Merlin Axe7 Pro Disc Road Bike 2017 - Shimano 105 11 Speed Drivetrain
The Merlin Axe7 Pro Disc Road Bike featuring Shimano 105 hydraulic disc brakes is a highly versatile, efficient all-rounder 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.
This type of versatile all-weather, mixed-terrain road bike has really caught on over the last few years for obvious reasons. With fatter tyres and enhanced tyre clearance you don't have to stick to the road and with a full complement of mounts the bike is ready to sport mudguards making it the perfect wet weather road bike.
The Merlin Axe7 Pro features a triple-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 Shimano 105 hydraulic disc brakes that deliver consistent, controllable braking in all weathers and riding conditions. A dependable, precise shifting Shimano 105 groupset completes the package.
Frame: Triple-butted 6061 Series Aluminium
Fork: Merlin Disc with carbon blades, flat-mount disc fitting and alloy steerer
Upgrades over Standard AXE7 Frameset:
Internal gear cable routing
Internal disc brake hose routing
Lighter triple-butted tubing
Flat-mount disc fitting for neater look
Wheels: Mavic CXP rims on Shimano RS505 hubs (6 Bolt)
Tyres: Schwalbe Durano Race Quard 700x28
Gear/Brake Levers: Shimano 105 5800
Front Derailleur: Shimano 105 5800
Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105 5800 (Long Cage)
Chainset: Shimano RS500 50/34T 11 speed
Cassette: Shimano 105 5800 11-32T
Chain: Shimano CN-HG601
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: Hydraulic Shimano RS500 Road Disc
Sizing & fit
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Brakes good. Drive set smooth and quiet (Both Shimano 105 so should be). This bike is a very comfy ride and perfect for my 10 mile commute. I feel that it would also make a nice Tourer and comes with the eyelets for guards and racks. Not the most exciting thing in the world and you won't be throwing it around gravel tracks, but its plenty fast enough on the road and eats up miles - no problem.
Bike was built and arrived within 2 weeks of ordering, and I was kept updated throughout the build process. Not a particularly light bike, the wheelset is one built for touring and riding through the rough winter weather so it has a fairly high spoke count and a bit of weight too it. Bike feels good to ride, I'd say the best thing about it is the braking, you can really control your speed through corners and on descents. I've taken it out in the wet too and the braking is really impressive. Perfect for what I want it for which is winter training and the occasional panniered up bike tour.
I was looking for a new Winter bike and this fitted the bill perfectly. With disc brakes plus 105 components and 25% off the original price it was a no brainer. I had it with the mudguards already fitted so no faffing around doing it myself.. A week has passed and I've ridden it a few times and really pleased with my purchase. Smooth gear changing, reassuring braking and comfortable ride. Looking forward to lots of Winter miles in the next few months!!
This is the first time I've bought a bike online. I choose this after some consideration, looking for a winter all rounder for road and bridle paths.
I've had the bike around 5 months in which time I've clocked around 1200 miles, with rides between 30 and 80 miles. I find the combination of frame, forks and tyres extremely comfortable. The frame dimensions (55cm I'm 6 foot) suit perfectly, whether on the tops or drops. The bike came with the optional mudguards fitted and they are superb, no noise at all, even on scabby tarmac. The front mudguard is fairly close to the road so there is very little spray from the front wheel.
Build quality is very good both welding and overall finish. Internally routed cables add to the appearance and are completely silent! Good handling all round, with ride and feel akin to a steel frame.
I find the new Shimano 105 11 speed, excellent, with smooth and precise shifting! This is also the first road bike I've ridden with full hydraulic disc brakes. I can't imagine going back to callipers after this!
As a winter bike this fits the bill for me. Most of my rides are on country lanes which range from the occasional stretch of new tarmac to mainly muddy, rutted and pot holed surfaces. So good handling and comfort are essential!
Overall I'm very pleased with the bike, excellent value for money and great service from Merlin!
Purchased as a dedicated winter training bike as had all of my wish list: aluminium frame, mudguard mounts, Shimano 105, disc brakes. The internal cabling is very welcome as well.
I weighed it at 10.8kg including pedals, bottle holders and mudguards. Seemed to me a good compromise versus my summer bike. Grateful for the 32T "bailout" gear, though!
Have done 3x 100km+ rides since receiving the bike and so far it's holding up well. I am 173cm/5'7.5" and bought the 53cm frame. It's a good size me and the kind of riding I do: long days and hard climbs. Serious racers might want something different (but would you be buying this bike, cracking though it is, if you were a serious racer?).
Disc brakes: technically one may say not necessary for the road. But I am a nervous descender and at +/-0C with the possibility of ice around, the psychological benefit of having the discs is huge. Others will differ, this is fine.
Might upgrade the saddle some time, but not a priority.