It’s easy to miss some of the really nice products we have in stock at Merlin. Recent weeks have seen a wide cross section of beautiful new products and re-stocking of some classic best sellers. In the old days we would have moved these products to the centre of the shop window to show them off. So, here’s 12 of the best…
Niner RLT E9 RDO Gravel E-Bike
Bike brand Niner reckon their RLT E9 RDO is more like a pedal-powered SUV or an overland expedition vehicle or an urban ninja travel device. Whatever you want to call it, it is just a very practical bike, equally at home on road, gravel or trails. With the reliable power of Bosch Performance and a 500wh battery, the mixed terrain world is yours to conquer with confidence.
Cane Creek EE El Verde Brake Calipers
The Cane Creek EE El Verde calipers are high performance jewellery for your very special bike. The El Verde green and silver anodized calipers are not just stunning to look at, the Cane Creek EE series calipers offer best in class stopping power and are extremely light weight at only 85 grams (front) and 83 grams (rear). The EE calipers are also available in the El Asesino black and red colour option. Cane Creek EE calipers are compatible with rims 19 – 28mm wide.
Wilier Garda Rival AXS Road Bike
The Wilier Garda is a bike which ticks a lot of boxes for a lot of road riders. The Garda brings together classic Italian Wilier styling, internally routed cables and modern wireless Sram AXS 12 speed shifting, together with the ability to run 32mm wide tyres. The Garda is also available in a Shimano Ultegra version.
Silca Tattico Bluetooth Mini Pump
The Silca brand make some exquisite products. The Tattico Bluetooth mini pump is no exception. Silca wanted to produce a mini pump with a gauge, but realised that the additional bulk of an accurate and durable gauge would be an issue in a small pump. The Tattico uses a bluetooth connection to your smart phone to accurately display pressure via an app.
Merlin Classic 105 Steel Road Bike
The Merlin Classic road bike features a lugged Reynolds 525 frameset, and is a thing of beauty. Not a clunky ‘olde-worlde’ bike with looks from a bygone era, the Classic features the brilliant performance of the Shimano 105 R7000 11 speed groupset. The modern day thoroughbred of a workhorse-groupset provides exceptional durability and performance. Easy to live with features such as short drop caliper brakes, 27.2 seat post, english threaded bottom bracket and the ability to run 28mm tyres, make the Merlin Classic a very practical every-day bike. It’s stylish good looks also make it well suited to weekend cafe ride duties. However it gets ridden, the Merlin Classic will get admiring glances wherever it goes.
Continental GP5000 TT TDF
The Continental GP5000 TT TDF is the fastest Continental GP5000 tubeless tyre ever produced. An official ASO credited Tour De France product, the TT TDF was designed to honour the long distance time trials which have featured in the Tour De France over the years. The previous version of the tyre, GP5000 S TR was used by Philippo Ganna (Team Ineos Grenadiers) to win the World Time Trial Championships. Continental have tested the new GP5000 TT TDF, and say it is 17 seconds faster than the previous version over 40 kilometres.
Ridley Kanzo Fast Gravel Frameset
The Ridley Kanzo Fast gravel frameset is designed to be a competitive gravel bike frameset. It features similar aerodynamic properties to the Noah Fast road bike but with a higher stack height and shorter reach to better suit gravel riding. Ridley’s F Steerer system allows Integrated cable routing for a much cleaner, modern look – this also improves aerodynamics and keeps cables and hoses hidden away from the gravel filth.
Wilier Superleggera SL
The Wilier Superleggera SL is built with classic Columbus SL steel tubing. The Superleggera is a tribute to the frameset which made Wilier famous over the last 50 years. The framesets are finished by the hands of the master craftsmen at Wilier in Italy. The copper colour is called Ramato and was first produced in the 1940’s. This was the iconic colour which Wilier was associated with in the early days. Read a more in-depth blog about Wilier here.
Crono CR1 Shoes
The Italian shoe brand, Crono, produce some of the finest hand-made cycling shoes in the world. The CR1 features all the high performance attributes you would expect in a high end shoe. Features such as the 6 layer woven carbon fibre sole which provides the ultimate stiffness to transmit the power to the pedals. Combining high performance attributes however, with maximum comfort is a difficult task to achieve. The CR1 combines comfort and performance perfectly. The comfort of the CR1 shoes stem from the Multi Contact Closure System, this closure system distributes the closure pressure more evenly over eight points, to allow for comfortable enveloping of a wider range of foot shapes. The Crono CR1 means you no longer have to sacrifce comfort in the quest for ultimate performance. See the full Crono selection here.
Brooks Pickwick Canvas Backpack
The Brooks Pickwick canvas backpack was designed in London with the modern urban journey by bicycle in mind. The backpacks are manufactured in the hills of Tuscany by Italian artisans using water resistant cotton and genuine Brooks leather trim. The classic backpack features an internal 13″ laptop sleeve and a hidden secret pocket. The backpack weighs in at only 900 grams.
Park Tool Advanced Mechanic Tool Kit
Park Tool have put together this set of carefully chosen tools to do basic maintenance and cleaning as well as perform a wide variety of repairs and adjustments on just about any bicycle. The perfect way to start or add to your collection of shop quality bicycle tools. The comprehensive kit now includes the latest volume of the Big Blue Book, BBB-4. The kit includes a tough toolbox to keep everything together and protect your investment.
Silca Maratona Gear Bag
You get the impression that the Silca Maratona gear bag is the sort of gear bag that your favourite cycling kit would enjoy getting in to. The Maratona could be used for short trips away, as well as for race day cycling kit. It’s got the classic Silca style; a combination of functional performance and being achingly beautiful to look at. The bag features an internal vented shoe bag and a vented damp garment bag. The Maratona facilitates flexibility in packing with multiple options and the ability to separate cycling kit from regular clothes.