Mekk Poggio 2.0 DS review

Endurance bike gains disc stoppers

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £1,600.00 RRP

Our review

Mekk’s spec delivers on value, but the ride experience is more competent than complete
Buy if, You want an endurance bike and are happy to upgrade a little over time
Pros: Tiagra drivetrain, brakes, saddle
Cons: Short head tube, untidy fork
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The Poggio Disc has piled its way in to a competitive price category – so just what do you get for your hard-earned? First up is a quality T800 high-modulus carbon frame and fork from the respected Japanese company Toray, and Shimano’s new Tiagra, which adds a great deal of class to a budget component option.

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Efficient operator

Most modern bikes aim to offer the tricky trinity of power transfer, speed and comfort, so some features have become more common. The Poggio has a curved and half-flattened top tube, and flattened, slim seatstays that are bridgeless and run independently between seat tube and dropouts, all to smooth the ride.

Its chunky chainstays are designed for power transfer, but these slimline bridgeless seatstays are created for comfort:
Robert Smith

Chunky chainstays for power transfer, slim bridgeless seatstays for comfort

The BB86.5 bottom bracket shell sprouts very deep chainstays that reduce in height from 50mm at the front to 25mm by the dropouts. This aggressive lower section manages your pedalling inputs and helps convert watts to motion.

Endurance geometry usually includes a taller head tube, but the Poggio’s is a racy 16cm on our 56cm frame. If you like it low, this could be a good thing, but do check the fit first.

From the off, the Poggio displays the sort of mile-munching, cruising traits you want from a bike in this category. The new Tiagra chainset has ample stiffness, and there’s a definite feeling of efficient power transfer to the rear wheel thanks to those monster chainstays. The lever hoods feel to all intents the same as their loftier cousins, with just a little less shifting precision, but functionally they’re a huge improvement.

Skinny rolling stock

San Marco’s eRa saddle gives decent support and comfort. Mekk’s house brand Saturae provides the 27.2mm alloy seatpost and neatly finished bar and stem, which all look good and offer reasonable vibration absorption.

New tiagra has inherited a lot of its looks from ultegra and it works well:

New Tiagra has inherited a lot of its looks from Ultegra and it works well

The wheels roll well, but 23mm rubber is a surprise. Many race bikes now have 25mm tyres, so wider rims and tyres are almost an expectation for endurance bikes, as their greater air volume and grip always help.

Acceleration is more efficient than urgent, and the ride quality is reasonably smooth, but though medium level bumps are dealt with, bigger hits still feel quite sharp. TRP’s Spyre mechanical discs are reliably consistent and powerful. The fork crown is drilled for no reason, and the front brake’s cable routing on the outside of the fork looks untidy, but the gear cables are all internal.

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It could be more comfortable, and this Poggio’s head-tube won’t suit everyone. And though a decent budget endurance machine, Mekk doesn’t trounce the competition this time.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Poggio 2.0 DS
Brand Mekk

Available Sizes 47cm 50cm 53cm 54.5cm 56cm 59cm
Rear Derailleur Tiagra 20 speed
Wheelset Saturae Galaxy XC
Weight (kg) 9.11
Stem Saturae alloy
Shifters Tiagra 20 speed
Seatpost Saturae alloy
Saddle San Marco eRa saddle
Rear Tyre 23mm Continental Ultra Sport
Headset Type Neco
Brakes TRP Spyre disc, 140mm rotors
Handlebar Saturae alloy
Front Tyre 23mm Continental Ultra Sport
Front Derailleur Tiagra 20 speed
Frame Material Highmodulus Toray T800 EPS carbon
Fork Carbon
Cranks Shimano Tiagra, 50/34
Chain KMC CN4601
Cassette Shimano CS-HG50, 12 28T
Frame size tested 56cm