• 10-28-2010
    Carl-Arnold Wilke
    This was my Tomac 98 special pro from 2003.
    After one year riding the frame brokes.

  • 10-28-2010
    Carl-Arnold Wilke
    As a replacement for my broken Tomac, I got a Litespeed Niota Al in 2004:
  • 10-28-2010
    Big Bad Wolf
    Sticky stuff ;)
  • 11-21-2010
    tifan
    Please delete
  • 11-21-2010
    tifan
    Here's mine..my last set up



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  • 11-23-2010
    Heat
    my 97 Hiwassee
    started like this

    and gave it a little makeover







    probably pick up a Thomson seatpost just for shiggles this weekend.
    Also considering taking off the decals on the fork....
  • 11-24-2010
    levir
    Nice make over! Good job.
  • 11-24-2010
    levir
    Here is mine with XTR. I recently switched to SRAM XX.



    Some Rading here and there. The XLM just handles like a dream!






    Industry Nine Ultralite Wheelsets.
  • 11-24-2010
    Heat
    Classic looking. I like it alot.
  • 12-09-2010
    monkei
    3 Attachment(s)
    Here's my Niota. I love my (heavy) litespeed! Bought it after an asskicking DH ride near Santa Cruz, and have since turned it into more of a DH bike than the mid-travel FS xc bike it was intended to be. 140mm thru axle fork, bashguard, tensioner, saint crankset & kona pedals, 2x9 drivetrain with midcage saint rear derailleur, and big honkin' knobby tires (2.35 rear, 2.5 front)
  • 12-10-2010
    Big Bad Wolf
    You might wanna watch the rear triangle for cracks. DH is not exactly what this frame was constructed to do. Other than that, great looking bike.
  • 12-10-2010
    Zasshu
    Looks like his might be the all-Ti version.
  • 12-10-2010
    Big Bad Wolf
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Zasshu
    Looks like his might be the all-Ti version.

    Even then, those bullet stops are known to crack.
  • 12-10-2010
    Carl-Arnold Wilke
    Nice bike, it's the same large all-ti frame like mine. I'm riding it since 2006 mostly in rough terrain and it's still ok. take care and have fun!
  • 12-10-2010
    monkei
    I check the welds pretty regularly for cracks after having read all the frame crack horror stories and it's held up well to all my thrashing. I'm not a heavy guy, but I've definitely put the bike through some stuff. It's handled Northstar abuse, Santa Cruz DH, Oat Hill Mine rd trail in Calistoga, jumps, bails, so I'm pretty comfortable with its strength.

    Can't wait 'til its got a Ti bar and seatpost.

    Quote:

    Nice bike, it's the same large all-ti frame like mine.
    Thanks!

    Quote:

    As a replacement for my broken Tomac, I got a Litespeed Niota Al in 2004
    How would you compare the Al and Ti Niotas?? Got a buddy who might be looking into an Al one with the newer rear triangle with the the single machined 'Y' instead of the 2 tubes welded together like ours. (As seen in post #33)
  • 12-30-2010
    LARRYJO
    2 Attachment(s)
    1990/91 Litespeed
    So this is what happens when you have time, a frame and a bunch of misc parts sitting around.:)
    I bought this Litespeed some time ago for the parts group that was hanging on it and sold the frame on ebay. When the fella that bought it got the frame he went to clean it and found a very small crack(see photo) in the headtube where the breathe hole meets the downtube. I took the frame back and refunded his money. When I got the frame back I showed it to 3 different frame builders, all of which have many years of welding Ti under their belt, and asked their opinion on what happened and what if anything could be done about it. All three said the same thing, nothing could be done but to ride the heck out of it because they all believed that the crack had been there for a while and was not going to get any worse. The crack starts at the inside of the hole and stops right at the weld. All three said that the weld stopped the crack from going any further and would keep it that way. So.what to do?
    The frame had been hanging in my storage unit for some time until today. I brought it home and decided to build it up using some parts I have had. I tried to keep it as close to period correct as I could. I feel I built as if I bought it new in 1990 and then sometime around 1992 I decided to upgrade a little.:) I am having trouble with the seat tube sizing so if anyone knows what it should be please let me know. I think 28.6 but not sure. Right now I have a couple of shims in it to make it work. I took it for a spin around town today as it was sunny but cool and it rides great. The elastomers in the Manitou have been replaced with Speedsprings I got from a friend so it rides better than before.
    So now this has been added to the stable. Hope the wife does not notice.:)
    Happy New Years all!
  • 02-11-2011
    monkei
    Since I can't edit my previous post... For those other Niota owners out there who who wondering, I thought I'd make mention of the fact that I've confirmed 185mm rotors fit the rear triangle, it looks like 203/205 would rub or come too close to the chainstay.
  • 03-05-2011
    tifan
    My New Merlin,

