Merida Scultura Team review

An aerodynamic makeover has breathed fresh life into Merida's climbing platform

Merida Scultura Team review
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Merdia Scultura fits squarely into that new breed of aero climbing bikes, offering a lively ride with immediate accelerations, while still being able to happily tick along at a pace when the going gets flat. With WorldTour level builds now commonly sailing £10,000, the £7,750 asking price of the Scultura is even comparatively cheap. Comparatively.

Reasons to buy
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    Excellent all-rounder with low weight and good aerodynamics

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    Great value (for a WorldTour spec bike)

Reasons to avoid
  • -

    Frame weight isn’t very competitive

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    Vision Metron wheels are twitchier in crosswinds than their depth would suggest.

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Although the Scultura platform started out as Merida’s pure lightweight climbing platform, this fifth iteration has been subject to some pretty significant changes.

There’s been no dilution to its racing pedigree, though – this is the exact same frame and build as used by WorldTour team Bahrain Victorious. It’s just that these days there’s more to making a climbing bike fast than just shaving off a few grams (which Merida has also done, for good measure).

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