Merlin Rock Lobster Tig Team SL XC Hardtail

5/5 (5 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Rock Lobster Tig Team SL Easton frame, New 2008 spec
  • 2008 Rockshox Reba SL with poploc remote lockout
  • Full 2008 Shimano XT groupset
  • New XT hydraulic disc brakes front and rear
  • Wheels - Handbuilt XT 765 disc hubs with Mavic XC717 disc rims
  • Race Face Deus riser bars, stam and seatpost
  • Panaracer Fire XC tyres
  • New Colours matt black (super tough powder coat) or polished.


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    Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by mark a Weekend Warrior

    Date Reviewed: October 16, 2012

    Strengths:    Well made and well designed frame.
    Geometry has been improved so I run it with a 120mm fork


    Weaknesses:    Powder coat is poor. It simply comes off too easily.

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a blast to ride and builds into a quick, responsive, capable and inspiring ride. It is not as forgiving as either of my full sussers....but.. it is so much better at climbing and so manouverable. Unless you ride really rocky terrain most of the time I think this Rock Lobster is all the bike you need.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 years

    Purchased At:   Merlin cycles

    Bike Setup:   SLX drivetrain with XT rear. Hope Pro2 on Mavic 717s. Pro Koryak bars & Stem, Oval 600 post and WTB Rocket Tit saddle. Maxxis Ardent (F) Panaracer Fire XC (R).

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Carl a Weekend Warrior from Scotland

    Date Reviewed: August 4, 2011

    Strengths:    Geat handling bike with a very responsive feel but solid and planted. Fantastic frame. Great spec. One of the best hardtails that I have ever ridden at any price in the last 20 years!

    Weaknesses:    I agree that it scratches easily but then its fantastic value for money so who cares.

    Bottom Line:   
    Never owned a better all round hardtail. It will handle most technical trails competentally but will climb with authority. Really nice controlled feel in all but the most extreme situations. It is a very well designed frame and light! The price is fantastic, especially when you look at the eye-wateringly stupid price of bikes today!! One of the best hardtails that I have ever ridden at any price, in the last 20 years!

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    Favorite Trail:   Glentress

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $1000.00

    Purchased At:   Merlin

    Similar Products Used:   Marin Rocky Ridge, Cannondale, Litespeed, Commencal.

    Bike Setup:   Stock with Reba Race 100mm (but after reading previous review may upgrade to 120mm). Changed tyres to Maxxix Advantage front and Larsen TT back.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Chris a Weekend Warrior from N.W.England

    Date Reviewed: July 28, 2011

    Strengths:    Excellent feel, great geometry, light and agile but tough. Climbs and descends incredibly well. Also great value for money.

    Weaknesses:    Powder coat chips off easily

    Bottom Line:   
    An excellent hardtail at any price but at this price simply oustanding. Merlin told me it was O.K to increase the fork travel to 120mm and would still be warrantied. makes an oustanding package even better. I ride this bike far more than my Marin F/S....its just more fun. Can't really describe it any better. A top hardtail!!

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    Favorite Trail:   Llandegla Black

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $1000.00

    Purchased At:   Merlin Cycles

    Similar Products Used:   Trek, Marin, Cube, Orange, Pace, Commencal and M-Trax

    Bike Setup:   Standard except Maxxis Advantage front and Crossmark rear both 2.1. Rockshox Revelation Forks dropped to 120mm.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by droflet a Cross Country Rider from Scotland

    Date Reviewed: February 23, 2009

    Strengths:    - Great frame and spec for the price (£899). Reba Race is fantastic!
    - Very compliant ride for an aluminium hardtail
    - Geometry is great for a 'do everything' cross country bike (it's not as race focussed as some)
    - Snappy, chuckable handling on the fast bits, but still forgiving and confident in technical sections.


    Weaknesses:    Not really a weakness, but it's not a race focussed XC hardtail. If you want to race a bit, then there's probably better options.

    Bottom Line:   
    Before this bike I had a dual suspension, Commencal Meta 4. It was stolen (twice), and the last time it didn't come home. I thought about getting another dual sus, but wanted a bike that I can ride to work and use on the trails, as well as not attract too much attention. I didn't test ride the Rock Lobster before buying as Merlin are a long way from where I live, but I made my decision based on reviews, feedback and speaking to other owners and Merlin. I was a little worried about going back to a hardtail, but this bike has totally changed my views on that! It's probably better that my Meta 4 for 90% of the riding I do. Only in really severe, fast, rocky descents do I notice any real difference (which is still minimal). The rest of the time, this bike is just as quick, more fun, and feels fantastic. It's not as light as the really light and stiff XC race bikes, but for trail riding, you don't really want that. Geometry and fork inspire confidence and the frame has a nice supple feel which takes a lot of the harshness out of what most people think of about hardtails. If you're looking at an all round hardtail for less than £1000, you'll struggle to do much better. Recommended (a lot).

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    Favorite Trail:   Aberdeenshire Trails

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $1400.00

    Purchased At:   Merlin

    Similar Products Used:   Commencal Meta 4 (stolen and replaced with the Rock Lobster).

    Bike Setup:   2009 Merlin spec - '09 Reba Race with '09 SLX groupset

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Simon Mitchell a Cross Country Rider from Scotland

    Date Reviewed: May 15, 2008

    Strengths:    - Climbs better than anything i have seen out out the trails, you simply never get overtaken on the way up.
    - Very composed feel, makes slow technical stuff less scary.
    - Great equipment for the price.


    Weaknesses:    - Not designed for extra-rough rocky terrain.
    - Not really designed for max. speed down hill either.
    - is too head down and lightly built to make you feel invincible.


    Bottom Line:   
    if like most folk you have to pedal to the top then this bike makes the uphill journey both much faster and much more fun. every single time i got overtaken on the way up it was by some dude with shaved legs and far too much lycra on a £4000 hardtail.

    in the real world the rest of us live in, this is as good a climber as you'll find. compress the ETA fork (it lowers, therby changing the angle of the bike and making it even better for climbing [as opposed to a standard lockout]) and you fly up. let the fork back out and its tough enough and bouncy enough to get you down all but the rockiest descents (infact the ETA system is so much better than a standard lockout - why don’t all manufacturers use it!?).

    if all you do is fly fast down hills then get a full-sus, but if youre interested in maximising your value or know you want a hard tail thats expert at climbing and good at descending then i'd recommend this fully.

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    Favorite Trail:   Innerlethen

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $975.00

    Similar Products Used:   Various hardtails.

    Bike Setup:   MX PRO Eta fork. Next carbon flat bar. Shimano XT everything that moves.

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