For this kind of price you won't find a better bike. Rides like a dream and copes well with rough London roads. Component spec on it is great and not to pricey to replace if broken.
I bought this bike for commuting about 10 miles each way and have been completely satisfied with it.
Nice geometry, frame appears well built. Good spec for the money and perfectly assembled and set-up, as appears to be the norm for Merlin.
One point to note - I am 5 foot 10 and bougth the 53cm. It's a good fit, but the reach is definitely on the long side of comfortable. That noted; it's a great bike that I'd be happy to recommend to anyone
Customer service great, with quick resposes - bought 2 bikes for my daughters - perfect bikes nice spec - best in price range IMHO superb quick delivery - packed very good and bikes required very minimal assembly - the bikes them selves are nicley finished and smooth gear changes, good brakes, and positive handling - finish paint work on the bikes is very good - would recommend and would not hesitate to purchase from Merlin again.
Very good price, the bike looks and feels very well made, I recommend this bike
For the money I'm very happy with this bike. For just over 300 nicker you get full Shimano gears, Truvativ cranks, highly functional brakes and a bike which is well constructed. It's not the lightest but hey, you can pay twenty times this and more on a road bike so it's really an entry point into this type of bike. I'm planning a few upgrades to shave a couple of pounds off (carbon fork, hollow cranks, better wheels) and it'll still be a bargain. 59cm frame is shy of 26lb with pedals.
Only minor quibble is the super cheap and heavy tyres. Swapped for some Conti's already but still very good value.
Love it ... I live in the Lakes and the triple chain-ring allows me to take everything in my stride; a brilliant value bike!
I have just started cycling to work and needed an entry level road bike to get me off my old mountain bike. The service was excellent, it arrived less than a week from ordering, and all that was need was to straighten the handle bars, attach the pedals and adjust the saddle height, and I was off!
It really does ride well, and most importantly, it is making me enjoy cycling more!
What can I say? So simple to order online, the assembled bike was with me within 5 days. Having been a mountain bike rider for 20 years, I fancied a change to try road riding. Not wanting to invest a huge amount in a bike until I'm sure it's for me, this was really the bargain I was looking for. And now? I'm hooked. The bike is superb - I'm sure they get a lot lighter as the price goes up, but to get full shimano STI gear/brakes, strong wheels and very tidy looking finishing kit is remarkable. Already I'm pounding in some miles, and not really wanting for more - although a set of carbon forks may be on the shopping list soon! Thank you Merlin!
bought this bike as my 1st step into road biking as I am using it to get 2 work and back. I didn't want to spend too much just in case it wasn't for me but we'll impressed you get alot for your money compared to similar valued bikes on market. Service by merlin was great ordered and got delivered no problem defiantly recommend it.