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Less weight, less drag and more comfortable? If you thought this couldn’t be achieved, meet the bike that will prove you wrong; the new 2022 Scultura V Team. Building on the unquestioned heritage of our lightweight road bike range, we’ve drastically reduced drag, boosted the comfort to new levels and all while shaving off precious grams to deliver a versatile, World Tour proven, race-winning weapon.
Since its introduction into the Merida road line-up, the Scultura has embodied lightweight race pedigree. It’s been the go-to bike when outstanding climbing ability was at the top of the agenda whilst its aero counterpart, the Reacto, has class-leading aerodynamics and pure efficiency covered. For 2022 our Scultura Team has taken what we’ve learned from our test and award-winning Reacto to improve its aero credentials, building on the already impressive comfort and also shaving 4% from the weight of our top-end CF5 carbon fibre frame.
DESIGNED FOR RACING
Our Scultura Team is very much aimed at top-level racers who are looking for a lightweight climbing bike with outstanding comfort and impressive aero credentials. With four World Tour stage wins under its belt, the results clearly show the Scultura's ability to deliver at the sharp end of the sport. It’s also the perfect partner for ambitious club riders who are looking for the perfect all-rounder with outstanding compliance for their pothole littered training rides. Last but not least, the final rider grouping that will benefit from the Scultura Team are sportive/gran fondo enthusiasts who don’t shy away from a race-proven and more aggressive geometry.
by our World Tour Team Bahrain-Victorious
The impressive improvements in comfort, aerodynamics and weight have already shown outstanding results in the World Tour underneath Team Bahrain-Victorious, winning an impressive four stages before the bike was even released; two stages at Critérium du Dauphiné (Mark Padun), one in the Tour de France (Dylan Teuns) and one in the Vuelta a España (Damiano Caruso). No better proof is needed that this bike has winning genes, right from the start.
TEAM SL 1P COCKPIT
Our one-piece cockpit is a key part of the aero improvements of our new Scultura Team
The full carbon one-piece handlebar-stem combination offers outstanding aerodynamics and weight savings (320 g) whilst giving the rider plenty of control. All cables run through internal lines in the cockpit for a sleek, uncluttered look that reduces drag. It also features our self-designed Garmin mount holder which offers two positions, is completely removable and can also be used as a GoPro mount.
Wire Port/Cable Integration
One of the key elements of the new Scultura that further improves the aerodynamic performance is the complete cable integration, hiding all cables from view and wind exposure, generating a 2 watt saving. All cables run through the bar and stem and enter the frame through our Wire Port headset.
Two-piece spacer design that interlocks when clamped but can be separated when the stem is lifted or removed from the steerer. Spacers can be removed without the need to disconnect or cut cables and hoses, making setup fast and easy.
The Force Diffuser is an integral part of the Merida Team SL 1P Cockpit and drastically improves the fork steerer tube fatigue life. The metal sleeve of the Force Diffuser wraps around the carbon steerer in the clamping area and evenly spreads the load generated by the clamping process.
Our latest generation disc coolers are further integrated into the frame and fork to minimise aerodynamic drag 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 calliper draw heat away through CNC-milled cooling fins, giving 35% less heat build-up and faster temperature reduction for stable braking performance. The latest version features improved access to the bleeding port of the new Shimano 12-speed Flat Mount disc brakes.
Integrated Seatpost Clamp
A new hidden seatpost clamp helps to keep lines smooth and uninterrupted as well as reducing turbulence around crucial parts of the bike.
The new fork and frame allow tyres of up to 30 mm to be fitted which, besides the increased seatpost extension that gives the post more room to flex, further improves the comfort as well as the road grip of the new Scultura.
The direct mount gear hanger reduces moving parts at the derailleur end, improving shifting accuracy as well as aiding fast wheel changes.
The new Scultura features a more aggressively sloping top tube, as well as an integrated seatpost clamp. This combination allows us to shorten the seat tube by 40 mm, exposing more post and therefore allowing more flex. Additional flex improves riding comfort over rough road surfaces and reduces rider fatigue.
Removable Through Axle
The new Scultura features 12 mm bolt through axles for greater wheel stiffness and precise disc alignment when replacing wheels. The lever (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 the seat clamp or the stem bolt.
Welcome to the 5th generation of the Scultura Team – streamlined racing comfort
Whilst weight saving was always a focus during the development of the new Scultura, we wanted to make it much more aerodynamic and even more comfortable to ride than its predecessor. If we were able to achieve these demanding goals, we would be able to keep rider speeds high and body/muscle fatigue low, all while delivering significant improvements over its already impressive predecessor. The target would be to create the most accomplished all-round road bike in our history.
Despite aero tube profiles being inherently heavier than round ones, the frame weight has been reduced by 38 g over the outgoing design, which is an approximate weight saving of 4.4%, bringing the frame weight of the new 5th generation Scultura Team down to 822g (size M).
Through adapting aero specific Reacto design features around the head tube and fork area, introducing complete cable integration with our one-piece cockpit, hiding the seatpost clamp and lowering the attachment points of the seat stays we were able to reduce the aero performance of our Scultura from the 234.3 watts at 45 kph of its predecessor to an impressive 224.5 watts at 45 kph. That is an impressive wattage saving of 4.2%.
Comfort is often seen as a characteristic only important to ‘leisure’ cyclists rather than serious athletes, but tests have shown that reducing body and muscle fatigue allows riders to ride harder, for longer. By reducing the vertical stiffness from bottom bracket to the saddle by around 38%, increasing the tyre clearance to fit 30 mm tyres and extending the seatpost exposure by 40 mm we were able to equip the new Scultura Team with a level of comfort never seen - or felt - before.