Since our childhood, most of us have seen a bicycle as a way to explore new roads, new woods. As adults, we have many other daily concerns but we still want to get away, to exercise, to explore.
We usually enjoy those moments when we have a “back wind” that makes our progress a little easier. That’s why Merida has created a range of electrically assisted road and gravel bikes, composed of the eSCULTURA, eSPEEDER and eSILEX.
The three models are designed for fundamentally different practices: road for the eSCULTURA, gravel for the eSILEX and fitness/commuter e-bike for the eSPEEDER.
However, those models share many features, including the new eAL700c frame, which is common to all three models, as well as the MAHLE X35+ drive, battery and control unit.
The MAHLE X35+ system keeps the overall weight of the bike extremely low and maintains the elegance of this electric machine.
The new eAL700c frames have a 250 Wh internal battery and are characterized by the complete integration of the cable set with the WIRE PORT headset. They can accommodate 700C or 650B wheels (up to 42 or 47 mm section respectively) and have a very versatile geometry that is both comfortable and sporty.
Merida has chosen the MAHLE X35+ rear hub motor, which provides efficient and natural assistance. The low rolling resistance of the MAHLE X35+ is particularly noticeable when the power assist is disengaged above 25 km/h.
This Motor delivers 40 Nm of torque in all three models, while the motor configuration (the software that regulates the support of the drive unit) is specially adapted to meet the requirements of the three different models.
Electric assistance is controlled from easily accessible iWoc button, which informs the cyclist of the level of assistance and battery life. It also makes it very easy to switch from one assistance level to another.
While torque and battery size may seem “undersized” in the race for power and range, the MAHLE X35+ is considered to be a particularly suitable system due to its efficiency below 25 km/h (assistance) as well as above 25 km/h (battery life).
Total weight of the electric bicycles, their design quality and motorization characteristics, make pedalling without electric assistance particularly natural and easy.
If, however, additional autonomy is required, an additional 250 Wh battery can be installed. In addition to the specific settings of the powertrain software, the three models differ in their components and accessories.
eSCULTURA road e-bike
This “classic road electric bike” within the new range of Merida’s e-bike models. eSCULTURA is equipped with a full CF3 carbon fork and offers a road geometry while maintaining increased comfort and excellent vibration absorption.
Road handlebars combined with 32 mm slick section tires make the eSCULTURA an ideal road companion for cyclists who want a sporty e-bike.
Although the eSCULTURA is an e-bike designed for road trips with a surprisingly low weight for a power-assisted bike, its comfortable and sporty geometry also makes it suitable for everyday use.
eSCULTURA 400 : 3149 €
eSPEEDER commuter e-bike
For biking, urban environments, city bike paths, the new eSPEEDER is the perfect choice. Its flat handlebar provides ultimate control and a comfortable riding position. It is equipped with wider 700c tires for added safety and comfort.
eSPEEDER is designed for commuting, fitness outings and general cycling adventures. The eSPEEDER 400 EQ is fully equipped with mudguards, rear rack and stand.
eSPEEDER 200: 2499 €.
eSPEEDER 400 EQ : 2699 €.
eSILEX gravel e-bike
If you’re often looking for the off-road alternative or just like to explore new paths, then eSILEX may be the perfect assisted bike for you. Just like the other model, eSILEX is available as a 650B plus off-road oriented version or as a 700c faster version.
Both versions are equipped with gravel/off-road tires for increased grip. With a large number of attachment points on the frame as well as on the fork, the eSILEX is a perfect platform for bike-packing and adventure biking.
Merida has equipped the eSILEX with a flared handlebar that improves control on trails. Its carbon fork has a gravel bike specific design that provides high stability and resistance for gravel biking. In addition, this model also has several attachment points for accessories.
eSILEX 400 : 2899 €
eSILEX + 600 : 3099 €.
Check out the Merida website for these new models.