Merlin XLM XTR 2003 Hardtail

User Reviews (8)

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levir   Cross Country Rider [Sep 22, 2009]
Strength:

Performance, craftmanship, durability, comfort...

Weakness:

None

I love my 2009 Merlin XLM bike. I bought this frame new from www.RBikes.com, they are authorized Merlin dealer. This is an outstanding frame that can last for as long as you live. I have an old Litespeed Obed '97 Titanium XTR group and there is no comparison in performance. The new XLM weighed a tad 2.8 lbs (16.5"). It handles like a dream when put together properly. It has that responsive supple ride that great titanium posses. It handles precisely. It is comfortable. It accelerates effortlessly and It climbs like a goat! It is so light that every pedal stroke is converted into forward motion. I find myself using taller gears and going much quicker. Again without too much effort. Now that is fun! This bike is great for Singletrack XC riding style. It is well balanced bike that can be used on trail features like skinnies, log jump, drops etc. Absolutely worth the money and wait!

Similar Products Used: Litespeed
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
kintamani   Cross Country Rider [Mar 05, 2009]
Strength:

all you can get from hardtail bike

Weakness:

mmmm... none

excellent job merlin!

Similar Products Used: racer x, blur lt, fireline
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Todd Ely   Weekend Warrior [Feb 06, 2009]
Strength:

Rust proof. perfect under-the-but handling and feel. Ding resistant. Easy to pick up.

Weakness:

None. Arguably the best bike there is. You get what you pay for. The perfect bike.

The perfect bike.

Similar Products Used: Ritchey, Scott Paisley, Scwinn KOM,
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Anthony   Cross Country Rider [Jul 09, 2003]
Strength:

Light, stiff, strong. Beautifully made. Lifetime warranty

Weakness:

Well, it is spendy.

Clearly it is time for a real review. This is one of the best hardtails out there. I had a 1992 Merlin Mountain and the XLM is stiffer in the BB *and* lighter. Nice. My 1997 XLM developed a crack at the bottom bracket weld, and Merlin replaced the frame, no questions asked. It is a shame that it broke, but getting a brand new frame was well worth it.

I have the new frame built up with some light weight parts, but also some heavier stuff that just works. All told it weighs just under 23 pounds, which is decent enough considering the tubeless, the disc brakes, and the fact that I don't have to ride a SID. My 1997 XLM weighed 21 with rim brakes and tubed tires.

The bike is one of the best singletrack machines I have been on. It just feels *right*. An adjustable travel fork is a nice feature on this frame, as it handles pretty wel at 100mm, but at 80 over the smooth stuff the bike handles almost synaptically.

Similar Products Used: 1992 Merlin mountain. Dean Col. Ti. Airborne Lucky Strike. 1990 Fat Chance Yo Eddy Team. Indy Fab.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Sean   [Jul 02, 2003]
Strength:

light

Weakness:

$$$

Are you kidden me. This is not worth the average down payment price of a house. No way, throw in a free piece of shaved pie and I'll think about it.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Jorge Castillo   Cross Country Rider [Jan 26, 2004]
Strength:

This is the best looking hardtail ever.It's light,responsive and makes you want to ride it fast!

Weakness:

ENVY

This is the bike that set the standard, then every body just started to copy Merlin.Indeed alot of $$$ but well worth it if you appriciate made in the USA quality. IT RIDES LIKE A DREAM.

Similar Products Used: Name it, from aluminum,chromoly to carbon.Ti is the best all around!
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Thomas Clarke   Cross Country Rider [Oct 01, 2003]
Strength:

It's about the Ride.

Weakness:

Will outlast most buyers, so you better like it.

This one is for the rider who knows what he needs.
This one is for the rider who knows what he does'nt need.
This one is for the rider.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Joe Mama   Racer [Dec 13, 2002]
Strength:

Pretty Fast and Light

Weakness:

Should have come with a motor for so much $$$

If you have a bunch of money and don't know what to do with it then this is the bike for you. But no one will care that you have this bike cause you will always be slower than someone. Plus, if I didn't know any better, I'd say this bike was only around a $1000 bike.

Similar Products Used: My roadmaster from K-Mart
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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