RIDDEN AND REVIEWED: MERLIN SANDSTONE TITANIUM GRAVEL BIKE
Talk to any oldtimer and the two most coveted titanium brands from the late 80s and 90s are likely Merlin Metal Works and Spectrum Custom Titanium Cycles. The two brands were connected by frame building legend Tom Kellogg. Kellogg consulted with Merlin to help develop the company’s first frames and then also offered his own frames under the Spectrum brand.
Merlin has since taken an adventuresome, bumpy path from its early Somerville, Mass. days. It got gobbled up first by Saucony and then by Tennessee-based Litespeed, left roots in the Boston area that turned into Seven Cycles and then emerged as a mail-order house brand for Competitive Cyclist.