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Input on Reynolds 653 Frame(8 posts)

Input on Reynolds 653 Framemerckxman
Aug 1, 2002 6:17 AM
Would appreciate some input on the ride characteristics/quality of Reynolds 653. have an eye on an older, unbuilt, frame (Merckx).
Aug 1, 2002 5:31 PM
Have seen quite abit of the newish 853 and am familiar with 531 and the 555 Raleigh used to use but not the 653.

re: Input on Reynolds 653 Framegtx
Aug 1, 2002 5:39 PM
I have one (Merckx 653 Century). It's nice. It's also pretty light. If you are on the heavy side, you might want a beefier one (TSX, MX Leader, etc.).
GTX: "Beefy" = How many lbs?merckxman
Aug 2, 2002 3:57 AM
What weight do you think the frame may be less appropriate for?
GTX: "Beefy" = How many lbs?gtx
Aug 2, 2002 6:21 AM
Kind of depends on the size of the frame and the size of the rider. I'm 5' 11", 145, have a 57 and it feel just fine. However, my custom SL/SP frame is a bit more stout (had it built that way) and other Merckx frames I've ridden had a bit more beef. I think if you were 180+ pounds it might feel a tad whippy. Really nice bike, though. What's the price, size and paint scheme?
GTX: "Beefy" = How many lbs?merckxman
Aug 2, 2002 9:38 AM
It's 58cm. White with the classic red panels; lettering outlined in gold. Unbuilt. Also box crown fork. Value???
GTX: "Beefy" = How many lbs?gtx
Aug 2, 2002 4:54 PM
hmm, was that one on eBay a while back? I'd say $500. Flat fork crown is cool (that's what I have, too).

How much do you weigh?
GTX: "Beefy" = How many lbs?merckxman
Aug 6, 2002 4:56 AM
170-175 lbs