team lampre-meridaLaunch of the
Merida Reacto Evo

When MERIDA decided to sponsor a professional road racing team, Taiwan’s second biggest bicycle manufacturer set out a clear target: This was a matter of high priority that asked for a full commitment. To ensure that the riders of TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA have the best shot at wins, sophisticated equipment needed to be developed. After the allround road bike «Scultura SL», the «Warp TT» time trial machine and the vertically particularly compliant «Ride Pro» built for bad roads have been brought to race use. For the three-week grand tours in Italy, France and Spain another breed of road bike was on the team’s wish list. To successfully build up sprint trains at high speed or to turn that long breakaway into a win, the riders of TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA needed a bike that cheats the wind and still manages to transfer the rider’s power to the road without any loss.

Thus MERIDA’s R&D department headed by Jürgen Falke had a clear list of tasks. The goal was an aerodynamically optimized frame that does not compromise in stiffness, particularly in the drive train area. As aerodynamic road bikes are interesting not only for professional road riders but also for triathletes, the position on the bike is meant to be performance or even race oriented. To meet these requirements, MERIDA’s development department profited greatly from the knowledge acquired when developing the «Warp TT».

First prototypes of MERIDA’s new, aerodynamic road bike had been in use since early spring, mostly by Filippo Pozzato. So there was plenty of time to work on the details and react to riders’ feedbacks before finishing the design. The result of all this work has already been certified for race use by the UCI and is called «REACTO EVO». This road bike does not have all that much in common with MERIDA’s old «Reacto», though. Some of the features that got the «Warp TT» such impressive results in the wind channel have been built into the new frame.

First prototypes of MERIDA’s new, aerodynamic road bike had been in use since early spring, mostly by Filippo Pozzato. So there was plenty of time to work on the details and react to riders’ feedbacks before finishing the design. The result of all this work has already been certified for race use by the UCI and is called «REACTO EVO». This road bike does not have all that much in common with MERIDA’s old «Reacto», though. Some of the features that got the «Warp TT» such impressive results in the wind channel have been built into the new frame.

For example all frame parts that are exposed to the airstream, i.e. the head tube, down tube, seat tube and the fork blades feature distinctive «NACA Fastback» profiles. To comply with the rules of the world cycling federation, the aero profiles of these parts are cut. The big advantage of this so called Kamm tail construction is that frame tubes can be built to be both aerodynamic and still wide enough to offer a solid base for the headtube and the bottom bracket. «In terms of stiffness, the REACTO EVO scores only slightly lower values than the SCULTURA SL», MERIDA’s head of the R&D department Jürgen Falke explains. «We have also managed to keep the extra weight in close check. That is important as the REACTO EVO is also meant to be used for mountain time trials as the one at the Giro d’Italia.»

But the distinctively shaped main tubes and fork blades are not all yet: The seat stays are connected to the seat tube low down and have a really svelte profile. The rear brakes are mounted below the bottom bracket for even less drag. Up front, the fork is shaped to form a sleek transition to the head tube, and the direct-mount brake fits right in at the fork’s crown. The airflow has been further optimized by putting the down tube a bit lower and closer to the front wheel. To keep some of the resulting harshness away from the rider, the «REACTO EVO» comes with an «S-Flex» seat post. While it has the same profile as the frame, MERIDA has built in a little slot with an integrated carbon spring right under the seat clamp, offering a substantial increase in comfort.

The 17th stage of the Giro d’Italia finished in Filippo Pozzato’s home region, and the riders of TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA showed a strong race aboard their REACTO EVOs. On the next day, MERIDA’s aero road bike was ridden in the mountain time trial as well. This shows that the latest result of MERIDA’s constant drive for innovation has passed the test of professional road cycling successfully.

 

 

team lampre-meridaThe Merida warp tt
in the wind tunnel

For the first time in the company’s long history, MERIDA has entered the colourful circus of the UCI WorldTour with TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA as per 2013. Being the equipment supplier, Taiwan’s second-largest bicycle manufacturer has taken over a huge responsibility towards the professional riders of the team. After all these athletes have to rely on their equipment to 100 percent at every single of the millions and millions of pedal strokes they perform just as much as they have to rely on themselves. And it all serves to finish as far up in the standings as possible. Based on 11 years of experience with the exceedingly successful MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM, MERIDA has collected a lot of experience in mountain biking’s professional racing. And TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA’s professional athletes now get to profit from exactly this experience.

Having athletes winning an Olympic gold medal and numerous world and European championship titles aboard its bicycles, MERIDA has delivered plenty of proof that it knows how to build competitive racing equipment at a state-of-the-art level in the world of mountain biking. And still, building a truly dedicated time trial machine and dialling it in perfectly for these world-class athletes was a very special challenge. But it was a challenge that MERIDA’s R&D team and its head Jürgen Falke accepted more than gladly.

