Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 8

Pros:

  • Great value for money

Cons:

  • Not much

Product:

Merida Scultura Comp 904

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£1500.00

Assuming you’re an avid CW reader, you’ll recall we last cast our eyes over Merida back in February, when it launched its new Lampre-Merida WorldTour team stable of bikes.



Knowing it can take a while to go from presentation to production, we decided to get astride its Scultura Comp 904.



Sitting midway in Merida’s ‘Road Race’ range, the Scultura Comp 904 is one of four options all sharing the same carbon monocoque frame platform.



It’s dressed in a mix of Shimano 105 shifters and mechs and house-branded brakes with a Shimano chainset, and offers decent value for money especially when you factor in the well regarded Mavic Askiums and colour matching Vittoria Rubino slick tyres.



Out on the road the ride is urgent and responsive. It’s a pretty stiff platform, but fitting fatter tyres than the standard 23mm ones and making the most of a tall steerer tube for a higher front end will enhance the comfort factor for some.



If you prefer a racier position, the 17cm head tube on the size 52, which has a 54cm top tube, would be plenty high enough to allow for removal of all the spacers and a cutting down of the steerer for a tidier look, at the same time giving for a comfortable back on all-day rides.

Verdict

As a whole package, it’s a very capable bike and a great platform for a budget road racer.

Yes, the finishing kit and brake calipers are down at the budget end of things but a compromise needs to be struck somewhere and it wasn’t in the frameset.

If you are going to struggle to squeeze a pricier ride past the financial controller then this is a solid bike to upgrade.

Full Specification

Weight:
8.6kg
Size Tested:
52cm (54cm top tube)

Size Range:
47 – 63cm
Group Set:
Shimano 105

Frame:
Nano MatrixCarbon monocoque frame with flex stay technology
Supplier:
www.merida-bikes.com

  • AndyM

    I’ve had a 904 since March and i love it. Upgraded calipers to Ultegra and fitted Fulcrum Quattro wheelset but its otherwise oe spec. The frame is compliant through the saddle yet stiff enough through the cranks, having ridden a 4 series Trek Domane i’d say there was little to choose on comfort. Tapered steerer and full carbon fork on a £1500 bike and good old threaded external bottom bracket instead of the dreaded BB30 they stick on everything nowadays, worth every penny!

  • Ken Evans

    Merida have been making bikes for many years, selling to some famous brands. You could have ridden a bike made by them, without knowing it. Like Giant they are one of the most established bike makers from Taiwan.