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MERIDA is always striving to give their customers something unique, something special that showcases the technology and the innovation that goes into our product line-up. In 2018 we created the REACTO SPECIAL EDITION ‘Nordic Lights’ in honour of the 2017 Road World Championships that took place in Oslo/Norway and in 2019 the ‘special edition’ – YOUR CHOICE – followed. Both bikes were an instant success and paved the way for creating further ‘special’ bikes/editions in our line-up. The product year 2020 is not going to be an exception, and we are delighted to present the 2020 REACTO LTD.
But let us start at the beginning. The current REACTO is the 3rd version of our test, and race-winning aero bike, which has been the ‘go-to’ machine for the BAHRAIN MERIDA PRO CYCLING TEAM since its launch. Now going into its 3rd product year, our REACTO is still one of the most advanced and aerodynamic bikes in its class. It impresses with state of the art ‘air slicing’ capabilities and is one of the most comfortable aero bikes on the market. But also, in terms of serviceability, our REACTO is one of the easiest to look after aero bikes in the peloton.
For the 2020 REACTO LTD we have taken the full carbon CF2 frame and not just specced it with a well thought through componentry package, but more importantly, have given it a unique look and appearance.
The design is inspired by architecture, modern interior design and the relationship between light and dark. It shows its beauty with clear and straight shapes; a fluid interaction between shapes and geometry. The keen-eyed observer will notice the arrangement of three rectangles on the head tube, positioned one above the other, fitting seamlessly into the geometric design aesthetic, while also, based on the oldest Chinese classic text I Ching*, symbolising ‘power’.
*The I Ching, also known as Book of Changes, is an ancient Chinese divination text and the oldest of the Chinese classics. Covering more than two and a half millennia of commentary and interpretation, the I Ching is an influential text read throughout the world, providing inspiration to the worlds of religion, psychoanalysis, literature, and art.
The design clearly demonstrates speed, power and performance and the fitted components reflect this eagerness perfectly.
HEAD TUBE DESIGN
Our REACTO LTD features unique head tube graphics, which perfectly reflect the over-all design of the bike. Three rectangles positioned one above the other, fitting seamlessly into the visual concept of the LTD and symbolise the power and dynamic.
REYNOLDS AR 58 DB
The REYNOLDS AR 58 DB carbon clincher disc brake wheelset features a unique custom design that blends perfectly into the design language of the REACTO LTD. The 58 mm deep carbon wheels have an internal rim width of 19 mm and an external of 28 mm. The wheels are tubeless-ready and provide a better fit for higher volume tyres that increase grip, lower rolling resistance and provide greater comfort.
MERIDA EXPERT CW COCKPIT
The MERIDA EXPERT CW cockpit consists of the EXPERT CW stem and EXPERT CW handlebar. Both bring aerodynamic shape and features to the front end of the bike, particularly the stem with its integrated top cap and its ‘gapless’ upper surface area.
MERIDA EXPERT SL AXLE
The REACTO LTD 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.
MERIDA EXPERT CC SADDLE
The MERIDA EXPERT CC saddle combines comfort, lightweight and storage capacity. Connected to the saddle’s faceplate is the new MERIDA mini toolbox. The included mini tool features 2/2.5/3/8 mm Allen keys, a flathead and Phillips head screwdriver and 10/25/30 Torx keys. On top of that, the S-FLEX aero seat post comes with an integrated safety light to add extra visibility in tunnels or during early morning rides.
MERIDA DISC COOLER
The Shimano ULTEGRA hydraulic disc brakes are fitted to the MERIDA DISC COOLER, a forged aluminium part that draws heat away through CNC-milled cooling fins, giving 35 % less heat build-up and faster temperature reduction for a stable braking performance.
The REACTO LTD comes fitted with a complete ULTEGRA Di2 drivetrain and ULTEGRA disc brakes. MERIDA’s DISC COOLER technology keep things cool on longer descends and extreme braking situations. MERIDA’s lightweight EXPERT stem, saddle (with an integrated toolbox and mini tool), through axle (with integrated 4/6 mm Allen key) and handlebar keep things perfectly controlled and comfortable. The S-FLEX seat post, with integrated rear light, contributes hugely to the ride comfort of the REACTO. And last but not least, the special edition REYNOLDS AR 58 DB wheels with a custom design.
The REACTO LTD – an overall concept that combines technical innovation, perfectly chosen components and a striking design, all into one.