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Old 05-25-24, 03:15 AM
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Mercier - model?

Morning all,

Iíve been very lucky being gifted this Mercier from an old friend of mine. I know little about it other than what I can see: Columbus steel, dura-ace brake levers, callipers, crankset and front derailleur. Rear derailleur is marked crane shimano. Jockey wheels have steel teeth which I think dates it to 1976ish, which fits in with what my friend told me. Headset is shimano 600 as are gear levers. Stem post is Phillipe, and seatpost is lapard. Rims are Mavic. Please see pics.

My friends dad Ďcommissionedí it from the shop in France, the name of which is on the chainstay, shop no longer exists. The serial number is M2978, it weighs, all-in 10kg (22lbs). Iím trying to work out if it is a particular Mercier model, or whether it is a one-off build using a Mercier frame. Could be a tour de monde or a Tour de France, would appreciate some help. I should mention, Iím going to lightly restore it: chain, tyres, cables and a relacing of the wheels

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What a beauty. Neat seeing the vitus nameplate embossed on the dropout
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What a beauty. Neat seeing the vitus nameplate embossed on the dropout
Cheers. Gonna keep it original so no respray, just a clean and polish.
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Cheers. Gonna keep it original so no respray, just a clean and polish.
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I don't see any reason to replace the wheels. Those are quality rims. There is clearance for a decent volume tire (28c and likely 32c). The parts are mainly early dura ace (the crane RD is the predecessor to dura ace and the other parts all look to be early dura ace as well except for the headset which is a later Shimano 600 and the downtube shifters which are shimano 600 "arabesque").

You can get replacement hoods for the brake levers. I'd overhaul the bike, deal with any rust issues, replace the consumables, and ride it.
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Can't help with the ID,I'm afraid. I'd put the frame in the early eighties, because of the under-the-BB shifter cable routing. The 600 EX headset is really, really nice.
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I don't see any reason to replace the wheels. Those are quality rims. There is clearance for a decent volume tire (28c and likely 32c). The parts are mainly early dura ace (the crane RD is the predecessor to dura ace and the other parts all look to be early dura ace as well except for the headset which is a later Shimano 600 and the downtube shifters which are shimano 600 "arabesque").

You can get replacement hoods for the brake levers. I'd overhaul the bike, deal with any rust issues, replace the consumables, and ride it.
Thanks. For sure Iím going to keep the rims, but the spokes are all a little loose and very dull. If they clean up Iíll just retention the wheel, if not Iíll get the wheels rebuilt, same hubs and rims.
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Thanks. For sure Iím going to keep the rims, but the spokes are all a little loose and very dull. If they clean up Iíll just retention the wheel, if not Iíll get the wheels rebuilt, same hubs and rims.
I suggest steel wool to clean up the spokes. They are most likely Zinc plated. Use a dust mask and work outside because breathing Zinc dust can cause a short-term medical condition called metal fume fever, a flu-like illness with a metallic taste in the mouth, throat irritation, and dry cough. Metal fume fever usually goes away when the zinc exposure stops. (From the CDC)

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it's a nice old bike and bet it has a nice ride. Treat yourself to some Dia Compe GS levers with rubber hoods, and maybe some Vittoria Corsa tires in 28 x 700

maybe go thru all the cables, housings, and brake pads. Spray Boeshield down the seat tube, repack the hubs and BB, true the wheels, and enjoy.

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Originally Posted by non-fixie
Can't help with the ID,I'm afraid. I'd put the frame in the early eighties, because of the under-the-BB shifter cable routing. The 600 EX headset is really, really nice.
agree with that "early '80s" era assessment, also when the Vitus DOs and when Mercier was using that M logo and the "crown on the forkcrown"
Does it have metric SL tubing and all metric threading, stem and handlebars? Not so sure the Shimano HS was offered in FR threads, or if the DA FD had a metric-friendly clamp?
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