Merlin X2.0 105 AR Commuter CX Bike - 2016
Merlin X2.0 105 AR Commuter CX Bike - 2016Merlin X2.0 105 AR Commuter CX Bike - 2016
$910.15
RRP $1,391.01Save 34.5%
Code: MERX2105AR
High grade aluminium frame with carbon fibre fork. Shimano 105 drivetrain and TRP disc brakes. Comes with fitted mudguards and road-ready tyres. Your new workmate.

We know that a lot of cyclocross bikes never see much cyclocross action. We know that a large amount of cylcocross bikes are used as commuting bikes.

There’s a good reason for this: cyclocross bikes make for perfect commuters.

Faster than a naff hybrid. Comfier than a road bike. Capable of hacking through shortcuts if the need – or mood – arises.

We’ve taken our regular X2.0 cyclocross bike and tweaked the spec a little. Essentially we’ve saved you the task of finding suitable, stylish mudguards and decent road-going tyres. And having to fit them.

The Merlin X2.0 Commuter is ready to go to work.

It’s nippy. It’s comfortable. It’s practical. It’s reliable.

We’ve stopped short of supplying it with a rear pannier rack as we’ve noticed more and more commuters opting to use backpacks or courier bags. It is perfectly ready to accept a pannier rack though if you so wished.

We’ve not hamstrung the X2.0’s mixed terrain capabilities by fitting a road-only tyre. Instead we’ve opted for a pair of Continental Cyclocross Speed 35mm tyres. Fast enough for tarmac but grippy and tough enough to withstand a bit of light dirt-work and less-than-perfect road gutters.

Its sloping compact geometry makes for a confidence inspiring bike handling experience. You’ll be nipping and tucking, bobbing and weaving with the best of them.

The carbon bladed fork has been specced to keep things from becoming harsh up front. Carbon is a great material for reducing buzz and tremor. The alloy steerer is 1-1/8th too, further helping prevent any undue discomfort or excessive stiffness.

This is our entry level commuter ‘cross bike but as with all Merlin bikes, entry level doesn’t mean cutting corners with the spec. The drivetrain is Shimano 105. Unbeatable 11 speed reliability with proper STI shifting. The frame is a standard BSA threaded BB shell.

The disc brakes are TRP Spyres with a 160mm rotor up front and a 140mm rotor at the rear. Once you’ve tried disc brakes you won’t ever want to go back to rim brakes ever again.

As well as being more consistent and controllably powerful in all-weathers, disc brakes are much more fit-and-forget than cantilever cyclocross brakes. Easier to live with. Uncomplicated.

The static finishing fit is from 4ZA. Seat post, saddle, bars and saddle. Well made, unobtrusive and durable.

Geometry chart:

FrameMerlin CX 7005-T6 butted aluminium
ForkMerlin CX Disc Z - carbon legs, alloy steerer 1-1/8th
BrakesTRP Spyre Mechanical Disc Brake Caliper & Rotors
ShiftersShimano 105 5800 Shifters
Front DerailleurShimano 105 FD-5800
Rear DerailleurShimano 105 RD-5800
CassetteShimano 105 CS-5800 11 Speed 11-28
ChainKMC 11S 108+link
ChainsetFSA Gossamer BSA68 172.5 46/36
WheelsFulcrum Racing Sport CX Disc
TyresContinental Cyclocross Speed 35mm
Saddle4ZA Stratos 7DD
Stem4ZA Stem 100mm
Handlebars4ZA Handlebars 42cm
Seatpost4ZA Seatpost 350

Mudguards: Merlin Cross City Fenders

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A great bike and very well built indeed. Use it as a commuter and the tyre width is suitable for the rough roads here in comparison to standard road tyres. It has been a very good purchase.