The Merlin Cordite SL is our versatile, lightweight carbon road bike with a rich racing heritage. Built for us exclusively by Ridley in Belgium this efficient all-rounder is based on their excellent Helium ISP (Integrated Seatpost) Frameset which has previously proved itself in some of the most demanding pro cycling races in the world.
The Merlin Cordite SL mixes rider-friendly geometry putting you in a neutral position suited to long hours in the saddle. An ISP (Integrated Seatpost) keeps frame weight to a minimum while helping enhance the transfer of pedalling power through the bike when seated; road buzz from rough road surfaces is decreased thanks to cleverly engineered seatstays featuring a flattened profile that gives a little extra compliancy. Up front a full-carbon fork does the same job, with a profile that further isolates vibration from the road surface. The Cordite SL can be successfully raced on the road; as well as being light and compliant it’s responsive too, accelerating well thanks to it’s large downtube and bottom bracket junction as well as super-stiff chain stays, making it very responsive to pedalling input allowing you to accelerate and hold your speed during fast-paced races.
The Cordite SL features Shimano's excellent Ultegra R8000 11 speed groupset which includes a new Shadow Technology rear derailleur which gives a lower, more aero profile and increased protection from crash damage. We’ve specced a user-friendly low-ratio Shimano RS510 chainset featuring 34/50T chainrings combined with an 11/28T Shimano 105 cassette to give you a versatile range of gears capable of taking on the steepest hills and the fastest sprint finishes. Ridley’s own Forza Stratos handle bars and stem finishes off the bike perfectly along with the RC31 wheels to help you to tackle any mountain pass or back road you decide to venture down.
Frame & Fork
Frame:3 0 ton High Modulus Carbon / 24 ton High Modulus Carbon With Stainless steel drop out protection
Fork: High Modulus Full Carbon
Weight: Medium Frame: 1200g / Fork: 380g
Wheels: Forza RC31 - 700c
Tyres: Vittoria Zaffiro - 700×25c
Gear/Brake Levers: Shimano Ultegra R8000
Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra R8000
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra R8000
Chainset: Shimano RS510 - 34/50
Cassette: Shimano 105 CS-5800, 11-28T
Chain: Shimano CN-HG601
Pedals: Not included
Saddle: Forza Stratos
Handlebars: Forza Stratos
Stem: Forza Stratos
Brake Calipers: Forza
'Enormous value for money and surprisingly good performance' 4/5 Stars - Cycling Plus Magazine Feb 2019