Merida Scultura Endurance 7000-E review

The Merida Scultura Endurance is an all-terrain mile-munching speed machine that blurs the lines between road and gravel

Merida Scultura Endurance review
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Cyclingnews Verdict

A lively and confidence-inspiring endurance bike that's more than a little gravel curious


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    Wonderfully compliant leaf spring-inspired frame

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    Lively handling

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    35mm tyre clearance

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    Mudguard mounts


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    Pressfit BB

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    Non-tubeless tyre

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Merida has launched a brand new endurance road bike, the Scultura Endurance which features new geometry and some tailored details suited to riders who are looking to cover long miles in comfort. The new Scultura Endurance fills the gap between the aggressive geometry of the Scultura and Reacto and the comfort geometry of Merida’s Silex gravel bike.

Previously, Merida filled the endurance road category gap with the Mission Road. Using the Mission CX frameset and rejigging the components to accommodate double chainsets and slick tyres, it managed to do a decent job transferring its CX capabilities to munch up road miles.

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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.