Merlin Metalworks Inc. XL Compact 2002 Road Bike

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[Feb 15, 2006]
Anonymous
Road Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Lots, no rust, always looks good, easy to replace decals, crafstmanship is flawless, Merlin Metalworks

Weakness:

This is not a crit racing bike.

I have owned a varity of bikes, carbon, aluminum, combination of materials but nothing compares to the comfort of my Merlin XL Compact. I am 6'3" and rode over 6000 miles on this frame with ZERO problems and more comfortable than I thought possible. An excellent climbing design and just flexible enough to stay comfortable on a 6 hour ride. If you find one for sale, and you plan to do the long rides, long club rides, and do lots of climbing, this is the frame for you. Also highly recommend the Mavic SSL's. I had to chose road racer when actually i do the mountain centuries.

[Feb 21, 2003]
g-land
Road Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light, responsive, won't rust, Dura Ace is the only drive train to run on such a lovely bike.

Weakness:

None, if you can afford one.

Awesome handling, comfort, out of the saddle response, wow, I use to Ride a lemond Zurich 2001 853 steel but this ti is the way to go. Now I have litespeed mountain bike and a merlin road bike. Next a Cyclocross bike and kids. ;-) If you can afford this bike I would recommend it everytime.

Similar Products Used:

Lemond Zurich 2001

[Jul 18, 2002]
ol
Road Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light weight, stiffnes, a plush ride, bombproof, doesn't scratch or corrode, lasts a lifetime.

Weakness:

None really.As far as I am concerned this is the perfect bike.

The best bike I have ever ridden. Amazing shock absorption, tramendous power transfer and stiffness derived from the tight rear end with oversized chainstays. Forget what people say about ti bikes being flexy, my previous bike was an aluminium scandium and the Merlin is easily on par in the stiffness stakes with scandium frame. You can ride the Merlin the whole day and still keep going largely due to the fact that it's such a comfortable ride. The initial payment for the frame seems trivial after the first ride, and when you consider the life expectancy of an aluminium frame if you race and train everyday the Merlin really makes sense. This will be the last bike you will have to buy.

Similar Products Used:

Look, Litespeed, Giant, Casati scandium.

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