New frame from Merlin, think I’m in love………
No, not that bunch of American chancers 😀
The ‘real’ Merlin, from Chorley, have a new version of the Titanium Rock Lobster in the shop now, hanging on the wall. Same geometry as the other Merlin frames, but soooo light. Straight tubes, clean welds and a stunningly clean and classy look to it – it’s beautiful.
It costs just under £800 and is still calling out my name.
Longshot, but has anyone tried one yet?Posted 8 years ago
As far as I’m aware the ones we get over here were originally designed by Paul Sadoff, founder of the American Rock Lobster concern and built under licence in Taiwan for exclusive sale by Merlin in Lancashire.
Not sure how much input (if any) that Mr Sadoff has had into any of the subsequent changes, but the frames still carry his signature.
I was just trying to have a pop at TT’s implied snobbishness regarding American made frames.
I think he was trying to be humorous with his post, but as we don’t have an irony icon and he hasn’t responded it looks like he may have been serious!
Probably gone for cruise in his ‘vette. 😉HadgeMember
Rock Lobster have an very good reputation but imho having seen one of the older ti frames in the flesh and having owned a USA Merlin, the quality of workmanship is considerable, the Merlin being a lot better, neater etc. Still an awful lot of money but you can pick them up secondhand easy enough and cheap enough. My Oreas cost me £600 and being ti always looked new.Posted 8 years ago
I was indeed just carrying on the jokey theme, not implying that the US frames are stronger or better than a Taiwan built one either.
Don’t think its being a snob to say most people would prefer to own the American frame if money was no object.
Bit surprised though that they get away with using the Merlin name, others have come a cropper in a similar situationPosted 8 years ago
Think the pic on the website is the old frame.
New one has a different seatstay arrangement: stays themselves are an inverted ‘U’ shape (one piece of tube bent to make both stays? not sure), attached to the seatpost/toptube junction with a flattened (along the horizontal axis)ovalised tube.
Tijuana Taxi, hope I didn’t offend: I have mornings where I occasionally feel compelled to attempt humour. Today not one of my better efforts.Posted 8 years ago
Tijuana Taxi, hope I didn’t offend
Of course not,couldn’t care less about the name on a bike or where it comes from (although I did see a very similar discussion treated seriously a while back)
Get down there with your 800 quid and enjoy, you could always get some Merlin Decals (US ones)to put on it 😀Posted 8 years agoNicoMember
There are quite a few instances of companies in Britain and the US using the same name (Apple and Apple being the most prominent of late). Usually because when each one started they were only operating locally and not aware of the other one. By the time there is likely to be any confusion both are established. Best avoid birds of prey when naming your company (Coventry Eagle, Subbuteo, Merlin etc.).Posted 8 years ago
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