Well, with the wordwide turmoil of Covid 19 and its subsequent delays and changes to sport as well as virtually every other aspect of life, finally the Tour De France is here!
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 the Netherlands. We also stock a decent range of brands competing in this year’s Tour De France. Brands often with a deep rooted history in the sport as well as their own unique style.
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 Cofidis are riding the De Rosa Merak and SK Pininfarina bikes, featuring Campagnolo groupset and Fulcrum wheels.
De Rosa are a famous Italian brand, renowned for producing stylish frames and bikes.
Check Merlin’s De Rosa stock here
Team Ineos / Grenadiers will be riding the illustrious Pinarello Dogma bikes with Shimano Dura Ace components and Pro / Lightweight wheels.
Read about the history of Pinarello here.
Check out our current stock of Pinarello Bikes and Framesets 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.
Total Direct Energy are riding Wilier Zero SLR with Shimano components and FFWD Wheels.
Wilier have a long and interesting history, read our blog here.
Check out Merlin’s Wilier framesets, bikes and accessories 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.