    Merlin XLM 25th anniversary 2011









  • 03-07-2011
    Carl-Arnold Wilke
    Very nice bike! I like the color combination you have choosed, it's a modern but classic hardtail.
  • 03-08-2011
    tifan
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Carl-Arnold Wilke
    Very nice bike! I like the color combination you have choosed, it's a modern but classic hardtail.

    Thanks...your Niota also very nice:thumbsup:
  • 03-08-2011
    levir
    That is one nice 25th Anniversary XLM!

    I just visited MerlinBike.com and I guess they will be coming out with new bikes? The best thing that happened to them is moving as far away from ABC (American Bicycling Co). :thumbsup:

  • 03-09-2011
    clarkrw3
    Has anyone had luck with fitting the Disk adapter for 2000+ litespeeds on to an older model? Say a 1994 Obed??
  • 03-13-2011
    tifan
    [QUOTE=levir]That is one nice 25th Anniversary XLM!

    I just visited MerlinBike.com and I guess they will be coming out with new bikes? The best thing that happened to them is moving as far away from ABC (American Bicycling Co). :thumbsup:



    Thanks Bro Levir, I dont know exactly, my LBS told me that my Merlin XLM is the last mass production items..before i was waiting the frame like yours, but never come, untill my LBS informed me this frame, but this frame is little bit heavier than your frame..
  • 03-17-2011
    monkei
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Big Bad Wolf
    those bullet stops are known to crack.

    Rear triangle finally ended up cracking at the base of the 'y' stiffening section where it is welded to the chainstay/pivot tube. It's like worse than getting dumper. NOOOOOOOO, my bike!!! Well, now i'm on the hunt for a fabricator that thinks they can repair and beef it up. Waiting on litespeed to tell me whether or not they still sell the ti-rears, I'm gonna be pissed if they only offer me the v3 Al rear.

    **Officially pissed: "Dear Patrick,



    Thank you for sending your request to us. I have double checked with the repair department and we do not make a ti rear end for repair. The only option you have if you would like your bike repaired is to have an aluminum rear end for the Niota. The cost for the repair would be $250 + shipping.



    Best regards,

    ---- -----

    American Bicycle Group

    Warranty Department

    "
  • 03-17-2011
    levir
    Hey tifan,

    You XLM 25th Anniversary surely looks lots beefier than my 2009 XLM. I am sure it rides like a dream!

    What size is that?


    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tifan

    Thanks Bro Levir, I dont know exactly, my LBS told me that my Merlin XLM is the last mass production items..before i was waiting the frame like yours, but never come, untill my LBS informed me this frame, but this frame is little bit heavier than your frame..

  • 03-20-2011
    ubo
    my litespeed ocoee :









  • 03-27-2011
    tifan
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by levir
    Hey tifan,

    You XLM 25th Anniversary surely looks lots beefier than my 2009 XLM. I am sure it rides like a dream!

    What size is that?

    Hello Levir, sorry for the late reply, the size is 16,25. I believe it is same size with your frame..
  • 04-10-2011
    boomersooner523
    Here is my "New" Merlin! I'm so pumped about it!







  • 04-20-2011
    Martin Tionko
    2 Attachment(s)
    My Merlin XLM
    My 13.38 lbs.Rob Vandermark Merlin XLM Hardtail.
  • 04-28-2011
    phalhas
    Litespeed Sewanee with 120mm fork
    Hi.
    Ive a Litespeed Sewanee LS from 2009 and now I'm thinking to put a Fox with 120mm travel, to improve better handling and put better stabelity on front.

