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    Senior Member tradtimbo's Avatar
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    History/Info on Merida bike

    Maybe this bike is not old enough to be vintage/Classic, but I like you guys better than the folks in the Road forum I aquired this Merida Extreme 903 in a trade a little while back. From what I've read around here and whats on Meridas website, they made a ton of bikes, but had names on them like Raleigh, Specialized and Trek. I actually have one with Merida written on it from probally the late 80's? (what do you think?). I started building it up with a Shimano 105 drivetrain and some FSA wheels. (nothing is original except the headset) I'm just sort of collecting parts on the cheap as I go along. If I like it, I'll likely keep it, but if its not a good fit, I'll sell it to someone in the area. I'm pretty much just trying to find out as much about this bike as posible for my own curiosity. Anyone have a Merida like this or similar model? Could this posibly be from the Germany Merida plant? (the fella I traded with said it may have come over from Europe).What year do you think this is? any comparable Treks or Specialized bike models out there? etc. etc. Anything would be fantastic.

    A couple more tidbits of info:
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    Tange Chromoly D.B. tubes
    28.8 (or 28.6?) seat tube diameter.

    Thanks. Here are pictures:





    Last edited by tradtimbo; 03-14-08 at 08:59 AM.
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    Senior Member tradtimbo's Avatar
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    no takers???? Maybe it isn'et old enough?
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    Until now the only Merida I knew of was the capital city of Yucatan, Mexico. Nice place.

    Looks like a nice bike but...no clue here.
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    well at least you tried. Here is a link to Meridas website and their history.
    http://www2.merida-bikes.com/en_INT/About.History
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    I'm only seeing the last photo...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuckk View Post
    http://www2.merida-bikes.com/en_INT/About.History
    http://www2.merida-bikes.com

    Lots and lots of contract bikes. I heard they were the biggest in Taiwan until Giant grew up.
    First I ever saw bikes with their name was early 90's and was told it was because with the collapse of the bike boom they were using their extra capacity to sell under their own name.

    Raleigh USA, Rampar, Jamis, who knows who else? I sent them e-mail trying to confirm their Raleigh USA connection, and got no response.

    all I see is a picture of wheel stays and a wheel.
    We posted at the same time!! something happened to my host site, but i fixed it. there should be 3 pics now. thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuckk View Post
    ...Lots and lots of contract bikes. I heard they were the biggest in Taiwan until Giant grew up.
    First I ever saw bikes with their name was early 90's and was told it was because with the collapse of the bike boom they were using their extra capacity to sell under their own name.
    That's when Maruishi and Yokota (two other big contract makers) also showed up with bikes under their own name.

    Raleigh USA, Rampar, who knows who else? I sent them e-mail trying to confirm their Raleigh USA connection, and got no response.
    Well, that answered a couple of questions I had kicking around my noggin: who are/were some of the Taiwanese contract builders besides Giant and Kinesis whose frames we're likely to encounter, and who probably built the '90s Raleigh USA Capri frame I recently picked up. I'm guessing the fact the serial number begins with "M" means either Merida or Maruishi. Thanks!

    Hope it helped the OP too.
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    I finally got around to finishing up this bike and I thought I would finish off the thread. I still haven't found anyone who is familiar with the frameset, but I know its a relatively light, solid frame with nice geometry. There are a couple photos below. It worked out well, because after getting a killer deal on the wheels, I got a barely used BB and the derailleurs for free! Heres the list of the final product. The pedals belong on another bike, but they work well for now. I'll probally put on SPD-SL 105's...we'll see:

    Merida Extreme 903 Tange Double Butted CroMo frame
    FSA RD-80 Wheelset with Hutchinson Top speed Kevlar tires
    Shimano 105 Bottom Bracket
    Shimano 105 Black 39-53 crankset
    Shimano 105 10sp FD 2006
    Shimano 105 10sp RD 2006
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    Shimano 105 10sp chain
    Shimano DuraAce 10sp downtube shifters
    Kalloy 26.2mm seat post
    Selle San Marco arrowhead saddle
    Nashbar brakes calipers and levers
    Nashbar 1" threadless stem adapter
    Oval Concepts oversized stem
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    Can anyone give me a ride from Monterey to Big Bear on Wednesday or Thursday?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuckk View Post
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    Lots and lots of contract bikes. I heard they were the biggest in Taiwan until Giant grew up.
    First I ever saw bikes with their name was early 90's and was told it was because with the collapse of the bike boom they were using their extra capacity to sell under their own name.
    That's when Maruishi and Yokota (two other big contract makers) also showed up with bikes under their own name.
    That Merida is a sharp bike.

    I know that Maruishi was selling in the USA in the early 1980's. I have a 1984 or 1985, and I've seen a number that are older. They are a Japanese company (aka Jamis). Did they have production in Taiwan as well?

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    Merida

    hey, just wanted to let you know i recently discovered the frame im turning into a fixed gear is the same as yours. so far your the only other person in the world i know who has this model, i feel like their very rare.
    dont you love how the seat stays meet up below the top tube.

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    Its a good bike and the frame is quite light. After riding it a bit, I've determined its a bit too big in the top tube for me, so I'm swaping it out for a Lemond Buenos Aires.

    How will you make it fixed without horizontal drops? ecocentric hub? half link chain?
    Can anyone give me a ride from Monterey to Big Bear on Wednesday or Thursday?

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