the listed serialnumbers are from the merlinbike.com site back then. so no idea when they made the 140-3517 bikes. ;) there are some frames with receipt. please check them to classify yours.
 
year mountain ??? xlm nx (taiga)
1988 1 - 59      
1989 60 - 139
1990 3518 - 3604      
1991 3605 - 6353      
1992 6354 - 8150
1993 8151 - 9948      
1994 9949 - 10757 C002 - C039
1995 10758 - 11568 C040 - C081    
1996 11569 - 13111 C082 - C235 XM034 - XM268  
1997 13112 - 14352      
1998 14353 - 16702      
1999 16703 - 19096      
2000 19097 - 19782      
 
merlin mountain incl. fat city & marin frames merlin elevator incl. prototype merlin newsboy incl. prototype arctos machine works one-off titanium
none (the earlymobile), fat chance, 1985, xy, nancy, usa
none, fat chance, 1986, large, xy, xy
none, fat chance, 1987, medium, greg, usa
?, 1987, medium, marin, xy, xy
?, 1987, medium, marin, paul, usa
?, 1987, medium, marin, david, usa
4?, 1987, medium, marin, jim, usa
xy, fat chance cyclo-crosser, 198x, xy, xy
38, 1987, medium, ashok, switzerland
50, 1987, medium, carsten, netherlands
65, 1987, medium, ashok, switzerland
80, 1987, medium, ashok, switzerland
81, 1987, small, ross, usa
85, 1987, small, ex-jay, usa
90, 1987, medium, hans, usa
93, 1987, medium, ashok, switzerland
100, 1987, medium, ashok, switzerland
153, 1987, large, bedrich, switzerland
154, 1987, large, ashok, switzerland
164, 02.11.1987 receipt, large, stefan, switzerland
186, 1987, 13.5", ashok, switzerland
190, 1988, 17", noah, singapore
192, 1988, 17", mike, usa
199, 1988, 17", tim, usa
211, 20.04.1988 receipt, medium, andrea, italy
213, 1988, medium, carsten, netherlands
21 (cyclocross), 10.07.1988, xy, jennifer, usa
250, 1988, medium, ex-eric, usa
296, 1988, 17", ashok, switzerland
301, 1988, 17", ashok, switzerland
342, 1988, 15", ashok, switzerland
371, 1988, medium, ex-jeff, usa
389, 09.09.1988, medium, ex-geoff, usa
446, 1988, medium, marc, germany
1343, 01.1990, 15", xy, uk
1393, 1990, xy", michael, germany
2988, 1990 year welded, 13.5", ashok, switzerland
6980, 1992, 13.5", ashok, switzerland
8508, 1993, 18.75", ex-ashok, switzerland
9187, 1993, 18.75", ex-ashok, switzerland
...
none, 1990, xy", ashok, switzerland
4198, 1991, 19.75", rc mounts, ashok, switzerland
4212, 1991, 17", lucas, canada
4215, 1991, 17", javier, spain
4231, 1991, 17", ashok, switzerland
4238, 1991, 17", rc mounts,  michael, germany
4248, 1991, 17", ex-mike, japan
4250, 1991, 17", ashok, switzerland
4276, 1991, 17", carsten, netherlands
xy, 1991, 19.75", andrea, italy
xy, 1991, 17", steve, switzerland
...
 
merlin suspension incl. prototype
xx1, 1992, xx", xy, xy
xx2, 1992, xx", jeff, usa
s039, 1993, 17", xy, uk
s057, 1993, xx", drew, uk
s069, 1993, 15", carsten, netherlands
s076, 1993, xx", xy, usa
s077, 1993, 15", ashok, switzerland
s102, 1993, xx"", xy, ex-usa
s109, 1993, 15", ashok, switzerland
s122, 1993, 17", ashok, switzerland
...
 
merlin xlm
xm001, 1995, 17", ashok, switzerland
xm0884, 1997, 16.25", ex-ashok, switzerland
...
 
