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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
I'm coming up to Montana from Fort Collins, CO this Friday for a week long family vacation. We've rented a house on Echo Lake. I've been scouring the interwebz for mtb resources and haven't come up with much.
Wondering if someone can point me to a map/guide book/shop...anything to help m ... Read More »
I just saw this photo on facebook and thought folks here would be interested. The guy in the photo, and his friend rode their bikes from Sacramento to Echo Summit in 17 hours and 29 minutes. Their names were Albert Budd and Eugene Hepting. Hepting was the photogr ... Read More »
Looks like tons of trails: [URL]http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5414319.pdf[/URL]
Saw a post from way back when recommending Shoe and Outback. Any other recommendations on the most fun trails? ...or a recommended loop?
Is Chelan Butte worth it?
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Don't know what, if any impact this has on any possible summer use but as an old stick dodger, I think it's pretty cool.
[url=http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_21421750]Echo Mountain ski area bought to be converted into training facility - The Denver Post[/url]Read More »