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Merlin Cordite Ultegra Road Bike
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Merlin Cordite Ultegra Road Bike

The Cordite is our flagship carbon bike. For the Cordite we’ve combined the best aspects of cutting edge race technology with an impressive capability for all-day riding.

We don’t mean all-day riding in a cruising around taking-it-easy sense, we mean all-day speed and bike handling thrills.

The Cordite is a great bike for rolling hills and curvy terrain. It absolutely loves to be marching up ascents, screaming down descents or railing around corners. In a word: propulsive.

The muscley head tube is about 10mm taller than a traditional race bike which gives you a bit of respite from the attack stance. A bit of a breather before diving back into the adrenaline pool. We expect you to be spending more time on the drops than perhaps you’ve done previously simply because it is such an exciting and rewarding place to be on the Cordite.

You’ll notice how the Cordite is white and black just like our other models. You may also have noticed the red accents here and there. This red detailing was our designer’s way of indicating the Cordite’s potential for redline riding. Think: GTi.

This Cordite model has been built up with Shimano’s remarkable 11 speed Ultegra groupset with 52/36T chainset and super powerful brakes. This is widely regarded as the pinnacle of Shimano’s combination of functionality, durability and light weight. The Cordite frame also has full capability to go Di2 in the future if you so wish.

Fulcrum supply their well respected Racing 4 wheelset. 4ZA take care of the rest of the finishing kit with components from their Stratos range. There’s no corner-cutting or ugly OEM components on display here.

“We’d have no problem recommending it even to a relatively inexperienced mail-order buyer – just line up the handlebars, nip up the Allen key bolts and hit the road.

“What’s more, there’s a UCI sticker on the down tube, which means the frame has been put through the UCI’s testing procedure to approve it for road racing. That’s not something you get with every mass-produced Chinese carbon frame, and it’s another indicator that Merlin has done its homework.

“What’s also attractive is Merlin’s new visual identity. The new logo is classy and the paintjob belies the bike’s price. The frame looks and feels quality.

“Combined with its short head tube and conservative wheelbase, this bike definitely feels racier than the other bikes here, and we’d be very happy to use it at local closed-circuit criterium races where that BB height would allow you to get on the gas earlier out of tight corners.

“Experienced riders will find it a really good all-day and sportive bike too, with its low weight and great components.

“The choice of components, low weight and great frame made the Cordite a favourite among the BikesETC testers, and it really does look the business – not always a given with bikes that come direct from shops.” -

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• 24 Ton High Modulus Carbon
• Full carbon fork
• Shimano Ultegra 11 speed drivetrain
• Fulcrum Racing 4 wheelset
• 4ZA Stratos finishing kit

Geometry chart:

Full specification:

Frame: 24 Ton High Modulus Carbon
Fork: Carbon
Wheels: Fulcrum Racing 4 wheelset
Tyres: Continental Ultra Sport II 25mm folding bead
Chainset: Shimano Ultegra 52/36T
Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra
Gear/Brake Levers: Shimano Ultegra
Brake callipers: Shimano Ultegra
Cassette: Shimano
Handlebars: 4ZA Stratos
Stem: 4ZA Stratos
Seatpost: 4ZA Stratos
Saddle: 4ZA Stratos Dynamic Comfort

Weight: 8.2 kg

Rider height chart:

Frame size Rider height
S 5' 4" - 5' 7" or 162cm - 170cm
M 5' 7" - 5' 10" or 170cm - 178cm
L 5' 10" - 6' 1" or 178cm - 186cm
XL 6' 1" - 6' 4" or 186cm - 194cm

These sizes are a guideline only. If you are unsure please contact our customer service team for assistance,


PLEASE NOTE:-  All of our bikes are built to order.  This usually takes between 3-8 working days depending on time of year

Simply a fantastic bike at a fantastic price. There are no real compromises for the price level. Full spec Ultegra, beautifully finished UCI approved frame, Fulcrum wheels and a great finishing kit. Really responsive ride. You almost don't notice the bike when riding - it's just you and the road. Highly recommended.
I`ve reached the age where a hand built steel frame and triple chain ring would arguably make more sense as I potter off into the distance but having looked at the Cordites specification with its Ultegra group set, L size frame dimensions and finishing kit, I decided that this was just too good an opportunity at the price, although not without some misgivings about whether I was doing the right thing by buying a bike designed for considerably fitter riders than me. I neednt have worried. The Cordite is a great bike. The frame has that liveliness that is missing from so many aluminium examples  like a top quality steel racing frame in days gone by but without the extra weight and the bike is stable and comfortable over North Yorkshires frequently awful road surfaces. Most importantly its a lively climber with its compact rear triangle transmitting the power efficiently, the Ultegra group set performs as you would expect from a top end spec. from Shimano and the Fulcrum wheels appear to be just as good as my old hand-built Mavic/Campag Record set. This is the third bike that I`ve bought from Merlin and from my experience they are unbeatable in terms of product quality and value for money.
I researched lots of makes then I found Merlin . For the price it's great value with top class kit . Carbon frame really has the quality of bikes at three times the price . UCI frame approval gives you great confidence in construction . Excellent value for money with 5 * back up and delivery from Merlin .
This is a fantastic top Spec bike. Full Ultegra and no cut corners on the Spec, good wheels, an absolute bargain, especially if you get one in the sale, half the price of big brand comparison. The frame is fairly stiff, it should be, it's carbon but that means you get the power down. This is a really quick bike much quicker than my other carbon bike. It comes fully assembled just fit the bars and off you go. I could not recommend this bike more.
Absolutely insane good bike for the price. I was naturally hesitant about a large price mail order bike purchase but Merlin built and delivered with exceptional standard. Every part of this bike, from frame to tyre is top notch and it's obvious that Merlin have really thought about every aspect of this build. The frame type and setup is perfect both for my weekday commute or for a weekend race or tour. Not only that but it looks dynamite in an understated way and its called "Cordite"... what about this bike is there not to love!?
Awesome bike. Top spec. Rides beautifully. So much bike for the price.
This bike is amazing! Rides like a dream couldn't ask for a better bike out of the box.