Retrobike Forum Index

It is currently Mon Mar 01, 2021 4:31 am

* Login   * Register * Search  * FAQ



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 12 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Merlin Oreas
PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2021 10:35 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Wed Feb 14, 2007 12:49 am
Posts: 898
Location: hiding under the bed
Evening gang. It has occurred to me in the last few weeks that I never wrote a build thread for my Oreas. I have had it almost as long as I have been a member here, perhaps that is the reason. Back when I joined in 2007 it would have been less than a year old, so hardly a 'retro bike'. But, almost 15 years on, it certainly is starting to appear that way.

I bought the thing in March '06, from Clive Gosling at Bikelab. He managed to find me a frame from the year earlier, as I particularly wanted the older style graphics. Super helpful guy.

Image

Image

The initial build was something of a dream build, after all it was to stay with me forever. Hope brakes, hubs, Thomson stem and post, Fox forks, and of course Raceface cranks. I used the bike extensively for ~two years, in all weathers, and really put some miles in. Raced it at Mountain Mayhem one year in the dry, 2006, and in 2007 in the wet.

Image

I then used it on and off for a few years, mostly in good weather. This pic is after a rebuild, date stamp shows 2011.

Image

I'm ebarassed to admit, that I might not have used it since then. It was put in to storage a few years ago, and has been there ever since. I decided this week that I would fetch it this afternoon, and give it a checkover.

Image

Image

Good job I did. Time hasn't treated it well. The fluids have drained out of the brakes, and everything has a nasty gooey coating. It's quite upsetting really. I have decided to take the day off work tomorrow, and give the thing a bit of attention.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Merlin Oreas
PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:44 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:36 pm
Posts: 41
Good luck on getting the bike back to its glory!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2021 7:55 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Wed Feb 14, 2007 12:49 am
Posts: 898
Location: hiding under the bed
Thank you.

I spent most of the evening worrying that some damage had occurred to the various parts of the bike. When I arrived this morning, it had been via the LBS to get some supplies for the other bike. I arrived at the workshop and snapped a couple of pics.

You can see the dirt, this is just from being in storage.

Image

Image

Image

The stem cap is a reminder that the bike was raced at Mountain Mayhem, I made a handful of these on the lathe and a friends dad engraved them for us.

Image

It didn't take long to strip to the bare frame, I chose to remove the cranks and BB just to check there was nothing seized.

There are some lovely details on the bike, the head tube and bb shell or engraved, as well as the dropouts.

Image

Once I'd given everything a good clean and a checkover, I needn't have worried as the only casualty looks to be the braided hoses. Not only have they UV degraded, but both also appear to leak. Not sure if I'll replace these just yet, I'm in no hurry to ride it.

Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:29 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Wed Feb 14, 2007 12:49 am
Posts: 898
Location: hiding under the bed
Some measurements.

Merlin Oreas, medium.

Seat tube, 1&3/8 od, 17&1/4 actual, 15&3/8 c-c
Top tube, 1&3/8 od, 22&1/2 actual c-c
Down tube, 1&1/2 od
Head tube, 38.4mm od, 120mm long
Seat stays, 3/4 od
Chain stays, 7/8 od, 16&7/8 long
BB 68mm English
1520g with headset cups installed.

Frame number M88589. Also mentions '17.5' and 'R' and 'H'

Image

The rebuild was pretty uneventful, something on this bike I have done many times before. A remake of a previous pic:-

Image

The Raceface Turbines are ISIS drive, and a lovely colour. I think they are pewter?

Image

And the kit.

Image

Weight minus the pedals is 22 & 1/2 lbs

Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Merlin Oreas
PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:40 pm 
Retro Guru

Joined: Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:53 pm
Posts: 1341
Location: South West,U.K.
The Merlin badge on the headtube looks brilliant,I really like it...


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:41 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Thu Aug 15, 2013 1:20 am
Posts: 1177
Location: Hardwicke.
Wow, that's really nice. Brakes obviously need an overhaul and I'd be worried about the seals but hey ho. Lovely.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 7:23 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Wed Feb 14, 2007 12:49 am
Posts: 898
Location: hiding under the bed
Cheers Guys. Closer inspection today reveals that the brake hoses will need to be replaced sooner rather than lather, they have taken on a rather gooey feeling again over night.

Today I dug out a couple of things, the black leather touchup paint for my car, and the wax polish I used to use on the flite saddles.

Image

This let me touch up the couple of scuffs on the leather.

Image

Image

Image

And waxed. Looks so much better now.

Image

Image

I had Pauls thumb shifter mounts on this bike from day one. They are fantastic with the Dura-ace shifters. My only gripe is that they can only be used outside of the brake lever when used with Hope brakes.

Image

Image

A few more pics in a mo...


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 7:29 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Wed Feb 14, 2007 12:49 am
Posts: 898
Location: hiding under the bed
We've got loads of projects on the go at work, so much of the workshop space is taken at present. But there is just enough room to get some good pics.

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2021 7:40 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Wed Feb 14, 2007 12:49 am
Posts: 898
Location: hiding under the bed
Ordered new hose, fitted it today. Was hard to find the correct 5mm hose, the regular Hope stuff is 6mm od, this 5mm od lightweight stuff was only used for a short time. It is a stark contrast side by side how much UV degradation that has changed the colour of the hose.

Image

I haven't filled them back up with fluid, I don't intend to ride it in the near future.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Merlin Oreas
PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2021 11:43 am 
Devout Dirtbag

Joined: Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:05 pm
Posts: 114
Location: London
Beautiful bike, get it rideable!


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 12 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 12 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

About Us

Follow Retrobike

Other cool stuff

All content © 2005-2021 Retrobike unless otherwise stated.
Cookies Policy.
FatCOGS - Fat Chance Owner's Group

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group