Merida Scultura 5000 first ride review
Merida has specced a bit more Shimano Ultegra than £1,750 normally gets you — and a carbon seatpost — though economies have been made to the brakes and chainset on its endurance-flavoured Scultura 5000.
Merida Scultura 5000 spec overview
Weight: 8.05kg (56cm)
Fork: Full carbon, tapered
Gears: Shimano Ultegra (R500 50/34), 11-28
Brakes: Shimano R561
Wheels: Merida Expert SL
Tyres: 25mm Continental Ultra Sport II
Handlebar: Merida Expert Compact
Stem: Merida Expert
Its distance qualities are reflected in its (just) metre-plus wheelbase, a taller head-tube than a ‘standard’ road bike and Merida’s own Flex Stay chain- and seatstays, which are designed to reduce vibrations.
Though its classic race bike 73-degree parallel angles and on-the-money 8kg weight show its aspirations aren’t overly lazy.
Merida Scultura 5000 ride impression
Out on the road the Scultura scores highly for tapping out the miles comfortably and at a decent lick. The geometry, with its short-reach drops and tall, back-friendly seat tube, is ideal if you don’t tend to ride too aggressively.
It’s not that it’s slow, but with a 190mm head tube you’re not getting into a super-slow aero tuck. The Flex Stay technology seems to work too, as rear-end comfort is impressive — and without any unwanted efficiency-fleecing lateral flex we couldn’t get any rear brake rub even when we tried.
If you’re looking for a long-distance bike for reasonably paced rides and you like a slightly more upright riding position, this Merida is a serious challenger to the likes of Specialized’s Roubaix. And at well under £2,000 it also represents very decent value.
Merida Scultura 5000 early verdict
Good value endurance bike scores more for comfort than all-out speed.