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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:41 pm 
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r0gue wrote:
Edit -- See next post by me. ------

Small pressed BB so it's gotta be what 1992ish?...


Yes, 1992 is the last year Merlin use pressed BB, with their titanium spindle, and the suntour grease card system :D

But your head logo is not original (just a decal on 1992… :wink: )

Look the Serial number and you could know the year it was welded


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:16 pm 
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Crying out for Canti's instead of Vees and a Rigid fork, stunning bike all the same.


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 Post subject: Re: Canti's
PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:16 pm 
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Wold Ranger wrote:
Crying out for Canti's instead of Vees and a Rigid fork, stunning bike all the same.


Agreed! I guess I'd need to change the levers and add cantis as these levers would be linear pull right?

Suggestions for a fun pick? Pauls? Of course the bay has a lot of those so they may be too new?


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 12:32 pm 
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There is nothing like a Merlin frame.
As stated this looks like early 90's with a new head badge.
Would like great with a period correct pace fork.
If it's a rider I would keep the vees as they work way better than canti's but that depends on your own taste.
Congrats,once your go Merlin there is no going back :D


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 1:20 pm 
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marker wrote:
There is nothing like a Merlin frame.
As stated this looks like early 90's with a new head badge.
Would like great with a period correct pace fork.
If it's a rider I would keep the vees as they work way better than canti's but that depends on your own taste.
Congrats,once your go Merlin there is no going back :D


SN# 51xx so it is a mid 1991 frame. The head badge is already off! :D

I do believe this will be my off-road rider, and I'll make my Grove my coffee shop park rider. I don't want to muck up the Paul mechs.

The front derailleur is an XTR FD-950 and seems to have some issues. loose pin or something. As I want to use this bike. I was thinking, perhaps a fresh set of XTR group? Should I go Shimano shifters or stick with gripshift? Should I stick with 8 speed? Go 9 speed modern? Thoughts? Thx!


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 1:36 pm 
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I have a 93/94Merlin mountain and I have fitted al new XTR and a modern fork and it rides like a dream.
Grip shift is a matter of opinion.
Like = keep.
If you want to keep the bike retro then find period correct parts and go for it.
If thou want to get the best from the frame buy modern.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 10:39 pm 
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Just bought that segmented Ti fork from the MTB For Sale classifieds. I'm going to rigid it up! Just having fun like crazy since I found this place. I thought I was the only one in the world that felt this way. Now I know better. I've been a thumbshifting goof for a looong old time.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:18 am 
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Nice!


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:41 am 
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looking forward to seeing the updates with the ti fork!! a really cool bike allready though. Love my merlin, just rides like a dream :D


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 1:01 pm 
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very very nice example of a true Merlin


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