Questions about purchasing bicycles and parts
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Hey all i found a link where someone was asking about the merida and ms , from what i understand merida make there own frames and also use wheels suitable for people over 100 kg in weight where as a lot of wheels are only rated to 85 kg , they also make frames for felt no idea what the 2008 model 905 is like but after speaking to 1 of the larger specialist shops in melbourne they recommended the merida for the above reasons i will be looking at the 2010 merida scultura 905 com soon its round 3.5 k anyone with any info on this bike and other comparable cycles feel free to reply be interested to hear your thoughts
it's worth discussing the meaning of load ratings.
when many mechanical products are designed, they're rated for capacity or load. obviously for bikes, the weight of the rider is important. but it's not the only determinant of load. when you go over a pothole, the static weight of your body on, say the seatpost, is magnified. so an important factor is also how much of a beating the bike gets.
many parts are more prone to fatigue failure than ultimate strength. in that case, the amount of use the bike gets is a key determinant.
finally, any reasonable design will include a fair factor of safety. when they say "rated to 50 kg", they often mean 100.
if you consider all of these things, you'd appreciate that statements like "this bike is rated to 85 kg" are, on their own, fairly meaningless.
i will have a lot more info on the wheels on the 905 soon will post it here been looking at ms after reading much on here about them , wondering how say the oppy c6 ms would compare to the mer 905 much the same retail $ but if i could get an oppy c6 for 500 less is that fruitless pennies to save only to gain a migrane ? lolz , dun think i wanna sit on the seat over a pot holes btw hehe but rims are far from equal when talking cycling
The wheels are such an interchangeable part I'd be reluctant to base my decision on whether to buy a bike solely on the wheels. A lot of shops will allow you to trade up/down anyway. The Merida uses the Shimano RS10 wheel afaik which is a 16/20 spoke configuration, which for a heavy rider with a lot of power may struggle. Maybe DT Swiss R 1900 (28/20) or Velocity Deep V (32). But I know plenty of 100kg+ riders using Mavic Aksiums without any issues.
I was close to buying a 909 (I think thatâ€™s the name) but decided that was a bit too much money to blow on a bike, anyway the bike was awesome! I did try a 905 at the same time and apart from lower grade carbon and about 1kg the bikes are very similar; responsive, excellent acceleration and well decked out with group sets/wheels etc. Merida makes Felt and Specialized frames and are the 2nd biggest bike maker in the world so the brand is pretty good. As for other bikes, work out your maximum budget then try as many bikes in that price range (take them for a decent ride, 30mins) and one will speak to you.
"If you get rich off this stuff, just take care of my family. I don't want my kids to have to go to college."
hey all thank you for your input so far very interesting , well as for rims on the 905 i count 28 spokes and says there Alex Road Aero 32-White-NC not rs10 with 20 spokes as someone mentioned prehaps those wheels are on a different model , the only cycles i have checked not riden so far are a giant defy 3 and defy 2 in 58 and 55 inch frame store owner reckoned i could get away with either but leant toward the 58 , from what i understand the difference between alloy and carbon ride is in mainly body fatigue and lower heart and respitory rates , i saw a scott cr1 on speshial but was told it may have a lot of flex , also a carbon Schwinn but nut much info so thinking to go with more reputable renowned brand at this stage
Yes you are correct, I was looking at this one
http://www.bicyclestore.com.au/Merida-R ... 22167.html
Anyway the Alex rims are pretty strong.
ahhh yes the 1 in the link has rs10 rims its the alloy version , the 1 im looking at is the carbon version which has alex rims , just was down the street near me and they have a ms c6 still in the box for the same money 3.5k for c6 and c5 is 2.5k that rrp of course , ms has a lifetime warranty on the frame for the original owner not to bad at all , can anyone tell me which is better between these 2 bikes merida scultura 905.com versus malvern star c6 both the same price point of 3.5k and the ms is the xl size frame
hey all havin a coopers best xtra stout lolz looking at cycle stats the ms oppy c6 has a funky looking frame like some new design i saw they reckons better with the curved top tube but the merida skul 905 com looks better at 1st glance wow this is not easy to choose , some input from owners of both will be awsome t/c all
hey all found an orbea vento on special that has full ultegra sl running gear it came down to the vento and riley which has sram running gear and lesser crank and wheels same frame but i dun wanna muck around changing things for some time , yet to see and test the vetto but buy all accounts its quite a high level machine aswell as highly sort after aswell i know someone whos had some high level wins in cycle racing and orbeas goin to be his next bike so that gotta say something aswell , plus many bikes are not available until early weeks of next year now so hopefully i can get some rides in before then wont be able to see ma vetto for another week will keep you posted
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