The first task at hand was to design the equipment as flawlessly and perfectly as possible to avoid any weak links. Apart from strict regulations from the world cycling union UCI that the WAPR TT time trial had to comply with regarding its construction, both the weight and the stiffness had to be at a world-class level.

But even more importantly, the aerodynamics of this projectile had to be spot on. After all every fraction of a second counts in the individual and team time trials of the important stage races TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA competes in. So MERIDA has spent hundreds of hours in the wind tunnel in order to design every fraction of a square inch of the new WARP TT as aerodynamically advanced as possible. And this effort paid off: Thanks to the „fastback“ aero profiles with their pronounced cut-away on the backside, the progressive layout of both the frame and the fork and a cockpit that has been fully integrated into the entire design concept, the result is a minimal aerodynamic drag that puts the WARP TT in the select group of the best time trial machines available at the moment right from the start.

But in the fight for fractions of seconds in time trials it’s not only the machine that makes the difference, it’s the entire system of both bike and rider. To make this symbiosis eat the miles as fast as possible, MERIDA’s engineers and the athletes took their time for some days to tweak all the adjustments in order to obtain an optimum result in Newton S.r.l.’s circulating air wind tunnel particularly suited to cyclists in a suburb of Milan, assisted by athletic consultant Robert Kühnen. MERIDA’s proprietary, patent pending „Modular Head“ system was a big help for the engineers as it allows for a precise adjustment for each rider. A millimetre here, another one there, achieving a somewhat narrower shoulder position and putting the elbows just a bit deeper: It’s these small details that are decisive for success. But MERIDA knows how to work those small details. First successful performances of TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA at the spring races show the full potential that MERIDA can tap thanks to its meticulous attention to detail.

 
 
 

 

Team Lampre-meridalaunch of the
Merida Ride pro

For the first time in the company’s long history, MERIDA has entered the colourful circus of the UCI WorldTour with TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA as per 2013. Being the equipment supplier, Taiwan’s second-largest bicycle manufacturer has taken over a huge responsibility towards the professional riders of the team. After all these athletes have to rely on their equipment to 100 percent at every single of the millions and millions of pedal strokes they perform just as much as they have to rely on themselves. And it all serves to finish as far up in the standings as possible. Based on 11 years of experience with the exceedingly successful MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM, MERIDA has collected a lot of experience in mountain biking’s professional racing. And TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA’s professional athletes now get to profit from exactly this experience.

Having athletes winning an Olympic gold medal and numerous world and European championship titles aboard its bicycles, MERIDA has delivered plenty of proof that it knows how to build competitive racing equipment at a state-of-the-art level in the world of mountain biking. And still, building a truly dedicated time trial machine and dialling it in perfectly for these world-class athletes was a very special challenge. But it was a challenge that MERIDA’s R&D team and its head Jürgen Falke accepted more than gladly.

The first task at hand was to design the equipment as flawlessly and perfectly as possible to avoid any weak links. Apart from strict regulations from the world cycling union UCI that the WAPR TT time trial had to comply with regarding its construction, both the weight and the stiffness had to be at a world-class level.

But even more importantly, the aerodynamics of this projectile had to be spot on. After all every fraction of a second counts in the individual and team time trials of the important stage races TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA competes in. So MERIDA has spent hundreds of hours in the wind tunnel in order to design every fraction of a square inch of the new WARP TT as aerodynamically advanced as possible. And this effort paid off: Thanks to the „fastback“ aero profiles with their pronounced cut-away on the backside, the progressive layout of both the frame and the fork and a cockpit that has been fully integrated into the entire design concept, the result is a minimal aerodynamic drag that puts the WARP TT in the select group of the best time trial machines available at the moment right from the start.

But in the fight for fractions of seconds in time trials it’s not only the machine that makes the difference, it’s the entire system of both bike and rider. To make this symbiosis eat the miles as fast as possible, MERIDA’s engineers and the athletes took their time for some days to tweak all the adjustments in order to obtain an optimum result in Newton S.r.l.’s circulating air wind tunnel particularly suited to cyclists in a suburb of Milan, assisted by athletic consultant Robert Kühnen. MERIDA’s proprietary, patent pending „Modular Head“ system was a big help for the engineers as it allows for a precise adjustment for each rider. A millimetre here, another one there, achieving a somewhat narrower shoulder position and putting the elbows just a bit deeper: It’s these small details that are decisive for success. But MERIDA knows how to work those small details. First successful performances of TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA at the spring races show the full potential that MERIDA can tap thanks to its meticulous attention to detail.