Merlin Echo Bike 1998 or Older

4.67/5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $5200.00


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Merlin Echo


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff a Cross Country Rider from PR BC Canada

Date Reviewed: May 8, 2008

Strengths:    Weight, simplicity, its titanium, welds, ride at moderate to high speeds.

Weaknesses:    Rear shock makes some noises. Bike is just to normal at low speeds, low speed shock absorption isnt what I expected from Moots type shock, seems to bottom easier at lower speeds? Oh and the tire clearance is pretty dismal. I am sure I can find a custom builder to cut a little bit out of funky shape chainstays.

Bottom Line:   
This bike really shines when it is pushed hard. Regular family trail rides dont do this frame justice. Once the speed increases it comes alive. the handling is intuitive, the soft-tail starts to work as it was designed, quieting the medium hits just right. I have carbon bars on now which I may switch to aluminum, feedback is lost, to much give between the frame and flexy carbon bars. When I look down the bottom bracket is flexing pretty good but I dont really notice it once speed picks up. The bike is just "designed for speed" is the only way I can put it... I have to mention that braking is very good with the XTR v brakes, the shape of the stays really makes a difference there. I am happy with this bike, I am considering disc tabs welded on, Dekerf will do it for $200, I wouldnt sell it for any other 26er soft-tail, but maybe a 29er soft-tail.

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Favorite Trail:   lots

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   MTBReview Classifieds

Similar Products Used:   Only FS or Rigid no other soft-tail type.

Bike Setup:   XTR, Carbon Bars, Velocity wheels/Real Hubs. Nevegals 2.1 front 1.95 rear, ghetto tubeless conversion.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jason a Racer from San Francisco, California, USA

Date Reviewed: January 14, 2000

Strengths:    -the speed it gives you
-the plain color
-titanium does not need paint, frame lasts 4ever
-moots pivotless suspension
-perfect geometry 4 me
-the highest end parts possible
-good 4 almost all types of riding


Weaknesses:    -price, but this is worth it 4 wut u get out of it

Bottom Line:   
used 4 one year. echo makes me go a lot faster than any bike i have used. my friends use to beat me but with my echo, i just kick dust right in their mouths. good product 4 any hardcore rider or racer. perfect amount of comfort and speed. if you feel you r a good rider and need a new bike go 4 it. y shouldn't judge a bike by price.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   '97 raleigh m-30, '98 stumpy comp, '99 big sur, '98 y-33

Bike Setup:   '98 merlin echo, full xtr, 99 sid xc, m747, wtb98 saddle

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Michael Simpson a Weekend Warrior from Park City, UT

Date Reviewed: March 15, 1999

Strengths:    
Great on technical rides, meaning that it functions very similar to your standard Ti hard tail. The 1 1/8 suspension in the rear takes the edge off the ride. It's like the best of both worlds, but with the lightness, handling, and feel of a racing hardtail.


Weaknesses:    
Your average college student can't afford it unless he's got rich parents. Building it up was like a work of art.


Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is this: if you have the money, you want hard tail performance, you want some cushiness of ride, and you love a good looking bike, the Merlin Echo is it. I'm able to do things with this bike that no full suspension can do while doing almost everything that a Ti hardtail can do. Moreover, I can get some miles on the road with the bike without having the rear suspension steal 20-50% of my pedaling power.It rates 5 stars anyway you look at it.

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Favorite Trail:   
Tour de Suds, Deer Valley, UT

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Litespeed--they stole the idea from Moots, so I'm opposed to them. Also Litespeed's welds and titanium grade is not at the same level as Moots, Merlin and Seven.
Moots--I would have chosen the YBB first, but I would have wated 8-10 weeks for the frame.


Bike Setup:   
Full XTR
Mavic 517 rims w/XTR hubs
Moots Ti handlebar
Moots Ti stem
Moots Ti seatpost
Chris King Headset
Manitou SX Carbon fork
Time ATAC pedals

Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

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My new custom Borealis Echo

I just picked her up today, 28 pounds (as pictured) of brand new Fat [I][B]hotness[/B][/I]. Borealis Echo frame (medium), Sarma Naran 100mm carbon rims, Hope Fatsno hubs (150mm x 15mm front, 197mm x 12mm Maxle rear), Specialized Ground Control 26 x 4.6 (tubeless) tires, Orange Seal sealant, Easto ... Read More »

29+ Echo with RS1 fork

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Magellan Echo battery/condensation issues

I always carry my iPhone with me when I'm riding (it's quite safe with the kind of relatively sedate stuff I do) and I have been using a Magellan Echo watch together with Strava and/or iSmoothRun for tracking. The Echo has been great. I like that I can get stats on the go - particularly distance ... Read More »

2002 Merlin Echo YBB hardware

My beloved Merlin has developed a bit of play in the YBB shock. Does anyone know if Moots hardware can be used to rebuild a Merlin? Here is what my Merlin looks like: [url=http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=269176]Merlin Titanium - ECHO - Soft tail frame | Retrobike[/url] (somebo ... Read More »

Echo Ridge New Trail Construction

Trail construction has begun on 11 miles of new trail at Echo Ridge in Chelan. The Central Chapter of Evergreen, Chelan Ranger District, and local volunteers are working together to make this happen. When the project is complete there will be a 16+ mile loop of quality riding in addition to existin ... Read More »

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