The Merida MISSION CX isn’t only a UCI-certified cyclocross machine but also scores with its all-round characteristics off the race track. We took a closer look at the new all-rounder with its aggressive geometry.
The Merida MISSION CX presents much more than just a facelift to its predecessor, aiming also to be far more versatile. The new MISSION CX from Merida provides more clearance for large-volume tyres, incorporates the latest standards and offers a build spec that promises to give the rider the greatest possible freedom in where they want to take it. Merida envisages three types of riding for the MISSION CX: Cyclocross racing, all-road training and fast commuting. The all-round bike, available from September, will be available in carbon and aluminium.
Merida MISSION CX 8000-E – Componentry
The 8000-E is the top-end model of the MISSION CX product lineup, whereby the “E” doesn’t refer to electric pedal-assist but to the electronic shifting of the Shimano Ultegra Di2. One of the highlights in the spec is the drivetrain with 46/36 chainrings, 11-30T cassette and Ultegra RX rear derailleur. Thus equipped, the bike should easily be able to get up the steepest climbs and the derailleur and chain promise to remain silent and precise on rough surfaces thanks to Shimano’s clutch mechanism, as adapted from their MTB groupsets. To bring the weight down to 7.9 kg, Merida opted for Vision SC 40DB carbon wheels and Merida carbon handlebars and seat post.
Merida’s frame design is based on clean lines and internal cable routing. A unique feature is the removable seat stay bridge. Without it, the frame should offer more comfort without compromising the efficiency. With the bridge attached, you’ve got the option of mounting mudguards. The carbon fork also has mounting options for mudguards, which underlines the all-round character of the bike.
Merida MISSION CX 8000-E – Geometrie
Our thoughts on the Merida MISSION CX 8000-E
With the MISSION CX 8000-E, Merida has presented a beautiful looking bike that complements their product range. The update has been overdue for some time, bringing it up to speed on the all current standards. We’ll have to wait to do an in-depth review to see how the racing genes of the frame prove themselves in everyday life.
For more information head to merida-bikes.com
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