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First 500 km on the 2011 Merida Scultura Evo 905

2 Comments 21 July 2011

Filling canteens in the middle of a ride

It has been a bit too warm for road cycling here recently, so we’ve been bombing in the forests lately, but I have managed to get the first 500 kilometers on my new Merida and it has been a very pleasurable experience. The stiffness of the frame manages to surprise me every time and although I was warned by many riders that they are afraid with their carbon frames, I’ve noticed being more aggressive on my carbon bike than I ever have been on my steel frame.

The main thing I like in the bike is the feeling of reliability. I trust this bike. I don’t know why, but I noticed it from the first ride and I really, really feel like I will have this bike for a long time. I haven’t done first maintenance on it yet, since it hasn’t really needed it. Still, I usually take my bikes to the shop for the first check so I’ll have a second opinion on possible faults. The brakes and the gears need a bit of work, but that’s usual with a new bike. Definite increase in ride speeds and endurance, really digging the Merida!

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