Merida Scultura Disc 10K-E review

Light and stiff with predictable handling, the Merida Scultura Disc proves there's still a place for the traditional climbing bike in today's aero-obsessed racing culture

Merida Scultura Disc 10K-E road bike
(Image: © Aaron Borrill)

Cyclingnews Verdict

The Merida Scultura Disc 10K-E road bike is a climber's dream

Pros

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    Lightweight feel

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    Responsive to pedal inputs with impressive stiffness

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    Communicative underpinnings

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    Stealthy aesthetics

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    Disc-brake stopping power

Cons

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    Ride quality on the firm side

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    Lack of integration

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It's been four years since Merida launched this particular iteration of its Scultura platform and, despite its age, it's still proving a worthy option as far as the best lightweight bikes are concerned. Piloted by WorldTour outfit Bahrain-McLaren, the Scultura has earned a reputation for its all-round ability but is undoubtedly best enjoyed when treated to a smorgasbord of lumpy terrain where its lightweight properties can be exploited to the maximum. 

The bike you see here is the Merida Scultura 10K-E, a 6.75kg disc-brake-equipped race bike outfitted in Shimano's range-topping hydraulic Dura-Ace R9170 Di2 componentry. Is it as accomplished overcoming gravity as Merida claims? Well, we've spent four months testing it to bring you the definitive answer. 

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