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19" Merlin Titanium Echo MTB bike

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Merlin Metalworks is famous both for being the first company to commercially produce fully titanium bicycle frames, and for the wonderful workmanship all of their products displayed.

  • The company was started in 1986 and their first item was a mountain bike frame. The company soon started building road frames as well.
  • The bikes were a hit. Even Greg LeMond rode Merlin frames (though they did not carry Merlin decals).
  • The company was purchased by shoe maker Saucony in 1998 and then in 2000 the American Bicycle group acquired the firm.
  • Merlin is currently owned by retailer Competitive Cyclist.

Merlin 19" Titanium Echo 16" MTB bicycle. Used. $2,000

16" seat tube, 20" top tube
Made from 3/2.5 titanium

We date this bike to about 1988-1999.

This frame uses Moots "YBB" rear elastomer suspension. The 1" suspension travel is perfect for smoothing out the bumps and keeping the tire on the ground, but doesn't sacrifice efficiency and climbing ability.

Merlin frame designer Matthew Bracken was kind enough to send this enlightening note: I designed & named that bike when I worked at Merlin (1993-1999).  I called Moots and licensed the YBB design because the Merlin/Girvin design wasn't as suitable for this frame.  That started a relationship I still have with Jon Cariveau at Moots.  I named it Echo for two reasons.  It echo’ed what Moots was doing and I wanted to compliment them, & the sound of the rebounding suspension echoed the bumps... 

  • Bike weight is 25 pounds
  • The front shock is a Rock Shox SID
  • Wheels: rims are Rolf "Dolomite", 24 hole rear, 20 hole front. Rolf skewers. Tires are WTB 2.1 Knobby. Rear cassette is Shimano HG70 11-32 9-speed
  • Crankset: Shimano XT, 175mm arms. 44/32/22 teeth.
  • Control group: Shifters Shimano XTR Rapid Fire, Derailleurs Shimano XT
  • Brakes: Brake levers and shifter are integrated, calipers Shimano Deore XT
  • Bottom bracket: Sealed, square taper
  • Chain: Shimano HG
  • Seatpost & saddle: Bontrager 27.2mm diameter- 380mm long, Avocet 02 Racing TI saddle
  • Headset: WTB momentum, 1 1/8"
  • Stem: Salsa 120mm, 1/18" diameter
  • Handlebars: Koski black alloy

Merlin Echo titianium MTB bike

From the side

Merlin Echo bicycle

The rear triangle, showing the Moots YBB suspension

Merlin Echo

Close-up of the rear suspension and the beautifully made rear fork crown.

Merlin Echo

Front suspension fork

Merlin Echo bicycle

And the controls. This bike is ready to hit the dirt.