Portage CX

Named for the act of carrying, such as lifting one's bike over an obstacle, Merlin's premier cyclocross frame is a technical marvel, melding the light, responsive feel of a road bike with the strong, steady qualities of a mountain bike for an unparalleled racing experience. 


Responsive By Design

Designed with s-bend hourglass seatstays, oversized s-ben chainstays, the Portage CX blends remarkable acceleration, superb climbing, and lasting comfort into a clean, elegant design. 

Cold Worked Titanium

The careful shaping and cold working of the Portage's oversized tubeset results in a 45% increase to the titanium's remarkable strength, enhancing bottom bracket stiffness while delivering a smooth, comfortable ride.

Best in Class Finish

The Portage's beautifully engraved head tube badge, best in class finish, and meticulous welds are a testament to Merlin's commitment to frame quality and esthetics. Complimented by an ENVE high-modulus carbon disc. fork, the Portage CX delivers nimble handling while reducing trail vibration. 

Technical Specifications

Wheel Size: 700c with 38c Tire Clearance
Fork: Optional Enve Carbon Disc.
Bottom Bracket: BSA 68 x English, PF30, BB30, T47 - 142 x 12m Thru-axle drops - 44m Straight Taper Head Tube.
Cable Routing: External
Front Derailleur: 31.8 or 34.9mm Clamp-On
Derailleur Pull: Bottom
Brake Type: Disc
Seatpost Diameter: 27.2m ( Optional 31.6 mm )
Seat Collar: Thomson
Recommended Use: Cyclocross
Manufacturer Warranty: Lifetime

Frame Details

Size-Specific Reynolds Double-Butted 3/2.5 Oversized Titanium Tubing
Hand Engraved Head Badge
Dual Water Bottle Mounts
Hand Made in the USA
Optional ENVE High Modulus Tapered Cross Disc Carbon Fork
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL - Custom geometry available upon request at no additional cost.
Frame Weight: 3.0 lbs (Medium)