merlin various
xxx. 1987, merlin road, kris, usa
xxx. 198x, merlin touring drum brakes & integral rack, ashok, switzerland
xxx. 1988, merlin tandem, gary, usa
788, 1989, merlin mongoose, m, paul, usa
none, 1989, merlin mongoose, xy, ashok, switzerland
3600, 1990, merlin ashley, xsmall, ashok, switzerland
4455, 1991, merlin raleigh john tomac signature, 19", eric, usa
4456, 1991, merlin raleigh john tomac signature, 19", eric, usa
4461, 1991, merlin raleigh john tomac signature, 19", paul, usa
4xxx, 1991, merlin raleigh john tomac signature, 19", paul, usa
4xxx, 1991, merlin raleigh john tomac signature, 19", paul, usa
4xxx, 1991, merlin raleigh john tomac signature, 19", mike, usa
salsa titanium, 199x, bendicht, switzerland
salsa titanium, 199x, noah, singapore
xxx. 1993, merlin mountain tandem, xy, xy
xxx. 199x, merlin newsboy tandem, jeff, usa
c101286, ca. 1997, merlin bmx 24", ashok, switzerland
none, 1998, merlin mca, ashok, switzerland
xxx. 2003, merlin 29er prototype, 17", ashok, switzerland
...
666, 1988, 17", one piece, rob, usa
0005, 1995, 19", two piece, carsten, netherlands
0006, 1995, 19", two piece, ashok, switzerland
n005, 1995, 17", xy, usa
n006, 1995, 17", one piece, august, switzerland
n013, 1995, 17", one piece, xy, xy
n009, 1995, 15", hans, germany
n014, 1995, 15", one piece, ashok, switzerland
n017, 1995, 15", xy, usa
n020, 1995, 15", one piece, dario, italy
n022, 1995, 17", one piece, christopher, germany
n024, 1995, 19", xy, usa
n029, 1995, 17", jens, germany
n030, 1995, 17", one piece, xy, xy
n032, 1995, 17", one piece, xy, germany
n034, 1995, 17", one piece, xy, germany
n037, 1995, 17", one piece, xy, switzerland
n039, 1995, 17", one piece, xy, usa
n044, 1995, 17", one piece, xy, usa
n047, 1995, 19", one piece, eddy, italy
n052, 199x, 19", one piece, ex-matt, usa
n053, 1995, 19", one piece, xy, switzerland
n064, 1995, 19", one piece, xy, singapore
n055, 1995, 19", one piece, geoff, usa
n068, 1995, 19", one piece, august, switzerland
n075, 1995, 15", romuald, france
n076, 1995, 15", one piece, ashok, switzerland
n084, 1995, 15", one piece, noah, usa
n087, 1995, 17", one piece, tj, usa
n091, 1995, 17", one piece, michael, germany
n099, 1995, 17", one piece, ex-andreas, germany
n100, 1995, 17", one piece, xy, usa
n101, 1995, 17", one piece, tj, usa
n103, 1995, 17", one piece, david, france
n105, 1995, 17", one piece, ghee chuan, singapore
n108, 1995, 17", one piece, alessandro, italy
n115, 1995, 17", one piece, mike, uk
n118, 1995, 17", martin, usa
n120, 1995, 17", two piece, xy, usa
n122?, 1995, 15", two piece, xy, switzerland
n122?, 1995, 17", xy, canada
n152, 1995, 19", two piece, ex-martin, usa
n153, 1995, 19", two piece, kevin, usa
n154, 1995, 19", two piece, xy, switzerland
13519, 1997, 15", two piece, ashok, switzerland
13715, 1997, 19", two piece, ronnie, usa
14716, 1997, 15", two piece, e., usa
14718, 1997, 15", two piece, andrea, italy
 
 
unregistered...
000 / ...
arctos machine bruce gordon rock 'n road, noah, singapore
arctos machine bruce gordon road, 700c, raw, ashok, switzerland
arctos machine mtb brushed, 199x, ashok, switzerland
arctos machine mtb oval tt polished, 199x, ashok, switzerland
arctos machine mtb polished, 199x, ashok, switzerland
arctos machine mtb fuck you, 199x, noah, singapore
arctos machine mtb polished, 199x, stevan, usa
arctos machine paragon machine works road, 700c, polished, 1992, ashok, switzerland
arctos machine road 650c raw, ashok, switzerland
arctos machine tandem, 1990, bicycle guide, 1990/04
arctos machine tandem, 199x, xy, usa
...
one-off mtb, brushed, 199x, noah, singapore
one-off mtb, leni fried, 1991, ashok, switzerland
one-off mtb, brushed, 1992, ashok, switzerland
one-off sling-shot mtb, 1991, ashok, switzerland
one-off mtb, leni fried, 199x, alex, germany
one-off mtb, leni fried, 1996, jim, canada
one-off mtb, 199x, xy 01, xy
one-off mtb, 199x, xy 02, xy
one-off mtb, leni fried, 199x, xy 03, xy
...
one-off road, 650c, ballou honeytube, 1992, ashok, switzerland
one-off road, 650c, softride, 199x, peter, usa
one-off road, 700c, leni fried, 199x, ashok, switzerland
one-off road, 700c, 199x, marcus, usa
one-off road, 700c, leni fried, 199x, rick, usa
...
one-off trials wo seatpost, leni fried, 1988, ashok, switzerland
one-off trials, 199x, jim trigonis, usa
...
one-off small wheels, 199x, paul, usa
one-off small wheels, moulton, 199x, xy, xy
...
one-off kids, leni fried, 199x, ashok, switzerland
...
 
 
         
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