    What you think about that?

    Regards and nice and smoth rides

    Rui
  • 04-30-2011
    Dkolopaking
    @ubo; what ti seatpost is it on your ocooe? looks nice
  • 04-30-2011
    Dkolopaking
    my just finished 2011 xlm anniversarry 8070gr/17.79lbs....going sub 8kg..LOL
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  • 04-30-2011
    ubo
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Dkolopaking
    @ubo; what ti seatpost is it on your ocooe? looks nice

    It's a PMP




    http://www.pmpbike.net/bike/Seatpost.html

    @+
  • 05-04-2011
    yuths
    The 25th Merlin XLM looks very nice, I will find one but it's difficult to find it.

    Here are my merlins...



  • 05-04-2011
    mtbnozpikr
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by yuths
    Here are my merlins...

    Wow, that's quite the collection you've got there...
  • 05-04-2011
    monkei
    Lovin' the Newsboy!! :arf:
  • 05-05-2011
    yuths
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mtbnozpikr
    Wow, that's quite the collection you've got there...

    Thank you, now I need the 25th Merlin XLM. Anyone can sell to me?
  • 05-05-2011
    Dkolopaking
    @yuths : about XLM 25th Edition, Indonesian LBS called "sepedakita" still have 2 of em , but I'm not sure about the size, they selling it for about 3450USD, depends to the currency, I dont know wether its consider expensive or not. I can help you if you need any assistance
  • 05-06-2011
    yuths
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Dkolopaking
    @yuths : about XLM 25th Edition, Indonesian LBS called "sepedakita" still have 2 of em , but I'm not sure about the size, they selling it for about 3450USD, depends to the currency, I dont know wether its consider expensive or not. I can help you if you need any assistance

    Please... Do you have information of the shop? Would you like to sale your one to make it cheaper?.. just kidding, I know you love your Merlin. Do you think Competitive Cyclist will change the style again as ABG did?

    I love the badge style on the head tube that it was not look so mass, laser is ok for BB, drop out or even on frame. I hope that they will make it again. Now Litespeed has a new badge on already.



  • 05-07-2011
    Dkolopaking
    I'll drop by at the shop tomorrow and make sure they still got it, What size are you looking for?
  • 05-07-2011
    yuths
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Dkolopaking
    I'll drop by at the shop tomorrow and make sure they still got it, What size are you looking for?

    16.25 please or 17 Thank you very much.
  • 05-08-2011
    Dkolopaking
    @yuth : They got your size 17!!!!!

    the shop's name :

    SEPEDAKITA
    Jl. Letnan Sutopo No. 37
    BSD City Sektor I.2
    Tangerang Selatan 15321
    Banten - Indonesia
    Phone: (+6221) 3301-3338, 5377-944
    www.sepedakita.com
    E-mail: info@sepedakita.com
    : sepedakita@yahoo.com

    they can shipped outside Indonesia
    just email them and tell them you are frind of Doddy, I told them about you..
    btw, where is your location?

  • 05-30-2011
    monkei
    3 Attachment(s)
    Update: Lotsa new stuff...
    Now with Aluminum Rear Triangle :madmax: Blackspire C4 bash & Stinger tensioner, Avid Code R rear brake, RockShox Revelation XX 150mm/20mm, Twenty6 Perunner pedals, VanNicholas 620mm/31.8mm Ti bar, Ti post, n' WTB saddle
  • 05-30-2011
    yuths
    Finally... The Merlin 25th XLM

  • 06-04-2011
    Retro Dude
    1 Attachment(s)
    '91 Litespeed
    Here's a shot my 91 as it's currently setup.
  • 06-04-2011
    Jasontamu
    Love the ONZA pedals!!!

    I have 4 sets of onza pedals...recently scored a new set on ebay..


    -J
  • 06-06-2011
    outside!
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Retro Dude View Post
    Here's a shot my 91 as it's currently setup.

    Nice bike, you should post it in the VRC forum. Is that a Tange or Bontrager fork?
  • 06-23-2011
    Merlins4
    10 Attachment(s)
    Vintage Merlin
    Rob Vandermark designed this bike for my father in 92. In 99 when my dad followed my direction, and transitioned into enduro motorcycle racing he passed it on to me.

