Pro bike: Rui Costa’s Merida Reacto Evo – video

Rainbow stripes aplenty aboard the blue and fuschia Reacto Evo

World Champion Rui Costa is riding out with Lampre-Merida in 2014, and his Reacto Evo has been suitably decked out in the rainbow stripes to celebrate.

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Lampre-Merida has opted to use the aerodynamically oriented Reacto Evo rather than the lighter Scultura SL in 2014 as the principal team bike; team management believe slipperiness trumps lighter weight as a competitive advantage in the majority of road races.

Rui costa’s merida reacto evo

Video: Rui Costa’s Merida Reacto Evo

The tubes are a truncated aerofoil shape and are borrowed from Merida‘s Warp TT frame and the fork blades are spaced wide apart to stop dirty air turbulence interfering with the wheel. The rear brake is mounted on the underside of the bottom bracket shell (it takes a BB386 evo).

The front brake is Shimano‘s well-regarded dual mount Dura-Ace option which is finding plenty of favour on high end road bikes. The seatstay cluster has been moved low down the seat tube to reduce frontal area.

Shimano dura-ace di2 shifters are the gold standard :

Costa’s bike is finished with an FSA cockpit with Prologo tape

The Italian squad are Shimano-sponsored, so it’s no surprise to see Dura-Ace Di2 gear shifting as standard. Chainrings and crank set are slightly more exotic units from Rotor who also collect power data for the 27-year-old Portuguese World Champion.

rainbow stripes bedeck the frame’s muscular seat tube:

 Rainbow stripes bedeck the frame’s muscular seat tube

The wheelset is an aerodynamically complementary set of Fulcrum Racing Speed XLR.

Complete bike specifications

  • Frame: Merida Reacto Evo World Champion. M/L with custom geometry
  • Fork: Merida Reacto
  • Headset: FSA
  • Stem: FSA OS115  130mm
  • Handlebars: FSA Compact 42cm
  • Tape/grips: Prologo
  • Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace BR-9000 direct mount
  • Rear brake: Shimano Dura Ace BR-9000 direct mount
  • Brake levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 ST-9070 
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace FD-9070
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace RD-9070
  • Shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 ST-9070 
  • Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace CS-9000
  • Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace CH-9000
  • Crankset: Rotor Q-Rings
  • Bottom bracket: Rotor
  • Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Wheelset: Fulcrum Racing Speed XLR
  • Front tyre: Continental Competition
  • Rear tyre: Continental Competition
  • Saddle: Prologo Nago Evo CPC
  • Seat post: Merida Reacto S-Flex
  • Bottle cages: Elite
  • Computer: Garmin

Critical measurements          

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  • Rider’s height: 183cm (6ft 0in)
  • Rider’s weight: 63kg (138lb)
  • Saddle height from BB (c-t): 762mm
  • Saddle setback: 53mm           
  • Tip of saddle nose to centre of bars: 556mm