Merlin XLM XC Hardtail

5/5 (3 Reviews)

Product Description

The XLM is the definitive titanium hard tail racing bike. It boasts very light weight, but extremely quick acceleration due to the oversize tubing. The custom double butted MTS size specific titanium frame is the finest racing hard tail possible. Whether you are riding tight single track or open trail, the XLM is perfectly balanced.
  • Extralight Mountain.
  • Designed for 80/100mm Fork.
  • Merlin's original S-Bend chain stays
  • V-Brake option.

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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Huckster41 a Weekend Warrior from San Jose

Date Reviewed: November 6, 2009

Strengths:    super strong, nothing rides like a ti frame. If you ever get a chance to ride one do it.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
This bike is just plan out fast. I will never be happy on anything less than what this bike has to offer. I have five other bikes but this one gets to go out and ride more than the others. The way this bike rides is unbelievable, it almost feels like a full suspension bike. If you want the best bike money can buy don't worry about the cost because you will never be sorry, money well spent.

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Favorite Trail:   Demonstration Forest

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $4500.00

Similar Products Used:   GT zaskar, all other bike are full suspension

Bike Setup:   all xtr components, chris king hubs/mavic 717 rims,kenda small blocks,carbon bars, very custom bike

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by dswilliamson2112 a Cross Country Rider from Boynton Beach, Florida, USA

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2008

Strengths:    This machine climbs like a nannygoat on crack. Buttery smooth ride. This bike is very resilent, and responds to rider input flawlessly. Power transfer is phenominal and direct. This machine gives you back everything you put into it, in a word "snappy" I have passed one legged riders with ease (Andish knows what that means) It is as if this machine was equipped with a laser guidance system, all you have to do is look where you want to go and the bike does the rest for you. Technical climbs- no problems there- just pick yer line. Downhills- this bike is by no means a dualie, but I find if you take your posterior off the saddle, especially when encountering baby head rocks and other rough stuff, she kind of does this dance over the tops of the rocks. This machine loves to fly- the harder you bunny hop (especially over water bars and the like) it is like this bike is spring loaded and it will take off like a jet so it is advisable to know a good landing strip. (no pun intended, but have you ridden Dupont?)

Weaknesses:    NAY

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is that this machine, I have lovingly named the SILVER FOXX, I intend to keep till my riding days are over. Yes I will ride that bike into the sunset. After those long long all day rides, she is easier on your body and you dont feel as you would riding on an alum hardtail. I swear i will never forget my first ride on this bike in Pisgah. I began descending and i felt goosebumps come out from head to toe. I had the permasmile going. Every time I ride this bike I feel like I learn something a little different. I feel like the Silver FOXX and I are one with each when riding. If you ever get a chance to ride one of these bad boys, I don't think you will soon forget it. Titanium is a magical metal, and It should last you as long as you are able to pedal. This investment I made is worth more than my car, (Its even insured) but I would never have done anything different. Thanks for reading, and happy/safe riding to you, my friends.

David Williamson/ Boynton Beach, Florida

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Favorite Trail:   Yancees Ridge/ although Pisgah kicks butt

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $5450.00

Purchased At:   Purchased frame on l

Similar Products Used:   First real MTB was the Black Voodoo Bokor, and after I seperated the frame the head tube descending down Hibriten mountain, the factory sent me their newer version, 20.5', Robin's Egg Blue. Very stiff frames. After a long days ride, my back cried MAAAMMAA. Tylenol would often be required.

Bike Setup:   Full 2008 Xtr. Thompson elite 5 deg rise stem, thompson masterpiece seatpost, Selle Flite gel saddle with ti rails, specialized grips, Chris king nothreadset (Chris kings signature cosmic green color) With spacers to match. Wheels: custom built by Dave at Daves speed dream wheels (please see mtbr reviews on his wheels) These wheels are very light, less than 1400 grams for the set. Custom optioned with the stainless steel goodies. I had the hubs matched (Chris King cosmic green) and had the spoke nipples matched the same color. Black synergy rims and black spokes. A very beautiful, a true eye catching wheelset. The gums that stick this machine to the dirt are compliments of Kenda Nevegal- Tubeless. I have had zero pinch flats to date. Boy those tires love to throw rocks, though. The fork I chose is the rock shock reba team with lockout. Infinite adjustabiliy, and I chose to run with 100mm travel. I believe with a service you can get even more travel. Pedals- Time ATAC Carbon, and they mate well with My 2008 SIDI Dominator 5 shoes. Lastly, I picked my handlebars as Race Face Next SL low rise. The guys at Jenson USA helped me with setting up this bike and they are very knowledgable about their products and ther prices are really competitive. I think I got a good setup. This bike is absolutely beautiful and one of a kind. The SILVER FOXX weighs in the 23 pound range....

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mel a Cross Country Rider from Berkeley

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2007

Strengths:    This frame is the definite XC hardtail, the absolute best frame I have ridden. Surprisingly smooth on rough terrain, race inspired acceleration, on the dime turns on singletrack, all flawless. And oh yeah, if you scratch the frame, you can buff it right out with ti!

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
This frame still rock amid all this flurry of full ses folks. If you want THE absolute best hardtail, this is it!

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Favorite Trail:   sinawik trail

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $5000.00

Purchased At:   Mikes Bikes

Bike Setup:   full xtr and fox rlt 100 fork

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Merlin XLM frame number HELP PLEASE

Hello I am thinking of buying a 2003 Merlin XLM frame. Can anyone tell me if the frame number M73730 would be appropriate for a bike of this age? My concern is that pre-2000, XLM's frame numbers were formatted XM1234. Also, the Merlin Mountain had exactly the same geometry so I want to be ... Read More »

650b on Merlin XLM

Considering doing a 650b conversion on my XLM as I need a new wheelset. In reading the 26 vs. 650b vs. 29er debates I'm still unclear on the advantage of a medium volume 650b x 2.1 (necessary to fit the rear stays) compared to a larger volume 26 tire, as they both have about the same diameter.Read More »

Merlin XLM 25th Anniversary Frame

Hi All :) I need your help once again. I am thinking about buying a Merlin XLM frame - if I can find one :confused: But I am not so into MTB since I do 99,99 % of my training on the road. I would like to know what frame size that would the best for me. I know that some of the answers ... Read More »

21 XLM's....overkill or no

A fellow DIYer on another board posted a link to a 7 XLM'S board that he indicated "2 on the bars and 1 on the helmet should do nicely." Doing the math, driven at 3A, that's a nominal 6,300 Lm per light x 3 lights....say 19,000 Lm. I'm thinking that'd be serious in whiting out tra ... Read More »

Merlin XLM rigid fork help

I have a 1996 Merlin XLM s/n 13024 that I'm trying to find out what rigid fork would be proper and period correct for the frame, It is set up for an 1"1/8 thread less steer tube. I've seen some posts about Merlin using Ritchey logic forks, would that have been a steel fork? and what A/C measure ... Read More »

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