Merida Scultura 6000 Di2 offers impressive spec and performance at a remarkable price

World Tour race bike with electronic gearing delivered at an affordable price point

Merida Scultura 6000 Di2 road bike
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Scultura 6000 Di2 is spritely, reactive and a whole load of fun – it nicely fits its race bike brief. Handling is excellent allowing you to push on with confidence. Not only is it a great ride, there are relatively few bikes available at this price point with full Di2 making it a great option if you're keen to move away from cables.

Reasons to buy
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    Comfortable, great handling and fast

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    Great price for full Shimano 105 Di2 drivetrain

Reasons to avoid
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    Less rewarding ride when not going hard

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    Component sizing relatively large on smaller frames

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There’s a recent trend for manufacturers to push the traditional race bike towards aerodynamic efficiency by incorporating full-aero tubing and deeper section wheels. In terms of straight-line speed there are huge advantages with this approach but – unsurprisingly – drawbacks too like additional weight and the loss of some compliance and comfort.

Merida meanwhile has resisted the urge to jump on the trendy bandwagon, instead taking a more traditional and balanced approach with the race-orientated Scultura. While it claims to be the “most aerodynamic ever” it’s designed to optimise compliance and minimise weight delivering its rider fresh to power over the finish line. It’s an approach that seems to work if wins for the World Tour Team Bahrain Victorious are anything to go by.

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Rachel has been writing about and reviewing bike tech for the last 10 years. Cynical by nature, Rachel never really trusts the marketing hype and prefers to give products a mighty good testing before deciding whether they're worth buying or not. 

Rachel's first riding love is mountain biking where she's been European and UK 24hr Champion on more than one occasion. She's not just confined to the trails though and regularly rides - and occasionally races - on gravel and road too.

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