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Merlin Cycles end of season bike sale e.g. Bianchi Duel 27S Acera Mountain Bike £309
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Merlin Cycles end of season bike sale e.g. Bianchi Duel 27S Acera Mountain Bike £309

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Posted 18th Sep

This deal is expired. Here are some options that might interest you:

Lots of bikes reduced to clear now, good season to get one. Extra money off in the checkout.

There are several in different categories (click the main deal link to see all of them. Some of my picks being:

Road/Gravel/touring:
Corratec Dolomiti 105 mix now £574
Merlin cordite SL Ultegra now £899.95
Ridley Helium SLX Ultegra R8000 now £2099
Eddie Mercx Endurance EM525 Ultregra disc now £2495
Merlin Malt-G1X Apex now £999
Blue Prosecco AL-Touring Disc now £499

Mountain:
Bianchi Duel 27S Acera now £309 (quite a few like this in the full listing)
Merlin MALT+ now £799 (SRAM NX1)
Ridley Blast Deore now £399

NB I don't know hardly anything about mountain bikes!

If you are an odd size there might be a bargain, but I've just included some that have a few sizes left.
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blueflash18/09/2019 20:38

Pedals NOT included?


Don't worry - I've found some for you - decathlon.co.uk/100…tml

... now just waiting for that usual guy to come on and tell me how every bike in the list was made in Bangladesh by 2 year olds, and how his Muddyfox is so much better
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The Prosecco AL touring @ £499 looks like a great buy
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CharlieBravo18/09/2019 19:13

The Prosecco AL touring @ £499 looks like a great buy


They are ALL great buys!!!! lol
Pedals NOT included?
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blueflash18/09/2019 20:38

Pedals NOT included?


Don't worry - I've found some for you - decathlon.co.uk/100…tml

... now just waiting for that usual guy to come on and tell me how every bike in the list was made in Bangladesh by 2 year olds, and how his Muddyfox is so much better
deleted211550818/09/2019 20:46

Don't worry - I've found some for you - …Don't worry - I've found some for you - https://www.decathlon.co.uk/100-kids-bike-pedal-pink-id_8537950.html ... now just waiting for that usual guy to come on and tell me how every bike in the list was made in Bangladesh by 2 year olds, and how his Muddyfox is so much better


Thanks but why no pedals? Seems odd
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blueflash18/09/2019 20:48

Thanks but why no pedals? Seems odd


Assuming this isn't a wind-up, most bikes aren't sold with pedals.

This is because many cyclists have favourite non-flat pedals that take a certain sort of cleat, and providing a pair would therefore be pointless. Different platform pedals also have different specifications.
deleted211550818/09/2019 20:53

Assuming this isn't a wind-up, most bikes aren't sold with pedals.This is …Assuming this isn't a wind-up, most bikes aren't sold with pedals.This is because many cyclists have favourite non-flat pedals that take a certain sort of cleat, and providing a pair would therefore be pointless. Different platform pedals also have different specifications.


Had no idea that was the norm. Will have to check with care then, when looking for possible upgrade.
deleted211550818/09/2019 20:53

Assuming this isn't a wind-up, most bikes aren't sold with pedals.This is …Assuming this isn't a wind-up, most bikes aren't sold with pedals.This is because many cyclists have favourite non-flat pedals that take a certain sort of cleat, and providing a pair would therefore be pointless. Different platform pedals also have different specifications.


All quite right of course and I'd add that often the pedals that come with bikes are absolutely awful. I bought a fairly decent £1000 hybrid but the pedals impressively managed the contradictory state of being really slippy in the weight and really spiky which meant it was very painful when you inevitably slipped on a wet pedal and put it through your shin. At the time I wasn't sure what pedals to put on the bike I was toying with going clipless so stuck a pair of £10 big platform flats on in the meantime after the pedal through the shin incident and they were great, far more grippy and no more slips in the wet.

Even if a bike came with pedals in many cases I'd still recommend taking them off and putting some decent ones on, even super cheap ones are likely far better.
The Ridley Blast Deore seems to be lacking a lot of Deore lol
Edited by: "mattrixdesign2" 19th Sep
Looking for a good gravel bike thats fast and not too jarring.
deleted211550818/09/2019 20:46

Don't worry - I've found some for you - …Don't worry - I've found some for you - https://www.decathlon.co.uk/100-kids-bike-pedal-pink-id_8537950.html ... now just waiting for that usual guy to come on and tell me how every bike in the list was made in Bangladesh by 2 year olds, and how his Muddyfox is so much better


What an infantile comment, Bianchi like most brands don't make their bikes they import them from other factories, it's the factory that dictates the quality of the bike and the fitted components not how the letters are composed on the sticker. Has anyone ever suggested any bikes were made by 2 year olds seems like another moronic comment to say the least.

