Merida Ride 90 2 review

The Merida Ride 90 might look a little strange compared to most aluminium road bikes, but appearances can be deceptive

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Ride 90 might be an ugly duckling initially but it becomes a soaring swan at the sight of a climb. At this price it’s bound to have weaknesses, but overall it is a very efficient pedaller.

Reasons to buy
  • +

    Surprisingly effective climber and easily up to speed

  • +

    Shimano Claris groupset is a good performer

Reasons to avoid
  • -

    Brakes don't inspire confidence on quick descents

You can trust Cycling Weekly. Our team of experts put in hard miles testing cycling tech and will always share honest, unbiased advice to help you choose. Find out more about how we test.

Merida is one of the biggest bike manufacturers in the world, and according to established wisdom it made bikes for countless other brands at its five factories (one in Taiwan, three in China, one in Germany). In truth, it did start out by producing other people’s products — Raleigh USA’s in fact — but now it focuses mainly on its own brand.

That said, it does have a 49 per cent share in Specialized, which might not come as much of a shock when you look at the Ride 90’s alloy frame and that bowed top tube — there’s more than a hint of the Specialized Allez about it. Merida isn’t related corporately to Giant, though, yet that tiny rear triangle has a resemblance to some of its Taiwanese rival’s bikes.

Thank you for reading 20 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1