Can anyone help me identify the model of this bike and possibly give me a time period in which it might have been made? I am considering buying it for a total of $350 with riding shoes in my size, a helmet, and a stationary stand for it. I know nothing about road cycling but am looking to get into it and from what I can tell Eddy Merckx is a great brand with a few exceptions. He says they components, pedals, and shoes are shimano. Apologies for the poor pictures they were all he had. I have not seen the bike in person yet and am a bit concerned that it is disassembled, is there anything in particular I should look for? Thanks

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    $350 for that package sounds too good to be true unless there are some problems coming with it: stolen, key components worn out, damage from an accident. That's just my hunch from a look at the components and wheels which appear to be of good initial quality. – Christian Lindig Feb 2 '17 at 19:03
  • I have a feeling the guy doesn't really know what he has as he doesn't know the model or year of production. He thought the brand was Eddy and model was Merckx. He did mention that the gear shift plastic was broken off when he purchased it several years ago and he just never replaced it so I'm assuming he purchased used. Other than that he said there is no other damage and he once rode it 70 miles with no issues. I'm really curious about age/model however so I can check out some reviews before I purchase and also find out how much it weighs if it is a bit older. – Miguel Martinez Feb 2 '17 at 19:52
  • While age would be interesting I would suggest to pay attention to other details: is this the right size for you, is the frame damaged, need expensive parts replacing, quality of the components? To check that the frame was not in a serious accident check where the down tube meets the head tube for deformation. Given the price you can afford to replace some parts but not the frame. – Christian Lindig Feb 2 '17 at 20:01
  • Thanks Christian I appreciate it. He said he was unaware of frame size as well but mentioned that he was 5'8 and it fits him well. I'm 5'9 so I hope it will be alright. Good tip about the down tube/head tube joint, I will make sure to check that when I look at the bike. If the frame is okay I will then take it to a bike store to have it set up and check components because I really won't know what to look for there. I've seen the name Shimano everywhere so hopefully the components are okay. – Miguel Martinez Feb 2 '17 at 20:05
  • Welcome to Bicycles @Miguel. We recommend that new members take the tour to make best use of the site. Good luck with your purchase :-) – andy256 Feb 2 '17 at 22:40

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