2019 Merlin Cordite carbon road bike with the Shimano 105 R7000 groupset
The Merlin Cordite 105 is our versatile, lightweight carbon road bike which we’ve specifically engineered to be capable of handling long all-day epic rides, keeping you comfortable for longer. Our 2019 version of the Merlin Cordite featuring a slightly higher front end than an all-out racing bike not only puts you in a neutral position to help you stay fresher for longer but includes cleverly engineered seatstays that give a little bit of compliancy isolating you from road buzz and pot holes.
We have combined these compliant features with a large downtube and bottom bracket junction as well as super-stiff square chain stays to create a frame that is not only comfortable to ride but is also very responsive to pedaling input allowing you to accelerate and hold your speed meaning on a fast-paced group ride negotiating demanding roads with rolling hills you’ll be dictating the pace not following it.
The Merlin Cordite features Shimano’s excellent 105 R7000 11 speed groupset which provides crisp, predictable gear shifting every time and superior braking thanks to dual pivot calipers and enhanced brake arch proportions giving a quicker linear response and increased braking power. A stiff 105 FC-R7000 chainset lets you transfer all your pedaling power through to bike while a choice of Shimano or Fulcrum wheels and other finishing components lets you customise the finer details of this great handling carbon road bike before Merlin custom builds your own bike specifically for you.
Road.CC Review 3.5 / 5 2018 5800 model
“Competent, easy-to-live-with mile-muncher that's great value for money…” Full review here
Choice of SS (Short) for the cassettes up to 11-30 and GS (Medium) for the 11-32 and 11-34 cassettes
Frame: 990g (Size Medium)
7.5kg with Fulcrum Racing 3 Wheels
7.75kg with Fulcrum Racing 7 Wheels
Sizing & fit:
PLEASE NOTE: All of our bikes are built to order. This usually takes between 8-10 working days depending on time of year
Mr RiversI received my Merlin Cordite via Dpd at the time they stated on their tracker and the box was totally undamaged. The bike was very well bubble wrapped and soon had the bars and front wheel fitted. It had been carefully built and worked well straight out the box. Only minor niggle was the rear gear cable pulled through the mech, but this was easily fixed. First proper ride yesterday and was very pleased. Very comfortable position on the bike with easy handling and a very good ride both in and out the saddle, considering what a stiff frame it is(when comparedto to my previous steel and aluminium frames). New 105 groupset fautless in performance. Amazingly light, overall a real pleasure to ride. Undoubtedly good value for money.
DavidFWhat a great product. I was a little worried about ordering online without testing the bike first but the website info and geometry chart mean you know everything you need to know about sizing before you commit. I'm 6ft, 32" inseam and the 55cm is just about perfect. It is a brilliant piece of kit - top class in every detail. It arrived well packaged, was very easy to assemble (just put the wheels and handlebar on) and works perfectly out of the box. It is very lightweight and the new 105 R7000 groupset is super smooth. All the other components are spot on too. In fact I really love the way you can specify all the different elements: stem length, saddle, wheels, tyres, etc. It makes it feel bespoke. I also think the matt paint job (mine is the black one) looks great. In this day and age, cost is often king and I would say it would be difficult to match this value anywhere. The Ultegra version looks like a steal too. I am truly delighted with my purchase.
Rob TaylorBought the Merlin Cordite 105 with Fulcrum Quattro LG wheels, Lovely piece of kit coming in at just under 8kg. 105 shifting is buttery smooth though some initial front derailleur issues needed dealing with. Wheels heavier that my current Campag Zonda's by 200g but but roll really really well, a little lifeless on the climbs but no great issue. Went with a compact and 11-32 cassette as the head still feels 18 but the legs feeling all of the 49 years. Service great will definitely use them again
Merlin Cordite 105 R7000 Carbon Road Bike - 2019
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