Merida has a vast range that covers everything from children’s 20in wheelers to cutting-edge road bikes that are raced at the very highest level by the Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team.
As far as road bikes are concerned, there are three main parts to the range: the Scultura is focused on light weight, the Reacto is engineered for aerodynamic efficiency, and the new Silex is designed to offer plenty of comfort across a variety of different surfaces.
That perhaps oversimplifies things a little because each of those categories contains more than one frame design, but it’s a good start point.
Merida also offers a couple of Race entry-level aluminium road bikes.
As well as drop bar road bikes, we’ll cover flat bar road bikes, cyclocross and hybrid bikes here,s.
The Scultura is the lightweight road bike in Merida’s range, the high-end models being among the very lightest production bikes out there. Merida offers the Scultura in both rim brake and disc brake versions, and in carbon fibre and aluminium. The entry-level model is the £750 Scultura 100 (above), and even at this price you get a full-carbon fork. This bike is built up with Shimano's 8-speed Claris groupset.
The top-level aluminium model is the £1,200 Scultura 400 with an impressive Shimano 105 groupset.
Pay more and you can have a carbon-fibre frame. The cheapest of these models is the £1,800 Scultura 4000 (above) which, like the Scultura 400, is Shimano 105-based.
We reviewed the 2016 version of the Merida Scultura 6000 (above, now £2,400) and said: “Overall the Scultura comes down to an awesome frameset, a pretty decent groupset, and average components.”
We also reviewed the 2017 Merida Scultura 7000-E (above) and called it a “lightweight and efficient road bike that offers fast responses and an excellent ride quality”.
The higher level Sculturas (8000 and above) have a CF4 frame that's built to a more aggressive geometry than the CF2 frame of the lower priced models. In other words, your riding position is a little lower and more stretched out, the goal being increased speed.
The Scultura 8000 (above, £5,250) is kitted out with Shimano's second tier Ultegra components with superb Di2 electronic shifting. For this sort of money you get very good wheels too: Fulcrum Quattros with 40mm deep carbon rims.
As a brand with a strong mountain bike heritage, Merida is firmly committed to disc brakes and first added them to the Scultura in 2016.
We reviewed the 2017 version of the Merida Scultura Disc 6000 (above, now £2,750), and we absolutely loved it. We called it “an efficient and reactive road bike that offers an excellent ride quality and the reassurance of hydro disc brakes”.
The Scultura Disc 6000 is built to a geometry that’s slightly more relaxed than that of the top-level Scultura Disc Team-E (£9,500)and the carbon fibre layup is different, but this is still very much a performance orientated bike featuring a down tube shaped for aerodynamic efficiency and aluminium disc cooling fins around the chainstay to shift heat away from the rear brake.
The Scultura Disc 6000 is built up with a Shimano Ultegra (mechanical) groupset, including hydraulic disc brakes.
Merida offers two Scultura Disc models built around a triple butted 6066 aluminium frame, each with a full carbon fork. The entry level model is the £950 Scultura Disc 200 (above; across Merida’s range, if the model name has three digits the frame is aluminium, if it has four digits the frame is carbon fibre).
The Scultura Disc 200 is built up with a largely Shimano Sora transmission and the mechanical (cable operated as opposed to hydraulic) disc brakes are from Promax.
Buy if: You want a performance-minded road bike and your focus is on light weight.
The Scultura (above) has some aerodynamic features but it’s the Reacto that’s the real aero road bike in Merida’s range, and the carbon fibre models have had a major redesign for 2018. The Reacto is now available in both disc brake and rim brake models, each in two different geometries.
Merida says that the new Reacto is more aerodynamically efficient than the previous version by about eight watts at 45km/h. That equates to around 5%. Merida also claims that the difference in aero efficiency between the rim brake and disc models is less than one watt at that speed.
The aero improvement has been achieved by slimming down the tube shapes, introducing a lower seatstay/ seat tube connection and modifying the seatstays to have a larger bend towards the cassette. A one piece cockpit with integrated features has also been added.
