After many email exchanges I was told the tires were my fault for ordering the wrong ones and that I would need to buy the valves locally when Merlin messed up in the first place. Sign in to manage your newsletter preferences. That Boardman ADV 8.8 I mentioned earlier, for example, comes with a 48/32 chainset and an 11-32 cassette, giving you a lower low gear and also a lower high gear. The only maintenance issue I had with the Malt-G during a two-month test period was when the front wheel went quite a long way out of true. Help us to make it better. Throw the RP7 around, aim at the apex and lean into the corner and it’ll repay your efforts in spades, a result of its racy geometry. I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert, I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding. Other options when buying this bike include the choice between a 27.2 or 31.6 seat tube (31.6 is preferred if you want to use a dropper seatpost). In a world where most high-end road bikes have moved on to carbon, gravel's demands are well-suited to the characteristics of titanium. In short, yes it is, and that's what I've been using it for most. Many aero framesets now use a truncated Kamm tail profile, which has potential advantages in weight saving and crosswind stability. Sensa Giulia Supremo Ultegra. The frame is made from double-butted 6061 aluminium with a sloping top tube and external cable routing. After 2 weeks and the valve never came and the link never updated. You can always switch to wider tyres if you want more: we fitted 40mm wide tyres with a reasonable amount of space around them. The wheels comprise no-name six-bolt disc hubs (quick release) laced to Mavic's XM 119 Disc rims with 32 spokes front and rear. Spent a lot of time trying to find an alternative or to get them to actually pay the shipping (not my fault they sent me a defective product) but to no avail. It might be a different story if I had to tackle longer and/or sharper climbs on a regular basis. I have contacted my bank & will reverse the charges. To the discerning eye, few bikes can match Merlin's signature look, and even fewer can match its exclusive feel. UPDATE: The item finally arrived a month after I ordered. Would you consider buying the bike? Good product range and fast delivery but shocking bad customer service. The shifter body is the same compact shape as you get with 105 and Ultegra – you'd be hard-pressed to notice the difference in your hand – and the cables are routed underneath the handlebar tape, providing a clean look at the front of the bike. I would strongly recommend never ordering from these clowns. You can schedule an in-person fitting at the Merlin/Dean factory in Boulder, Colorado, or send in your measurements from a system such as Retul and Guru. That steerer is tapered to improve front end stiffness. Steve also said pictures of items for sale were for ‘illustrative purposes’ and did not reflect what I could expect to arrive. We may earn commission if you buy from a link. The Malt-G is a versatile proposition, able to handle a variety of different types of riding with assuredness. They might lack the performance of a hydraulic setup but this is a £649 bike. I have shopped with them over the years but would avoid from here on in due to this experience. There are six stock sizes—extra small through double extra large—but Merlin does something cool with its sizing: They offer custom geometry at no additional charge. The Malt-G's brakes aren't from Shimano, they're cable-actuated Tektro Lyra callipers operating on 160mm rotors front and rear. This bike drives like a racing bike designed for off-road riding, which helps it feel lively and sharp on the pavement. When I've fancied mixing it up with a bit of towpath, that's been cool too, the Malt-G having semi-slick tyres that provide sufficient grip and enough low gears to cope with more draggy surfaces. But, if you’re looking for a racy introduction to the world of road riding, Merlin has put its century-plus experience to good use. Read the review on Bike Radar. Tell us what the bike is for and who it's aimed at. As above. I'd be upgrading them if this was my bike. This efficient all-rounder features a no-nonsense Shimano Tiagra 10 Speed groupset, together with mechanical disc brakes for great stopping power. Did they work well in the conditions you encountered? By entering your details, you are agreeing to the 220 Triathlon terms and conditions. Thanks! VERY DISAPPOINTED with with poor customer service I received from Gemma and will certainly not order from Merlin Cycles again unless they replace my lost/stolen order. At 25mph-plus, rough surfaces become quite choppy, but the stability provided by the parallel 73-degree head and seat tube angles ensures it’s easy to remain in control of everything. The equivalently sized Cordite SL frame is constructed by Ridley but weighs 1,200g, plus a further 380g for the carbon fork. The cost was almost as much as the shoes. And this is coming from a previously satisfied customer who has ordered $1,000 of miscellaneous parts in the last year from Merlin. Be 100% certain you know what you have