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Finally procrastinated and brought a new bike

Postby auswi2 » Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:10 am

After a lot of thinking and searching and procrastinating I ended up buying this new beast

Merida Scultura Comp 905-E (2013)

Brand: Merida
Year: 2013
Warning: Ride Di2 and you will never look back. In one of the biggest product developments of 2012, Shimano has incorporated the same electronic shifting technology used in the Tour de France, into a more affordable Ultegra groupset.

Shimano Ultegra Di2 performance needs to be ridden to be appreciated. The shifting is crisp, and retains accuracy much better than any mechanical gearing. The front derailleur is probably the most noticeable improvement with automatic adjustments to avoid chain rub.

The new look Scultura frame has also been UCI approved, with Merida making its Pro Tour debut in 2013. While the frame is lightweight, Merida has focused on stiffness, efficiency, and comfort as the drivers of performance. Front end stiffness provides stabilty through corners and sharp acceleration out of the saddle, while Flexi Stay chainstay technology dampens vibration for improved comfort.

Bottom Bracket: attached
Brake Levers: attached
Brakes: Merida Road Pro
Chain: KMC X10 10s
Colour: white/black(red)
Crankset: FSA Energy 50-34 Mega
Derailleur Front: Shimano Ultegra D
Derailleur Rear: Shimano Ultegra SS
Fork: BC Carbon comp lite-S
Frame: Scultura Comp
Freewheel: Shimano CS-4600-10 12-28
Grips: Merida Road Pro 3D
Handlebar: FSA Gossamer Ergo OS
Headset: FSA No.55EP Neck-com
Hubs: attached
Pedals: none
Rims: Fulcrum Racing Comp
Saddle: Selle Italia X1
Seatpost: Merida Carbon K SB19°, 27.2 mm
Shifters: Shimano Ultegra -2 / -10
Stem: Merida Pro E OS, -7°
Tyres: Vittoria Rubino Slick 23 60 KV

I got it for $2800

http://www.merida.com.au/2013-bikes/roa ... 905-e.html

I had a badly fitting 105 that is to big for me, so this bike will have to last at least 5 years.

The only component I see that I will have to change in the next year or so is the Tiagra rear cassette but that should be ok for a while.

It rides very nice and is fairly light. DI2 was the clincher

Thoughts appreciated

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by BNA » Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:12 am

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Re: Finally procrastinated and brought a new bike

Postby MarkG » Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:12 am

Very nice auswi.

FWIW tho, I have mechanical DA 7900 and never suffer chain rub myself.

Eventually I'd love the mechanical stuff, but I can wait.
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Re: Finally procrastinated and brought a new bike

Postby Marty Moose » Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:38 am

Good for you its nice to have a new bike and be excited about it. Enjoy the ride "s" ;)

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Re: Finally procrastinated and brought a new bike

Postby macca33 » Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:53 am

Congrats on the purchase mate. My LBS is a Merida dealer and if I do upgrade in the future, I'll be taking a good look at them.

As for the Tiagra cassette - I don't reckon it is a real biggie, change it when it is worn for an Ultegra equivalent.

Cheers and happy riding!
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