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Old 09-23-19, 03:17 PM
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MKM frame and forks

SOLD 19 Sep

This is a little weird but definitely demonstrates why making a "homage bike" or "reproduction bike"is a bad idea.

PO took a perfectly good handmade British racing frame and stripped the paint and repainted and decaled it as a Pogliaghi!

It's an MKM Dominator. Frame is 22 inch or 56 cm. I would rate it as nicer than say a comparable Raleigh Super Course but beauty is in the eye of the beholder and to my eye this one has been horribly painted.

$75 plus shipping?








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Old 09-23-19, 03:59 PM
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Wow, that's a fun project for someone.

For reference, MKM on Classic Rendezvous: MKM, main
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Old 09-23-19, 04:13 PM
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So how did you figure out it's an MKM?
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Old 09-23-19, 04:50 PM
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I'd like to say it was all me but when I saw it I was able to "that ain't italian" and maybe it was British but that was it. T-Mar and Bertinjim and scarlson and juvela and unworth1 and a few others recognized it. I contacted the MKM website and gave them the sn 3878 and they confirmed it and confirmed it was built in 1976. Also said that as a plus it was upgraded with fastback seatstays which cost 3 pounds (about $16 US) extra bitd!
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Old 09-23-19, 04:57 PM
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The main British MKM site is here: https://www.mkm-cycles.co.uk/ I have seen the frame in the metal and it has lovely craftmanship and an appalling re- paint.
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Old 09-23-19, 05:13 PM
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Wow, that's a fun project for someone.

For reference, MKM on Classic Rendezvous: MKM, main
No-jig building. That's pretty impressive.
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Old 09-23-19, 05:17 PM
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I bought my 1973 MKM Dominator as a used frame in 1981, and the label said that its tubes, forks, and stays forks are 531DB. I believe the Super Courses have straight gauge 531 for their 3 frame tubes.

I had an Atala with a label that said 3 straight gauge 531 frame tubes, and I loved it, but the MKM is a sweeter ride. I attribute that to the double-butted steel, but that's just the most obvious difference. In any case, I expect your rebadged MKM is a sweeter ride than a Super Course, given the same components and wheels.
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Old 09-23-19, 06:20 PM
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I bought it because it was such a weird story and I just had to go look but if it were a 24 or 25 inch frame I'd have blown $20 on brazeons for DT shifters and $75 on powder coat and kept it.
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Sorry all - my mistake

I got emailed about the size and something didn't seem right so I remeasured C to C and it's a 21 inch (54cm) frame.




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I bought it because it was such a weird story and I just had to go look but if it were a 24 or 25 inch frame I'd have blown $20 on brazeons for DT shifters and $75 on powder coat and kept it.
You and me both.
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I just checked the old ads and MKM made frames in 1/2 inch increments so might actually be 21.5in frame...
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How long is the top tube?
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Maybe right both ways? Brits measured center to top. Italians, center to center. So, since it's an MKM, decaled as a Pogliaghi it must be a 56 cm, 54cm frame.
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Just adding photos of top tube measurements for posterity as sold.




Left side of tape is actually centered as shown in next photo




Tape


Apparently they went for longer top tube than seat tube.

Next time I'll add the measurements properly since I have another small frame - a Brian Rourke, also 54cm IIRC.
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Sorry all - my mistake

I got emailed about the size and something didn't seem right so I remeasured C to C and it's a 21 inch (54cm) frame.




Apologies!
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thanks.... just dodged an n+1 bullet thinking that would be a great single speed
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Those of us who are short and have relatively longer trunks and shorter legs than most cyclists really like 21" STs and 22" TTs. BTW, your frame's head tube is longer than my 21" frame's HT, so I think yours is 22" CTT.

You might market it for long trunk/short legs, though $75 for a full 531 frame that doesn't really need repainting is a great deal, IMO.

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Old 10-05-19, 03:39 PM
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Sorry for any confusion but it sold on here on Sept 19th.

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Personally, I thought the paint job was cool. Tear off the decals and go to town for October!
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I just checked the old ads and MKM made frames in 1/2 inch increments so might actually be 21.5in frame...
I was just thinking the same thing...
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