We got a sneak peek at highlights of the 2018 Merida road range - here's what we liked.
Earlier this year we tested a beautiful Merida Scultura Disc - a bike that has now become more versatile since Cycling Australia lifted the ban on disc brakes in most road races in Australia (save for championships and the National Road Series).
Thankfully, little has changed with the Scultura and Scultura Disc. Merida Australia will still import the 8000-E (picture at top) with a Shimano R8000 Ultegra Di2 group set for $5999 and the CF4 frame, with a 9000-E model at $7499 and the Team (in Bahrain Team colours) for $8999.
Personally, we think the 8000-E would be very, very hard to go past.
The CF2 frame, which is a little taller at the front and with a different carbon layup has 3 disc models from between $1899 - $4699, plus 8 non-disc models starting at $949 - with a triple-butted aluminium frame.
Where art thou, Juliet?
Merida have a women's specific line called Juliet. They aim to have their best-selling road, mountain and hybrid bikes available in women's models. As suchthere are four Scultura Juliet models coming into Australia, from $949 with the Scultura 100 Juliet, up to the $2099 Scultura 4000 Juliet witht the CF2 frame and Shimano 105 22-speed.