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.
Designed in Britain. Built in Belgium.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wheels are 4ZA CX disc rims spinning on Shimano hubs. Tyres are a vital area on any cyclocross bike so we've made an extra effort to spec some quality rubber. Challenge Grifo 32mm Pro tyres won't let you down.
The static finishing fit is from 4ZA. Seat post, saddle, bars and saddle. Well made, unobtrusive and durable.
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
Seatpost: 4ZA 31.6mm x 350mm
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