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Merlin XLM Titanium Frame Built up as Elite City Bike

Old 08-15-12, 03:57 PM
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Merlin XLM Titanium Frame Built up as Elite City Bike

I'm assisting a customer in selling a Merlin XLM Titanium Mountain Bike frame built up as a unique city bike. I would like some advice on reasonable expectation for sale value and recommendations for posting in the appropriate market place here on BF or other sites. (Ebay will be a last resort).

The frame is in excellent condition... little sign of use besides some decal rubbing off. Bike was built and ridden less than 50 miles. See spec and pictures below.

Those willing to speculate on value... consider the following options for sale... Complete bike as is, Frame + parts (no wheels), Frame only

Frame: Merlin Xtra Light Mountain (small)
Fork: Answer Accurtrax Fork
XTR- 8 spd rear derailleur, crankset, bottom bracket
Ringle- Stem and Seatpost (moby)
Boone Technology TI chain ring
Bontrager Ti tech - Hell Bent Bars
Suntour vintage thumb shifter
Paul component engineering brake lever
Rear wheel- Huqi compact hub, 8 speed xtr cassette, dt swiss db spoke/ mavic rim
Front Wheel- TI dye TI spokes bontrager box rim









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Old 08-15-12, 04:09 PM
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Cool bike, but I would totally atomize it. The target customer for a bike like this is very narrow and it would be difficult to get anywhere near full value. The parts on their own are all fairly desirable and should move quickly.

I would sell the frame and fork seperately. The new owner will probably want to go with a suspension fork. I would sell the wheels separately as well, since they are not a set.

If totally parted out, I think you could clock in at well over $700.
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If it is to be sold as a complete bike, only expect to get what the bare frame is worth. Honestly, that build is just awful. The frame deserves better. No front brake? Really?

But it has a lot of cool parts and obviously that Ti frame is worth a ton. So my strong recommendation would be to part it out.

+1 to above, sell the frame and fork separately.
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Value on the frame alone... suggestion on how and where to market the frame?
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I'm having a love affair with that frame and I think with a few tweaks, it would be a heck of a complete bike. I'd be into it. Price - I'm really not sure...the market for older ti MTBs, especially with rigid forks, is ridiculously under valued. Personally I view bikes like this as a steal. I'm going to guess $500 frame on eBay...maybe $400 on Serotta? That might even be high'ish, but some folks know how great Merlins were. I REALLY like it! I think you'd have an uphill struggle selling that on BF...it's over the heads of most here and it's a tight group.

Some of those bits have value - like the thumbies. You'd likely have to sell on eBay for part out value. If it were me, I'd take it over to Serotta Forums - they have some folks who might understand this bike. Ask $700 and see what happens. If it were mine, I'd throw on drops, a HIGH stem and make it a KILLER city bike.

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Any idea on the year of the frame? Given the timeline and history of Merlin, the year would affect the value to some degree.

I would go straight to Ebay with the frame if you want max dollar. Smaller size will need a broader audience.
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If it's double butted, it's a bit later...Vandermark left Merlin in around 97' as I recall, but they might have still used designed by decals. I'm not sure. At a guess, I'd say mid-90s.
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If this gets parted out, PM me about the stem, saddle, post and front wheel.

Lotta money if you part it, kind of an oddball build if you sell it whole.
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Another part it out vote. I think the build is just too different to appeal to many people. And Ebay will get the most dollar for the frame even after the fees. At least the frame by itself is easy to ship.
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Value on the frame alone... suggestion on how and where to market the frame?
Hold your nose and go ebay. Higher end framesets sold locally tend to do poorly, great as a buyer, lousy as a seller.
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Hold your nose and go ebay. Higher end framesets sold locally tend to do poorly, great as a buyer, lousy as a seller.
+1 Have gotten a couple of really great framsets for well under $100 on CL and the local bike Coop sold a bunch for under $50 recently.
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frame year I was told is a 2000 but I will confirm with the serial number.
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