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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 2:42 pm 
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Anyone able to help me identify this...I've hit a lot of dead ends...
It's very nicely made....!


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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 5:32 pm 
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Merlin Malt series?


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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 7:29 pm 
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Diamondback? Some of their frames had a curved seat stay bridge and seat stays reminiscent of this frame. Not aware of any nickel plated models though.


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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 8:28 pm 
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Bord Clutler did a few like this


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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 1:41 am 
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legrandefromage wrote:
Merlin Malt series?

I'm with the big cheese!


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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 2:00 am 
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If you can get hold of a mid to late nineties mbuk you may see the frame in one of the big shop own brands like Merlin.


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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 1:12 pm 
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Its a Merlin... I have one almost identical but Tange Prestige... mines slightly newer as its Ahead and doesn't have cable stops for cantilevers.. which is annoying as its fitted with cantilevers lol.

Do you want another?


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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 7:01 pm 
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I had no idea Merlin did steel frames.
What would the model be? I have an early Malt1 in alloy Tsomething or other


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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 10:11 pm 
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not merlin as in the titanium people,another brand,UK bike shop I think..i have one also.


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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 1:24 am 
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When I were a lad there be a shop by the name of Merlin. It produced it's own brand of frames that could be bespoke built to your budget. Somewhat like Orange. They produced, on paper, some decent frames. I remember as a saddo I used to read the ads and they used to change materials. Maybe what was available at the time. On paper decent kit for decent money. How they rode? Can't tell you, I only remember reading one review on the malt series from Merlin and it was good. You can't go too wrong with ritchey tubing and the drop outs are sexy indeed. Build it up and ride it. If you like it, keep it, if not, move it on to someone that will. Pretty light weight for steel iirc. :D


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