Merlin Takeover - Bkool, De Rosa, Schwalbe, Continental, Merckx

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Merlin Cycles is back with another collection of great deals on some big brands.

In this week's Takeover, we've got nearly everything to build a great bike! There are some lovely framesets, whether you're looking for a modern carbon race frame or a classy retro-style work of art.

Bkool Smart Air Trainer

Bkool Smart Air Smart Trainer
£699.00
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If you're planning on seeing out the winter in your garage, training away on the smart trainer for hours at a time, then having a trainer that will allow you to use a range of third-party apps is essential for making the experience engaging and fun.

For us, these essentials would be a quiet trainer with a realistic road feel and enough resistance to make big efforts as hard as possible.

While the Bkool Smart Air has had a few teething problems, they can be forgiven given the youth of the company. When testing for road.cc, Dave found that after a bit of help from the support team at Bkool, his test unit had it's initial 8% inaccuracy fixed and the numbers after that were very accurate. You can read his full review here. 

Moon Meteor X Auto Pro & Arcturus Auto Rechargeable Bike Light Set

Moon Meteor X Auto Pro & Arcturus Auto Light Set
£35.99
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Moon's Meteor X Auto Pro front light kicks out 700 lumens, enough for until roads, but the easy mounting system and lightweight design makes it perfect for road bikes. 

The set also comes with the Arcturus Auto, a rechargeable rear light that can produce a 70-lumen flash that makes it perfect for running on daytime rides.

De Rosa Milanino Alloy Road Frameset

De Rosa Milanino Alloy Road Frameset
£495.00
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This stunningly beautiful frameset comes in a few different variations, allowing it to be built into a lovely cafe racer, high-end winter trainer, or even a city fixie.

The Pista version has horizontal dropouts, allowing you to run a single-speed or even a fixed gear setup. The frameset comprises an aluminium frame with a full carbon fork, so road builds won't be sluggish.

We'd love to build one of these into a dry weather winter bike for those winter rides where the sun is shining!

Eddy Merckx EM525 Performance Disc Frameset – 2019

Eddy Merckx EM525 Performance Disc Frameset
£1399.00
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If you're looking to build up a more modern race bike then this carbon aero frameset with an aggressive geometry and flat-mount discs would be perfect.

This performance version of the EM525 frameset is designed specifically for racing with a lower front end than the standard version.

That allows the rider to get low over the bars for a more aerodynamic position.

Campagnolo Chorus 11 Speed HO Groupset

Campagnolo Chorus 11 Speed HO Groupset
£899.00
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Campagnolo's Chorus groupset is the Italian brand's third-tier option after Record and Super Record. 

That said, you'd be brave to call this a cheap groupset thanks to the amount of carbon fibre used in its construction.

Merlin's groupset builder means that you can build up your ideal groupset to suit the riding that you're going to be doing. 

Selle Italia SLR Superflow TI Road Saddle

Selle Italia SLR Superflow TI Road Saddle
£119.99
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Selle Italia has a long history in cycling and they know a thing or two about designing racing saddles.

the SLR Superflow is a split design that has been created for riders that prefer to have a central cutout for pressure relief. 

To keep the shell nice and stiff, a carbon composite material has been used. Titanium rails keep the weight down to just 200g.

Schwalbe Durano Plus Performance Smartguard Folding Tyre

Schwalbe Durano Plus Performance Smartguard
£25.00
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If punctures are your worst nightmare then a set of durable, puncture-resistant tyres are a must for the broken, debris-strewn roads of winter rides.

the puncture protection comes from a combination of a durable compound used for the rubber and Schwalbe's SmartGuard technology which is a super protective layer that sits above the casing.

Continental Ultra Sport II Folding Road Tyre

Continental Ultra Sport II Folding Road Tyre
£11.99
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Those winter rides can be really harsh on tyres and we fully understand those riders that want to invest the minimum amount of money into rubber that is just going to get cut and worn.

Thankfully, Continental's Ultra Sport II tyres are not just cheap, they're also great performance tyres that feel fast and last well too.

The deals listed on this page are the best deals on the best cycling products we can find. If you purchase anything as a result of clicking on a deal, Farrelly Atkinson Ltd may earn some commission: on some we do, on some we don’t. Any money that we earn goes in to paying for road.cc and its sister sites off.road.cc and ebiketips.