Pleasure has been mounting right here at Merlin as we eagerly awaited a supply of recent Reynolds Metal framesets. We stay in a time the place we’ve got some sensible selections in the case of bike body supplies; starting from the super-light, stiff and slippery-aero to the just about unbreakable. That is the place metal is available in.
So what’s it about metal?
For total, long-term, all-round power, metal frames are a winner. Metal is considerably stronger and extra sturdy than aluminium, making it a wonderful alternative for an especially lengthy lasting street frameset or ‘bomb-proof’ off-road gravel and MTB frameset purposes. The sturdiness of metal frames signifies that they will final a lifetime, if they’re sorted.
The draw back to all that power is weight. Nonetheless, let’s be real looking, how many people really want a sub 800 gram street body to experience these completely clean surfaced roads?
The experience really feel of metal frames is totally completely different. Metal can really feel extra ‘alive’ than some aluminium and carbon fibre frames, and it tends to absorb roughness in street surfaces. Metal usually has extra flex and ‘give’ than aluminium, which might really feel harsh in comparision.
I do know, I do know – nostalgia ain’t what it was once… Nonetheless, these of a sure age, who bear in mind driving metal body bikes, will most likely bear in mind fondly how instances have been easier, telephones have been saved in pink cellphone packing containers, different street customers have been well mannered, solely farmers drove 4×4’s, however bikes simply saved working, until you probably did one thing actually daft. My outdated plain gauge metal winter bike bought a good bit of off-road motion within the 80’s earlier than MTB’s turned extra extensively obtainable. The body by no means broke. One other glowing testomony to outdated metal body bikes is the quantity of them nonetheless being ridden in cities by commuters and the quantity of metal classic bikes nonetheless in each day or weekend use. Metal frames have been, and nonetheless are, engineered to final.
Metal tubing producer, Reynolds are intrinsictly linked to bikes. Their 531 tubing was the final phrase in dependable strong body tubes for many years. 753 was the a lot coveted body materials of alternative via to the 1980’s. Reynolds 520 options comparable properties to 531 and Reynolds 725 options properties much like 753.
Merlin Basic Metal
Our Reynolds 520 metal street frames hark again to a golden age. The elegant bygone-era styling combines with all the trendy practicalities which make life simpler: English threaded backside bracket, 28mm tyre match, 27.2 seatpost, threadless steerer, brief drop brake calipers. Lugged body building provides to the model quota, whereas comfy race bike geometry ensures that hours within the saddle might be a pleasure.
All-Street Metal Gravel
A fusion of outdated and new, the All-Street options Reynolds 725 tubing with geometry which delivers a extremely succesful experience, each on and off street. No matter whether or not it’s experience to work through the week or heading off bikepacking on the weekend, the All-Street ticks all of the packing containers. With additional bottle cage becoming choices, along with guard and rack mounts, the All-Street has the pliability to adapt to no matter experience adventures you possibly can dream up.
Merlin Malt 725 MTB
The Merlin Malt 725 MTB body is again higher than ever! Our new Malt has utterly been redesigned to go well with as we speak’s driving types, with 29er wheel fitment this do-it-all versatile hardtail is a path centre destroyer, single monitor ripper and all-round journey bike. The geometry is greatest suited to a 120mm journey fork however will fortunately take as much as a 140mm in case you want to deal with more difficult trails. The Malt has stealth dropper submit routing and a lift 148mm axle, it may be constructed with both 29″ or 27.5 wheels (27.5″ permits as much as 3″ tyre clearance).