New Merida Ride Endurance Road Bike

2014 Merida Ride pro race endurance road bike

Our friends at Road.cc spotted the new Merida Ride, an endurance bike that’s race worthy enough to find a home under Team Lampre Merida this year.

This puts them in the growing category of fast, comfortable bikes, but introduces some interesting technology. The fork has an internal carbon spring clip that enhances fore/aft flex with elastomers to control the rebound. The flattened chainstays and thin seatstays should provide a bit of compliance in the rear. Not only is it easy on your bum, it’s also pretty easy on the eyes with some nice frame shaping and details…

2014 Merida Ride pro race endurance road bike

Above and below, note the squared off downtube intersection with the head tube.

2014 Merida Ride pro race endurance road bike

Elastomer inserts on the lower rear fork legs sit just above small fender bolt holes, which are also on the rear dropouts.

2014 Merida Ride pro race endurance road bike

Hit the source link up above for the full story and plenty more images. All pics here courtesy of Road.cc.

Comments

trulsson - 03/22/13 - 2:34pm

Fender mounts on carbon? Excellent! There is a good reason this segment of “fast and comfortable” is growing.

Jesse - 03/22/13 - 2:47pm

looks a bit like a roubaix front-end mated to a super-six rear

Campy Seatpost - 03/22/13 - 3:16pm

And now we know which 49% of Specialized is owned by Merida, Jesse.

Ron4130 - 03/22/13 - 4:52pm

Considering this is the manufacture partner of Specialized its no wonder it has aspects that resemble a Roubaix.

Sardinian rider - 03/22/13 - 6:00pm

Elastomers ? Is Specialized going to sue itself ? I bet they’ll do that. For one dollar.

Rob - 03/23/13 - 2:45am

Can’t see to many pros tacking fenders onto their rigs. Each to their own I suppose but I don’t understand the point of such mounts on a “,performance bike.”

Chris - 03/23/13 - 9:56am

@Rob

Fender mounts are a small, and light, addition that make a bike much more versatile. I’m not a fair–weather rider. While I ride my cross bike most of the winter it would be nice if I could throw fenders on my road bike in the early spring when weather and road conditions can be sloppy but I still want to get miles on my race bike before the first race of the season. Some people don’t have two bikes as well. Having full fenders all winter makes it a lot easier, and more comfortable, to ride.

Don’t worry though.No one will ever doubt your “performance.” These mounts are pretty tough to notice.

My “performance” bike also has a pump-peg and a chain pip. I bet it’s still faster than yours.

BBB - 03/23/13 - 12:43pm

Re: Chirs

1+

David French - 03/24/13 - 3:11pm

@Rob.

Provided there’s actually come clearance at the brakes (unlike a big American brand) then having the ability to put mudguards on a bike is hugely convenient. It means you don’t have to put up with riding a crappy ‘winter bike’ and you can carry on riding something decent all year round.

Given modern technology could give improvements to the performance of longer drop calipers and advances in carbon technology meaning bridges on stays and forks could be moved without any loss in stiffness, there’s no reason what-so-ever that all bikes can’t come with these hidden eyelets.

On the Gary Fisher Cronus (the proper road bike, not the CX bike) the fixing bolts for the brake calipers had a thread inside them for the top of the mudguard to fix into so you could take them off without having to remove the brakes.

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