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Merida Reacto 400 (2019): ChooseMyBicycle.com Expert Review

Price: 1,09,990
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Merida Reacto 400 (2019) Review

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Merida Reacto 400 (2019): ChooseMyBicycle.com Expert Review

Merida Reacto 400 (2019) Review

Merida is a Taiwanese international brand manufacturing bicycles for commuting, fitness, trails, touring and racing. These cycles are performance packed and aesthetically designed. Merida also has their presence in the coveted Tour De France with the Bahrain Merida racing team. We got the opportunity to test ride the Merida Reacto 400 (2019) and here is what we thought.

Weight: 9.31 kgs

Usage: Fitness/Racing

Merida Reacto 400 (2019): ChooseMyBicycle.com Expert Review An Aero road bicycle with a lightweight frame and a full Shimano 105 drivetrain.
Overall Product
Rating
Performance
3.9
Design
4.2
Features
3.9
Value for Money
3.8

Things We Like

  • Lightweight and aerodynamic Aluminium frame with a carbon fork
  • Smooth and precise gear shifting with the Shimano 105 drivetrain
  • Aesthetic design and graphics

Things We Don't Like

  • Slightly better treaded tires would have helped in the longer run
Merida Reacto 400 (2019) Frame

The Reacto 400 is built on a lightweight 6066 triple butted and hydroformed aluminium frame. The geometry is a bit aggressive and this is needed for fast and compact rides. This frame has a tapered head tube, a smoothly welded frame and an integrated seat clamp. The aerodynamic tube profiles from NACA, essentially means that Merida has taken the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics profiles and lopped the back end off, trimming the trailing edges to aid in the smooth reintegration of air. It's the same aero concept that is used on many high-end cars like the Toyota Prius. The Reacto CF carbon fork was bladed and helped with keeping the front of the bicycle light.

Merida Reacto 400 (2019) Frame This lightweight aerodynamic aluminium frame weighs only 9.31kgs and comes in 5 different frame sizes.
Merida Reacto 400 (2019) Design

Merida’s designs are always a standout and the Reacto’s design looks the best with graphics matching the aero frame profile. The bicycle I test rode came in a matte finish Grey frame with Silver and Green graphics. The flat aero tube profiles along with the bladed carbon fork and an integrated seat tube clamp immensely enhanced the aesthetic appeal of this bicycle.

Merida Reacto 400 (2019) Design This bicycle comes in 2 colour variants; Matte Grey with Silver/Green graphics and Gloss Black with Red graphics
Merida Reacto 400 (2019) Gearing

The Reacto 400 is equipped with a full Shimano 105 road drivetrain. 105 is Shimano’s entry into full performance drivetrains. It sits beneath Dura-Ace, Ultegra and Di2. During the test ride both at the front and rear, the gears shift cleanly, smoothly and quietly. I never missed a gear or felt the shifter being unresponsive when I needed to change gear quickly. The 2x10 speed integrated Shimano 105 shifters were easy to use with feather light pushes to change the gears.

Merida Reacto 400 (2019) Gearing The Shimano 105, 2x10 Speed derailleurs worked well and had enough depth for quick acceleration and climbs
Merida Reacto 400 (2019) Brakes and Steering

Merida’s stock Road Pro and Reacto direct handle the braking power on the Reacto 400 (2019). These stock road caliper brakes are lightweight components and powerful on flat tarmacs.

The Merida Expert CW handlebar was compact and not too wide, this made sure the rider can tuck in and get into an aerodynamic position.

Merida Reacto 400 (2019) Brakes and Steering The Merida stock Caliper Brakes with 105 brake levers made the braking experience safe and responsive
Merida Reacto 400 (2019) Wheels and Saddle

The Maxxis Dolomites 700x25C folding tires on the Reacto 400 (2019) are race specific tires built to be lightweight but reliable. Maxxis have found the perfect balance in the Dolomites using technology such as their silkworm puncture protection and duel compound tread.

The Merida Sport stock saddle was not only colour coded, but has a level of support and cushioning that suits the rider on faster rides just as much as those riding a century. The integrated seat post clamp was aero shaped and made adjustments easier. The overall ride quality was fast and comfortable on flat tarmacs.

Merida Reacto 400 (2019) Wheels and Saddle The 700x25C road tires are long lasting and give good traction on tarmacs
This road bicycle comes with a full Shimano 105 drivetrain and Merida’s stock caliper brakes. The lightweight alloy frame with a carbon fork kept the overall weight very low at 9.31 kgs. The design and graphics were aesthetic and the matte finish was smooth and of top notch. Priced at Rs.1,09,490 (as on 1st February 2019) the Merida Reacto 400 (2019) is an ideal choice for anyone looking to buy an aero road race bicycle for faster rides on the tarmac.

Prices are subject to change by the brand, without due notice.

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