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Merlin Extralight SRAM Force 22 Complete Road Bike - 2015

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Titanium holds a magic power over cyclists. No, it's not the lightest material out there. That distinction goes to carbon, but it is highly durable. And, when your quiver only has room for one frame, shouldn't you choose one that will last a lifetime? The Merlin Extralight/SRAM Force 22 will win you over with its timeless design and sensible build.

The Extralight features the same double-butted 3Al-2.5V titanium (3-2.5) tubing of yesteryear. But, to refresh your memory, we'll shed some light on this designation. Simply put, it refers to the percentages of the material composition, with the 'three' being 3% aluminum, the '2.5' being 2.5% vanadium, and the remaining 94.5% being that of titanium. In its original application, 3-2.5 was used throughout the aerospace industry for its exceptional strength-to-weight ratio and high resistance to corrosion. Today, however, you'll find its primary application in the high pressure hydraulic lines of airplanes, and of course, in the Merlin Extralight.

Still, strength and low weight considered, the question begs to be asked, why 3-2.5 titanium? Well, it all comes down to its ride quality. In comparison to other alloys, you'll find that 3-2.5 features a higher strength-to-weight ratio, lower sidewall density, and a higher elastic modulus, all in exponential figures. But, in layman's terms, this means that the Extralight is lighter, stiffer, and stronger than other alloys -- even the exotics like scandium and magnesium. However, we feel that these terms are simply thrown around far too often, so let us explain how these actually translate to ride quality.

3-2.5 expresses less deformity under stress than aluminum, but more so than carbon fiber. This characteristic translates to a highly responsive and direct feel under load. However, unlike carbon fiber, which strategically redirects shock energy throughout the frame, 3-2.5's elastic modulus creates a natural dampening of vibration and shock. The Extralight benefits from less abrasive handling without diminishing any of its natural stiffness.

And this brings us onto the subject of engineered-in rigidity. Merlin brought the Extralight into the modern age by increasing the diameter of the tubing to 1.375in at the top and seat tubes and 0.875in at the seatstays. You'll also find that this generation features a 44mm oversized head tube that's been mated with a full carbon Enve Composites fork. Additionally, Merlin designed the bike around a PressFit 30 bottom bracket. This allows for the use of a contemporary drivetrain, which will guarantee efficient power transfer along the S-bend chainstays to the rear wheel. Merlin also took the liberty of varying the downtube's diameter to correspond with frame size. As a result, the smaller frames feature a 1.5in diameter down tube, while you'll find 1.75in tubes on the larger frames. The head and seat tube angles are likewise size-specific. Essentially, this tunes the characteristics to each frame size, creating a seemingly custom feel. And just as importantly, the aforementioned updates make the Extralight stiffer, increasingly responsive, and more compliant than any iteration before.

But, of course, we can't discuss the topic of Merlin without mentioning its uncompromising level of craftsmanship. Every Extralight features American sourced titanium tubing and is hand-built in the USA. And just to keep the Old Glory Train running, each frame includes a Chris King Inset 7 headset and a Thomson seatpost collar. Of course, the Extralight's welds are seamless, and due to 3-2.5's natural resistance to corrosion, its beautiful, brushed finish will never rust -- even for those living seaside. Given its strength, durability, and eternal good looks, Merlin has created a timeless ride that will long outpace the zeitgeist, quite possibly making it the last bike that you'll ever need.

Adding to the bird-of-prey ferocity of the Extralight, a full complement of SRAM comprises the drivetrain. We spec'd the Merlin Extralight with SRAM's Force 11-speed groupset. The crankset is the SRAM Force 50/34t compact, which has been paired with a SRAM PG-1070 12-25t cassette out back. For the cockpit, the build features a Zipp Service Course handlebar and stem. Topping the Zipp Service Course post is a Selle Italia Carbonario Saddle. The bike rolls on a pair of HED Ardennes LT that have been cased in Schwable Lugano tires.

