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Team Lampre-Merida's new bike for taking on the cobbles

Merida have shown the brand new Ride bike that Team Lampre Merida will ride for the first time at Taipei International Cycle Show. The bike is designed to combine performance with comfort, coming with an internal carbon spring clip in the fork and elastomer wedges to smooth the ride.

We first told you about the new bike when we went to Merida’s 2013 launch in Mallorca last month but we were unable to show you pictures at the time, but now we’ve seen in at had a chat about it with Juergen Falke, Merida’s Head of Design.

The most eye-catching feature is that fork. Essentially, Merida have taken a large notch out of each fork leg and put an elastomer in there instead. The idea is to encourage a small degree of flex. Juergen says that the fork would flex without that elastomer but the idea is that it helps control the rebound.

The Ride is designed a lot like Merida’s high-end Scultura SL road bike but it comes with a longer wheelbase and the chainstays in particular have been sculpted to encourage vertical movement. The profile is wide and short – like Merida have done on previous designs, but more so.

Juergen reckons that the Scultura will give largely in the upper section of the frame – the upper section of the seat tube and the seatpost mostly – but the Ride will give down below too because of the longer wheelbase and that chainstay design. He says that there’s no loss of sideways stiffness, so efficiency has not been compromised, and the Ride is only 130g heavier than the Scultura.

In terms of comfort, Juergen puts the Ride on a level with Trek’s Domane and BMC’s Gran Fondo, and like those two bikes, it’ll see a lot of service in the cobbled Spring Classics. We don’t know what size tyres Team Lampre Merida will use but the Ride will take up to 28mm.

When the bike becomes available to the public, you’ll be able to use mudguards if you fit 25mm tyres. The threaded mounts are neatly located on the back of the fork legs (check the close-up pic of the elastomer above) and behind the rear dropouts so they’re hardly noticeable.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven 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.

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seanieh66 [196 posts] 3 years ago
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 26 nice

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koko56 [330 posts] 3 years ago
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MUDGUARD MOUNTS!

Wonder why more bikes don't have them - is it because there has to be more of a gap for brakes so the bike sits higher or simply because you need long reach brakes?

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Dr. Ko [181 posts] 3 years ago
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25 mm tyres plus mud guard is about the maximum you can combine with reg. brakes. Some like BMC played with the installation angle of the brake on their comfo bikes to fit 28 plus mudguard.

Colourwise the pink and lime green does not work for me  20 and I'm responsible for the "Ikea" coloured bike http://innercitymobility.blogspot.de/2013/03/minimalism-cycle-minimalism...  13

Regards,

Dr. Ko

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arrieredupeleton [576 posts] 3 years ago
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I agree re colours. This is what happens when sponsors cash trumps the colour wheel. Fulcrum/Campag are just as guilty though: look at those rims. Hideous.

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HarveyMorcombe [42 posts] 3 years ago
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i dont know im starting to like the colours now  7

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ragtag [217 posts] 3 years ago
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Keep thinking fruit trifle

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Dr. Ko [181 posts] 3 years ago
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Have a look on the latest Retro Jersey from Prendas on their homepage, colourwise.  43

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antozzi48 [20 posts] 3 years ago
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I like the fact that the colours make them easy to spot in the peloton,apparently Mr Lampre designs the team kit himself so I guess if he's paying!  3