Merida Scultura 2016
NICK EE | 25th Sep 2015 | FEATURES
Taiwan based bicycle manufacturer Merida is already very well known throughout the entire bicycle industry, and with numerous factories around the world, one in Taiwan, three in China and one in Germany, they are always at the cutting edge of bike design and manufacturing, and the top end performance bikes are some of the best in the world, which can be found to be ridden by professional cycling teams such as Team Lampre-Merida, with their very recent solo stage win during this year’s Tour de France.
With the previous Scultura road bike already offering excellent stiffness without sacrificing road riding comfort, Merida felt that there was still some more room for improvement with their frame weights and aerodynamics. Merida’s engineers took a giant leap and completely redesigned the frame, and what they ended up with was an unprecedented frame that re-sets the bar of bike design and technology. The highest spec’d bike is currently the lightest serially produced road bike in the world, this is possible because of the usage of ground breaking carbon fibre production which places the “CF5” carbon frame at a extremely light weight of only 690 grams for the S/M size.
The Scultura frame tube features Double Chamber Technology, which essentially is an integrated reinforcing rib that seperates the highly stressed frame tubes into two individual chambers, and with the NANO-particles reinforcing the epoxy based matrix structure of the carbon fibre layers, the result is an extremely stiff and strong frame with almost 40 percent better hit resistance. Three dimensionally shaped silicone inserts are also utilized during the frame manufacturing process to achieve their Anti Wrinkle System, greatly improving the internal surface of the carbon monocoque structure, less wrinkles equates to higher stiffness and improved durability. The Scultura frame features internal cabling throughout the entire frame and is also ready for Shimano’s Di2 electronic groupsets, with optimally designed cutouts and mounts on the frame with even the possibility of mounting the battery inside the seat post for a very aerodynamic and clean setup, or another location will be below the chain stay for easier installation.
The Flex-Stay seat and chain stays have been specially designed for much added comfort and vibration damping during rides, in addition, there is the Bio Fiber Damping Compound which are flax fibres that have been added into the carbon structure of the seat and chain stays as well as into the blades of the fork, this results in much better high frequency vibration damping.
There is a choice of seven frame sizes, starting from the smallest 44cm long seat tube length to a huge 59cm long seat tube for the largest frame size, with the higher end models like the Scultura 9000 fitted with full SRAM Red components as well as lightweight DT Swiss RC28 Spline C carbon clinchers that are wrapped with nothing but one of the best tyres in the market, the extremely popular and well known Continental GP4000S tyres, these rims are the Mon Chasseral model, named after a mountain in Switzerland, these carbon climbing wheels are made with a new resin compound that is far more heat resistant for superb high end braking performance. Other slightly lower spec’d models have either the latest 11 speeds Ultegra or 105 groupsets in either complete or mixed with other models of components, all the way down to the entry level models that have basic Sora componentry.
Last year’s Scultura was already a road machine that was a force to be reckoned with, but with the latest performance upgrades in this year’s latest 2016 model, this bike is even much more capable, with much better road riding comfort and improved frame stiffness for much more efficient power transfer to the wheels.
For more info, visit Merida’s website here.
Merida bikes are exclusively distributed by:
Hup Leong Company
51 Chin Swee Road