New Merida Reacto is lighter, more aero and more comfortable

Merida says that the third generation of the Reacto, launched last week, skims the 6.8kg UCI weight limit and is 4% more aero than its predecessor

The Merida Reacto was originally launched in 2011. There’s a bit of an arms race in aero design, with the German Tour magazine rating 2013’s second generation machine the second fastest aero machine in the peloton in 2014. By the time it repeated its tests in 2016, the Reacto was still in the top ten, but newer aero bikes from other manufacturers were supplanting it at the top of the table.

So the third generation Reacto has been designed to put Merida right back up there with the best. Merida’s main aims for the new design were fourfold: improved aerodynamics, decreased weight, increased comfort, equivalent stiffness.

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