A couple years ago, Competitive Cyclist bought the Merlin brand, then sat on it. Then they were bought by Backcountry.com and moved from Arkansas to Utah. Since then, the brand relaunched under the new parentalship of Backcountry at NAHBS with the Extralite road bike.
It, like the all-new Merlin XLM 29er hardtail shown here, are made in the USA from US-sourced titanium. This is Merlin’s first 29er, and gets all the modern features like tapered headtube, PFBB30 and 12×142 rear axle.
Tubes are a mix of 3/2.5 double butted titanium available assembled in S, M, L or XL sizes. They use a Paragon dropout built for Shimano’s thru axle. Frame weight is 2,000g for a large. $2,560 for the frame only.
It’ll be available direct only and can be built up using their new online configurator that’ll let you pick and choose a massive variety of component options and see price and weight updated in real time. Play with it and kiss the next 30 minutes of your life goodbye. Start here.
The complete bike will come mostly assembled and pretuned.