Merlin Cycles revamps its road bike range

Merlin has announced a new four bike range priced between £599 and £1999.

Merlin Cycles has developed a reputation for selling well equipped bikes at very reasonable prices and has now introduced a new range of aluminium framed and carbon road bikes.

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There are more details on Merlin’s website, but here’s a summary of the new bikes.

Merlin FF1: an aluminium frame, carbon forks and quality components for £599

Merlin FF1: an aluminium frame, carbon forks and quality components for £599

Starting with the base model, the £599 FF1 has an aluminium frame and carbon bladed fork and comes equipped with Tiagra ten-speed shifting, an FSA Gossamer compact chainset, Tektro brakes and 4ZA wheels and components. Pay £100 more and the front and rear derailleur and shifters are upgraded to 11-speed 105, there’s Shimano braking and the wheels are Fulcrum Racing 7 LG.


105, Mavic Aksiums and internal cable routing on the ROC

Next up is the ROC at £775 and designed for sportive riders. Again it’s an aluminium frame but with tapered carbon bladed forks and 105 compact gearing and brakes. The cables go internal and the wheels are Mavic Aksiums. Sizing on the ROC and FF1 is limited to Small, Medium or Large.

Merlin Fuse is sportive oriented

Merlin's Fuse is sportive oriented

At £899 the Fuse is aimed at sportive riders too. It has a high modulus carbon frame with a full carbon tapered fork and Shimano 105 11-speed shifting. The chainset is non-series Shimano compact and the brakes are also non-series Shimano. Wheels are Mavic Aksium shod with 25mm Continental Ultra Sport II tyres and the 4ZA components continue. £999 buys you an upgrade to a 105 chainset and brakes.

Cordite has a semi-compact group set and is available with Ultegra Di2 shifting for £1999

Cordite has a semi-compact group set and is available with Ultegra Di2 shifting for £1999

The top model in Merlin’s range is the more racy Cordite, although Merlin also emphasises its all-day riding credentials. This is a high mod carbon framed bike with full carbon forks and a tapered steerer. It comes equipped with a full Ultegra semi-compact 52/36 groupset and Ultegra brakes. Wheels are Fulcrum Racing 4s, again with Conti Ultra Sport II 25mm tyres. This bike costs £1449, but for £1999 you can upgrade to Ultegra Di2 shifting. Sizing on the Fuse and Cordite runs from XS to L.

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Merlin’s range of new bikes refer back to the history of the company’s location. A former Royal Ordnance factory, the names are all explosive-related.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.