Here at Merlin we are keen to draw a line under 2020. So, let’s crack on with 2021. The first bikes of our 2021 range have arrived and are already being shipped out to our eagerly waiting customers.
So, What’s New?
Our new entry level gravel bike is the Malt G2 Claris. Our whole aluminium gravel range features new, refined geometry, more inclusive sizing and new groupsets through the range. The first of the 2021 bikes to arrive is the entry level 2.0 Claris. Despite being ‘entry-level’ the bike features flat mount disc brakes and 12 mm thru axles front and rear. The G2 Claris comes with our own, Merlin RDA-1 wheels.
Shimano’s reliable entry-level Claris R2000 groupset features on our most affordable Malt G2 gravel bike. Thanks to trickle down technology through the shimano range, the Claris groupset features many of the design features and the user-friendliness of the more costlier, higher level component groupsets.
Off & On-Road
New geometry for the 2021 range makes the Malt bikes easier to live with. They are ideal for riding a wide variety of terrain – more competent off road and more agile on the road. The bikes are slightly lower at the front end and slightly shorter on the top tube, offering a more comfortable and poised stance. So, as well as being at-home along bridleways and gravel tracks, it is also equally happy blasting along tarmac lanes with its road bike cousins.
The wide-range, 16 speed gearing (34 – 50 / 11- 28), will allow most terrain to be tackled with confidence. Claris R2000 shifters provide positive and reliable gear changes. Claris shifters feature neat, internal cable routing and personalisation – thanks to adjustable lever reach. Flat mount Tektro cable disc brakes bring the G2 to a stop effectively in all conditions.
The Malt G2 Claris rolls on our own brand RDA-1 wheels. These stylish yet tough wheels are built to last. They feature double wall, 25mm wide, aluminium rims and Shimano RS470 Hubs. The hubs have internal O rings and a ‘grease sleeve’ which helps maintain grease levels and increases service life. High quality contact seals protect the cup and cone bearings. The 12mm Thru Axles provide a secure and solid connection between the wheels and frameset.
‘Upgradability’ Built In
While the Claris G2 is a brilliant entry level gravel bike – packed with great features, we have also built in flexibility to allow ease of upgrading for future tweaks to customise your ride.
The Claris R2000 rear derailleur has a longer, medium cage. This is capable of shifting up to a 32 tooth sprocket. So, should you feel the need to upgrade from the standard 11-28, to a wider ratio cassette (for example an 11-32) in the future, you won’t need a new rear derailleur.
The Malt G2 Claris comes with 35mm Kenda Kwick tyres, these offer a good mix of grip on loose surfaces and ability to roll well on tarmac. The G2 frame & fork will easily accomodate 40mm tyres should you feel the need for fatter, grippier rubber for your favourite terrain.
Wait, there’s more!
The other bikes in the Malt G2 aluminium range are due in to us very soon. As well as the G2 Claris, there is a G2 Tiagra and G2 GRX. The G2 Tiagra and G2 GRX 810 bikes both feature a lightweight triple-butted aluminium frame and are packed with great features – more details coming soon.