Merida says that the weight of the Reacto (rim brake) frame, fork, seatpost, seatpost clamp and headset has come down from 2,046g to 1,695.5g, and that the new version is more comfortable than before.
You can still get aluminium Reactos – the Shimano 105-equipped Reacto 400 is priced at £1,250 – but the most affordable Reacto with a new carbon fibre frame is the £1,800 4000 (above), also with Shimano 105 components.
Rim brake models go all the way up to the Reacto Team (£8,000) with Shimano’s top-end Dura-Ace Di2 groupset and Vision Metron 55 wheels.
If you want disc brakes, the range starts at £2,450 with the Reacto Disc 5000 (above). This model has a Shimano Ultegra groupset, including hydraulic disc brakes.
Buy if: You want a fast and agile aero road bike with features that really do add comfort to the ride.
Merida’s range of Ride endurance road bikes disappears for 2018, replaced by a brand new lineup called Silex. The Silex bikes are intended to be comfortable and versatile enough for tarmac, gravel and tracks. Merida sees them as being useful for everything from traditional road riding to commuting to bike packing.
The Silex models are built to a geometry that has been inspired by mountain bikes, with a long top tube and head tube and a short stem. The idea is to provide an upright, back-friendly riding position – without the need for a big stack of headset spacers which affect the bike’s stiffness – and nimble handling.
Merida reckons the long head tube will encourage you to ride on the drops more (as opposed to on the tops of the handlebar or the hoods) and that this will provide extra safety on descents, especially when you’re off road, because you’ll have better control of the brakes.
The Silex is available in both carbon and aluminium framed models, all of them with full-carbon forks, thru axles front and rear, disc brakes and enough clearance for 42mm tyres.
The range opens with the £1,000 Silex 200 (above) which is built up with a 9-speed Shimano Sora groupset and Promax Decode R mechanical disc brakes. You get some very low gears via the 48/32-tooth chainset and 11-32-tooth cassette.
The top-level aluminium-framed Silex is the £2,100 700 (above). This model has a Shimano Ultegra groupset, including a compact chainset and hydraulic disc brakes, and Fulcrum Racing 700 DB CX wheels.
If you’d prefer a carbon frame (which weighs a claimed 1,050g as opposed to the 1,500g of the aluminium model), the Silex 6000 (above) is priced £2,250. This model has a SRAM Apex 1 groupset, while £3,500 gets you the SRAM Force 1 equipped Silex 9000.
Buy if: You’re looking for a versatile bike that’ll be comfortable on everything from tarmac to tracks.
Merida offers a couple of entry-level road bikes, each built around a double butted 6061 aluminium frame and a full carbon fork – which is a rarity at this price.
The cheaper of these models is the Race 50 (£600) which comes with a compact chainset and a 7-speed cassette. The Shimano components don’t come from one of the brand’s groupsets but you still get dual pivot brakes.
The other model is the £650 Race 80 (above). Your extra £50 moves you up to an 8-speed Shimano Claris groupset. We’d say it’s worth the money, but only if you’re happy with the 53/39-tooth chainset which means you don’t get such easy gears for the hills.
Buy if: You want an entry-level aluminium road bike with basic but well-proven components.
Merida has a lineup of cyclocross bikes that it calls, perhaps a little unimaginatively, its Cyclo Cross range. There are three aluminium models and a carbon-fibre model (brought into the UK), and they’re all equipped with disc brakes.
When we reviewed the 2016 version of the Cyclo Cross 5000 (above) we called it a “Rapid and stiff cyclocross bike well suited to racing.”
“It's a firm ride, certainly on the stiff side, but provided you run the tyre pressures reasonably low you get a fair amount of cushioning, and the 27.2mm seat post and comfortable saddle help too,” we said.
The 2018 Cyclo Cross 6000 (above, £2,500) uses the same frame. It features Merida’s Nano Matrix Carbon which aims to provide increased impact resistance – a useful trait in a bike designed for riding off-road – a tapered head tube to ensure front end stiffness, and thru axles rather than standard dropouts to hold the wheels securely in place.