    About a year ago I sent the frame back to American Bicycle Group to have it refinished. I rebuilt the bike with all new components, but still rocking the anodized blue TNT cranks.

    Believe it or not, I ride almost every day it doesn't rain. I have had to buy and sell bikes as I move around the country, but this is the only one I would never sell!

    Current weight 19.9lbs
  • 06-23-2011
    mtbnozpikr
    I'm glad to see that you are still riding it (in the mud no less) and that it's still going strong.
  • 06-23-2011
    Merlins4
    Rides like a dream!
  • 06-26-2011
    Retro Dude
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by outside! View Post
    Nice bike, you should post it in the VRC forum. Is that a Tange or Bontrager fork?

    It's a Tange. I'm looking for a Ritchey Logic - but no luck so far.

    I'd love a Litespeed Ti fork (or Kona) but waaaay too expensive (if you can find one).
  • 06-26-2011
    yuths
    Anyone has Merlin Seat clamp size 31.8, 34.9 for sell?
  • 06-28-2011
    lochraven
    2 Attachment(s)
    Litespeed Obed - Purple
    I'm looking to finally sell my Obed after owning it since 1994. She's purple and a real Classic. For Ti lovers looking for a unique ride, this is it. Let me know if you're interested. I could talk about the new components, tires, etc., but if you're interested in this bike, it's not because of components. It's still in great condition and rides like a dream.
  • 08-31-2011
    nixhex32
    1 Attachment(s)
    99 obed
  • 12-06-2011
    jennye312
    1 Attachment(s)
    My Merlin
    I love this bike. The best ride I have had.
  • 12-06-2011
    jennye312
    Yes I still use the baskets
  • 01-03-2012
    pschly
    Does anyone one here has geometry info about Merlin XLM 25th Anniversary Frame?
  • 01-07-2012
    sworksflux
    merlin decal
    hello if somebody was interesting in the merlin logo 2008 vector file, i make it, and i will send.........for make a new stekers.........
  • 01-07-2012
    Retro Dude
    Ritchey Logic fork
    Well, I have a Logic fork on the way to replace the Switchblade. I'll post pics when I get it all assembled.


    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Retro Dude View Post
    It's a Tange. I'm looking for a Ritchey Logic - but no luck so far.

    I'd love a Litespeed Ti fork (or Kona) but waaaay too expensive (if you can find one).

  • 02-02-2012
    piccionipier
    very good
  • 02-27-2012
    ddhemmer
    i'm actually looking to purchase a Merlin (good price for a titanium frame) I found on-line, but i can't seem to find anything about them (other than in forums). anyone know of some good resources I can check out prior to buying?
    Thanks!!
    Doug
  • 05-05-2012
    drelyt
    1 Attachment(s)
    My Litespeed Lookout Mt.
  • 07-10-2012
    unixphreak
    Nice thread worth of bikes!!!
    I love Ti bikes I am looking at getting a newer Litespeed but I have to get rid of my Obed F/S I think it is a 1995 it has the glued on head badge and a yellow rear triangle that has the CNC'd rear shock mount. I have no idea what is could be worth to someone that cherishes retro Ti bikes. I can post a few pics and the spec list in the for sale area and a few pics here for the Ti bike subject.
  • 07-10-2012
    Retro Dude
    As a point of reference, my brother just picked a '94 Obed F/S with the AMP rear for $160.
  • 07-10-2012
    unixphreak
    So he got it 160 complete and everything working? Nothing broken? Hell a mongoose from Walmart cost about that much or more. Doesn't sound right to me.
  • 07-10-2012
    Retro Dude
    Well, the quadra fork needs either an elastomer or springs & it had flat tires. The guy selling was a weathly triathlete who just wanted it gone.
  • 07-10-2012
    unixphreak
    1 Attachment(s)
    This has LX crank, hubs, cassette, and rear derailleur, XT front derailleur, XT V brakes (the one with the parallel travel linkage), gripshift 600, Avid SD 2.0 Levers (brakes very sensitive), Marin alloy bars and bar ends, Control Tech stem and seat post, Ritchey vector seat. It has stock rear shock and a 2001 manitou Mars Elite fork.

