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Merida Scultura Range Review

Merida Scultura Review

  • Price Range: £925.00 - £6,500.00
  • Discipline: Road racing
  • Usage: Fast road cycling
  • Full carbon fork w/12mm axle on every model
  • Wide range of models
  • Super lightweight frames
  • No women-specific models
  • No Dura-Ace Di2 groupset option
  • Unadventurous styling

Updated: 24th May 2017

Overview

A fast road racing bike in a wide range of price points, the Merida Scultura range features some of the most advanced racing technologies , delivering quality performance from beginners to racers alike. We review all the models in the Scultura range, from the alloy 200 Disc all the way to the super lightweight, carbon Team Disc.

Built for both comfort and speed, the Merida Scultura offers a smooth ride for long and short distances alike. The entry level 200 Disc model combines a 2x9 speed drivetrain and an alloy frame for reliable performance for those new to road cycling. Racers are catered for too, with the flagship Team models featuring 2x11 speed drivetrains and super lightweight carbon frames. Each model up to the 6000 has the same endurance geometrythat is a bit more relaxed for comfortable long distance riding. The 7000-E and Team models get more aggressive racing geometry.

Merida Scultura

Frame

Alloy and carbon frames, all with carbon forks

The Scultura range offers bikes in both alloy and carbon. The base level 200 Disc up to the 500 Disc have lightweight 6066 triple butted alloy frame, with aero-profiled tubing that is shaped to enhance its ability to slip through the wind with little resistance. The frames feature internal cable routing as well as a tapered headtube for increased stiffness, which gives more precise steering.

The carbon frames start with the Scultura 5000 and go all the way to the range-topping Team Disc model. The 5000 up to the 6000 Disc have CF2 carbon frames, with NACA fastback profiled tubes for improved aerodynamics. From the 7000-E up to the Team models, the frame is the CF4 carbon, featuring a more aggressive, race oriented geometry. Full carbon disc frames also get a 12mm thru axle in the rear, matching the 12mm thru-axle found on the full carbon fork that’s on all the Scultura models. This significantly stiffens and strengths the frames, allowing better riders to more efficiently transfer power to the wheels, while also aiding in braking power because of the extra strength.

Even when you're riding on rough, pockmarked roads – and let's face it, that's likely to be a lot of the time – the Scultura delivers a smooth ride without the buzz often associated with bikes of this kind. - Road.cc

Merida Scultera Groupset

Groupset

Shimano groupsets with rim or disc brakes

With disc brake & rim brake models, and groupsets at near all price points, the Merida Scultura range caters to all kinds of riders, from weekend enthusiast to professional racers.

The Merida Scultura range offers a suitable and reliable Shimano groupset at every price point. The entry level 200 Disc comes with 2x9 speed Shimano Sora drivetrain, paired with mechanical disc brakes. The alloy models go all the way to Shimano Ultegra on the 500 Disc model, which also features hydraulic disc brakes for all weather stopping power.

Groupsets on the carbon models start with Shimano 105 – the entry level 11 speed groupset – found on the Scultura 4000 Bahrain Team Replica. They then move all the way to the range-topping Shimano Dura Ace mechanical groupset on the Scultura Team models. Except for the entry 200 Disc, each disc model features powerful Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, which provide powerful stopping and modulation in all conditions. The chainsets offered with all the models are compact 50/34T, excluding the Team models, which have 53/36T chainsets.

Merida Scultera Wheels

Wheels

In-house Merida, and Fulcrum wheels

Merida spec their own in-house wheels for the majority of the Scultura range. These wheels offer excellent performance for the price, in disc and rims brake options. The entry level models get Merida Comp wheels, and as the range moves up, then wheels go up to the Comp SL and then to the Expert SL for the Scultura 5000. By having Merida's own in-house wheels, they are able to bring the savings to the consumers by skipping out the middleman. 

Fulcrum Racing wheels cover the models from the 6000 and up, with the Team and Team Disc getting Fulcrum Racing Carbon wheelsets. The odd model out is the 7000-E, which gets a DT Swiss R23 Spline wheelset. The tyres are all 25c in size, and start with the Maxxis Dolomites tyres on the entry models, moving onto Continentals for the rest of the models. The sticky Grand Prix 4000S are reserved for the Team models, but grippy Ultra Sport II and Grand Sport Race tyres are fitted to the rest of the range.

Tubeless wheels and tyres allow you to dramatically reduce the risk of punctures even in the most challenging conditions. You can also run lower tyre pressures to increase grip when the going gets tough.

Merida Scultura

Best for

A racing machine for everyday riding

The Merida Scultura caters for a wide spectrum of road riders. The base 200 Disc model is perfect for people looking to get into road riding, wanting a more focused bike without breaking the bank. The whole range offers increases performance, while still delivering excellent value for money.

The alloy and CF2 frames offer a more comfortable body position on the bike, making it better suited to longer distances and endurance riding. The 7000-E and team models offer a racier, aggressive geometry, with the CF4 frames. These bikes will cater best for those who want a very competitive road racing bike to aim for the podium.

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