Testing the Merlin Malt 725 Steel Mountain Bike!

Over the past few months a few of our staff have put this do-it-all versatile hardtail, all-round adventure bike to the test…

I’ll begin by sharing my own personal experience with the bike! The first outing I had was on our staff ride to Rivington Brewery along the Leeds to Liverpool Canal, Healy Nab and Rivington bike trails. I found I had excellent control on the climbs and more technical sections, making it a great choice for cross-country and trail riding.

I also opted to take the Malt 725 for a long day of riding on the trails on a particularly wet day and it did not let me down. The frameset is manufactured from 725 CRMO steel tubing which is a lightweight and strong steel alloy and I was pleasantly surprised just how light the bike felt over a few hours of riding.

Rob has also put the Malt 725 to the test this year. Here he is pictured at Lee Quarry Mountain Bike Trail! The quarry is full of drops, berms and other technical features, so made a perfect testing ground for this capable hardtail.

“I found the bike to be a lot of fun, it felt very playful and responsive. It’s been a while since I’ve had a hardtail bike and this one is more than capable of ripping round a trail centre.”

For an affordable hard tail to take on weekend adventures, you can’t go wrong… Equipped with Boost dropouts you can use the bike as a 29er as well as 27.5+ with up to 3″ tyre. The Malt 725 SLX features full Shimano SLX M7100 12 speed transmission, RockShox Judy Silver TK forks with 120mm travel, WTB Wheelset with Magura brakeset and Controltech Components finishing off this beautiful bike.

You can check out our video the the Merlin Malt 725 in action here.

And for the full bike spec simply click here!


  • Alex Cowie

    Outdoor Leadership and Coaching BA (Hons) Keen cyclist, runner, and outdoor enthusiast. I have been cycling since I was very young and always had a love for the outdoors. I have completed many long distance events including ultra marathons such as the Chester 100, Berkeley Marathons UK and Gravel Century rides.

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