ordered from Merlin Cycles, I suggest taking a screenshot of the product at the time of sale as even the invoice won’t match up. I fixed the stem as low as possible simply because that's the position I've got used to over the years, but if you want front end height to take the strain off your back and neck and/or to give you more of a head-up position in traffic then there's plenty available. The rear end transmits power well thanks to flattened but chunky seatstays and beefy chainstays. If you don’t want to subscribe, please turn your ad blocker off. Reasonably stiff, yes. The seat tube is 52cm long and there is a virtual top tube length of 57cm. Would you change the tyres? Racy-specced roadie with Shimano Sora and Mavic wheels. Casual riders will enjoy the sense of safety and security they get while navigating rough and uneven terrain, and all riders will appreciate the comfort of titanium as well as the pedaling efficiency. This is the entry-level gravel bike in Merlin's range. Yeah, the 35mm tyres give a decent amount of cushioning between you and the road. More or less in line with that, the Malt-G was originally priced at £899.99 although the price has now been fixed at £649 – it won't alter – so that's the price we're reviewing it at. Did it feel efficient? The 74-degree seat angle and 72.5 head tube are also at the racy end of things. If I was after something at this price point, yes. Shifting from the 9-speed Shimano Sora groupset was slick and efficient, although my … Beginner riders are often faced with a tough dilemma — purchase a versatile and comfortable city bike to commute or a real MTB to have fun and embark on off-road adventures. would you recommend any changes? But because it's titanium, it's all-day comfortable for a casual rider as well. Frame: Double Butted 6061 Series Aluminium, Fork: Merlin Disc with Carbon blades and steerer, Wheels: Mavic XM 119 Rims with 6-Bolt Disc Hubs (quick release). The Boardman's Schwalbe G-One tyres are better than the Malt-G's Kenda Kwicks, but the Malt-G has a higher level groupset: 10-speed Shimano Tiagra as opposed to 9-speed Shimano Sora. The fork has carbon fibre blades and steerer. I had one spoke nipple back off leading to the wheel going out of true, but once re-tightened I had no more issues. All rights reserved. Was there any toe-clip overlap with the front wheel? I continued to follow up on the status of my credit and have unfortunately been given the run around, two months have passed and still no credit has been issued. (£1,699) has a carbon frame, full-carbon fork and Fulcrum Racing 3 clincher wheels on the grey and yellow model. This jumps the frameset price to $4,450; custom geometry and many options are free, just like its unplugged sibling. Yes, there are plenty of bikes that are a little sharper to accelerate and a bit more nimble on the climbs, but you get plenty of comfort and control here and that's an important characteristic on a bike of this kind. Elsewhere, there’s the usual cost-cutting on a couple of the PR7’s components, notably the non-cartridge brake blocks and the Kenda tyres, but even these are in a 25mm width and both are very easily upgradable; you might want to think about going for the maximum 28mm tyre width when the tyres are worn. Did the bike feel stiff in the right places? Sensa Giulia Review. I had a very bad experience with them as well. And even though the bikes comes standard with 700c wheels, just let the team at Merlin know if you'd like the option to use 650b as well and they'll tweak the design for you (you can use 650b on the bike as it is, but the bottom bracket will be lower than is ideal). If you’ve enjoyed this article, then please consider subscribing to road.cc from as little as £1.99. Tell us some more about the drivetrain. I paid for what was described as 5-7 day shipping. Shame on you Merlin Cycles. I think this is a clear 8 overall. By entering your details, you are agreeing to BikeRadar terms and conditions. One of the few add-ons that will get you a surcharge is the addition of S&S couplers. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions. That would have mean I would be out of $200 and having nothing to show for. My medium size model has a 540mm top tube and a head tube at a moderate 145mm tall, although 2cm of spacers allows you to set it to your own level. The Malt-G doesn't leave you feeling like you're riding a £649 bike. It's a tidy piece of work with a threaded bottom bracket that's unlikely to result in annoying creaks as time goes on. The quality of this situation is known as ‘information asymmetry’. Terrible service & both Merlin Cycles & their forwarding service TrakPak will not take responsibility for their errors. It’ll be overgeared for some, but there’s little to fault about the performance and the Shimano Sora groupset is great at the price, even if the Tektro brakes don’t quite match it. Also they said that it was my fault I ordered the wrong tires and I could return them for a loss of course. One of its main selling points is definitely versatility, as this is a cross country bike that keeps one wheel on trails and the other one on paved roads.