Bianchi were at one point made by Fuji-ta in China, the same place were many Muddyfox bikes were made as well as 100s of other brands as they are the largest bicycle manufacturer in the world, nowadays I suspect both brands have moved to cheaper factories. More importantly that Bianchi bike has an XCT fork, I think you can do better in component terms for that money, maybe an XCM fork which is much stronger. I don't get the obsession with brand where people will pay extra to get a poorly equipped bike with much inferior performance to a shop brand bike. XCT forks are generally regarded as the absolute minimum suspension fork for a real mountain bike, pretty much light duty only and I think 28mm stanchions but are usable. At £309 it's not bad value but we have seen better bikes for less in recent months. Also Bianchi used to have short warranties and low rider weight limits previously although not checked the current terms. Bianchi is a Swedish owned brand nowadays, part of the portfolio of Cycleurope of Stockholm who own lots of old bike brands including Puch and a few others. Lastly those Bianchi's are 2017 models so came out in late 2016 so are pretty much old stock which have been difficult to sell, the components are dated, Suntour have improved their XCT forks twice in that time and they still aren't that great now. The geometry will be dated too.


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Thanks for posting @Boobooj we have added this to the Highlights pages
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bonzobanana19/09/2019 23:03

What an infantile comment, Bianchi like most brands don't make their bikes …What an infantile comment, Bianchi like most brands don't make their bikes they import them from other factories, it's the factory that dictates the quality of the bike and the fitted components not how the letters are composed on the sticker. Has anyone ever suggested any bikes were made by 2 year olds seems like another moronic comment to say the least.Bianchi were at one point made by Fuji-ta in China, the same place were many Muddyfox bikes were made as well as 100s of other brands as they are the largest bicycle manufacturer in the world, nowadays I suspect both brands have moved to cheaper factories. More importantly that Bianchi bike has an XCT fork, I think you can do better in component terms for that money, maybe an XCM fork which is much stronger. I don't get the obsession with brand where people will pay extra to get a poorly equipped bike with much inferior performance to a shop brand bike. XCT forks are generally regarded as the absolute minimum suspension fork for a real mountain bike, pretty much light duty only and I think 28mm stanchions but are usable. At £309 it's not bad value but we have seen better bikes for less in recent months. Also Bianchi used to have short warranties and low rider weight limits previously although not checked the current terms. Bianchi is a Swedish owned brand nowadays, part of the portfolio of Cycleurope of Stockholm who own lots of old bike brands including Puch and a few others. Lastly those Bianchi's are 2017 models so came out in late 2016 so are pretty much old stock which have been difficult to sell, the components are dated, Suntour have improved their XCT forks twice in that time and they still aren't that great now. The geometry will be dated too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Yn5kIpIrv0&t=88s




Here's a newer model with an XCM fork for £349 on the page I kindly provided: merlincycles.com/bia…tml... you ask... I give! Loads of similar mountain bikes on these, I personally think they are quite good value. Btw I didn't highlight that particular bike in the main deal... looks like it got pinned by an editor.

You might not like it, but many people want the cachet of a proper bike brand, and it will generally pay off for them in resale value too.

I'm not even going to get into a discussion about where you "suspect" bike companies are manufacturing thse days... !
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deleted211550818/09/2019 20:46

Don't worry - I've found some for you - …Don't worry - I've found some for you - https://www.decathlon.co.uk/100-kids-bike-pedal-pink-id_8537950.html ... now just waiting for that usual guy to come on and tell me how every bike in the list was made in Bangladesh by 2 year olds, and how his Muddyfox is so much better


