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Merida am400

Postby mrlee » Fri Apr 26, 2013 18:21 pm

Just bought this for £200. Think it's a 2009 model (correct me if I'm wrong). Needs pedals, grips, a good clean and possibly a service.

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Re: Merida am400

Postby chez_m356 » Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:56 am

mrlee wrote:Just bought this for £200. Think it's a 2009 model (correct me if I'm wrong). Needs pedals, grips, a good clean and possibly a service.

    obviously had an upgrade though, originally came with rst forks, looks like a nice bit of kit you've got there for the money :)
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Re: Merida am400

Postby mrlee » Sat Apr 27, 2013 15:10 pm

Give it a quick clean and tarted it up for now. Probably give it a service next weekend.

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Re: Merida am400

Postby mrlee » Sun Apr 28, 2013 16:13 pm

Cleaned chain and cassette. Changed crank arms and chainrings. Also some red jockey wheels and chainring bolts. Was going to change the cables but they seemed fine, so I just indexed the gears. Now she's ready to get muddy :D

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Re: Merida am400

Postby The Rookie » Mon Apr 29, 2013 05:59 am

Very much has echo's of the (Merida built) Carrera Banshee, the rear triangle looks identical (has the later design to stop the drive side chain stay snapping), The Banshee even comes with fiveD cranks and Formula wheels (forget the Alex sticker that's a Formula rim!), so for £200 that's a darn good price as Banshee's go for about £300 and don't have Fox forks.

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Re: Merida am400

Postby mrlee » Sun May 05, 2013 18:36 pm

The Beginner wrote:Very much has echo's of the (Merida built) Carrera Banshee, the rear triangle looks identical (has the later design to stop the drive side chain stay snapping), The Banshee even comes with fiveD cranks and Formula wheels (forget the Alex sticker that's a Formula rim!), so for £200 that's a darn good price as Banshee's go for about £300 and don't have Fox forks.


The cranks are off an old cape wrath I had. The Merida came with fsa cranks which the previous owner decided to paint. Ain't had a chance to ride it properly yet, just to and from work one day last week to see if the gears were changing ok.

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Re: Merida am400

Postby ry1978 » Mon May 06, 2013 19:05 pm

Looks like a bargain!...I could be wrong but, is the front tyre on backwards?
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Re: Merida am400

Postby mrlee » Mon May 06, 2013 19:33 pm

ry1978 wrote:Looks like a bargain!...I could be wrong but, is the front tyre on backwards?


Might be, lol. I didn't put them on, so didn't notice. I will have to check :oops:


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Re: Merida am400

Postby andrewgrundill » Sun May 12, 2013 22:22 pm

bargain! looks really nice cleaned up.


outta interest what size frame is that.

jus looked small in the pictures

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Re: Merida am400

Postby mrlee » Sun May 19, 2013 19:13 pm

andrewgrundill wrote:bargain! looks really nice cleaned up.


outta interest what size frame is that.

jus looked small in the pictures


Cheers

I believe its a 17.5 inch frame (according to a sticker on the frame).

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Re: Merida am400

Postby mrlee » Sat May 25, 2013 08:52 am

Put a bashring on a couple of weeks ago. £13 from Ebay.

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Then this come in the post this morning

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Think it looks a lot better with a shorter stem

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Re: Merida am400

Postby stubs » Sat May 25, 2013 09:59 am

Basically you got a set of Fox forks with a free bike attached. How does it ride I almost bought one of the Meridas a few years back but the demo bike I tried was set up horribly and it was a Pig on roller skates.
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Re: Merida am400

Postby mrlee » Sat May 25, 2013 12:47 pm

stubs wrote:Basically you got a set of Fox forks with a free bike attached. How does it ride I almost bought one of the Meridas a few years back but the demo bike I tried was set up horribly and it was a Pig on roller skates.


Rides well. Being only 5ft 5in I was stretching over the bars a bit. With the shorter (45mm) stem, its a lot more comfortable. Although I ain't taken it offroad yet with the new stem fitted.

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Re: Merida am400

Postby The Rookie » Sat May 25, 2013 20:49 pm

May be worth an inline seatpost as well.....or just sliding the saddle forward to it's limit.

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Re: Merida am400

Postby 97th choice » Sun May 26, 2013 07:10 am

The Beginner wrote:Very much has echo's of the (Merida built) Carrera Banshee, the rear triangle looks identical (has the later design to stop the drive side chain stay snapping), The Banshee even comes with fiveD cranks and Formula wheels (forget the Alex sticker that's a Formula rim!), so for £200 that's a darn good price as Banshee's go for about £300 and don't have Fox forks.


No idea what year banshee you're referring to, but the rear triangle on my 2008 is completely different, plus it has truvativ blaze cranks and mavic rims!
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Re: Merida am400

Postby The Rookie » Sun May 26, 2013 07:20 am

The Banshee X (Circa same age as yours but with Epicon/Bomber suspension and other bits I mentioned in fact my mates came with that same crankset as well (as I bought it off him!)), the chain and seat stays look identical - and all Banshee's are the same, the top rocker link the same funtional shape but styled differently.
http://www.thebikelist.co.uk/carrera/banshee-2011
Note the dropping of the driveside stay, the cast section at the front (that fixed the snapping issue), the dropout form is slightly different with hindsight.

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Re: Merida am400

Postby 97th choice » Sun May 26, 2013 08:55 am

Mine was the banshee x with bomber forks and suntour shock. Still had those parts from new though. My OCD is kicking in.
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Re: Merida am400

Postby mrlee » Thu Jul 04, 2013 15:18 pm

Update.

These came in the post today

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Gonna fit them tomorrow

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Re: Merida am400

Postby Corners R Us » Thu Jul 04, 2013 15:46 pm

[quote="mrlee"]Cleaned chain and cassette. Changed crank arms and chainrings. Also some red jockey wheels and chainring bolts. Was going to change the cables but they seemed fine, so I just indexed the gears. Now she's ready to get muddy :D

Enlighten me on how you 'indexed the gears' please. I've just bought as new to me Marin and it occasionally jumps out of the second cog on the rear cassette. I was planning to tighten/slacken the cable via the adjusters to address as this normally fixes in my experience but I'm always open to new tricks/tweaks!

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