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Raleigh Bikes Merit 2 Our 2019 Review

great for long distance rides…

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PROS

  • Great Value for Money
  • Chainset good for CX and City Biking
  • Excellent for Long Distance Rides
  • Al-6061 Frame
  • Durable
  • Light

CONS

  • Needs Careful Calibration to Get the Most Out of IT
  • Assembly Required

Review Summary

Here we have a beautiful yet powerful ride that can easily be converted into an excellent long-range cycling bike. It comes at a great price when one considers what it has to offer. Even though some compromises have been made when it comes to the components, it’s still a versatile machine.

You can expect excellent performance as far as cyclocross and long-range city riding goes. While some components might need to be replaced more often if they are mistreated, but the alloy frame is the ride’s strongest component as it’s quite durable. The al-6061 frame and custom tapered alloy fork are lightweight enough for a rapid lap.

To help you flatten out any hill, there are the Shimano Claris 8sod STI shifters with sixteen gears to choose from. There are also the 32. fitment and thru axles that make this ride swift and highly adaptable.

The machine offers excellent stopping power, better responsiveness, and wide tires for stability. It seems to be much more than a mid-range endurance bike. They provide the rider with a great feeling over any trail while reducing fatigue.

The Merit 2 is a comfortable ride – it’s perfect for an all-day adventure or a quick commute. It will take you quite far, without breaking the bank.

Specifications

  • WEIGHT – 23.5 lbs

  • FRAME – 061 Aluminium

  • FORK – Custom Alloy SPF 1-1/8-in to 1.5 taper, Thru-Axle with Post DiscMounts

  • FRAME SIZE – S through XXXL

  • DERAILLEURS – Shimano Claris x2

  • CRANKS – Compact 34/50 t

  • BRAKES – TRP Spyre C mechanical disc

  • SHIFTER – Shimano SP41 Shift Housing: Shimano Claris 8spd STI

  • TIRES – Kenda Kwick Roller Sport, 700x28c

  • WHEELSET – Weinmann XC180 doublewall

Raleigh Bikes Merit 2 – Features

Frameset

The bike is equipped with a 6061 aluminum double butted alloy dish frame with thru axles. It offers sufficient protection from bumps encountered on cx courses and longer journeys thanks to its satisfactory flex. Paired with the custom tapered alloy work, the 6061 frame ensures a fast and fun ride.

Sizing goes from S to XXL. If you are anywhere between 5′ and 6’5″, you’ll have no problems finding the perfect frame for your height.

Groupset

The Merit 2 comes with a Shimano 8spd (11 to 32 t) 11-speed 11 to 32 T cogset, in addition to compact 34/50 t cranks and a KMC Z82 chain. There are plenty of advantages to a dual crankshaft. Such a crankshaft is truly valuable to those who are used to it.

However, a novice cyclist or beginner cyclocross rider might have some difficulties maintaining them. They also might experience some challenges shifting gears, until they gain some more experience.

The chain is exceptional and ought to last longer than other components. It goes through very little stress throughout the rotation process.

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Wheelset

What’s arguably the best feature of the Merit 2, aside from the aluminum frame. The wheelset is quite well-built, and the tires offer solid puncture resistance. Each tire comes with a belt under its tread that protects the tube inside, which is typically quite fragile.

The Clement chevron side tread pattern along with the textured center tread ensure an excellent grip in both dry and wet conditions. The tires are textured all the way around – you can comfortably lean all the way over on pavement and still hold complete control over the bike. The machine is highly maneuverable thanks to their lightweight design.

Popping the tires on and off and re-pumping them when they get flat doesn’t require much effort. That ought to rarely be the case in fact, as the tires are well-designed.

Downsides

 

Assembly and Calibration

The ride comes partially assembled. If you’re keen on heading out to the cx course, you’ll have to roll up your sleeves first. A complete novice will take two hours to assemble the ride, while a more experienced cyclist might take only half an hour.

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Verdict

This is a cyclocross bike that ought to suit a lot of different riders. Even though it is considered an entry-level ride, you should be at least just one step from novice to be able to get the most out of it. If you are just somewhere between an amateur and an expert, this is the ride for you.