Team Lampre-Merida looks all set to use the brand new Merida Scultura Disc lightweight road bike in the Tour of Flanders this weekend.
Lampre-Merida has already been on record as saying that at least some of its riders will use disc equipped bikes in the Tour of Flanders (Sunday 3 April) and Paris-Roubaix (Sunday 10 April).
The only Merida road bikes with disc brakes that are on the UCI’s List of Approved Models of Frames and Forks are the Scultura Disc CF2, Scultura Disc CF4 and the Scultura Lite Disc. These are all brand new bikes that have yet to be unveiled to the public or the press.
— Goga Ruiz-Sandoval (@BiciGoga) April 1, 2016
Goga Ruiz-Sandoval, on Twitter as @BiciGoga, took this picture of Feng Chun-kai and another Team Lampre-Merida rider in the lead up to the Tour of Flanders.
As you can see, both are on disc-equipped Merida Sculturas.
What else can we tell? Well, it looks like Merida has gone for quick release skewers and the tube profiles look similar to those of the existing (rim brake) Scultura design but, that aside, we’ve not much to work with here.
Assuming the riders do race on these bikes on Sunday, we’ll hopefully have more to tell you soon.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, 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 winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.