Merida was founded In 1972 by Ike Tseng in Taiwan with the intention of creating beautiful and high-quality bikes. Although still relatively unknown to UK cyclists Merida is a major player in the cycling industry and own a big chunk of Specialized.
Today, Merida produce a wide range of bikes from children’s bikes to fully fledged racing machines, not to mention its range of gravel and cross bikes. By combining Taiwanese production competence with its German R&D center, Merida is not a bike manufacturer to be underestimated.
The 2018 Merida road bike line up is serious stuff, with the flagship racer used by Merida’s pro cycling team. The range consists predominantly of 3 road bikes, The Reacto, Scultura and Silex. Additionally, there’s Merida’s time trial bike, The Warp and their cross bike, The Cyclo Cross.
If you are thinking about buying a Merida road bike be aware that they come up at least 1, sometimes 2 sizes bigger than other brands of bike. So if you would normally be a 56cm you want a 54cm or even 52 cm Merida. If in doubt, it’s best to visit your local Cycles UK store where they will be able to help you pick the best size.
There are also Women’s variations of a selection of Merida’s bikes, which are completely uncompromised in geometry and riding capability and benefit from women’s specific saddles and different colour schemes as well as sizing going down to 4xs(38).
Let’s start with the Merida Scultura. This is Merida’s race orientated bike. If you want speed and lively handling then this bike is for you.
Lightweight and with the option of disc brakes, the Scultura comes with full carbon forks and internal cable routing.
Merida uses a simple frame categorisation. The 100, 200, 300 and 400 all have hydro-formed, aluminium triple butted frames paired with Merida’s ‘smooth welding’ technology.
The carbon frames start with the 4000, which Merida class as the first of the CF2 frames. These have a more relaxed geometry for the less race orientated rider. Following the 4000 are the 5000, 6000 and 7000-E. The ‘E’ meaning it is equipped with either Di2 or Sram eTap.
The 8000-E, 9000-E and Team-E are classed as CF4 frames which have a more aggressive geometry for race applications.
Both CF2 and CF4 models come with NACA truncated tube designs to fulfil your aero needs.
The Merida Reacto has been one of our biggest sellers in recent months. The simple reason being that the Reacto range includes fully aero bikes for up to £2000 less than other brands.
The Merida Reacto boasts lightweight speed as well as comfort with the company claiming it to be their fastest, lightest and most comfortable aero road bike in its 46 year history.
Developed in a wind tunnel the 2018 Reacto has some serious aerodynamic features like the integrated vision metron cockpit that satisfyingly hides the Di2 junction box on the higher end models.
Merida has clearly been paying attention to its competitors because like the rest of the industry, they have opted for simplified frame design which they claim has reduced its weight by 17%.
The Reacto can be used as a standard road bike or you can strap on a pair of Tri bars to make it into a TT machine. This versatility makes it perfect for Triathletes
For 2018 Merida have replaced their endurance road bike The Ride with the mountain bike geometry inspired Silex.
Full of diversity The Silex has a long headtube and short stem for confidence inspiring handling designed to chew up gravel, tarmac and the occasional single track. If you are looking for an adventure bike, this is for you.
There are many bikes out there with ‘endurance’ geometry but none have gone as far as this. The Silex also features a low stand over height, an extended reach and a more playful 650b wheel size for a really unique ride, at home riding almost anything you can think of.
As an adventure bike should, it has lots of options for bike-packing attachments and wider tyres but also features a 1x drivetrain to add to its mountain bike inspiration. The 1x drivetrain provides weight loss and simplicity whilst still delivering 98% of the gear range of a 50-34 compact chainset with an 11-32 road set up.
The Silex range isn’t as extensive as its Scultura and Reacto siblings in terms of frame options however it still comes in aluminium or carbon CF2, all with Sram group sets.
Merida Cyclo Cross
Moving on to more off road fun is Merida’s cyclo cross bike which comes in both aluminium and carbon CF3 frames benefiting from the same technology as the rest of Merida’s road bikes making it perfect for CX racing and gravel riding. There are of course changes in components across the range but even at the lowest level, you get a 1x drivetrain set up.
Only the 600 upwards, however, come with hydraulic disc brakes, the rest use mechanical disc brakes instead. All bikes across the range benefit from internal cable routing and integrated mudflap fixings which provide a sleek design.
Merida does make one time trial/triathlon bike which has an impressive frame shape and some technical features. Its carbon construction is much the same as the rest of the companies carbon bikes. When creating the individual carbon elements, an inflatable bladder is used to ensure there are no wrinkles inside the tube that is bonded together with an epoxy resin with added nanoparticles. This results in a lighter, stiffer and stronger frame.
The Warp is nicely topped off with the complete vision finishing kit.
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