Watch: Merida Scultura 9000 LTD: the world's lightest production bike

It's time for the Trek Emonda SLR to step aside. Enter the new Merida Scultura 9000 LTD, the new holder of the title for the world's lightest production bike

As the cycling world gathered in San Remo for the start of the Giro d'Italia, Merida took advantage of the throngs to unveil the new Scultura, apparently the world's lightest production road bike.

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To give it its full name, the Merida Scultura 9000 LTD might also be staking a claim as the world's lightest production frame, a title previously held by the 690g Trek Emonda SLR. Merida is claiming that the lighter version of the new Scultura hits the scales a convenient 10g less at 680g (there is also a new Team edition of the Scultura which is a relative heavyweight at 750g).


The down tube and seat tube are designed with both weight and aerodynamics in mind

Thankfully it doesn't look like Merida has designed this frame with nothing in mind but shedding weight. The company saits that the frame includes flax fibres that are woven into the carbon lay-up to eliminate vibrations.  The seat stays have also been flattened to make for a stiff rear end, which still has enough horizontal flex to deal with rough road surfaces.

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The seat stay design is enabled by the decision to move the rear brake to the beneath the bottom bracket, something more frequently seen on aerodynamic road bikes, allowing for the removal of the brake bridge.


The rear brake is positioned beneath the bottom bracket to aid aerodynamics and give the designers more freedom with the seat stays

The top tube and down tubes have also been redesigned with truncated teardrop profiles similar to those on the Merida Reacto to improve aerodynamics, while internal cable routing and tapered head tube should also help to reduce drag.

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It won't surprise you to hear that Merida decided against showing off the new Scultura 9000 with budget groupset and heavy training wheels, instead looking to impress us (and you) with a staggeringly light build that came together to create a full bike which barely troubled the scales at a scant 4.55kg.


The beautiful ax-lightness Morpheus compact crankset and chainrings

With its European headquarters in Germany, it is no surprise that Merida has looked to German companies for most of the finishing kit. The wheels are a pair of 870g Tune Skyliner carbon tubulars, and the crank, stem, handlebars, saddle, and seatpost all come courtesy of lightweight components specialists ax-lightness.

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Shifting is dealt with by SRAM Red, although a Shimano Dura-Ace rear brake is used due to SRAM not yet producing direct mount brakes. And finally, to shed a few extra grams, Merida has splashed out on top-of-the-range Jagwire cables.


Tune Skyliner wheels are outrageously light at only 870g per pair

Expect delivery of the new Scultura later this summer, and although there's no word yet on pricing, we wouldn't be surprised to see a price-tag north of £10,000.

Pick up a copy of tomorrow's Cycling Weekly for more details on the Merida Scultura Team Edition.

For more details visit the Merida website.


Merida had a set of scales on hand to show off its new super-lightweight machine


ax-lightness also provide finishing kit with this lovely carbon saddle


The 27.2mm seatpost is, no prizes for guessing, full carbon


Jagwire cables help to shed a few extra grams


The ax-lightness stem helps shed weight further

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The scales really tell the story of this bike


The Merida Scultura 9000 will be available later this summer, with prices still to be confirmed

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.