Merlin X2.0 Sora 9 Speed Alloy Cyclocross Bike
Merlin X2.0 Sora 9 Speed Alloy Cyclocross BikeMerlin X2.0 Sora 9 Speed Alloy Cyclocross BikeMerlin X2.0 Sora 9 Speed Alloy Cyclocross BikeMerlin X2.0 Sora 9 Speed Alloy Cyclocross BikeMerlin X2.0 Sora 9 Speed Alloy Cyclocross Bike
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Merlin X2.0 Sora 9 Speed Alloy Cyclocross Bike
A double-butted aluminium frame with disc brakes and a carbon fork. A true go anywhere, do anything bike. Durable, versatile and fast, the Merlin CX 2.0 is likely to become your new favourite bike.
The Merlin X2.0 is a lightweight and efficient all terrain blaster. It’s capable of tearing around cyclocross race courses with its rapid responsiveness. It’s exceptional at exploration too. Tarmac, gravel, grass, mud, hills, valleys… whatever. It’ll go there.
This is our entry level cyclocross bike but as with all Merlin bikes, entry level doesn’t mean cutting corners with the spec. The drivetrain is Shimano Sora. Unbeatable 9 speed reliability with proper STI shifting. The gearing ratio is tailored towards cyclocross, with 46/34T chainrings and a 12-27T cassette. The frame is a standard BSA threaded BB shell.
Carbon Disc Forks
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.
Disc Brakes
The disc brakes are Avid BB7 Road 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.
There is plenty of tyre clearance in the frame and the fork. And with the use of disc brakes rather than mud-hugging cantilever brakes there’ll be no issues with mud-plastered tyres spinning around.
With full complement of mounts the bike is ready to sport mudguards and even a rear pannier – so if you fancy making it into a fun commuting bike, you can. No problem.
  • Frame: Merlin CX 7005-T6 butted aluminium
  • Fork: Merlin CX Disc Z Carbon legs, alloy steerer 1-1/8th
  • Brakes and shifters: Shimano Sora 9 speed
  • Brakes: Avid BB7 Road Disc, 160/140mm rotors
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Sora
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Sora
  • Cassette: Shimano HG50-9 12-27T
  • Chain: KMC X9
  • Chainset: Shimano Sora 46/34T
  • Wheels: 4ZA CX disc rims, Shimano hubs
  • Tyres: Challenge Grifo Pro 32mm
  • Saddle: 4ZA
  • Stem: 4ZA
  • Handlebars: 4ZA
  • Seatpost: 4ZA 31.6mm x 350mm
  • Weight: 11kg

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It`s a good all round bike. Very good off road, but goes well on the road as well.