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    90's Merlin Question

    I guess it's not really a vintage bike but... I've got a line on a mid-late 90's Merlin.
    It has a mix a components, none of which are really all that great but he doesn't want to do a frame only sale.
    He's getting the serial number to me today so I can accurately ID the frame. I've been wanting a Ti frame for awhile now and the thing fits pretty well as it's setup, so it can only get better from there. It's in good condition, it's seen some miles but has been thoroughly maintained.

    What would you guy's consider a fair offer for this bike considering the components aren't really all that great (old mavic/shimano mix)? I don't want to low ball him, but I also think he's expecting a little bit more then he should in regards to the components.

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    My guess would be at least $500, perhaps more depending on the condition.

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    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dvs cycles View Post
    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?
    +1

    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.

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