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I had been riding around on a vintage roadie for a couple of weeks to try and get in shape however the 35 year old frame was a little too small for me and had developed a crack in the seat tube so I began the search for a new stead. Luckily the LBS was running out 2012 stock for about 30% off so I manages to pick up this Merida Ride Lite 93 for under a grand. The LBS were even kind enough to throw in a quality helmet as well!
This is my first foray into 10 speed and I had heard the Tiagra groupset was decent enough, while not light weight and as smooth shifting as 105 and up. Having owned the bike for a month I have nothing but praise for Merida and Tiagra. The bike is well set up and fits like a glove. The Tiagra shifts smoothly and had been 100% reliable. I prefer the slightly upright riding position that the longer head tube allows, so my back feels nice and relaxed even after a long ride.
I've covered about 500km in that time, helping to improve my cardiovascular fitness and have even dumped a few kg. I like to think that I will shed more weight from my body than I ever could with a lighter frame or groupset. Once I am a more confident rider and have many thousand km's under my shortening belt I am sure I will upgrade to something a little more fancy but after my experiences so far and the excellent customer service from my LBS I am positive I will be moving up to a higher end Merida with 105 or Ultegra.
Massive shoutouts to Star Cycles at Elizabeth in South Australia for the excellent service!
Merida Ride Lite 93 2012
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1984 Christoff R.I.P
Outstanding mate... I purchased my Sora equipped Ride lite 91 back in October and have put over 3,000 km on it already... It is a cracking good bike, and I imagine that 10 speed Tiagra would be just that bit nicer again!!!
My goal sounds similar to yours. I started 18 months ago and have lost over 23 kg's already.
This year, if I lose another 6 kg and put 10,000k on the bike, I am going to upgrade (as a reward) to one of those gorgeous Merida Scultura 907-E's... Lots of miles ahead of me thinking about that goal...
In the meantime, my 91 sounds a lot like your much better 93; a great piece of kit that is smooth to ride, super reliable and priced really really well !!!
Loving my Merida's and working towards adding a Pinarello to the stable... Go go go...
I recently got into my first roadie which is also the Merida Ride Lite 93 at similar pricing & I'm super happy with it!! I had test ridden a few others and as I'm only beginning I didn't see a lot of point in forking out heaps & heaps (not until I get to the stage that I can do an expensive bike justice!) I think this current ride will last a while, as I upgrade parts on it. I agree with the tiagra while not top end I've found it great. I think this was a very wise purchase! Cheers
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