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Vincenzo Nibali's Merida Reacto Disc - Gallery

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Vincenzo Nibali's Merida Reacto Disc

Vincenzo Nibali's Merida Reacto Disc
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The frameset is paired with Elite Custom Race Plus cages and team-issue bidons

The frameset is paired with Elite Custom Race Plus cages and team-issue bidons
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A guard on the chain stay prevents and damage from a dropped chain onto the frame

A guard on the chain stay prevents and damage from a dropped chain onto the frame
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A look at Nibali's 140mm rear Shimano Dura-Ace disc rotor

A look at Nibali's 140mm rear Shimano Dura-Ace disc rotor
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No 12-speed from Shimano… yet

No 12-speed from Shimano… yet
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The overriding trend for disc brakes in the WorldTour peloton is 160mm rotors at the front and 140mm at the rear

The overriding trend for disc brakes in the WorldTour peloton is 160mm rotors at the front and 140mm at the rear
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Bahrain-Merida use Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 pedals

Bahrain-Merida use Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 pedals
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Nibali runs an SRM Origin crankset with Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 chainrings

Nibali runs an SRM Origin crankset with Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 chainrings
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Prologo provide both Bahrain-Merida and Astana with specific team-issue saddles

Prologo provide both Bahrain-Merida and Astana with specific team-issue saddles
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Alloy stems are good enough for a multiple Grand Tour and Monument winner

Alloy stems are good enough for a multiple Grand Tour and Monument winner
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Nibali is one of four Bahrain-Merida riders who can opt out of riding disc brakes – should they wish – this season

Nibali is one of four Bahrain-Merida riders who can opt out of riding disc brakes – should they wish – this season
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Bahrain-Merida are one of a number of WorldTour teams to use Continental Competition ALX tubular tyres

Bahrain-Merida are one of a number of WorldTour teams to use Continental Competition ALX tubular tyres
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The black base colour of the frame is overlaid with white, red and gold decals

The black base colour of the frame is overlaid with white, red and gold decals
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Nibali's name and national flag adorn the seat cluster for easy identification

Nibali's name and national flag adorn the seat cluster for easy identification
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Like many modern aero bikes, the Merida Reacto Disc features a wedge system seat clamp in the top tube

Like many modern aero bikes, the Merida Reacto Disc features a wedge system seat clamp in the top tube
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Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) begins his 2019 season at the UAE Tour later this month, and like all of his Bahrain-Merida teammates, will likely race on a disc-equipped Merida Reacto or Scultura.

Unlike Nibali's teammates, however, the Italian - along with Bahrain-Merida leaders Domenico Pozzovivo, Rohan Dennis and Damiano Caruso - has the option to opt out of racing discs for specific races. The remainder of the squad will race with disc brakes throughout, joining the likes of Trek-Segafredo, Katusha-Alpecin, Bora-Hansgrohe and Deceuninck-QuickStep who have all committed to racing on discs for the entire season.

Nibali has a reputation for a racing style from a bygone era, attacking on impulse and feeling as opposed to the more calculated approaches focusing on watts seen in recent years. During Nibali's foray into the cobbled Classics early last season - and again during the Roubaix stage of the Tour de France - Nibali opted for mechanical Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 gearing on his bikes, likely preferring the mechanical feedback when changing gears on the rough cobbles.

Seen here, Nibali's Merida Reacto is running a Shimano Dura-Ace R9170 groupset and paired with an SRM Origin crankset.

FSA provides the cockpit components for Bahrain-Merida, while Prologo provides the contact points of handlebar tape and a Bahrain-Merida team-issue saddle.

Just how often - and for what types of races - we will see Nibali use his team privilege to opt for rim brakes over discs when racing remains to be seen.

Click or swipe through the gallery above for a closer look at Vincenzo Nibali's 2019 Merida Reacto.

Vincenzo Nibali's full bike specifications

  • Frameset: Merida Reacto Disc
  • Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9120, 160mm rotor
  • Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9120, 140mm rotor
  • Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace R9170
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
  • Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100, 11-30
  • Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
  • Crankset: SRM Origin with Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 chainrings, 172.5mm cranks
  • Wheelset: Fulcrum Racing 55T
  • Tyres: Continental Competition ALX, 25mm tubular
  • Stem: FSA OS-99, 125mm
  • Handlebars: FSA K-Force Light, 420mm
  • Tape/grips: Prologo
  • Saddle: Prologo Zero Nack Team Issue
  • Seat post: Merida Reacto Carbon
  • Bottle cages: Elite Custom Race Plus
  • Computer: SRM PC-8