Bike manufacturers are constantly developing new bikes and we often get the first glimpse of their work when they are used for the first time in pro racers. This artfully disguised bike appears to be an all-new Reacto from Merida.
We’ve known for a while that Merida has a new Reacto up its sleeve, as the UCI’s list of approved bikes, a list that is constantly being updated, included the new Reacto 3 in rim and disc brake versions back in March.
To get UCI approval the bike has to be production-ready, so we presume Merida is getting some final testing from the Bahrain-Merida team before a likely announcement of the new range later this year.
This photo on Instagram is the first time we’ve seen the new bike. The new bike looks to carry over some key features, like the deep aero down tube and dropped seatstays, but there are some noticeable differences.
The fork looks to be new and the crown appears to cut into the bottom of the down tube more than it did previously. The head tube appears to have more of a teardrop shape and on the top there's a raised section beneath the stem, with possibly aero headset spacers to provide height adjustment without compromising the aerodynamics.
Cable routing is completely new. No longer do the cables enter the top tube, now they enter via down tube. The rear brake is still mounted underneath the chainstay, even though some other manufacturers have moved away from this location, and the front brake is in the normal place on front of the fork.
The chainstays looked to have been beefed up in profile, our guess is to provide more stiffness.
It’s fitting that the new bike is debuting at the Giro, as this is the race where the Reacto was first used in anger following its initial launch in 2011.
That’s about all we know on the new bike at this stage. If you’re at the Giro d’Italia and happen to get a closer look at the bike, where it’s currently being raced, feel free to share some photos with us.
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.