The Merlin Axe7 Disc Road Bike is a highly versatile, efficient all-rounder featuring a mechanical disc brake system that takes the braking surface away from the rim of the wheel and enhances tyre clearance within the frame enabling you to fit up to a 35c width tyres with room for a full mudguard.
With this amount of clearance you don't have to stick to the road. The Merlin Axe7 can handle a wide variety of terrain including gravel tracks and green lanes and with a full complement of mounts the bike is ready to sport mudguards and even a rear pannier – so if you want to head off on a touring adventure or simply commute to work you can, no problem.
The Merlin Axe7 features a double-butted 6061 Aluminium frame with a comfortable, confident geometry that encourages all-day riding, a carbon fork that stops the ride feeling too harsh when you’re on the ruff stuff and quality cable-activated disc brakes that deliver consistent, controllable braking in all weathers and riding conditions. A dependable, precise shifting Shimano Tiagra groupset completes the package.
Frame: Double butted 6061 Series Aluminium
Fork: Merlin Disc with carbon blades and alloy steerer
Wheels: Mavic CXP (6 Bolt)
Tyres: CST Recourse 28C
Gear/Brake Levers: Shimano Tiagra 4700
Front Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra 4700
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra 4700 (Long Cage)
Chainset: Shimano 50/34T 10 speed
Cassette: Shimano Tiagra 10 Speed 11-32T
Chain: Shimano 10 Speed
Pedals: Not included
Seatpost: Kalloy Uno 3D Forged
Handlebars: Kalloy Uno 3D Forged
Grips: Black Cork Handlebar Tape
Stem: Kalloy Uno 3D Forged
Brake calipers: Tektro Mechanical
Sizing & fit
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After a delivery delay, which on chasing up was sorted promptly by Julie, the new wheels arrived earlier this week. After a day or so setting up, and fitting a decent saddle (Brooks Flyer) I hit the road this morning for a test ride round the lanes of NE Worcestershire. This is a lot of bike for not a lot of money - Tiagra groupset is as smooth as silk, and the bike is very light. Great service from Merlin, as the rack I ordered (Tortec Transalp disc) wasn't in stock, so they fitted a Blackburn Expedition Disc instead, at no extra cost. Overall, really pleased and looking forward to many miles in the saddle on my bargain bike!
This is a VERY competent bike, and exactly the same as the far more expensive Axe7 Gravel bike with the exception of two different tyres. Tiagra groupset feels strong. After having done 250 miles, the only niggle has been fitment of a rear rack. The sales advert suggests it's easy, whereas the attachment points on the rear stays are above the disc mount so not really sensible for most of the racks around. I eventually decided to try the Axiom Streamliner Disc model which has a QR mount (you remove the rear QR and it goes through the lower holes of the rack bracket). I wouldn't want to properly tour on this, but the rack works well and looks good and will be fine for two panniers with clothing in. The rack is also a long way back so no problems with the shortish chainstays. The stem is reasonably short (90mm?) so steering quick, but I found I need to increase/extend this a little. I have size 10 cycling shoes and the chainstay widens considerably just after where the heel sits. You are fine if you pedal efficiently and keep your feet straight. Comparing to a much more expensive bike, it fared well. Saddle - very simple and unmarked - was comfortable after 50 miles. Standard 28 tyres were comfortable at 100psi over road and gravel trails with this frame and fork. So - a "recommend" for its 550 quid cost! Paintwork and decals a bit lary, but having 'Merlin' on there makes it acceptable - it will become a classic.
Much lighter than I'd imagined and the set-up from delivery was very thorough. The finish on the bike is brilliant and the Tiagra drivetrain is excellent. The disc brakes are a real bonus!
I will probably change the tyres at some point but they are more than acceptable for now.
Very good winter bike. Frame its comfy for alloy, and the Tiagra groupset is outstanding. Not so smooth as Ultegra but very nice and strong for a low groupset. Bike its a little heavy, but not big deal