

Have a good holiday and look forward to seeing some more build pics. I'll update my build thread with some new pics as some more blue bits have been fitted.

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Re: WIP Merlin Malt 1 (with too many shiny orange bits)

Postby Twelly » Fri Jan 11, 2013 19:33 pm

Behold, I have returned from internet limbo...

So after almost 6 months, one broken computer, one house move, one new laptop and one road bike stolen ( :x ), I have resumed my Merlin build.

Few changes to the original plan (partly due to road bike theft):
SLX rear mech, shifter and cassette rather than Deore - bike-discount.de threw up some bargains and the SLX kit has actually cost me less from Germany than Deore is over here..

10spd, not 9 - I will be using this bike for more than just dawdling around now my road bike has been nicked so the wider gear range was appealing (I went for an 11-36 cassette). The price difference was negligible from the Germans..

On the hunt for a rigid fork - The recon is still there but a nice light stiff alu or carbon fork will be added soon. I need the fastest bike possible to keep up with my roadie friends while I save for a new road bike.

Current Spec:
Frame: Merlin Malt 1
Forks: Recon Silver TK
Bars: Raceface Evolve XC flat 600mm
Stem: FSA 90mm
Headset: Merlin - included with frame
Grips: Clarks lock-on
Bar Ends: Clarks

Brakes: Most likely Deore
Front disc: Superstar 180mm
Rear Disc: Superstar 160mm
Hoses:


Shifters: SLX 10spd
Cables: Shimano
Front Mech: None
Rear Mech: SLX
Chain Device: It's fine without at the moment

Seat: Charge Spoon
Seat Post: Superstar inline
Seat Post Clamp: Merlin

Cranks: Generic Shimano Octalink
Chainring(s): 32T (Granny and big ring removed)
Chain: Shimano HGX
Cassette: Shimano 10spd
Pedals: Shimano SPD for the moment
Bottom Bracket: Shimano Octalink

Front Wheel: Yep, it has one.
Rim: WTB SX24
Spokes: Silver
Hub: Shimano M475
Tube: Airwave MTB
Tire: Schwalbe City Jet 1.95

Back Wheel: Yes, it has one of those too
Rim: WTB SX24
Spokes: Silver
Hub: Shimano M475
Tube: Airwave MTB
Tire: Schwalbe City Jet


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(Oh and this was pinched from the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth on Wednesday - any sightings, let me know!)

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Re: WIP Merlin Malt 1 (with too many shiny orange bits)

Postby raceface gt » Fri Jan 11, 2013 20:27 pm

Wow that Malt frame is massive.

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Re: WIP Merlin Malt 1 (with too many shiny orange bits)

Postby Twelly » Fri Jan 11, 2013 20:29 pm

I should hope so, the rider is pretty massive too..

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Re: WIP Merlin Malt 1 (with too many shiny orange bits)

Postby mrmonkfinger » Mon Jan 14, 2013 14:04 pm

raceface gt wrote:Wow that Malt frame is massive.


Is it?

Must admit it didn't look that massive. How big is it?


Oh, and tidy build BTW. Like the clean look with no front mech and associated cabling etc.


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