I am looking at a used hardtail mtb frame that claims to be a Merlin. I'm concerned that it might not be a real Merlin so I'm looking here for some help. I searched around the forum but couldn't find what I was looking for.
It has been painted (why I don't know, but easy enough to strip) so I can't get a good look at the welds. The dropouts have the falcon head image, in a circle about 3/8" diameter, which I have not seen before. So it made me a little suspicious. Also I found the serial # under the BB, but on this forum I found references that said the serial # should be inside the derailer hanger dropout.
Can anyone provide a close up picture of their Merlin rear dropouts? This is supposedly a 2001 frame. Any other thoughts are appreciated.
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
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