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You can compare developing the new SCULTURA for 2016 to a supermodel looking into the mirror. While everybody else has trouble looking away from the sheer perfection, the beauty herself is still not satisfied. The MERIDA engineers had the same situation with our
pro bike, which is used in TEA M LAMPRE-MERIDA : Stiffness? Great. Comfort? Excellent. Weight? Could be a little better. Aerodynamics? Were not yet taken into account in the previous models. So there were two important aspects that could be added to the new SCULTURA specifications.
This result of impressive engineering at the cutting edge of technology is the undisputed star in the sky of 2016 MERIDA road bikes. It is not enough that the new, top-notch frame (CF5) is one of the lightest in the world, with a sleek 750 grams*, thanks to MERIDA ’s pioneering manufacturing technology. Together with a fork that was also developed in-house at MERIDA , the frame kit achieves the top value of just below 1000 grams, thus providing the foundation for the SCULTURA 9000 models, whose total weight of 5.8 kg makes it one of the lightest serially-produced bikes in the world. But the new SCULTURA is much more than “just a lightweight”. Despite its chain stays, which are just 400 mm long and provide great agility, you can now use 25 mm tires and increase the excellent comfort even more.
Here’s something else that’s impressive: the aerodynamic performance of the new king of the hill. With measured values that are just below those of the proven aerodynamics expert REA CTO , SCULTURA wows people with its overall characteristics, which you will have to search far and wide to match.
About MERIDA INDUSTRY CO., Ltd.
Founded in 1972, Merida is a well-known high-end bicycle brand and manufacturer from Taiwan. Merida achieved lots of “the first” records over its 40+ years history. For example, the first bicycle company in Taiwan went public(since1992); the first Taiwanese bike manufacturer with ISO certified(since 1996); Merida MTB racing team 6-time ranked the world’s yearly top 1; the first Taiwanese bike brand co-title sponsoring World-Tour road bike race team(2013). Ranked as Best Taiwan Global Brands Top 20 for years, Merida reached its global sales of US$940 million in 2019.
Whenever we create a bike, it means much more than working on a particular project or suspension platform: we tell a story. Because also in 2015, each of our numerous models is packed with thousands of thoughts and ideas, countless discussions and hours of concentration and refinementM
began in 1972. The founding of Merida Industry Co., Ltd., dates back as far as to that year. Equally far back reaches the tradition that we feel obliged to the three Chinese syllables “Me-Ri-Da”. They mean nothing less than each of our bikes has to be an equally beautiful and sustainably valuable bike which carries it’s riders to her/his destinations as pleasantly as possible – in the narrower as well as in the wider literal sense. Many steps lie between then and today. But with each single bike, we once again start with the first step…
MERIDA. MORE BIKE.