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Originally Posted by dvs cycles
Pin point better if you can which model Merlin.
The first had tiny BB's which were a pain. Those years as well a some after had downtube cracks that appeared around the shifter bosses.
Merlin warranteed them great sometimes cutting out the old BB and replacing the downtube and sometimes with new frames.
1" steer tube I assume but what fork?
I think by 1995 they had their very nice, very straight threaded BB. At some point before that they used a press-in bearing setup. I forget who set the spec, maybe Gary Fisher. Whatever, they were a pain and the BB axles not standard.
Fork is critical. At the latter stages of selling Merlins we sold them with Kestrels or WoundUps. A stiff fork complements the relatively soft ride well.
Not sure what Merlin does now for warranties or upgrades but it used to be that you could send the frame to them and they'd do whatever you want - install a threaded BB? Sure! Bigger downtube? Sure! The squiggly stays? Sure! Of course you'd want it refinished - brushed with new decals. Very pretty when it came back, looked brand new.
former Merlin dealer,
"...during the Lance years, being fit became the No. 1 thing. Totally the only thing. It’s a big part of what we do, but fitness is not the only thing. There’s skills, there’s tactics … there’s all kinds of stuff..." Tim Johnson