Merida Matts Speed review

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£800

The forks let the otherwise beautifully formed Merida down.

BikeRadar verdict

70.0 out of 5 stars

"Great frame but needs to change from heavy XC racer to trail bike"

Friday, June 30, 2006 11.00pm By

At the heart of this gun metal grey bike lies one of the most beautifully constructed alloy frames you'll find, and every tube is perfectly formed.

Frame

In the saddle it feels lively, stiff and well balanced

Alas the Euro-bikers plan the Merida bike specs and turn them into machines that are more suited to the German market. Bright logos, flat bars, Dual Control levers and a relatively budget Judy 3 fork with cable remote lockout. This follows the theme of efficiency and speed over comfort and control, which is often the complaint levelled against race oriented bikes.

Ride

In the saddle it feels lively, stiff and well balanced, but on more technical terrain you'll notice the harsh ride of the forks, but then something had to give to make this bike so cheap.

Equipment

For expedition use we'd always be worried about Dual Control levers - just too much can go wrong with one crash - and we'd rather see a riser bar and shorter stem to take the overall ride position up to something more comfy for full days out. On the plus side the Deore disc brakes are still reliable, and although they've gone for mid-budget Shimano Deore hubs they have paired them up to decent rims.

With better forks and more trail-ready setup this bike could become one of the best sub-£1k hardtails on the market, and since this is what Merida are planning for 2007 this could be one to watch.

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Specification

Name:
Matts Speed
Brand:
Merida
Price:
£800

Spokes Brand:
DT
Brakes:
Deore Hydraulic Disc
Chain:
Shimano HG-73
Cranks:
M440 Octalink
Frame Material:
Aluminium
Front Derailleur:
Shimano Deore
Front Hub:
Deore 475
Handlebar:
XM Comp Flat
Head Angle:
71
Pedals:
Alloy Platform
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano XT
Rear Hub:
FH-M475
Rims:
XC Lite Eyelet
Saddle:
XM Comp
Seat Angle:
73.5
Shifters:
Deore
Weight (kg):
12.4
Available Colours:
Black Silver
Available Sizes:
16 Inches 18 Inches 20 Inches 22 Inches
Front Tyre:
Flyweight 2.1
Front Tyre Size:
26x2.1
Rear Tyre:
Ignitor
Rear Tyre Size:
26x2.1

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