New Merida T5 Speeder or Cyclo-cross 5??

New Merida T5 Speeder or Cyclo-cross 5??

Postby Blackrock » Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:13 am

Time for a new commuter bike, but locked in with Merida. Money is not a factor.
I wanted to get the new carbon T5 speeder but Merida didn't put one out for 2014.

So I have a choice between the 2014 T5 Speeder (alloy) or the Cyclo-cross 5. I'm not leaning either way at the mo and would be comfortable with either bike. I typically do 16km each way 3-4 times a week on Sydney roads. Few big hills but generally road and not bike path. If anything the Cyclo-cross has a sexier paint scheme.....

Any advice from the masses to sway my decision?
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by BNA » Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:55 am

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Re: New Merida T5 Speeder or Cyclo-cross 5??

Postby familyguy » Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:55 am

Two pretty different setups, with one a flat bar and the other with drops. Guess that's gotta factor in somewhere?

I prefer my flat bar for commuting (path and/or road), and general weekend family-ride duties.

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Re: New Merida T5 Speeder or Cyclo-cross 5??

Postby Mulger bill » Thu Nov 21, 2013 6:20 pm

All weather?
Go for discs.
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Re: New Merida T5 Speeder or Cyclo-cross 5??

Postby silentbutdeadly » Fri Nov 22, 2013 7:28 am

There's not much spec out there for either bike as yet...but I'd be inclined to go with the cross bike because of the discs (though I'd switch tyres for commuting purposes). I also can't help thinking of binning the OE calipers for a set of TRP cable hydro calipers
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Re: New Merida T5 Speeder or Cyclo-cross 5??

Postby Blackrock » Fri Nov 22, 2013 11:19 am

Cheers guys.
Good advice re changing tyres for commuting.
I should be able to post something once the models are in country and I pick one up.
Thanks
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Re: New Merida T5 Speeder or Cyclo-cross 5??

Postby nezumi » Fri Nov 22, 2013 11:46 am

I'll be interested to see how the Cyclo Cross 5 goes - I use the 4 as my daily commuter (have re-shod it with Schwalbe Marathon Pluses for puncture protection).

I have a Topeak rack on the back for their ease of use slide-on/slide-off system.

With the CX bike you may have to either remove the interruptor brakes or get a bar extender (I use the Minoura one) to have room for lights etc.
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Re: New Merida T5 Speeder or Cyclo-cross 5??

Postby Blackrock » Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:26 pm

Hi Nezumi,
was it purely cost that you went for the CC4?
I hadn't even considered fitment of lights and things like speedo's!
With your tyres, did you go down to 700/28's?
Looks like it should be delivered before Christmas, so search for Merida Test Rider - Commuter Bikes on Facebook or look on youtube for some of my reviews.
Cheers,
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Re: New Merida T5 Speeder or Cyclo-cross 5??

Postby nezumi » Wed Dec 11, 2013 6:46 pm

Blackrock wrote:Hi Nezumi,
was it purely cost that you went for the CC4?
I hadn't even considered fitment of lights and things like speedo's!
With your tyres, did you go down to 700/28's?
Looks like it should be delivered before Christmas, so search for Merida Test Rider - Commuter Bikes on Facebook or look on youtube for some of my reviews.
Cheers,
Paul


Partly cost, partly availability - when I was looking the Cyclo Cross 5 wasn't out yet.

I use the 700c x 28s for commuting, generally between 60 and 80 PSI depending on how often I remember to pump them up.

I look forward to the review!
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