no guys,..i have not bought one myself (yet) unfortuantely.
Merlin, founded in 1986, was one of the earliest maker of titanium mountain bikes
One of the bikes which made a big impact and still does is the MERLIN NEWSBOY.
If you would ask people to mention their top 5 mountainbikes i think there is a 99% chance that it will include the NEWSBOY although this is to my opinion more a beachcruiser then MTB, i don't think you will ever find someone who is using the NEWSBOY for some serious riding ..
Mainly because it looks like a cruiser but also because these limited to 100 pieces 1994 bikes are so damn valuable
Retail price was more or less 5000 USD back in '94
When it first came out my LBS had one, a 19" and i was tempted but the frame was 2 big and I do not like big frames, it was out of proportion.
They made in 2001 the follow up, still 30's retro styled frame but now with discbrakes and a special designed suspension fork.
In 2004 Merlin introduced the ROOTS.
This was in the same retro line, look and feel but styled like a 30's Klunker:
here are some pictures stolen from the internet...
Isn't a beaut?
i would live to get one myself one day,.but would build it like a cruiser with a Rohloff hub and classic details (brown Brooks stuff) like this one :