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Hitting the lanes without much of a worry of what the surface is like and knowing that you have plenty of speed on tap, without sacrificing riding comfort is one of the holy grails of road riding. Based on this shopping list of attributes and the hugely popular and highly regarded SCULTURA platform, we have created the all-new SCULTURA ENDURANCE.
Offering a modern frame design with a more comfort-orientated geometry, plenty of tyre clearance and seamless integration of the latest standards, the SCULTURA ENDURANCE feeds seamlessly into the MERIDA road bike line-up. Wide tyres provide plenty of comfort, even on the most pothole littered country lanes, while a longer head tube offers a more relaxed riding position. The SCULTURA ENDURANCE is the perfect choice for more leisure-focused cyclists who want to enjoy long hours in the saddle while being comfortable and relaxed on the bike!
The new SCULTURA ENDURANCE speaks to endurance, leisure, pleasure and passionate cyclists. It is the perfect machine for riders who want to ride, whatever the weather and throughout the seasons, but who do not see the asphalt edge as the limit. It is a high quality and sporty training machine, while also being a fast and reliable commuter, a versatile adventure bike and above all a comfort-orientated road endurance bike.
All control cables like gear and brake cable enter the frame through a specifically shaped headset, making the cables almost invisible while also keeping them out of harm's way.
The 2nd generation disc coolers are further integrated into the frame and fork for a slicker appearance while reducing the risk of the disc brakes overheating on long and demanding descents. The forged aluminium part under the front and rear disc brake caliper draw heat away through CNC-milled cooling fins, giving 35% less heat build-up and faster temperature reduction for stable braking performance.
The direct mount gear hanger reduces moving parts at the derailleur end and improves shifting accuracy as well as aids fast wheel changes.
The SCULTURA ENDURANCE offers tyre clearance for up to 35 mm wide slick tyres, which can be run with less pressure than a 25 or 28 mm tyre, making the ride more comfortable than a conventional road racing bike.
SEAT POST CLAMP
Borrowed from our more aerodynamic focused road bikes like the REACTO or the TIME WARP, the SCULTURA ENDURANCE also features a new hidden seat post clamp that helps to keep lines smooth and uninterrupted as well as reduce turbulence around crucial parts of the bike.
The SCULTURA ENDURANCE comes with a longer head tube compared to the SCULTURA or MISSION CX, making the seating position more upright and therefore more comfort-orientated, without losing the all-important steering accuracy.
All our SCULTURA ENDURANCE models have the ability to add mudguards, making them more versatile, particularly when used as a training or commuting bike. The removable seat stay bridge stays in place to securely hold the rear mudguard or gets removed for a cleaner look and improved tyre clearance.
BOLT THROUGH AXLE
The new SCULTURA ENDURANCE features 12 mm bolt through axles for greater wheel stiffness and precise disc alignment when replacing wheels. The leaver (when inserted into the axle) allows easy loosening and tightening of the axle with its 6 mm Allen key. When removed, it works as a 4 mm Alley key, perfect for tightening, for example, the seat clamp or the stem bolt.
Specific areas in the chain and seat stays have a specific profile that works like a leaf spring and enhances the natural compliance of the frame material. It helps to add further comfort to the rear end of the bike as well as reduce vibrations.
R&D FOCUS AND DESIGN THINKING
The new SCULTURA ENDURANCE is clearly a comfort-orientated road bike, suitable for long-distance rides, handling tarmac equally well as rough pavement or even light fire roads. It combines innovative integration systems, both for brake and shifting cables as well as the seat post clamp, which are heavily influenced by MERIDA's more aerodynamically optimised machines, with spring comfort elements which you would expect from an endurance road bike.
For the SCULTURA ENDURANCE, MERIDA has created a completely new geometry, which suits the needs of a long-distance, comfort-orientated ride perfectly. The SCULTURA ENDURANCE comes with a longer head tube compared to the SCULTURA or MISSION CX, making the seating position more upright and therefore more comfort-orientated. Due to the fact that up to 35 mm wide slick tyres can be fitted (stock tyres are 32 mm), which can be run with less pressure than a 25 or 28 mm tyre, the ride becomes more comfortable than a conventional road racing bike. On top of that, the SCULTURA ENDURANCE also has a slacker head tube angle and a slightly longer wheelbase which makes the bike in combination with the wider tyres more stable and safer at speed.