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Ride Cycling review, MERIDA Scultura test

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Ride Cycling review, MERIDA Scultura test

Bike test 03: RIDE 69 – Merida Scultura

 

Posted on 25 Sep, 2015

The third test bike in RIDE 69 is from Merida, the largest bike manufacturer in the world. The Scultura has been relaunched in 2015 and it is a phenomenally light bike that is ridden by the Lampre-Merida team.

Rob Arnold – first impressions

 

“It’s Rob talking about the Scultura, the new one with the superlight frame, from Merida. It’s a bike that looks great. It’s nice to see the pink, white and black instead of the green that they’d been running for the Lampre-Merida team bike for the last few years.

“There’s a lot to like about this bike. I’m going to try and summarise it quickly because I could talk about it for a while.

“The first thing I will reference is that it’s got the bottom bracket mounted Dura-Ace brake caliper and that, I’ve been told by Merida, is less to do with aerodynamics and more to do with hoping to allow the chainstays to be a little bit more comfortable – to give a bit more flex without the brake bridge. You notice it when you’re riding.

“It’s a perfect fit for me. I love the handlebars; these are FSAs and they are about 40cm on top and 42 when you’re down in the drops, and the bend is perfect! I found myself comfortable on the tops most of the time, I didn’t really go to the hoods very often – I was either on the top, or in the drops. And the top is a bit elongated, a little ovalised and it held my hands really well and it was very comfortable.

“I found myself staring forward on this bike more than I do on a lot of test bikes; I just didn’t really feel the need to look down to understand where anything was.

“The benefit of the brake going down to the bottom bracket is that you’re not getting any cable rub on your inner-thigh which I tend to do on quite a lot of bikes when the caliper cable comes out of the top tube, or is routed along the top tube externally.

“This is a really comfortable ride. [The bike] has got some Fulcrum Racing Zero carbon rims and we’ve got some Swissstop brake pads with it and the sound that comes from the front brake – because you hear that more than the low rear brake caliper – is this really neat little, like a toy lazer: ‘Zooooew! Zeeuw!’ It’s pretty cool, that’s probably because it was the first-time riding this test bike after Jack built it.

“I think it’s a sensational looking bike. I think Merida has a great place in the market because it hasn’t got that real big name reputation – even though it is probably the biggest bike manufacturer in the world – the price point means that you’re not paying for a huge amount of marketing and you’re probably getting a lot more bike for your buck with this one.

“I highly recommend anyone having a look at a new bike to look at this; it’s extremely light. It rides light – sometimes I was climbing with my hands in the drops and there was a bit of back wheel skip but only because it’s so light and it’s a very tight rear end. It’s something to consider but you can adjust yourself accordingly or climb in the saddle…

“What else can I say about it? There’s a lot to like about [this bike]. You notice the lightness.

“The one thing I would change is try to route the cables that are for the mechanical shifting a little bit differently. Obviously if you have Di2, you’re not going to have that concern but these do flare out a lot and, at times when you’re turning, it sort of bulges and you can feel it on some parts of your hands if you’re on top. It’s hard to explain but I’ll try to illustrate it with images in the magazine.

“All in all… big thumbs up.”

 

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