In the lieu of becoming the top brand for manufacturing the most lightweight bicycle of the world, a war has been going on between the top notch international cycle manufacturers. Merida has launched Scultura 9000 LTD which, according to the company, is the world’s most lightweight cycle scaling at 680 gram. Merida Scultura 9000 LTD has dethroned Trek Emonda SLR weighing 690 grams. The Taiwanese cycle manufacturer has also launched the relatively heavyweight Team edition of the Scultura at 750g. The fourth generation Merida Scultura 9000 LTD is competing with the likes of Specialized S-Works, Focus Izalco, Cannondale SuperSix Evo and many more.
Juergen Falke, Director of Products, Merida, said, that they had various objectives behind the launch of the new Scultura such as to improve the aerodynamics and compliance for more comfort of the riders. Moreover, the company had the aim of retaining the stiffness of the outgoing version and to sustain the aggressive ride handling.
Albeit new model frame required many changes, only some of them were done to save extra weight. The aerodynamics of the cycle has been improved by slimming down the headtube. To maintain the torsional stiffness, the down and seat tubes have been given a truncated airfoil shape with flattened backsides. The rear brake of the cycle has also been shifted under the chainstays.
To give tough time to the counterpart companies, Merida got all the finishing kit from the German companies to make it a perfect looker. The lightweight seatpost, saddle, crank, stem and handlebars come from the courtesy of ax-lightness (a leader in making lightweight cycle components). To splash out the unnecessary weight, the company has axed out the top-of-the-range Jagwire’s cables. Shimano Dura Rear Ace brake is fitted in the cycle and shifting is taken care by SRAM Red.
Pricing and availability of the model haven’t been revealed yet. However, it is expected that the upcoming product is going to be a 2016 model and hence, deliveries will take place somewhere around the end of this fiscal year. Merida is expected to price the new Scultura 9000 LTD somewhere near 10,000 Pound.