Launched back in 2012, Mekk may still be a relatively new kid on the block, but that doesn’t mean that the company is short on experience. Founders Mark Edwards (ME) and Ken Knight (KK) have over 50 years in the cycling industry between them, with Mark being the man who first brought the likes of Castelli, Sidi, and Specialized to the UK and Ken using the experience gained from a career that saw him represent Great Britain to move into frame design and development.
In a line-up of similarly priced bikes, the Mekk Primo 6.2 would certainly stand out. But beyond the eye-catching black and green paint scheme, there are plenty of aero touches that hint at this bike’s race credentials. The deep-bladed carbon fork blends neatly into the short head tube and deep aero contoured down tube. There’s also a slight cutaway in the seat tube to accommodate
the rear wheel — nothing quite up to Felt or Cervélo standards, but a nice nod to aerodynamic styling.
Final neat touches are the internal cable routing, which will cater for future upgrades to electronic shifting, and an integrated seat clamp.
The highlight of the Mekk Primo is undoubtedly the pair of Saturae C50 full carbon clinchers, a vast step up from what we’d usually expect on a bike of this price. Built with DT Swiss spokes (20 at the front, 24 at the rear) and magnesium alloy hubs, a pair weighs in at 1,640g — not the lightest carbon clinchers on the market, but certainly among the fastest wheels we’ve tested on this level of bike.
Braking is decent if slightly uneven, with the brake pads grabbing at the rims. Shimano’s 105 groupset is as brilliant as ever, and we were happy to see Mekk including 105 brakes rather than cutting corners with cheaper options in order to sneak underneath the £2,000 price point.
If you like riding your bikes fast, then the Mekk Primo 6.2 is a compelling proposition. Acceleration is sharp when you open the taps, and the Saturae wheels really come into their own once you get them up to speed. We were also impressed by the performance in the hills, and the slightly above average 8.4kg weight wasn’t really felt on the road.
With a relatively short wheelbase, the handling is sharp and responsive, although we’d have a little more confidence going into corners with an upgrade from the standard 23mm Grand Sport tyres.
The Mekk Primo 6.2 did not win us over on comfort, mainly due to the significant setback on the seatpost; this made for a stretched out position, ideal for racing but not for big miles.
With a great, responsive carbon frame, decent finishing kit, Shimano 105 groupset, and a pair of carbon clinchers with an £800 RRP, we’re struggling to work out how Mekk has managed to sneak the Primo 6.2 underneath the two grand price point. If you’re after a thoroughbred race bike that won’t break the bank, then this would be a great option.
For more details visit the Mekk website.