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Merlin Malt G2P

Hi all,

Been contemplating a Gravel Bike for a few months now. I really like the look of the Merlin Malt G2P Tiagra, it seems exceptional value for money. Does anybody have an opinion on Merlin bikes? It does seem a little to good to be true.
2014 Giant Defy 1
2011 Dawes Discovery 501 Deore Hybrid
2019 Claud Butler Alpina 29 MTB

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  • wongataawongataa Posts: 945
    I have had 2 Merlin road bikes (current bike and previous bike) and they have been perfectly good and great value for money.
  • Horrid choice of speccing a Tiagra gravel bike for £699 and then giving it Lyra mechanical disc brakes... Why not spec it with 405 hydraulics and price at ~£850-900?
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  • simonl83simonl83 Posts: 26

    Horrid choice of speccing a Tiagra gravel bike for £699 and then giving it Lyra mechanical disc brakes... Why not spec it with 405 hydraulics and price at ~£850-900?

    Tektro mechanical seems to be pretty standard on anything under a grand at the minute.
    2014 Giant Defy 1
    2011 Dawes Discovery 501 Deore Hybrid
    2019 Claud Butler Alpina 29 MTB
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 9,728
    Good bike but would benefit hydraulic brakes tbh.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • simonl83simonl83 Posts: 26
    oxoman said:

    Good bike but would benefit hydraulic brakes tbh.

    Yeh, ideally I wanted hydraulics but wanted to keep it under a grand, and you just can’t get a gravel bike with hydraulic discs for under 1000.
    2014 Giant Defy 1
    2011 Dawes Discovery 501 Deore Hybrid
    2019 Claud Butler Alpina 29 MTB
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 9,728
    edited August 2020
    How about this with hydraulic brakes and only just £99 over budget.
    https://vitusbikes.com/collections/substance/products/substance-vr-2-adventure-road-bike
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • simonl83simonl83 Posts: 26
    oxoman said:

    How about this with hydraulic brakes and only just £99 over budget.
    https://vitusbikes.com/collections/substance/products/substance-vr-2-adventure-road-bike

    Would love one but no stock

    2014 Giant Defy 1
    2011 Dawes Discovery 501 Deore Hybrid
    2019 Claud Butler Alpina 29 MTB
  • mr_eddymr_eddy Posts: 805
    edited August 2020
    I have a Mk 1 Merlin Malt G Tiagra (with external cable routing and QR axles) and honestly its a fantastic bike. The after sales service (in my experience) is top notch too. I managed to mangle a mech hanger by having an argument with a tree and I ordered a replacement. They sent me the one for the thru-axle bike by mistake so when I rang to report the error they just shipped 2 brand new QR hangers free and did not request the old one back.

    The only change I made to my Malt G was to upgrade the wheels and cable housing, Mine came with some Mavic wheels that whilst plenty strong were damn heavy (2800g not inc skewers!) but even with £150 on set of lighter Aksiums and £30 on compressionless brake housing it was still less far less than £1k with full Tiagra. Most bikes at the same price (at the time) had Sora or even Claris

    Decent brake cable housing and properly adjusted cable brakes have more than enough stopping power and decent modulation, just have to check/adjust barrel adjuster - no big deal. FYI I am 94 kg so not exactly light and with 160 mm rotors I can easily 'keep up' in terms of braking with my mate on his fancy hydro equipped
    GT gravel bike.

    So basically yeah Merlin are decent and a great company to deal with.
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