Merida Reacto LTD review

One month into our longterm test and the Merida Reacto LTD road bike is already impressing us

Merida Reacto Longterm Test
(Image: © Graham Cottingham)

Cyclingnews Verdict

Accurate handling and well thought out spec will make the Merida Reacto LTD a favourite with riders who want to go fast


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    Effortless straight-line speed

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    Scything high-speed cornering capabilities

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    Dampening when dealing with large impacts


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    Doesn't come with tubeless tyres as standard

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    The rear light is far from reliable

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Merida may not be the first brand that comes to mind when seeking top-flight performance on the road but that doesn't mean the Reacto should be overlooked. While Merida may not have the boutique cache that many other brands offer, the Reacto certainly doesn’t lack performance when mixing it with the best aero road bikes. In fact, the Reacto boasts some impressive aero advantages thanks to the brand’s CFD and wind-tunnel testing. Like the previous iterations of the Reacto, refined laboratory score’s prove to translate well when the rubber hits the tarmac and, as Merida is the bike sponsors for Bahrain Mclaren Team in 2020, the CF4 Reacto is the bike of choice for Mark Cavendish.

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Graham has been part of the Cyclingnews team since January 2020. He has mountain biking at his core and can mostly be found bikepacking around Scotland or exploring the steep trails around the Tweed Valley. Not afraid of a challenge, Graham has gained a reputation for riding fixed gear bikes both too far and often in inappropriate places.