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Code: CORDITE-R8000
Merlin Cordite carbon road bike with the Shimano Ultegra R8000 Groupset


The Merlin Cordite Ultegra R8000 is our versatile, lightweight carbon road bike which we’ve specifically engineered to perform excellently in sportives, all-day epic rides and even your local weekly crit race. Our 2018 version of the Merlin Cordite mixes rider-friendly geometry with clever carbon fibre engineering to put you in a neutral position on the bike while isolating you from road buzz and rough road surfaces thanks to its cleverly engineered seatstays that give a little extra compliancy.

The Cordite can be successfully raced too, being particularly light and responsive. To achieve this we combined the Cordite’s 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 during fast-paced training rides or races.



The Merlin Cordite features Shimano’s excellent new Ultegra R8000 11 speed groupset which features a new Shadow Technology rear derailleur that gives a lower, more aero profile and increased protection from crash damage as well as a great looking chainset evolved from the Dura-Ace R9100 version which is even stiffer and provides more power transfer than its predecessor. A choice of Shimano or Fulcrum wheels and other great 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.

Cycling Weekly Review 9 / 10

"Really comfortable ride without lacking power delivery..." Full review here

Road.CC Review 3.5 / 5

“Competent, easy-to-live-with mile-muncher that's great value for money…” Full review here


Frame & Forks Details:


  • 70% 24Tons Intermediate Modulus Carbon
  • 25% 30Tons High Modulus Carbon
  • 5% High-impact strength Liquid Crystal Polymer Carbon


  • High Modulus Full Carbon


  • Frame: 990g (Size Medium)
  • Fork: 385g

Please Note: Images show Shimano 105 build. Images for Ultegra R8000 build coming soon....


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PLEASE NOTE: All of our bikes are built to order. This usually takes between 8-10 working days depending on time of year. 

Rob I've had this bike for six months now and I'm enjoying it more and more as time goes on. It's my first full carbon frame bike and I was very impressed with the value for money with the full Ultegra group set and the Deda superzero handlebars, seat post and stem. I upgraded to Fulcrum Racing Quattro wheels but even with the additional cost I couldn't find anything else that matched it for value. It has not disappointed. It's very responsive, really taking off with any sort of application of power, and fantastic at climbing. I've done some sportives (100 and 75 miles) and plenty of shorter weekend rides over the summer and it is very comfortable after several hours of riding. It also just goes very fast! All in all I'm very happy with the bike and with the service from Merlin. It came very well packaged and there wasn't much to do to set it up. I highly recommend this bike.
Mr Coxhead A beautiful bike fast light and so far reliable. Lots of build choices to get it just how you need it.