The Cyclo Cross 6000 features a SRAM Apex 1 groupset (with a single chainring), including hydraulic disc brakes.
The aluminium models are much cheaper. The most affordable option is the Cyclo Cross 300 (above) at £925. This one has a Shimano Tiagra groupset, Tektro Spyre mechanical disc brakes and an aluminium fork. The compact chainset (with 50/34-tooth chainrings) is more suitable for riding on the road than around muddy fields.
If you can run to £1,550, the Cyclo Cross 600 (above) has a full-carbon thru axle fork (all of Merida’s carbon forks are full-carbon; there are none with carbon legs and an aluminium steerer) and a SRAM Apex 1 groupset (like the Cyclo Cross 6000).
Merida’s Cyclo Cross bikes come with mudguard mounts so you could use one on the road for commuting or as a winter training bike.
Buy if: You’re after a cyclocross bike that can be adapted easily for the road.
The Speeders are flat bar road bikes built around lightweight aluminium frames.
The £600 Speeder 100 (above) comes with a full carbon fork, a Shimano triple chainset (you get three different chainrings) and Shimano EF505 hydraulic disc brakes.
The Speeder 400 (above, £1,000) gets a mostly Shimano 105 groupset with Shimano M315 hydraulic disc brakes.
All of the Speeders have mudguard and rack eyelets so they handle all-weather commuting.
Buy if: You want a flat bar road bike for sports-type rides and/or fast commuting.
Merida makes a huge range of aluminium Crossway hybrid bikes for both men and women. They’re designed for everything from leisure rides to commuting.
The £500 Crossway Urban 20-D (above) comes with an aluminium fork, triple chainset and Shimano EF505 hydraulic disc brakes, but you can get a carbon fork, Shimano Deore (mountain bike) transmission and Shimano M315 hydraulic disc brakes if you step up to the £950 Crossway Urban 500 (below). This model comes with mudguards and a kickstand.
Buy if: You’re after a no-nonsense urban commuter at a decent price.
Merida offer women’s versions of many of the bikes above. The Scultura Juliet 4000 (above, £1,800) for example, is built around the same carbon-fibre CF2 frame as the standard Scultura 4000, with exactly the same geometry, although it comes with a Juliet Sport saddle. There's also a women's version of the Scultura Disc 4000 at £2,150.
A women's version of the Speeder 100 (£600) is available and most of the Crossway Urban bikes come in women’s models with a dropped top tube. The Crossway Urban 20-D Lady (above), for instance, comes with 24 gears and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and is priced at £500.
Full 2018 model range
|Scultura Juliet 100||£750|
|Scultura Juliet 400||£1,200|
|Scultura Juliet 4000||£1,800|
|Scultura Disc 200||£950|
|Scultura Disc 400||£1,550|
|Scultura Disc 4000||£2,150|
|Scultura Juliet Disc 4000||£2,150|
|Scultura Disc 5000||£2,300|
|Scultura Disc 6000||£2,750|
|Scultura Disc 7000-E||£3,750|
|Scultura Disc Team-E||£9,500|
|Reacto Disc 5000||£2,450|
|Reacto Disc 6000||£3,000|
|Reacto Disc 7000-E||£3,850|
|Reacto Disc Team-E||£9,500|
|Cyclo Cross 300||£925|
|Cyclo Cross 400||£1,150|
|Cyclo Cross 600||£1,550|
|Cyclo Cross 6000||£2,500|
|Crossway 10-V Lady||£400|
|Crossway 15-MD Lady||£450|
|Crossway 20-D Lady||£500|
|Crossway 100 Lady||£625|
|Crossway Urban 20-D||£500|
|Crossway Urban 20-D Lady||£500|
|Crossway Urban 40-D||£550|
|Crossway Urban 40-D Lady||£550|
|Crossway Urban 100||£675|
|Crossway Urban 100 Lady||£675|
|Crossway Urban 500||£950|
|Speeder Juliet 100||£600|
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.