Questions about purchasing bicycles and parts
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After a lot of thinking and searching and procrastinating I ended up buying this new beast
Merida Scultura Comp 905-E (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
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
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
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.
Proudly "a hater of academics with helmet cams"
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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