The Merlin Extralight Frameset is available in the color Brushed Titanium and in the sizes 50, 51, 52, 54, 55, 57, and 58cm. Please note that the sizing numeral references the top tube length of the frame. To be certain on fit, please reference our size chart.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
3-2.5 titanium
Enve Tapered 2.0
Fork Material:
carbon fiber
SRAM Force 22 Double Tap
Front Derailleur:
SRAM Force 22
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM Force 22
50 t 34 t SRAM Force 22
Bottom Bracket:
Crank Arm Length:
170 mm
11 t 25 t SRAM PG-1070
SRAM PC 1170
Zipp Service Course
Bar Tape:
Zipp Service Course
Sella Italia SL Kit Carbonio
Zipp Service Course
Seat Collar:
HED Ardennes LT
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited lifetime

sizing chart

ExtraLight size by rider height


Geometry chart


Geometry Chart

Seat Tube


Effective Top Tube







Head Tube


Head Tube Angle


Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Drop


Chainstay Length


50cm 50.5cm 50.3cm 50.9cm 35.8cm 74.4cm 11.2cm 70.0° 74.5° 7.45cm 40.8cm
51cm 51.5cm 51.5cm 51.6cm 36.9cm 75.4cm 11.7cm 70.5° 74.5° 7.45cm 40.8cm
52cm 52.5cm 52.5cm 52.7cm 37.2cm 76.3cm 12.5cm 71.5° 74.0° 7.45cm 40.8cm
54cm 55.0cm 54.5cm 54.5cm 38.3cm 78.1cm 14.0cm 72.5° 73.5° 7.45cm 41.0cm
55cm 57.5cm 55.7cm 56.5cm 38.9cm 80.5cm 16.0cm 72.75° 73.5° 7.45cm 41.0cm
57cm 59.5cm 57.5cm 58.6cm 39.6cm 82.3cm 18.0cm 73.5° 73.0° 7.45cm 41.2cm
58cm 62.5cm 58.7cm 60.6cm 39.7cm 84.1cm 18.8cm 73.5° 72.5° 7.45cm 41.4cm

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Unanswered Question

I am very interested in the extra light complete bike
What would be the price with SRAM red groupo?

Is this bike Di2 ready?

Andrew, you can do Di2, but it's not recommended, the cable routings are all external, and your battery will have to be outside... I would stick with mech on this frame.

Avg. ride time: 2m per week
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Happy even after 500+ miles!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you're looking for the best bang for your buck "lifetime bicycle" you've found it.

After 500+ miles on this bike, I don't regret my decision at all! Although I decided to make a few changes such as the stem and seat post (both Enve), Fizik Arione saddle, cassette (11-32), and also wheel choice (HED Ardennes CL and Enve Smart 3.4) and tires (25mm Continental GP4ks II).

This bike is a performance bike, but it's definitely comfortable. It's not as rigid as my Pinarello, but it's not so comfortable that I can blank out on the road. It's responsive; when I want it to go it goes! It's put me back to a state where I am connected back on the road, while still being able to pull if and when I want to. It's definitely the bike I was looking for (comfortable, but still performance driven).

I don't know what you're looking for, BUT if you are in a point of your cycling life where you are interested in getting back to basics and feeling the road, with performance, comfort, and a budget friendly complete Ti bike that has a lot going for it, I'd definitely recommend this bike. You won't regret it!

Happy even after 500+ miles!

Nice picture, looks like Crystal Spring Reservoir? Nevertheless, both are awesome.

Avg. ride time: 9h 16m per week
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Great Frame, Solid Build

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

We've all gotten very used to our highly engineered carbon bikes. Sure they're all vertically stiff, laterally compliant, lightweight and stiff in all the right place etc. etc., but a week on the extra-light brought me back to the basics with a simple, smooth and all around great bike.

The first thing I noticed was how the Extralight seems to compress the road surface before your eyes into perfectly smooth pavement. This titanium beauty provided one of most tranquil riding experience of any frame I've been on. There are plenty of carbon bikes that aim to provide a similar ride quality, but the 3-2.5 titanium was extraordinarily unique in this regard. A very simple, but unique looking bike with a one of a kind ride. This build on the extralight comes in at 17.7 lbs. A result of the SRAM Force22 groupo combined with an quality Zipp parts and the reliable and smooth Hed Ardennes LT Wheelset.

One of the best aspects of the Extralight, is that it really fits into any category. Fast, smooth and stable on the flats and descents. Steady, lightweight and capable on any climb. Comfortable for rough roads or long days on the road. And fast, agile and plenty capable of handling the stress of a race as well. Not particularly specializing in one department, but absolutely capable for anything you throw it. This bike is what's known as a "lifer."

If you have any questions, I will be happy to help you out. You can request me on chat, or reach me by phone (1.888.276.7130 ext. 4579) or get in touch via email at. tjackson@backcountry.com.