carbon 105 for under £1k

by OldnSlo   April 25, 2013  

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Why have something that looks pants when you can go just abit further and ride one of these!

2 wheels please!

posted by mancsi [119 posts]
26th April 2013 - 20:43


yup prettier. But 105 in that model will cost you a touch under £1135

To slo to live, to slo to die! ::-}

posted by OldnSlo [132 posts]
26th April 2013 - 21:20


The Mekk is a mix of Tiagra/105. Only the rear mech is 105. The brakes and crank are not Shimano.

The Ribble with Tiagra is under a grand.

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posted by Mikeh789 [142 posts]
26th April 2013 - 21:50


i'll think you'd save enough from the list price to afford an upgrade. personally planet-x is where its at.

To slo to live, to slo to die! ::-}

posted by OldnSlo [132 posts]
26th April 2013 - 22:49


The ribble with 105 is £1,134.95. Surely worth the extra! I agree though planet x is good.

2 wheels please!

posted by mancsi [119 posts]
26th April 2013 - 22:53


I just got the MEKK for £750 from wiggle with a 10% discount code on top! ! ! ! Surprise Saved £500 of RRP !

Put the savings towards some better Fulcrum wheels and shwab tyres – didn't have to upgrade the brakes they are fine- They are actually unbranded/re branded Campagnolos by the looks of it. They will do through the summer. Everything else is great.

The bike is fantastic! – especially for that price. I tried some CUBE bikes before the MEKK and glad I went with the newcomer. Feels like the CUBE but my positioning was better on the MEKK I feel more in control than the CUBE I was on. Pulls along well, its stable and climbs like a champ.

I had a Ribble Sportive that I got rid of last year and the MEKK is much better. For one the paint doesn't come off like the Ribble. Terrible paint on Ribble frames IMO. It was so soft + you have to spend a fortune as the kit on bike builder was pretty bog standard as default. The wheels they put with mine were rubbish and were constantly needing alignment on the spokes so that = more money to upgrade. It really wasn't worth it in the end and the bike felt dull to ride.

The Mekk is Tiagra with a 105 rear derailleur and cassette. Decent chain too. The ICE Crank is actually pretty nice – I have no issue with it. IMO looks more attractive than the current Shimano heavy look.
Ritchy stuff in the cockpit is all nice and the bartape they have used is the comfiest, most absorbent I have had (ahh the little things in life).

I must say there’s lots of brand snobbery in the bike world for my liking. I wouldn't diss MEKK. They are a dark horse newcomer with some already very good reviews. Similar to the way FOCUS came along.
Anyway, I'm very very happy with the Mekk.

posted by late8 [4 posts]
28th April 2013 - 9:27


Go for ride on the average sunday morning, you'll find a mixed bunch but mainly the heavily branded who think wearing assos or rapha set's them apart (i am envious nice kit) that will not say hello, nod or make like a militant penguin and 'smile and wave'. There's only one excuse - "your trying to breathe thru eyeball or your aris". Enjoy the mekk and ride like you stole it.

To slo to live, to slo to die! ::-}

posted by OldnSlo [132 posts]
28th April 2013 - 10:10


Yeah those types pi** me off something chronic. No doubt turn noses up at the new "unknown" text on my down tube.

Was out again last night on the MEKK. Its such a nice machine. Looks beautiful in real life. (I have the black and green which actually isn't as bad as it looks or sounds) I don't know if the grin on my face is the fact I saved a stash (well kinda have a pot to put towards decent upgrades if needed) or if its the bike in general .... or both!

Wheels, tyres and brakes on the MEKKs are pretty bog standard but they are they kind of things you upgrade by bespoke anyway. Which I have done already.

One thing I can confirm is the frame is well thought through. Power transfer seems more efficient. I seem to zip along and up hills quicker compared to the Ribble Sportif carbon and it absorbs the road well at the same time as being rigid. Its not skitty and mad but controlled meaning you can be skitty and mad, put the power down and turn sideways.

Not shure how long MEKK have been going. I just hope this British company does well.

Oh its the 2012 version being sold off on Wiggle for £830, the 2013 is the normal £1200-1300rrp i think.

posted by late8 [4 posts]
28th April 2013 - 10:51


Sweet, sounds like you've got a good'un. If the frame's as good as you say, then you can slowly upgrade bits and bobs (haunt classified sections on this and other bike sites for bargains) to make an ultimate bike on the cheap.

posted by bashthebox [762 posts]
28th April 2013 - 10:52


Cheers will have a look when the upgrade time comes. Like I said, wheels and tyres are already done. Brakes are fine for now.

Lots of the finishing kit is metal - is a full carbon cockpit upgrade worth it just for a few hundred grams? - that's for the wallet to decide.

Mabye in the future a full groupset?.

I miss my San Marco saddle however haha. But hay, its fun to ride and im happy for now ! - just hope this summer is a nice one!

posted by late8 [4 posts]
28th April 2013 - 11:27


Weirdly, I've noticed the 'exclusive' miserable-looking lot don't acknowledge our smart-looking club run in matching kit either. Maybe it's the expression that defines them rather than the kit!

Glad you're enjoying the Mekk, I checked out the Focus Cayo and that definitely seemed a good bike.

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3705 posts]
28th April 2013 - 12:51


+1 on the MEKK its fantastic bit of kit and definitely ripe for upgrading in the future! The brakes aren't as bad as the reviews say (will be replacing the pads & going for cartridge system though) wheels are great and will be using them till they need replacing. I have got on fine with the tyres but will switch them when the time comes!
I have found that it gets some looks, personally I think it looks great! Got a red/black/white model.
And as for those miserable buggers out there, I can see why they don't say hi as I'm regularly passing them on the climbs (even with there much pricier/higher spec'ed bits of kit Tongue )

Suffice to say, rides like a beaut!

I don't think Mekk have been running particularly long (early 2012 I think) I think they have gone for the good frame and made compromises on the parts rather than poor frame and great parts, gives you potential for upgrading and still having a quality bike. I'm pretty tempted by the lower range models too as they have good write ups. As a winter bike.

posted by Cycle_Jim [282 posts]
29th April 2013 - 19:01



doesnt have the be very carbon to be called carbon, about 8% I believe.

not all carbon is the same.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1081 posts]
29th April 2013 - 21:34