Right at the top end of road bike manufacturing there are two niches at the moment. Some companies have been developing really, really aerodynamic bikes (think Trek’s new Madone) while others have been trying to build super-crazy light bikes like the Merida Scultura.
Out of curiosity, we stuck the Scultura 9000 Merida sent to us for the RCUK100 onto the scales and it weighed in at a very impressive 5.8kg for a 56cm. Just under six kilos is really, really light for a bike – you’re riding a bike a full kilogramme lighter than anything in the pro peloton.
Come to think of it, it’s pretty light for anything, let alone a bike. A three-year-old child might weigh about 12kg so carrying this bike around the zoo on a Sunday afternoon would be a far easier task than carrying them on your shoulders. However, chances are if you own this bike then you’ll want to spend your entire Sunday riding it.
The Scultura 9000 weighs in at a very impressive 5.8kg for a 56cm. Just under six kilos is really, really light for a bike
The best part, though, for anyone who really wants to go light, is that this isn’t even the lightest Scultura Merida make. That prize goes to the top-tier Scultura 9000 Ltd, a ten grand superbike which tips the scales at an astonishing 4.55kg, making it the lightest production road bike on the market. It’s 100g lighter than Trek’s Emonda SLR 10 and makes Fuji’s 4.96kg SL 1.1 look like it had too good a time at Christmas.
Still, 5.8kg isn’t half bad and if someone put a gun to our head we suppose we could settle for this one. The basis for any bike this light is the frame, and Merida have managed to make this one a mere 750g, although the frame used on the Ltd is even lighter at 680g.