Raced by the pro riders of our TEAM LAMPRE MERIDA in 2014 for the first time, the SCULTURA now significantly ups the ante in terms of weight and aerodynamics. With a sensational frame weight of only 740 grams (in size S/M), it competes in the league for the lightest serially produced bicycles in the world. And while undoubtedly being a climbing specialist and racer at heart, the SCULTURA maintains remarkable suitability for everyday use. The aerodynamically useful relocation of the rear brake to the bottom bracket area enables the omission of the small bridge between the seat stays, which in combination with a 27.2 millimeter seat post, 25 millimeter wide tires and MERIDA’s own carbon technologies results in unparalleled levels of comfort. While by “Bio Fiber Damping Compound” special, organic flax fibers woven into the carbon structure eliminate high-frequency vibrations, the “Flex Stay” concept with flattened stays gives the otherwise super-stiff rear end with enough horizontal flex to significantly smoothen rough road surfaces.
However, the relocation of the rear brake was not the only improvement on the new SCULTURA’s aerodynamics. Additionally to the clean internal routing of all cables (of course with full Di2-compatibility), new tube profiles play the most important part. The tapered head tube was trimmed down to fit a 1 1/8” to 1 1/4” fork.
More easily recognizable are the down tube and seat tube whose new “NACA Fastback” teardrop and flattened out in the rear shapes have already helped MERIDA’s time trial specialist WARP TT to breakthrough wind channel values. Teaming up with its minimum weight, this will greatly spur a SCULTURA rider to achieve new best times on mountain stages.
In terms of power transfer, the new SCULTURA features an extra wide connection to a massive BB386-bottom bracket, by which a torsional stiffness of 60 N/mm is generated – an outstanding value for brilliant acceleration. With 92 Nm/°, head tube stiffness is more than up to par, which contributes to the SCULTURA’s assured handling especially in high-speed sections. Still, markedly short 400 millimeter chain stays perfect the bike’s overall agility.
To create one of the world’s lightest serially produced bicycles, MERIDA put huge effort into a new carbon production technology which makes it possible to use wall thicknesses of up to only 0.7 millimeters. In the end, specially trained professionals put together over 400 (!) single carbon-fiber mats over a synthetic positive core to create with each frame a beautiful piece of craftsmanship. The new SCULTURA, truly a “sculpture”, which is also finished by hand, represents MERIDA’s aim to make the best imaginable bicycles a reality.
The Merida Scultura Team 2016 Features are:
Frame: Pro carbon with Nano matrix, flex stays, tapered head tube and internal cable routing
Fork: Full carbon fork with tapered steerer - Race with double chamber technology
Headset: B44-4852-BCP carbon neck Pro
Bars: FSA K-Force - oversize clamp - compact drop
Stem: FSA 99 Oversize clamp - 6 degree
Front Mech: Shimano Dura Ace
Rear Mech: Shimano Dura Ace
Shifters Shimano Dura Ace
Chainset: Rotor 3D30 noQ 52-36
Bottom Bracket: Rotor 3D30
Cassette: Shimano 9000 11-28
Chain: KMC X11SL DLC
Front Brake: Shimano Dura Ace
Rear Brake: Shimano Dura Ace
Rims: Fulcrum Racing Zero carbon wheelset
Front Hub: Fulcrum Racing Zero carbon wheelset
Rear Hub: Fulcrum Racing Zero carbon wheelset
Spokes: Fulcrum Racing Zero carbon wheelset
Tyres: Continental Grand Prix 4000S 25c Kevlar bead Front Continental Grand Prix 4000S 25c Kevlar bead Rear
Seatpost: FSA K-Force lite Carbon - 25mm lay back 27.2mm
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