bikerumor monday mystery pic from jeff at first flight bicycles

Photo from the collection of Jeff Archer of First Flight Bicycles. If you think you know what this is, post your answer in the ‘comments’ section– the correct answer will be posted there on Tuesday!

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  1. Merlin bar/stem. I seem to remember that near the end of the original Merlin cycles one of the original owners started working with anodizing Ti…hmmm.

  2. Actually it’s a One-Off titanium handlebar/stem combo. The swirl in the middle of the stem gives it away. 🙂

    Gary Helfrich (sp?) was at Merlin and did help start it, but then spun off.

  3. That looks like a Mike Augspurger and Leni Fried collaboration. Mike (now One Off Titanium) was one of the original Merlin guys and Leni specializes in crazy paint and anodizing.

  4. It is a One-Off Titanium bar-stem-combo made by Mike Augspurger. He was one of the founders of Merlin, then started One-Off Titanium. The anodizing was made by Leni Fried.

  5. It’s a little difficult to tell, because several of us made Ti bar stem combos, but the top cap and bolt look a lot like the ones from my original Titus Titanium bar/stem combos. I actually began producing these before my first ever titanium frame in 1989. Chris Cocalis

What do you think?