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M-R sub categories : Merlin, Moots, On-One, Paduano, Quintana Roo, RekTek and Steve Potts

MOOTS frames serial number years

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As a fan of ti frames one is naturally a fan of MOOTS based in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  Moots may be the most revered of all titanium makers, and therefore there is a very strong second-hand market for Moots frames.  All Moots frames should have a serial number stamped on the bottom of the BB […]

On-One Inbred ti 456

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Frame: On One Inbred Titanium 456 (size 16″) Stem: ControlTech Ti Mania (31.8 / 100mm) Handlebar: Litespeed Ti OS flatbar (31.8 / 600mm) Handlegrip: Brooks Leather Slender Grips (130mm) Headset: Chris King Ti No Threadset (1 1/8) Headset Spacers: ATik Ti (10mm) & ControlTechX2 (15mm each) Shifters: Shimano Deore XT SL-M770 Brake levers: Shimano Deore […]

Moots Mootaineer SL full-titanium suspension MTB frame

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Moots no longer makes a full titanium suspension frame. Like some other fabricators, Moots has turned to lower-cost aluminum as the metal of choice for the rear triangle. The Mootaineer frame (love the name!), shown in the pictures below, was produced several years ago when Moots was doing the whole thing in titanium. What makes […]

Moots Compact polished road frame (large)

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I have seen my share of Moots frames and this is the most drool-inducing one I have seen yet. Not only does it have the signature perfect Moots welds,  it eschews the standard bead-blasted finish and instead has a gorgeous full polish finish. The frame is also the Compact model, so you get classic Moots […]

Merlin Works CR 3/2.5 compact road frame, size L

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The Merlin Works CR (Compact Race) frames from Merlin come in XS to XL sizes, and in both 3/2.5 and 6/4 models. Merlin designed the CR frames to be stiff racing-oriented frames, using what Merlin calls “force specific” tube shaping. The particular frame we have here is a Merlin Works 3/2.5, size Large.  The frame […]

Morati HC 1.3 mountain bike frame

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Morati launched in the Czech Republic in 1995, formed from Mora Aerospace (a division of Mora Moravia, which has a long 49 year history). Morati sold titanium frames (road and MBT) and other titanium components as well, such as forks and cranksets. The HC 1.3 is one of Morati’s 26″ titanium MTB frames. The HC […]

Moots Vamoots titanium road frame

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The Vamoots is classic in all kinds of ways.  It may be the most classic of all road frames, in my opinion.  While I’m sure that opinion is not well justified, I’ll throw out a few related thoughts. First of all, it’s a Moots.  And (for reasons that I am now beginning to better understand), […]

Quintana Roo TiPhoon 2003 time trial frame

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American Bicycle Group became the parent firm for several well-known brands, most notably Litespeed, but also Quintana Roo and Merlin. Some cross-branding of products occurred, and the TiPhoon is one such example. The TiPhoon is simply a Litespeed Blade with different decals. The Litespeed Blade (read, Quintana Roo TiPhoon) is Litespeed’s high end titanium time-trial […]

Moots Rigormootis hardtail mountain frame

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The Rigormootis… that name deserves an award. The Rigormootis is a classic Moots 26″ hardtail design. The frame has been in production for several years. The tubing is 3/2.5 titanium. The frame shown in the photos below is a pre-disc tab version of the Rigormootis. Current production at Moots naturally uses a disc-brake tab rather […]

Merlin Cyrene engraved road frame

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The Merlin Cyrene features exquisite floral laser-engraving patterns on its 3/2.5 titanium tubes. Because the engraving process removes some material, Merlin used tubes for the Cyrene that are not quite as thin-walled as those of the Merlin Extralight. The Cyrene is therefore renowned for its classic beauty rather than being an especially lightweight frame. And […]

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