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Gallery: Lampre-Merida Warp time trial bike – first look

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The new Merida Warp tt machine

The new Merida Warp tt machine (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Team Lampre Merida bikes and team cars ready for the presentation

Team Lampre Merida bikes and team cars ready for the presentation (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Underside of the base bar showing Bar and rest fittings

Underside of the base bar showing Bar and rest fittings (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The front brake calliper and neatly sculpted fork crown that makes the fork blades more vertical to the air

The front brake calliper and neatly sculpted fork crown that makes the fork blades more vertical to the air (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The hidden Shimano direct mount brake calliper behind its bottom bracket shroud

The hidden Shimano direct mount brake calliper behind its bottom bracket shroud (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The Warp seems to have a small elastomer insert near the top of the large aero seat post and very solid looking clamps

The Warp seems to have a small elastomer insert near the top of the large aero seat post and very solid looking clamps (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The new Dura Ace Di2 front derailleur and infilled seat and down tube junction

The new Dura Ace Di2 front derailleur and infilled seat and down tube junction (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Nicely shaped top and seat tube junction and transition to the seat stays

Nicely shaped top and seat tube junction and transition to the seat stays (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The Warp uses Naca fastback aero tube profiles, which are truncated instead of being a complete wing shape to comply with UCI regulations

The Warp uses Naca fastback aero tube profiles, which are truncated instead of being a complete wing shape to comply with UCI regulations (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Although running electronic Di2 shifting, the Warp can still accept a mechanical transmission

Although running electronic Di2 shifting, the Warp can still accept a mechanical transmission (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The 11 speed rear derailleur and cassette, plus a rear facing, adjustable dropout

The 11 speed rear derailleur and cassette, plus a rear facing, adjustable dropout (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The Warp uses Fulcrum's new 900g rear disc wheel, and light Racing Speed front

The Warp uses Fulcrum's new 900g rear disc wheel, and light Racing Speed front (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Filippo Pozzato (Lampre - Merida) and Jose' Antonio Hermida (Merida)

Filippo Pozzato (Lampre - Merida) and Jose' Antonio Hermida (Merida) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The 2013 Lampre Merida team

The 2013 Lampre Merida team (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The 2013 Lampre Merida team

The 2013 Lampre Merida team (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The 2013 Lampre Merida team

The 2013 Lampre Merida team (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Alessandro Petacchi and Giuseppe Saronni

Alessandro Petacchi and Giuseppe Saronni (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Filippo Pozzato and Luca Wackermann

Filippo Pozzato and Luca Wackermann (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Top view of the Vision/Merida base bar for the Warp, showing bar and arm rest fitments

Top view of the Vision/Merida base bar for the Warp, showing bar and arm rest fitments (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The stem set in its lowest '0' position

The stem set in its lowest '0' position (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Some of the evening's dinner was being cooked around the camp fire

Some of the evening's dinner was being cooked around the camp fire (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Possibly the most peace these team cars will see this year

Possibly the most peace these team cars will see this year (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Some of the Lampre Merida team riders being presented to the media

Some of the Lampre Merida team riders being presented to the media (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Alessandro Petacchi, Pippo Pozzato and Damiano Cunego took centre stage

Alessandro Petacchi, Pippo Pozzato and Damiano Cunego took centre stage (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The media scrum for photographs of the team and management

The media scrum for photographs of the team and management (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Custom coloured Sidi shoes for the whole team

Custom coloured Sidi shoes for the whole team (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The team helmet continues the vibrant theme

The team helmet continues the vibrant theme (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Making final checks before heading out for a training ride in the cool Majorcan sun

Making final checks before heading out for a training ride in the cool Majorcan sun (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Jurgen Falke, chief designer, leads the presentation about the new road bikes

Jurgen Falke, chief designer, leads the presentation about the new road bikes (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Rear view shows the narrow frontal profile and low height of the seat stays

Rear view shows the narrow frontal profile and low height of the seat stays (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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From the front you can see the wide stance of the fork legs, which is the most aerodynamic

