Merlin Odyssey Bike 1998 or Older

3.67/5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $2750.00


Product Description

Merlin Odyssey


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by George a Cross Country Rider from Basalt, Colorado

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2001

Strengths:    2000 Odyssey with Smooth forgiving ride, great deal on frame $1,188.00, titanium life time warranty, Merlin reputation, beautiful precise welds and Tom Kellog geometry same as XLM.

Weaknesses:    Heavier than XLM, but lighter price.

Bottom Line:   
Great compliant ride, lifetime warranty on a boutique frame with nice components for the same price as a steel/aluminum mass production bike. I can definitely tell the difference in weld quality compared to my Litespeed.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2600.00

Purchased At:   ExcelSports.com (Boulder)

Similar Products Used:   Considered Litespeed Classic/Tuscany, Douglas Ti, Airborne Ti and Mongoose Ti.

Bike Setup:   Reynolds Ouzo Pro fork, Ultegra Triple Group (this is Colorado), Chris King headset, Thompson seat post, Mavic Open Pro rims and Flite Gel saddle.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by jay hardy a Cross Country Rider from Coupeville, Wa, USA

Date Reviewed: November 14, 2000

Strengths:    light, strong and supple

Weaknesses:    no brazons.

Bottom Line:   
This is a road bike. I don't know why that guy was so rude. He should check http://www.merlinbike.com/bike/odyssey.html

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Favorite Trail:   Ft. Ebey

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   Klein Quantum, Cannondale T1000, Paramount


Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Scott Paris a Weekend Warrior from Baltimore, Maryland

Date Reviewed: June 15, 1999

Strengths:    
1. Cool looking bike
2. Status symbol
3. Comfortable ride
4. Excel Sports did a great job packing it and instructing me on how to put it together over the phone.


Weaknesses:    
1.Expensive/Overpriced- for $2,700+ it should take out the trash. I emptied my life's savings for this bike.
2. Ultegra products not what I thought.
3. Only a fair climber.
4. Bike lacks a soul.


Bottom Line:   
THe bike is nice but I expected the bike to have the soul of my Masi and climb like my Klein, not the other way around. In some ways, I wish that I had kept my Masi, but I read some nice things about titanium and I sold it to pay for Tinky Winky, my new Merlin. In addition, I am stuck with it since I will have to eat too much in depreciation to resell it. I hope that the ultegra gets better with age...I expected more..

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Klein Quantum 2
Masi Grand criterium



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