Merlin Cordite SL review

Merlin Cordite SL review

At the time of writing, the Cordite SL is reduced on merlincycles.com from £1,499 / $1,648.90 / AU$2,285.98 to the frankly ridiculous price of £999.95 / $1,099.94 / AU$1,524.92. The secret behind this particular trick is that Merlin is using an old frame design from Ridley — specifically the Belgian firm’s 2008 Helium model — as the basis for the Cordite SL. Best road bikes 2019: how to choose the right one for you Best road bikes under £1,000 Back in 2008, the Helium was Ridley’s lightest frameset, weighing in at a claimed 900g for the medium-sized chassis. The equivalently sized Cordite SL frame is constructed by Ridley but weighs 1,200g, plus a further 380g for the carbon fork. Some of the features hark back to the time when this Helium design was in its prime, the integrated seatmast being chief among them. Although popular with racers for the stiffness ...

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