From the front you can see the wide stance of the fork legs, which is the most aerodynamic (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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View of the complete Vision bar setup and stem

View of the complete Vision bar setup and stem (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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A hugely CNC machined stem for the Warp

A hugely CNC machined stem for the Warp (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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View from the rear of the stem, showing the internal port allowing the cables to exit in to the frame

View from the rear of the stem, showing the internal port allowing the cables to exit in to the frame (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Only a tiny length of Di2 wiring is visible here

Only a tiny length of Di2 wiring is visible here (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre - Merida) checks twitter

Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre - Merida) checks twitter (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

This article originally appeared on Bikeradar

The last Italian-owned and managed WorldTour team, Lampre’s fuschia and blue colours have been a fixture in the pro peloton for 20 years. But 2013 sees a significant change, with the lime green of new bike supplier Merida joining in to make the team one of the most visible on the road.

On Friday night in Mallorca, the road team was officially launched in front of 300 employees and media staff. Team manager Giuseppe Saronni was flanked by a number of riders, including Damiano Cunego, Alessandro Petacchi and Filippo Pozzato, and BikeRadar were given our first glimpse of the team’s road and time trial bikes.

The following morning, German designer Jurgen Falke introduced the new Merida Warp time trial bike, aimed at giving the team an edge in stage races. The striking bike has features that bear some resemblance to those of other successful TT bikes, but Falke accepts that creating the fastest frame within UCI regulations will inevitably lead to similarities, because aerodynamics largely dictate form.

After the initial sketches, the aero work began with crazily expensive Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), then fine-tuning in a wind tunnel. The latter tests revealed that altering the down tube shape had little effect on drag, but that the truncated aerofoil profiles also sported by Trek and BMC did.

The Warp was originally meant to have Magura’s RT8 hydraulic brakes, but since these couldn’t work with Shimano Di2 levers Merida stuck with a conventional Dura-Ace calliper up front and a direct-mount, side-pull Shimano rear brake mounted under the chainstays behind a bottom bracket shroud. This had less effect on drag than you might think, adding just 1.5W, whereas simply getting the handlebar design right could save about 7W.

The greatest competitors to the Warp are the Specialized Shiv, Trek Speed Concept, Cervelo P5 and Scott Plasma, and Merida say that at 0-degree wind yaw angles – head on – the Warp is faster than all of them, although the others have an edge at varying angles. Bike aerodynamics alone won’t win a race, though – the greatest source of drag by far is the rider, which led Falke and his team to focus on getting the cockpit design right.

Even pro riders on the same team require different time trial positions, so cockpit adjustability was key. Merida have licensed a clever stem design from Swiss designer Andi Muff.

The intricately CNC-machined aluminium stem contains a large void that hides the Di2 control box and allows all cables apart from the front brake to exit to the frame internally. Other neat features of the stem are the two 10mm wide shims used to adjust fore and aft handlebar position, allowing for reaches of 90, 100 and 110mm.

Height adjustments are managed by Merida’s modular head tube design. In its lowest position the stem sits flush with the top tube, but for more height, extra tube sections of 30 or 60mm that incorporate the upper headset bearing seat are screwed into the head tube, and the stem replaced.

Two wing-shaped base bars are available – flat or sloping with 5cm more drop – and the Vision-made, Merida-designed products allow extensions to be fitted above or below. The arm rest risers can fit onto the base bar or the extensions.

The Warp looks extremely purposeful. It’s fitted with the new Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 11-speed, so new that the team won’t have sufficient supply for at least another month. The battery fits in the seatpost with a charging port on the head tube, and a San Marco saddle, Fulcrum wheels and Continental tubular tyres complete the picture.

Also launched on Friday were the Scultura Pro 907-E, the Scultura SL 909 and Ride Comp 905, the latter being the basis for Merida’s imminent cobbles bike. We’re told there will also be an updated aero bike launched around the time of the Giro d’Italia in May. For now, Petacchi and Pozzato are riding prototypes of it, with customised dimensions that suit their extreme positions.

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