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Old 11-08-10, 02:46 PM   #1
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my Mercier Frame - any info?

I just got a new friend, an old mercier frame. Wondering if any of you guys can tell me more about it. I tried to google mercier bicycles and frames but no such luck to find this model. I read that merciers used to have serial number on the deacel on the front, but mine has it under the cranck. M08340

and yes, I know, some iiot painted it half white...






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Old 11-08-10, 03:24 PM   #2
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That's likely a mid to higher end model with that pantographed fork crown. Do the dropouts have a name on them?
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Old 11-08-10, 03:30 PM   #3
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Mercier has some older catalogs on their website. You can e-mail them the serial number as well and they may be able to give you some infomration. That bike looks to be an '80's version, and given the serial # it may even be a 1990. Older Merciers had the serial number also stamped on the steerer tube (you will have to take off the fork to see it). Merciers are nearly all semi-custom, so you will likely have to look through the catalogs and match lugs/braze-ons to see which one it is.
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I think some of those Merciers had Columbus (Aelle or SL?) tubing with Vitus dropouts. The squarish profile on the front DO's seem to indicate such. I think they were from the mid to late 80's Surprised your fork is not chromed though, as I've seen on others of the same vintage.

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no names on the dropouts...

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That's likely a mid to higher end model with that pantographed fork crown. Do the dropouts have a name on them?
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balindamood, can you please let me know their website, or where can I find those cataloges? I also found number 60 stamped on the bottom of the front (steerer) tube, outside.
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Somebody's confusing 'Mercier' with 'Mercian'.
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It's got a BB hole for a plastic cable router, so it's probably no older than mid-1980s. Mercier was big enough to use an embossed crown on any level of model. I don't think it's high end (and it may not even be mid-range) by virtue of the generic dropouts with eyelets and the lack of tangs on the fork blades and chainstay bridge. Your best bet to determine the level of the frame is to measure the outer diameter of the seat tube and determine the size of the correct fitting seat post. There may also be a tube manufacturer's identification stamped on the fork's steerer tube.
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seat tube from outside is about 28.00mm, inside is about 25.4mm.... pretty thick wall imo...
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Well, it's metric tubing and if that inner diameter is correct, it's hi-tensile steel and therefore an entry level frame. To be high end, the inner diameter would be about 1mm larger and I'm assuming you're not that far off in the measurement.
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