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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:54 am 
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http://raleigh.craigslist.org/bik/756302101.html

just got her home a few minutes ago...and didn't pay anywhere near the asking price. early 90s merlin, 130mm spacing, 1" head tube...missing many decals, but the shadows are there as are a few small ones to confirm. appears to be a shadow of a large (sponsor?) decal reading "greenlee's". anyone have info?

serious dissection to begin after supper, but initial eval is looking good. mcmahon ti post & quill stem (!), merlin ti bars, love levers, grafton joystix, XT 7s drivetrain (rear mech hangar bolt is bent, thumbies are cleanish), nuke proof carbon hubs w/red cr17s, scott SE cantis.

not all is sunshine and puppy dogs however...TT dent is substantial, but no creases or cracks and the frame is straight. manitou 1 fork is in bad shape, possibly missing internals. anyone have a good service reference? all bearings need service. white panaracer tires worn & a bit dry.

more to follow...


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 2:42 am 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:20 am 
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Definately potential there to get a nice looking bike :wink:


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:33 am 
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130mm spacing suggests pre 1992 (my '92 is 135mm). The frame number will confirm of course.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 11:41 am 
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carsten showed me that bike on craigslist. bargain for the parts on there, keep the anodnised stuff for something else & thats a sweet rig :D


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 11:50 am 
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scant wrote:
keep the anodnised stuff for something else & thats a sweet rig


Agreed.

Ano + Merlin = no


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 4:44 pm 
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Little Bob wrote:
130mm spacing suggests pre 1992 (my '92 is 135mm). The frame number will confirm of course.


true enough. the 130mm claim was based on a pre-purchase eyeball with a tape measure. frame is #7171, which confirms 1992. dropout spacing as measured with digital calipers is 133mm, rear hub 134.5mm.

2 further questions:

in case it was overlooked in the first post, i'd really appreciate a manitou 1 service guide. can anyone point me at *anything*? just an exploded diagram would help.

sticker on the seat tube says 'equipped with suntour grease guard system'. really? where? the BB is the original press-in style and does not appear to have grease ports (although it has not yet been cleaned...they might be buried under gunk). i have some GG componentry on another bike and an actual suntour GG grease gun, so i am familiar with the system.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 5:49 pm 
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grease ports not in the middle of the BB spindle? if not 2 nipple style in the underside of the BB shell?


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 6:03 pm 
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Yep - mine has two grease nipples under the BB shell.

Bearings are readily and cheap, so may be worth replacing if you're stripping it down anyway.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 7:00 pm 
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yep...under the shell. buried in mud, so i missed 'em. much better after a major flush.

a few pics:

the good.
wow...check out that crank. 'nevr dull' metal polish is magic!
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the bad.
maybe this will become a commuter, maybe i'll give it away...
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the ugly.
we are not related. i am the better dressed one.
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