Here at Merlin, we are very proud of our wide range of road bikes. We have our own well loved Merlin brand bikes and the brilliant Sensa bikes from Holland. We also stock a decent range of six brands competing in this year’s Tour De France.
Whether a full bike or a frameset, these brands carry the extra kudos of competing in the biggest Grand Tour of them all…
Team Lotto Soudal ride Ridley Helium SLX and Noah Fast bikes with Campagnolo components.
Ridley began in 1997, within a few years they became Belgium’s market leader in bikes. Since Ridley began large scale sponsorship with Davitamon Lotto back in 2004, they have been constantly in the action at the Tour De France.
Team Astana are riding the Argon 18 Gallium Pro with Shimano components.
Argon 18 are a relatively ‘new’ brand having began in Montreal, Canada in 1989. Argon 18 have been a regular at the Tour De France since 2015.
Check Merlin’s Argon 18 stock here
Team AG2R are riding Eddy Merckx EM525 with Shimano components.
No other brand name carries quite the same significance as Eddy Merckx. The five time winner’s name is emblazened proudly on the Ridley owned company’s bikes. When a French team choose a Belgian brand, you know they are good…
Check out Merlin’s Eddy Merckx range here
UAE Team Emirates are riding Colnago C64 and Concept with Campagnolo components.
With arguably the strongest road cycling reputaion of any cycling brand, Colnago have been seemingly ever present at the Tour De France.
Team FDJ Groupama are riding Lapierre Xelius SL and Aircode SL with Shimano components.
Lapierre began just after world war two in the French town of Dijon. Lapierre have enjoyed a long stretch of TDF participation since begining with Team FDJ in 2002.
Team Lotto Jumbo are riding Bianchi Oltre XR4 with Shimano components.
Bianchi have a long history (since 1885) of producing bikes in Italy. Their famous celeste colour is so strongly associated with the brand that is often called Bianchi blue.
Check out Merlin’s Bianchi range here
Most Famous Brand not at Le Tour?
Look revolutionised cycling in the 1980’s. Clipless pedals and Carbon frames were first brought to Le Tour by the innovative company, Look. Supplying the uber-stylish ‘La Vie Claire’ team in the mid 1980’s, set the company up for a long and proud association with their national tour.