MKM 531 lugged frameset
. 52cm C-T, 52.5cm toptube, 10cm headtube.
Loads of pictures below, plus I spoke to the bloke who runs the MKM website (see before the pics his response)
I was going to keep this for myself as its gorgeous but in all reality I'm never going to build it up, and that's a shame.
Obviously it needs refinishing (paint is original, I haven't got a pic of the tubing decal but will get one tonight) and usage and storage over the years has taken it's toll. Decals are easily available. As it's not a mega-fancy paint job it would be easily redone, maybe having a go at the lugged lining yourself? I was going to try it!
1" threaded headset and 126mm back end
Would make a really nice bike for the smaller gent (or lady!). I'm 5'6.5" and I think it would have fitted me perfectly!
Includes the pictured Exage calipers which match the colour of the frame - bolts are rusty and new pads needed but they came with the bike so should stay with it.£95 NOW £75 plus post
(I am in Huddersfield and would look VERY favourably on a local sale, I can hand deliver to most places in W Yorks/East lancs, or meet in the middle)
Open to near offers.
Here's what the MKM expert Robin Hatherell said about my frameset
Thank you for telling me about your MKM frame number 6825.
As you say it is higher than 6805, the highest so far discovered, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that it was not built at Harrogate. In the beginning I thought that I knew the highest frame number produced and was proved wrong.
Adam Hill bought the stock and equipment when MKM closed at Harrogate but he only built a very few MKM and Adam Hill frames at his Rishton site and these had, as far as I can tell, frame numbers specific to the customers.
Adam then sold everything to Stan McBride who continued producing in small quantities on the outskirts of Liverpool, but, again, I think that he used a different numbering convention.
Your frame is unusual in that all frames produced during Ian Crabtree’s ownership had MKM engraved fork crowns and seat stay eyes (except the Ultimates some of which had Aero fork crowns and shot in seat stays).
I think your frame was built at the very end of the operation at the Chapel Works, Harrogate, in 1980. The tubing generally used was Reynolds 531 and I think that would be what was used for your frame – a 27.2 mm seat pin should be a nice tight fit into the seat tube.