Merida have not been ones to back removed from innovation. The name Merida Scultura suggests that sculpture in Italian, hinting at Merida’s stress on kind further as perform. A premiere within world premieres: For the very first time, the Press Camp of the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM also introduces the new road machine which our pro athletes train on for a successful MTB season by collecting a lot of preparation kilometres.
There area unit 3 Scultura models for 2012: the Shining Path Team, professional and Comp. The range-topping Shining Path comes with the new SRAM Red groupset and uses FSA’s BB386 Evo bottom bracket system. the additional area provided by the 86mm wide bottom bracket shell permits city to use a super-fat down tube and deep uneven chainstays to spice up stiffness. city imbue the Scultura with some shock damping comfort exploitation their FLEX-STAY technology. The Scultura’s BB386 Evo oversized bottom bracket setup keeps things stiff underfoot
Most modern road bikes have a chainstay length of around 410mm, however the Scultura’s is 405mm, promising aggressive handling for the rider in an exceedingly hurry. Our medium/large Shining Path Team take a look at bike with Time pedals, bottle cage, clinchers and a layer of dirt weighed in at half dozen.57kg (14.48lb), that is underneath the UCI limit.
The internal cable routing is compatible with each electronic and mechanical transmissions. In the past, the top results of our aero racer REACTO have successfully proved MERIDA’s development competence also beyond the MTB sector. Nevertheless there was the intense desire to merge cutting-edge engineering and top design in form of a product claiming to score a “podium position” among the classic road racers.
This ambitious objective had to follow already very high standards: only recently, newly introduced bikes from market competitors (e. g. Cannondale, Cervelo) have raised the benchmark with respect to the relation of stiffness, weight and comfort once again on a large scale. But we have picked up this “gauntlet” and proudly present the SCULTURA SL. The successor to our well-established road
racer outclasses the performance of the latter by far and easily.
The Scultura’s cables enter behind the pinnacle tube at around forty five degrees to the frame. The Scultura professional uses identical mould however a lower modulus carbon fibre, leading to around 130g of additional weight. Claimed frame weight is one,200g, ANd an magnified chainstay length of 410mm permits use of tyres up to 25mm wide.
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