Merida has announced an all-new carbon endurance road bike with a distinctly gravelly flavour. The 2021 Scultura Endurance features comfort-oriented geometry, big clearances and mounts for mudguards (fenders).
It joins bikes such as the Specialized Roubaix and the Trek Domane in blurring the lines between conventional road bikes and full-on gravel machines.
Merida has sent us the top-spec Scultura Endurance 7000-E with a Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset. Check out the gallery below for a detailed look at this bike, and read on for full details of the new platform and the range on offer.
While the existing Scultura is a more conventional endurance machine aimed primarily at tarmac riding, the new Scultura Endurance is aimed at “more leisure-focussed cyclists” looking to do long rides on mixed surfaces in comfort.
That might include potholed lanes or even “light fire roads”, according to Merida.
The new bike is based around a full-carbon disc brake frame that’s claimed to weigh 1,124g including hardware, i.e. the rear derailleur hanger, seatstay bridge and bottle cage bolts. This is matched to a fork weighing a claimed 411g (uncut).