Merlin Cycles is an innovative Lancashire bike shop with a strong on-line presence. Its own-brand bicycle range currently extends from a £300 fixie and a £450 eight-speed up to a £1300 cyclocross bike (all currently discounted on their website), which we recently reviewed and liked.
Merlin’s clothing comprises the Core, Sport and Elite ranges. The Core range is aimed at new and leisure riders and commuters. The Core jersey at £23 has a relaxed cut, the usual three rear pockets and a quarter-length zip and is available in white, black or red. The Core bibshorts cost £25. They are flat seamed and come with a single-density antibacterial seatpad.
The Sport range, for regular and longer-distance riders, aims to be more fitted and uses more technical fabrics. It currently comprises bibshorts at £38, made with a heavier-weight fabric and a dual density pad.
The top-of-the-line Elite bibshorts at £56 have a Cytech pad and are made from two different technical fabrics.
Merlin’s clothing also includes arm, knee and leg warmers, all in black roubaix fabric and with a retail price range from £12.50 to £19.00. There are white socks for £5.
All the Merlin clothing range is currently discounted by around 20% on the website, making it even more of a bargain. Merlin plans to extend its clothing and accessory offer in coming seasons.