Merida 2016 Ride Series
NICK EE | 25th Aug 2015 | FEATURES
Fresh from their Stage 16 win at the recently concluded Tour de France, Ruben Plaza masterfully carved the roads aboard his Reacto Evo and descended to Gap, crossing the finish line with a 30 second lead over the first runner up, handing Team Lampre-Merida a very valuable and prestigious solo stage win.
Merida was also honored in April 2015 at the Taiwan Excellence Awards with two outstanding awards, The REACTO was awarded Taiwan’s Gold Excellence Award for “The Road World Champion’s Bike”, while the ONE-TWENTY grabbed Silver for “Dual Suspension Marathon Mountain Bike”, so this shows that Merida has really come a long way in creating very well designed bikes coupled with equally impressive manufacturing for the mass market.
They have also released their latest information for their 2016 range of bikes, all the way from their hybrid town bikes for leisure rides, all the way up to the Stage winning high end Reacto road bikes, and not to mention their awesome off road range of bikes as well.
Local Merida distributor Hup Leong has already introduced three models of Merida’s entry level road bikes, namely the Ride 100, Ride 300 and Ride 500. These aluminum framed bikes are made with Merida’s top grade alloy made of high strength 6066 aluminum and the frame tubes have been triple butted for extra lightness and strength and their unique shapes formed by Merida’s TFS, Techno Forming System, which is a mechanical tube forming process to create the three dimensional tubes shapes, the formed tubes are then joined together by smooth welds which greatly improves the bike’s looks without having any weak welding spots. Cables are also internally routed, which gives the bike a very clean look, making maintenance easier also with less cables being around the frame tubes which tends to collect and pick up road dirt and grime. There are seven frame sizes to choose from, from a tiny XXS 44cm frame size, all the way up to a huge XXL 62cm frame size, so whether you are small sized or tall and big sized, Merida should have a frame size that’s suited for your body size and type.
The forks are also made with carbon composite material, which reduces overall weight while still keeping the fork stiff enough for accurate steering, the Ride 500 enjoys a fully 100% carbon composite fork, which is even lighter and stiffer than those found on the Ride 100 and 300. All three models are fitted with Shimano groupsets, with the Ride 100 using Shimano’s Claris shifters and front derailleurs along with an 8 speed Sora rear derailleur, the Ride 300 has complete Tiagra 10 speed componentry while the Ride 500 enjoys the full works 11 speed Ultegra 6800 groupset, which is renowned for their professional technology and light weight but matched with a very affordable price tag. The brakes for these bikes are Merida’s very own production dual pivot brakes which offer plenty of braking strength and stopping power, the Ride 100 is matched with Merida’s own Comp 20 alloy wheels, while the Ride 300 comes with slightly lighter and stiffer Shimano R501 alloy wheels, the Ride 500 is lucky to come complete with Racing 7 rims from race proven wheel manufacturer Fulcrum. Contact points for the 100 and 300 are Merida’s compact road OS aluminum handlebars and stems, with the exception of the Ride 500 which uses a FSA Gossamer compact alloy handlebar but mated to a Merida Pro carbon OS stem instead of an aluminum one, and all handlebars are wrapped with Road EVA comfort bar tapes. Seats posts are made from carbon fibre, except for the Ride 100 which has an alloy seat tube instead, to keep the overall price low of course.
The Ride 100 is retailing at just $930, the Ride 300 for just $1,386 while the higher spec’ed Ride 500 sells for just $1900, these are all excellent value for money bikes considering the amount of class leading componentry and frame design that has gone into each production model, for these broad range of bikes to choose from, there’s certainly a Merida Ride model to suit every person and budget type out there.
Check out the spec sheet for each bike in our photo gallery.
Merida bikes are exclusively distributed by:
Hup Leong Company
51 Chin Swee Road