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    Is a Merlin Extralight considered a "classic" yet?

    Like the title says, trying to sell mine, but I'm not sure if I have it too high..

    Is it a classic? Or just an old Ti bike?
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    What size and how much?

    More pics and info would help.

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    How old is it?
    In the context of Ti bikes, it could be considered a classic as it does not look like the newest TI bikes out there, but with older bikes in general, it might be still considered too new by some collectors to be called such. I'd be hesitant myself to call any bike that was made later than say, 1992(ish) a classic..... but then it's just my subjective, personal opinion.....
    Now if that was a Titan Teledyne Ti bike from the 70's, then calling it a "classic" will be OK for most collectors and C&V riders.....

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    It may not be old enough to be vintage, but an Extralight is classic in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BacDoc View Post
    What size and how much?

    More pics and info would help.
    I'm asking $1400 right now.. I've only had low ball offers $700 and $900 with out even seeing the bike. I saw a frame only just go on ebay for $1075.. Frame and fork! So I figure the complete bike is worth more.

    Here's more pics.. I won't be offended if you think I'm crazy, I'm just trying to figure out the right price to let it go for. Oh, size 58cm.
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    If the fit is right for you I can't understand why you want to sell it - this is a great ride! Beautiful bike!

    Got a lot of positive things going on here.

    58 is my size! :-)
    Ti frame with carbon fork is timeless and a great combo.
    Bike looks like its in new/perfect shape.
    Ultegra is a very good group.

    For $1400.00 it should sell in a heart beat!

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    I think it's a classy looking bike once made by a classy act before the AGB group bought them and Litespeed and QuintanaRoo. Is it a classic or vintage bike yet? No, but it's worth $1,400 easily from the shape it appears to be in.

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    Thanks guys!

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    carbon fork, ergo bars, brifters = not a classic but it is a really nice bike
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    Not a classic but give it 5-10 more years and it will be. That's a beaut, I'd love to have one

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    That's a classic titanium bike IMO. Why are you selling it? I have an old 1999 Litespeed I ride all the time. I'll never sell it.

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    Does it have the pressed in BB? If so the price is much to high.

    If not, it's all the money. the used Ti market is very soft right now.
    It's a great bike, designed way ahead of it's time and rides like a dream.

    they just don't sell, and if it's a pressed in BB they become a hard sell.
    It all comes down to rule 5!!

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    Threaded BB

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    Beautiful bike you have there. I've lusted after Merlins since I first them in the late 80s. Not vintage, but undoubtedly a classic in my book.

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    When you say it is a size 58, do you mean seat tube center to center?

    To my old eyes, that looks much smaller than a 58 CTC on the seat tube. Did you mean top tube measurements? Did you mean center of BB to top of seat tube?

    Please clarify.

    Regardless, in my humble opinion, an Extralight does not qualify as a classic, but $1400 does seem like a fair price.

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    It must be one of the first extra-lights. When did they start using seat collars instead of welding on a binder? I think the original Merlins came with an aluminum fork, "Kinesis" seems to ring a bell. What's "Classic"? 1" threaded headset, down tube shifter bosses. I'd say classic frame, but not classic parts.

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    Those are nice. I used to have one. Your parts kit won't help your price. You essentially are selling a frame and stem since mid-level older parts are just that.

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    classic

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    Quote Originally Posted by CurbDestroyer View Post
    It must be one of the first extra-lights. When did they start using seat collars instead of welding on a binder? I think the original Merlins came with an aluminum fork, "Kinesis" seems to ring a bell. What's "Classic"? 1" threaded headset, down tube shifter bosses. I'd say classic frame, but not classic parts.
    I have a 1999. It came with the same fork and Tom Kellogg markings, but it has a seat collar and it does not have down tube bosses, just brazed cable guides. This one is pre 1999 but maybe only by a year or two. Much earlier and there were no Extralights.

    I'm still racking up high mileage on mine. It's a beautiful ride
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