Merida Scultura 904 or 905

Merida Scultura 904 or 905

Postby hillrider7 » Mon Jan 28, 2013 1:28 pm

I have pretty much decided that I will be buying a new 2013 Merida Scultura Comp 904 as my first road bike. This comes with 105, Mavic Aksium wheelset and full carbon frame, and through a personal deal I can get this bike 25% off for about $1,680.

However, I am beginning to think I should be paying the extra $300 or so and get the 905 version, which comes with Ultegra and Fulcrum Racing wheels instead, and I think some things like the handlebars are upgraded as well.

I need to do some convincing as my parents are funding this bike but they aren't sure about going up to the 905. For those of you who know a bit about these bikes, is it worth going up to the 905? What do I get in the 905 that is better than the 904?

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904:

http://99bikes.com.au/bike/merida-scult ... ck/19/6766

905:

http://99bikes.com.au/bike/merida-scult ... 05/19/6767
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Re: Merida Scultura 904 or 905

Postby Howzat » Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:05 pm

If this bike is for racing, it's probably a worthwhile upgrade for the racing wheelset. if it's not purely for racing, go the 904. The frame is the same, Ultegra/105 are both 10 speed and are more or less a wash, but the Mavic wheelset is a little heavier, and probably a lot tougher.
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Re: Merida Scultura 904 or 905

Postby jcjordan » Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:36 pm

Personally I would spend the extra. While I believe that the ultegra shifts better than 105 the difference is marginal. The real difference is in the wheel set. Fulcrum have a much nicer hub and the spoke are easier to source if you have a problem. Plus the hubs will last longer.
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Re: Merida Scultura 904 or 905

Postby jimsheedy » Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:04 pm

Get the best you can afford. 105 is not as good as Ultegra. As Ultegra is not as good as Dura Ace.

Mavics make a great wheel though. I have ksyrium elite's which I have done about 15000 km on. Ive had to true the wheels once and ive broken one spoke, which wasn't that hard to source at all. They roll beautifully, and the hubs are not showing any sign of wear. I've never owned Fulcrums so I can't comment on them.
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Re: Merida Scultura 904 or 905

Postby josephk86 » Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:34 am

Hi Hillrider,

I'm pretty keen to hear what you decide. I'm looking at the same two bikes at the moment and can't decide whether the extra $$$ is worth it on the bike or whether to save for upgrades.
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Re: Merida Scultura 904 or 905

Postby bollo » Thu Jun 20, 2013 8:35 pm

i have the 2012 905 & i live it, had no problems with the bike , i don't race just ride fro fitness, i did upgrade the brakes to Ultegra also the rear cassette & the chain , atm i am looking to change the cranks to Ultegra so i will have full Ultegra. the Fulcrum comp rims are great they roll fast & smooth & after around 7000 to 8000 no issues at all over all great bike & i have no plans on changing it anytime soon , go for it
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Re: Merida Scultura 904 or 905

Postby brett.hooker » Thu Jun 20, 2013 8:42 pm

Lighter, better wheels, better shifting... Go the 905... Definitely worth the extra now... Incrementally upgrading later will cost a lot more...
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Re: Merida Scultura 904 or 905

Postby Philipthelam » Thu Jun 20, 2013 8:59 pm

The wheels are not necessarily better. They are Fulcrum racing comp, equivalent to entry level racing 7s. I'd say buy the 904 as shimano 105 is good enough, and spend the spare money on some better wheels like pro-lite braccianos or something.

The first post is quite a few months ago, wonder if the OP has bought a bike yet?
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Re: Merida Scultura 904 or 905

Postby bollo » Wed Jun 26, 2013 7:45 pm

upgrading my fulcrom comps to RS80 carbons C24 & just ordered a ser of new ultegra 6750 cranks / chainwheels
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