Merlin Cordite SL Ultegra R8000 Carbon Road Bike 2018
Save 33% on the Cordite SL Road Bike by Merlin.!
2018 Merlin Cordite SL Road Bike
The Merlin Cordite SL is our versatile, lightweight carbon road bike which has been 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 SL 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 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. Our Merlin Cordite SL frame has been built for us exclusively by Ridley and is a based on their excellent Helium ISP Frameset which has already proved itself in the most demanding pro cycling races in the world. The Cordite SL features Shimano's excellent new Ultegra R8000 11 speed groupset which includes a new Shadow Technology rear derailleur that gives a lower, more aero profile and increased protection from crash damage. The Cordite SL also features and integrated carbon seatpost helping to reduce overall weight and enhance compliance keeping you comfortable in the saddle for longer. Ridley's own Forza Stratos handle bars and stem finishes off the bike perfectly along with the RC31 wheels to help you to tackle any mountain pass or back road you decide to venture down. Frame & Fork Frame:3 0 ton High Modulus Carbon / 24 ton High Modulus Carbon With Stainless steel drop out protection Fork: High Modulus Full Carbon Weight: Medium Frame: 1200g / Fork: 380g Frameset Frame: High Modulus Carbon Fork: High Modulus Carbon Wheels Wheels: Forza RC31 - 700c Tyres: Vittoria Zaffiro - 700×25c Drivetrain Gear/Brake Levers: Shimano Ultegra R8000 Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra R8000 Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra R8000 Chainset: Shimano RS510 - 34/50 Cassette: Shimano 105 CS-5800, 11-28T Chain: Shimano CN-HG601 Pedals: Not included Components Saddle: Forza Stratos Handlebars: Forza Stratos Stem: Forza Stratos Brake Calipers: Forza. Specification: 11 speed, Caliper Brakes. Material: Carbon. Colour: Black. Size: L, M, S, XL, XS. Gender: Men's. Wheel Size: 700c. Designed for: Road. Year: 2018. Discipline: Road Bike.
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This cycling deal was found at Merlin Cycles, one of the UK's most famous bike shops, located up North!
Merlin Cycles started life in 1993, founded by John Moss as a mail order Mountain Bike business ran directly from his spare bedroom in Chorley. Due to early growth, shortly afterwards he opened his first outlet in Ormskirk, and a few years later in 1998, the company grew into larger premises, moving to Leyland.
In the 1990's and early 2000's, Merlin were known for their ranges of mountain bike hardtails, released under the Rock Lobster and Merlin "Malt" brands. These steel and aluminium hardtails were designed in house, available as framesets or complete bikes, representing excellent value for money. The company was also well known for their handbuilt MTB wheels, which in my experience lasted for years without needing truing!
Merlin have always been competitive on pricing, particularly on suspension forks, brakes, wheels and groupsets, which continues to this day. Nowadays they have introduced road cycling equipment and clothing into their product ranges, due to the increase in popularity in this field, thus catering for a broader range of cyclists.