My Argos bike was made in Bangladesh and it's fab
bonzobanana19/09/2019 23:03

What an infantile comment, Bianchi like most brands don't make their bikes …What an infantile comment, Bianchi like most brands don't make their bikes they import them from other factories, it's the factory that dictates the quality of the bike and the fitted components not how the letters are composed on the sticker. Has anyone ever suggested any bikes were made by 2 year olds seems like another moronic comment to say the least.Bianchi were at one point made by Fuji-ta in China, the same place were many Muddyfox bikes were made as well as 100s of other brands as they are the largest bicycle manufacturer in the world, nowadays I suspect both brands have moved to cheaper factories. More importantly that Bianchi bike has an XCT fork, I think you can do better in component terms for that money, maybe an XCM fork which is much stronger. I don't get the obsession with brand where people will pay extra to get a poorly equipped bike with much inferior performance to a shop brand bike. XCT forks are generally regarded as the absolute minimum suspension fork for a real mountain bike, pretty much light duty only and I think 28mm stanchions but are usable. At £309 it's not bad value but we have seen better bikes for less in recent months. Also Bianchi used to have short warranties and low rider weight limits previously although not checked the current terms. Bianchi is a Swedish owned brand nowadays, part of the portfolio of Cycleurope of Stockholm who own lots of old bike brands including Puch and a few others. Lastly those Bianchi's are 2017 models so came out in late 2016 so are pretty much old stock which have been difficult to sell, the components are dated, Suntour have improved their XCT forks twice in that time and they still aren't that great now. The geometry will be dated too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Yn5kIpIrv0&t=88s



Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah.

Wasn't that funny but thanks for clearing that up for everyone.
Pedals are always a preference thing. You can buy them for a few quid or pay up to £1000 for a set, possiby more.
deleted211550818/09/2019 20:46

Don't worry - I've found some for you - …Don't worry - I've found some for you - https://www.decathlon.co.uk/100-kids-bike-pedal-pink-id_8537950.html ... now just waiting for that usual guy to come on and tell me how every bike in the list was made in Bangladesh by 2 year olds, and how his Muddyfox is so much better



made me laugh, thanks
it's a good bike but I'd rather have the Marin for another 50quid or so..

merlincycles.com/mar…tml

much better spec
deleted211550820/09/2019 00:10

Here's a newer model with an XCM fork for £349 on the page I kindly …Here's a newer model with an XCM fork for £349 on the page I kindly provided: https://www.merlincycles.com/bianchi-duel-27s-acera-mix-mountain-bike-2018-126745.html... you ask... I give! Loads of similar mountain bikes on these, I personally think they are quite good value. Btw I didn't highlight that particular bike in the main deal... looks like it got pinned by an editor.You might not like it, but many people want the cachet of a proper bike brand, and it will generally pay off for them in resale value too.I'm not even going to get into a discussion about where you "suspect" bike companies are manufacturing thse days... !


It's not a question of suspect, the manufacturer's often clearly state which brands they make for which importers/brands there is no uncertainty about it. As for resale value a £3,000 bike with the correct brand that sells for £700 lets say after four years is a £2,300 loss where as a £1,500 bike that sells for £300 after four years is a £1,200 loss and I think I'm exaggerating the lower resale value of the £1,500 bike too. You'll clearly pretty much always lose more money on the correct brand bike because of the greater initial outlay. As ever its the debate about perceived quality vs actual quality and how a bike with inferior components sold at a higher price justifies it's price due to the correct brand.
HeadphoneGeeza20/09/2019 11:25

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah. Wasn't that funny but thanks for clearing that up for everyone.


Nice intelligent response, maybe time for a nappy change for you. What goes through the mind of someone like you who cannot actual make any sort of logical factual response but instead writes garbage like that. Surely you realise you've completely lost the argument with your playschool response. Just for your reference an adult response would be something like 'I disagree with that because.....' not some sort of epileptic key pressing while you type out the same two characters repeatedly just to write some pathetic nonsense not worthy of a five year old.
bonzobanana23/09/2019 09:56

Nice intelligent response, maybe time for a nappy change for you. What …Nice intelligent response, maybe time for a nappy change for you. What goes through the mind of someone like you who cannot actual make any sort of logical factual response but instead writes garbage like that. Surely you realise you've completely lost the argument with your playschool response. Just for your reference an adult response would be something like 'I disagree with that because.....' not some sort of epileptic key pressing while you type out the same two characters repeatedly just to write some pathetic nonsense not worthy of a five year old.


