Feeling a bit ‘singlespeeded out’ by all the boutique bikes in town, and constant talk of gear ratios, fork rigidity and wheel size, the Merida 96 has been modified ghetto style.* Massive thanks to the guys at Bicycle Garage in Lilyfield, Sydney for providing me with an $8 solution to the gear problem I was facing when heading to Rotorua for the WorldSS, and to the also awesome crew at Bike Culture in Rotovegas for helping me make the switch (and keeping it real).**
*It has been pointed out to me that there is nothing ghetto about a carbon duallie drizzled in XTR, but the ride feel is wonderful, and I wouldn’t swap it for anything!
**Better photos to come.***