Merida Reacto DA LTD review

The Merida Reacto DA LTD is a fast looking bike with the potential for both high straight line speed and KOM records; we've tested it to see if the results are as obvious as you'd think.

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

Overall the Merida Reacto DA LTD is a fast looking, and fast acting bike. When given a good push, it flies, and it does so in relative comfort. If the story ended there, we'd be looking at a bike hitting near top scores in our test, but sadly the bike has a couple of flaws worth mentioning. The poor brakes were a real issue for me, and although they work, they're simply not good enough for a bike costing this much money; they really needed to be excellent. And the ride, which may suit some people thanks to its cosseting effects and general predictability, just wasn't as exciting as it should be.

Reasons to buy
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    Super fast and stiff

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    Sleek looks

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    Generally good spec and finishing kit

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    Great choice of wheels and tyres

Reasons to avoid
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    Poor brakes

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    Ride feels numb

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    Jittery front end

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This £3,500 Merida Reacto DA LTD is the the most expensive non-pro version available. The bike World Tour team Lampre-Merida are currently using is known as the ‘Team-E’, and it costs twice as much, an eye-watering £7,000. On the whole it looks identical, other than a spray of team colours and some upgraded parts, of course. As it is — this DA LTD version could be all the race bike a mere mortal will ever need.

Shimano Dura-Ace groupset; Rotor 3D cranks with a sensible 52-36 setup; Vision Trimax T42 wheelset and a lot of carbon fibre finishing kit. What more could you reasonably want? Other than Dura-Ace brakes, perhaps. But we’ll come back to that later…

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