the listed serialnumbers are from the merlinbike.com site back then. so no idea when they made the 140-3517 bikes. ;)
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      
 
mountain incl. fat city & marin frames elevator incl. prototype suspension incl. prototype xlm newsboy incl. prototype various
none (the earlymobile), fat chance, 1985, xy, nancy, usa
none, fat chance, 1986, large, xy, xy
none, fat chance, 1986, medium, greg, usa
4?, 1987, medium, marin, wiley, usa
xy, fat chance cyclo-crosser, 198x, xy, xy
21 (cyclocross), 10.07.1988, xy, jennifer, usa
38, 1987, medium, marin, ashok, switzerland
50, 1987, medium, marin, carsten, usa
80, 1987, medium, ashok, switzerland
81, 1987, small, ross, usa
85, 1987, small, ex-jay, usa
90, 1987, medium, hans, usa
100, 1987, medium, ashok, switzerland
153, 1987, large, bedrich, switzerland
154, 1987, large, ashok, switzerland
164, 1987, large, stefan, switzerland
186, 1987, 13.5", ashok, switzerland
199, 1987, 17", tim, usa
211, 20.04.1988, medium, andrea, italy
213, 1988, medium, carsten, usa
250, 1988, medium, ex-eric, usa
296, 1988, 17", ashok, switzerland
371, 1988, medium, 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, 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
4231, 1991, 17", ashok, switzerland
4238, 1991, 17", rc mounts,  michael, germany
4248, 1991, 17", ex-mike, uk
4250, 1991, 17", ashok, switzerland
4276, 1991, 17", carsten, australia
xy, 1991, 19.75", andrea, italy
xy, 1991, 17", steve, switzerland
...
xx1, 1992, xx", xy, xy
xx2, 1992, xx", jeff, usa
s039, 1993, 17", xy, uk
s057, 1993, xx", drew, uk
s069, 1993, 15", carsten, australia
s076, 1993, xx", xy, usa
s102, 1993, xx"", xy, ex-usa
s109, 1993, 15", ashok, switzerland
s122, 1993, 17", ashok, switzerland
...
xm001, 1995, 17", ashok, switzerland
xm0884, 1997, 16.25", ex-ashok, switzerland
...
none, 1988, 17", one piece, rob, usa
0005, 1995, 19", welded, carsten, australia
0006, 1995, 19", welded, ashok, switzerland
n005, 1995, 17", xy, usa
n006, 1995, 17", one piece, august, switzerland
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, 199x, 17", jens, germany
n032, 1995, 17", one piece, xy, germany
n034, 1995, 17", one piece, xy, germany
n037, 1995, 17", one piece, xy, switzerland
n044, 199x, 17", one piece, xy, usa
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", joakim, sweden
n076, 1995, 15", one piece, ashok, switzerland
n084, 1995, 15", one piece, noah, usa
n087, 1995, 17", one piece, tj, usa
n101, 1995, 17", one piece, tj, usa
n103, 1995, 17", one piece, david, france
n108, 1995, 17", andrea, italy
n115, 1997, 17", mike, uk
n118, 1995, 17", martin, usa
n122?, 1995, 15", welded, xy, switzerland
n122?, 1995, 17", xy, canada
n152, 1995, 19", welded, martin, usa
n153, 1995, 19", welded, kevin, usa
n154, 1995, 19", welded, xy, switzerland
13519, 1997, 15", welded, ashok, switzerland
14716, 1997, 15", welded, e., usa
14718, 1997, 15", welded, andrea, italy
many thanks to every owner for their pictures! you got more pictures or more infos about the equipment, please mail me!
unregistered...
000 / ...
xxx. 1988, merlin tandem, gary, usa
none, 1989, merlin mongoose, xy, ashok, switzerland
3600, 1990, merlin ashley, xsmall, ashok, switzerland
xxx. 1993, merlin mountain tandem, xy, xy
xxx. 199x, merlin newsboy tandem, jeff, usa
c101286, ca. 1997, merlin bmx 24", ashok, switzerland
xxx. 2006, merlin 29er prototype, 17", ashok, switzerland
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many thanks to every owner for their pictures. you got more pictures or more infos about the bikes, please mail me.