    I think this should fetch a bit more than 160 USD.

    Here is a pic.
  • 07-10-2012
    Retro Dude
    Wow, that's nice!
  • 07-10-2012
    unixphreak
    its not a cherry, but not a bad ride. I rode it from 1996 until 2004. it sat from july of 2000 until feb of 2001 and then again from april of 2003 until april of 2004. if I don't sell it I will try to find all Ti bolts for the frame, a pair of Judy SL in yellow, a lighter bar/stem/seat post combo and a risse racing shock and a spare built stock shock. Brand new cables all around and try to find an older XT crankset and rear derailleur.

    It will be a slow process (funds limited) but will try to get it were I wanted it when I first bought it.

    It had a set of Manitou Mach 5 SX forks but parts are bad and replacements are nonexistent.
  • 07-15-2012
    unixphreak
    not going to sell this, can't find the thread on this forum for the classifieds anyway. I am going to rebuild with all ti bolts and find the ti seat post and stem from litespeed also have amp rebuild the shock and send me a rebuild kit for the rear end and an amp seat stay brace.
    I do need to find someone with a judy sl from the 90's to use on this for a good price (not ebay price)

    thanks
  • 10-19-2012
    410sprint
    1 Attachment(s)
    1996 Tellico under construction

    Love the old Litespeed hardtails!!
  • 11-15-2012
    da_JAWN
    I recently sold this frame but here is my Merlin XLM while I still had it...

  • 11-19-2012
    Lab28
    Here's mine. A 2005 merlin XLM. :)



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  • 11-19-2012
    410sprint
    Those are some GREAT looking Merlins!
  • 03-01-2013
    Tessaiga
    Were Merlin bikes built in 2004 - 2008 still built by Merlin? Thought the company had folded by then?
  • 03-01-2013
    levir
    They are back www.merlinbikes.com
  • 03-17-2013
    drone
    1 Attachment(s)
    Here is my 1995 Obed

    Attachment 781684

    Going to put stickers back on her soon.
  • 03-18-2013
    OhDoubleYouIan
    1 Attachment(s)
    just bought this used for a new build

    1999 Obed

    can't wait to get it rolling.

    Attachment 782107
  • 12-21-2013
    omini
    Nice frame. Show us the finished build.

    This is my 2001 Toccoa frame with some more modern components:



    Sorry for for the bad pic. It's the best one I have of the curent setup.
  • 12-23-2013
    outside!
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by levir View Post
    They are back Merlin Bikes

    Looks like they only make road bike frames. From the design of their website, it looks like they are operating on a shoestring budget.
  • 01-17-2014
    OhDoubleYouIan
    1 Attachment(s)
    Attachment 863077



    shitty indoor phone photo but thats the jist of it.

    xtr v brakes and painted judy fork.

    it's a blast.
  • 03-03-2014
    team huffy
    3 Attachment(s)
    just built this 2001 litespeed pisgah 19.5"

    rockshox reba team w/ pop loc

    mavic crossmax slr ceramic

    still getting used to this flex but the more i ride, the more i like it.Attachment 874011
  • 03-16-2014
    FurryCrew
    Here's my 2000 Unicoi
    Litespeed Unicoi - Imgur
  • 03-16-2014
    team huffy
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by FurryCrew View Post
    Here's my 2000 Unicoi
    Litespeed Unicoi - Imgur

    That thing looks SWEET!! how does it ride?
  • 03-23-2014
    FurryCrew
    Rides super comfy....carbon bars and 1" of softail action. I almost never ride my Heckler anymore.
  • 05-23-2014
    CanOnlyRide
    Re: Show Us Your Litespeed/Merlin/Tomac
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by outside! View Post
    Looks like they only make road bike frames. From the design of their website, it looks like they are operating on a shoestring budget.

    Merlin is owned by Competitive Cyclist since last October-ish.



    Sent from my LG-E980 using Tapatalk
  • 07-02-2014
    hkbugs
    5 Attachment(s)
    My litespeed pisgah