The Merida Reacto Team-E is the machine you’ll see the Lampre-Merida squad riding in the world’s biggest races. While the majority of bike sponsors give their teams the option of at least two road bikes, one normally focused on aerodynamics and the other on low weight, off-season tests conducted by Lampre-Merida between 2013 and 2014 reportedly showed that aerodynamics have a far greater impact on efficiency than weight, and the team switched en-masse to the Reacto.
The Merida Reacto Team-E is based around a truncated airfoil tube profile dubbed a ‘Fastback’. Three versions of the frame are available to the public: the flagship, 905g Carbon Team chassis featured here, the mid-range, 1,180g Carbon Pro, and, new for 2015, the entry-level Reacto Aluminium. This flagship model gets a suitably high-end, team-issue spec with a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset and 50mm-deep Fulcrum Red Wind wheels for £7,000 but, in a bid to bring aero to the masses, the seven-bike range drops to the £999.99 Reacto 300 with Shimano Tiagra.