I’m my adult opinion I have to disagree with your view on my post. I just don’t like it
simonp9920/09/2019 10:27

My Argos bike was made in Bangladesh and it's fab


There is nothing wrong with bikes made in Bangladesh but there is a pecking order in quality like most industries with some countries generally having better quality factories with higher price bikes and some factories who manufacture more cheaply but are slightly lower quality. Surely there is no surprise about that. Argos bikes tend to be lower end models and seems logical to use factories in Bangladesh, the issue is for higher end models sold by importers who also use more basic quality factories despite their high pricing and premium branding. Halfords use lower end factories for their Apollo bikes like Bangladesh, use Cambodia and Indonesia and maybe mainland China for their mid-range bikes and Taiwan for their high end bikes as a generalisation. You don't expect to buy a £100 bike and have it manufactured in Taiwan nowadays and you don't buy a £10,000 carbon fibre road bike and expect it to be made in Bangladesh.
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bonzobanana23/09/2019 09:41

It's not a question of suspect, the manufacturer's often clearly state …It's not a question of suspect, the manufacturer's often clearly state which brands they make for which importers/brands there is no uncertainty about it. As for resale value a £3,000 bike with the correct brand that sells for £700 lets say after four years is a £2,300 loss where as a £1,500 bike that sells for £300 after four years is a £1,200 loss and I think I'm exaggerating the lower resale value of the £1,500 bike too. You'll clearly pretty much always lose more money on the correct brand bike because of the greater initial outlay. As ever its the debate about perceived quality vs actual quality and how a bike with inferior components sold at a higher price justifies it's price due to the correct brand.


In my adult opinion I have to disagree with you due to the fact you've completely made up all the figures and "facts" in your post.

Also, in your previous post you stated "nowadays I suspect both brands...", and now you say "It's not a question of suspect...". You're all over the place mate!
So cheap. Go through CycleScheme (only if you're able to, through work, of course) for even bigger savings!

Ah: They charge 10% extra for CycleScheme purchases
Edited by: "my-planet" 23rd Sep
deleted211550823/09/2019 10:12

In my adult opinion I have to disagree with you due to the fact you've …In my adult opinion I have to disagree with you due to the fact you've completely made up all the figures and "facts" in your post.Also, in your previous post you stated "nowadays I suspect both brands...", and now you say "It's not a question of suspect...". You're all over the place mate!


Your powers of logic are weak to say the least I provided a youtube link of fuji-ta who clearly stated they made Bianchi bikes as well as many other major brands, the issue is importers change factories regularly often on a yearly basis whoever is cheaper at the time. So the statement that fuji-ta makes some models of Bianchi bikes is completely factual but knowing which factory they moved to afterwards is not always known. Someone buying one of these Bianchi bikes is likely to find it is a fuji-ta bike because those bikes are old stock but current new Bianchi bikes could be from a different factory. The important point is the one company that doesn't make these bikes is Bianchi.
bonzobanana23/09/2019 13:11

Your powers of logic are weak to say the least I provided a youtube link …Your powers of logic are weak to say the least I provided a youtube link of fuji-ta who clearly stated they made Bianchi bikes as well as many other major brands, the issue is importers change factories regularly often on a yearly basis whoever is cheaper at the time. So the statement that fuji-ta makes some models of Bianchi bikes is completely factual but knowing which factory they moved to afterwards is not always known. Someone buying one of these Bianchi bikes is likely to find it is a fuji-ta bike because those bikes are old stock but current new Bianchi bikes could be from a different factory. The important point is the one company that doesn't make these bikes is Bianchi.


In my adult opinion I have to disagree with you due to Boobooj's logic being precise, clear, to the point and not contradicting her/himself.

Yourself on the other hand, well lets lay the facts out:
You know that Bianchi had a partnership with Fuji-ta
You know that Fuji-ta have other partnerships
You do not know if Bianchi presently have or do not have a partnership with Fuji-ta
You do not know the agreement or timescale in the partnership and what product lines it covers or covered
You do not know who else they have partnerships with, those timelines and which products lines are produced elsewhere.
You do not know the terms of the partnerships they have with any.

Yet from the two known and the vast unknowns you assert that:
The older Bianchi bike here is most likely to be Fuji-ta.
Newer Bianchi bikes are going to have been moved from Fuji-ta to a different cheaper factory.
That these partnerships are regularly started from scratch on a yearly basis

Weak doesn't do justice to the flaws in that logic or lack of understanding in outsourcing. The 12 months does make me giggle for just how naïve and not business savvy that is.
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