Project Bike: Merlin Metalworks Newsboy

January 1, 1993

in Bike Design, Past

Merlin Newsboy show Bike with Springer Fork and a 2-Speed Kickback Hub

Show Bike:  Newsboy with hand made springer fork and a 2-Speed kickback hub

Matt O’Keefe reminded me of the date on a very cool show bike we built. Matt writes, “the Newsboy with the 2spd kickback and Ti springer for was made in 1993 for the Interbike show.”

This was a really fun show bike project.  I designed the fork from scratch and we made all the parts in house except for the titanium spring.  We actually had the spring from a box of scraps that Gary (?) got from somewhere.  The fork was fully functioning.  I wish I had some good photos of it.  It was one of the funnest projects on which I’ve worked.

I seem to recall that it’s still in Italy at Race Ware. It may have made it’s way back to the States.

Photo from Kalimoto.  Although I’m 95% certain that photo was taken at Merlin’s factory in Cambridge in 1993.

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Carsten July 18, 2012 at 8:01 am

pretty sure that’s the Newsboy i’ve seen last year in the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in Crested Butte

http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy105/lightning2482/MBHOF_small/DSC_0681.jpg

More pics, also of the super cool fork

http://s782.photobucket.com/albums/yy105/lightning2482/MBHOF_small/?start=all