28 years ago Merlin built the first contemporary titanium road and mountain bikes and revolutionized the sport. An unsurpassed strength-to-weight ratio and toughness along with superb physical properties at lower weights give titanium the unique ability to absorb road shock while retaining excellent torsional stiffness to resist pedaling loads. Add titanium's phenomenally high fatigue strength plus the fact that it doesn't rust or corrode, and there is simply no better frame material choice.
Ultimately, titanium's biggest benefit is that it enables you to have more fun and get more enjoyment out of your bike and your riding experience. And, with greater dependability and durability than any other frame material. For many of us, that's what it's all about.
Headsets are not included. Merlin frames accept all 1 1/8" threadless, non-integrated (non-hidden) headsets. Any headset purchased with a Merlin frameset will be machined and installed with no labor charge. Headsets
Last original Merlin frames: As you probably know, carbon fiber is currently the hot material in cycling frames. Unfortunately, the popularity of titanium frames has dropped significantly in popularity. American Bicycle, the parent company of both Merlin and Litespeed titanium frames, is facing the current situation by suspending Merlin production while concentrating all of their Ti production on Litespeed models. Therefore, the following inventory constitutes the complete list of currently available Merlin titanium frames. If you can't find a good fit with the available Merlin frames then please contact us for the latest information on Litespeed Titanium. Thankfully, much of Merlin's cutting edge innovation has been transferred to Litespeed. We are pleased to offer their complete line.
Merlin name sold ~
Due to the major drop in titanium demand, American Bike has decided to sell the Merlin brand name. We don't know who the buyer will use to design or produce the framesets so we can't speak to the quality of any new production. However, ALL of our Merlins are genuine, handmade in Tennessee at American Bike's Ti workshop. If you find your fit, grab one while you can. The frames below are the very last of the genuine Merlins that changed cycling forever.
Limited edition of Merlin's legendary road frame in a slightly more aggressive
version perfect for road racing, criteriums, and dedicated training. Still one
of the most comfortable frames on the market yet has unsurpassed durability. Seat
tube = 55cm center to top and 51.5cm center to center, top tube = 54.5cm, head
tube = 11cm, seat angle = 73, head angle = 74. Frame weight is 2.7 lbs. Includes 380 gram
1 1/8" Columbus Minimal full carbon fork (fork is not TTT as pictured) ....
Specifically designed for female riders, the Camena is revolutionary in its concept. After fitting thousands of female riders, both Merlin and Cycles BiKyle have come to the realization that many of the preconceptions about women's builds and resulting bicycle design have been downright wrong. If you are a woman struggling with bicycle fit or comfort, the Camena may be the perfect animal. Combined with Kyle's legendary expertise for perfect fit, the Camena positions your body for the most efficient and comfortable ride ever! Includes Reynolds Ouzo Pro full carbon fork with corrected rake for proper trail.
The cockpit space is specially designed for a woman's build. And since women carry more of their power and weight in their hips, the Camena has longer chainstays for a more balanced center of gravity. The result: a more secure, comfortable, and responsive ride!
Still available: 48cm x 700c and 48cm x 650c.
The 650c frame has carbon fiber seatstays ....
A headset is needed on every bike. The headset is the precision bearing set mounted into the frame that secures the fork and allows you to smoothly and safely steer your bike.
A great frame deserves a great headset, choose from the finest: Headsets We will hand machine and install your headset with no charge for labor!
***The above are all clearance frames or bikes. These items are brand new, but as clearance items they may have minor cosmetic flaws such as a slight paint scuff or minor ding. Each item includes our 14 day guarantee; if it does not meet your approval return the item within 14 days for a full refund less the shipping cost. Clearance frames and bikes do not include Kyle's fitting expertise. Sorry, that service is not available on clearance items.