The Merida Reacto Team…

“At a glance the composition of the bike is well poised and aggressive. Sitting still it looks like a speed machine waiting to be unleashed. The frame graphics are undeniably garish and will appeal to riders who like to dial up the colour and, of course, fans of the Italian team. Paintwork aside it’s a very aesthetically pleasing design, with clean modern angles but not too pronounced. The rear end of the frame, like many new aero bikes, borrows design features from their time trial counterparts. Judging by the thickness of the rear stays and the large bottom bracket shell, I was expecting power transfer to be efficient and for the bike to excel on the flat. That was before riding it. The team model comes equipped with a Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 11-speed groupset (ie. mechanical shifting, not electronic), FSA controls and Fulcrum carbon/alloy clinchers.”

– Read all of Chris Gillespie’s appraisal in RIDE Cycling Review #63.


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Each issue of RIDE Cycling Review features six bike tests and each product is put through a series of protocols that have evolved over the years. We now subject the review bikes to…

• A ‘Build Report’ written by a mechanic after his fully disassembles the bike (and weighs each component) to get a closer look inside the frame and then see how it all comes back together.

• ‘Flex test jig‘ – which measures frame deflection when a 40kg weight is applied to the right crank.

• ‘Wheel test’ – when we measure flex of a rim.

• Weight list of every component… the actual weight, not just what the manufacturers want to promote.

• Full specification listing…

The review itself relates to the ride quality and characteristics of each bike as observed by someone who gets to use it for several weeks (or, at times, months). The captioning is done by our in-house mechanic, Greg Chalberg, who also takes the photos.


Round Table Observations
Since RIDE #54, we have  also published a two-page spread dubbed ‘Round Table Observations’. The concept is to get everyone in the office to ride all six review bikes one after the other and offer a brief appraisal of what they feel the highlight or lowlights are. Here are the unedited voice files from each tester’s first impression of the Merida Reacto Team:

Greg: Merida_Greg

Rob: Merida_Rob

Shane: Merida_Shane1


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There are now 18 issues of RIDE available in a digital format via Zinio, with reviews of 106 bikes.

RIDE Media publishes RIDE Cycling Review, a quarterly magazine all about cycling.