Merlin 1999 FAT TI Hardtail Bike


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chris   Cross Country Rider [Dec 18, 2000]

Light, Efficient, Superb handling, Absolutely rust-proof!
Fatty Ultra fork tracks like a rigid fork...unbelievably predictable handling.


Expensive...but you get what you pay for. Wish Merlin would incorporate rear disc mounting holes for future switch to discs.

First off, you should know who is writing this. I'm a 39 year old, slightly overweight (210 lbs, yes it will happen to you too), husband and father of two who likes to ride surprisingly hard (see; too fast for your station in life OLD MAN!) I tend to hang onto bikes for longer than usual..see the age of my Paragon. As a result I prefer a durable bike rather than one with all the latest gimmicks and do-dads.
The Fat Ti has a very traditional frame design (diamond frame)... it has worked well for over 100 years, must be something to it! Combine that with slightly oversized titanium tubes, strecthed-out geometry and a no-compromise parts selection and you have a bomb-proof, light weight, supple-yet-efficient ride that will last a lifetime. The welds and fit & finish are bar none the best in the ti market... and I've seen well over a dozen different mfrs (lietspeed, dean, seven etc.) As much as I LOVE this bike, bottom-line, no ONE bike is perfect for everyone. First and foremost: FIT! The bike must be right for your bod. Second: The bike must suit your needs ie; down-hiller, free-rider, xc'r, mega-buck racer... And third, you must be able to afford it.
As for ratings. How can anyone possibly give a high value rating to a BIKE that costs more than... well, a breast implant! It is just a bike after all. Not all that different than a Schwinn Varsity or Huffy Cruiser.

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