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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:41 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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As you can see from the photos this frame has Merlin branding (Merlin Racing Cycles, Leeds on the logo) but having been in touch with Bob Jackson cycles they think they may be responsible for the paint job/ respray but they do not think it is one of their frames.

The 2 numbers- 281 and 36- they think may relate to the colours used.

So does anybody have any idea what it might be? The frame number appears to be 2106193- stamped on the bottom bracket.

I'm new to this road biking lark but it would be nice to know something about it?

Over to you...

(I have bigger higher-res photos on flickr but as a newbie cannot post the link- I will happily send it out if anyone wants it)


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 9:03 pm 
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Can't help with id, but it certainly looks a nice quality frame.
Did you purchase the bike in yorkshire, if so maybe look at other yorkshire builders, Ellis Briggs, Woodrup, etc....


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:22 am 
Dirt Disciple

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Thanks for the tip.
As soon as I started looking at Ellis Briggs' website some very similar looking frames popped up- in particular the triangular cutouts on the front forks. I will perhaps give them a call.

(Again, I can't post a link but check out the
customframebuilding.ellisbriggscycles link on a google search and look at the gallery there)


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 3:14 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Nope, not Ellis Briggs


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:52 pm 
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looks like a gazelle to me?


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 10:20 pm 
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not a gazelle...


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:11 pm 
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70's Raleigh Clubman?


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 Post subject: Re: looks like
PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 12:46 am 
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pokertee wrote:
looks like a gazelle to me?


No. At least not a champion mondial.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:24 pm 
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With the lug detail and fork crown the '93' in the number could be the year of build? The fork crown is a relatively common 'late steel era' design (Prugnat?) and it is a nice looking frame. Ellis Briggs have all their frame build records to hand but the number doesn't sound like one of theirs.

Why do Jacksons say it isn't one of theirs? Their frame build records are a total mess so I've been told.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:24 pm 
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That triangle in the fork reminds me of a guerchiotti (spelling)........but not much else LOL

Looks english though.

Shaun


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