The De Rosa Merek Evolution still has the same Italian flair as previous years, but now comes fitted with Shimano's Ultegra 11 speed groupset. A truly lovely bike designed for speed and any rider who's serious about their cycling.
|Number of gears:||22|
|Front Axle Type:||9mm QR|
|Frame:||High modulus carbon fibre|
|Fork:||High modulus carbon fibre|
|Bottle Cage Mounts:||Double|
|Front Derailleur Mount:||Braze On|
|Dropouts:||Replaceable Rear Derailleur Hanger|
|Wheel Size:||700c (622)|
|Wheelset:||Fulcrum Quattro, clincher|
|Brake Levers/Gear Shifters:||Shimano Ultegra|
|Front Derailleur:||Shimano Ultegra|
|Rear Derailleur:||Shimano Ultegra|
|Brakes:||Shimano Ultegra Sti|
|Brake Callipers:||Shimano Ultegra|
|Chainring Size:||50 Tooth, 34 Tooth|
|Bottom Bracket:||Shimano Hollowtech|
|Cassette:||Shimano Ultegra, 11 speed|
|Cassette Range:||11-25 Tooth|
|Bar Tape/Grips:||De Rosa, white|
|Stem:||3T ARX Pro|
|Seat Post:||FSA K-Force/De Rosa|
|Tyres:||Continental Grand Prix|
|Pedals:||Supplied with basic flat pedals|
|Warranty:||3 year frame warranty, 12 month parts warranty|
The Italian built Artisan frame is a gorgeous 100% carbon road bike by De Rosa. Manufactured from high modulus carbon fibre, and complete with a full carbon tapered fork, it comes complete and is ready to race the moment unpacked. Shimano's Ultegra 11 speed groupset is throughout this race bred machine with Fulcrum Quattro clincher wheels rolling along the tarmac and a mix of 3T components completing the package off nicely. And of course like any De Rosa it looks amazing and will be the pride of your club run!
De Rosa Frame and Fork:
The frame is manufactured from high modulus carbon fibre and comes complete with a full carbon tapered fork. Being responsive and using your power efficiently are key to the design of the Merak Evolution, and this comes through in the oversized bottom bracket and head tube areas, which transfer every watt of power into forward motion, and the aero seat tube and tricolore aero carbon seat post which help you cheat the wind.
Shimano's Ultegra 11 Speed Groupset (6800):
New for 2014 is Shimano Ultegra's 11 speed groupset. Their Ultegra series is "pro-proven" as it is a direct trickle down from their Dura Ace group and stands for state-of-the-art technology. Many new features have been introduced, with the key one being an 11th sprocket added to the rear cassette cluster. Improvements have also been made elsewhere within the groupo such as smoother shifting and better braking performance. The chainset also takes it's looks from it's older brother - Dura Ace.
Ultegra takes the latest technology from Dura Ace and provides it at a much more competitive price and is ideal for the real world riders who want good performance. For many years it has been the backbone groupset for many and offers much of the functionality from the top-of-the-line Dura Ace groupo.
The Merak Evolution comes fitted with Shimano's Ultegra 'new look' chainset and in the form of a compact (50x34). Couple this with the rear cassette and you have a good mix of gears (22 to be exact) that will enable you to climb the steepest of hills with relative ease and/or to thrash down that favourite piece of road at full speed.
Wheels and Braking:
A pair of Fulcrum Quattro wheels comes supplied with the Merek Evolution and these comes wrapped with a pair of Continental Grand Prix tyres. These wheels offer excellent reactive acceleration, ample traction and stability in the corners, and ideal for trading pulls at the front of the pack or tackling a tricky technical descent. Well known for it's performance, the Racing 5's are a great set of wheels that accompany the Merek nicely.
The Finishing Kit:
High quality 3T finishing components, such as their Ergosum handlebar and ARX stem, provide the front-end handling controls, whilst the Prologo saddle, which sits upon the De Rosa aero carbon seat post, gives you the comfort you need as the miles fly by. A great finishing kit bundle that gives you complete comfort and reliability whilst out on the roads.
Each Merak is fully built, tested and tuned by Wiggle's team of qualified bike mechanics to ensure you're bike arrives in perfect condition. To find out which size fits you use the size chart below.
Wiggle has a comprehensive range of road bikes to suit all types of cycling. Including racing bikes and triathlon racing bikes, along with a comprehensive range of ladies road bikes and mens road bikes for competitive racing or leisure cycling. Wiggle’s range of road racing bikes are lighter and faster than other styles of bikes making them the ideal choice for many different cycling activities. Available in standard sizes, Wiggle’s road bikes offer outstanding value for money across our extensive ranges.
Few bike brands can claim to be as beautifully crafted or as lovingly made as De Rosa – so we're understandably excited about stocking them @ Wiggle. Formed in 1953, De Rosa is synonymous with everything cyclists know and love about Italian bikes: passion, master craftsmanship, skill and precision. Whether it's the hand-finished steel Neo Primato frameset which catches your eye or the Merak Carbon, all bikes are created with the same close attention to detail by the family-run De Rosa company, which is based in Milan. These are the bikes which Ugo de Rosa dreamt of building as a teenager. More than half a century later, his dreams are reality and countless champions have ridden – and still ride – his prestigious bikes. His love and enthusiasm for cycling is reflected in every single bike made. A De Rosa bike is the kind of bike you buy and keep forever...
The size chart below will get you on the right size bike. Experienced riders may also wish to refer to the geometry chart for more detail.
Getting the Right Fit
At Wiggle we measure each of our bikes to build accurate size charts for our customers. Our qualified team of mechanics then individually check each order, against measurements supplied by you, to ensure the size chosen is correct. Another reason you can have complete confidence when buying a bike from Wiggle!
If you are on the change over between sizes both options will fit. Racers and experienced riders would usually select a smaller size as this offers quicker handing. A larger bike offers more stability and is more suited to new and intermediate riders.
|Height||cm||156 - 160cm||160 - 165cm||165 - 170cm||170 - 175cm||175 - 180cm||180 - 185cm||185 - 188cm|
|ft||5′ 1″ - 5′ 3″||5′ 3″ - 5′ 5″||5′ 5″ - 5′ 7″||5′ 7″ - 5′ 9″||5′ 9″ - 5′ 11″||5′ 11″ - 6′ 1″||6′ 1″ - 6′ 2″|
|Inside Leg||cm||66 - 69cm||69 - 71cm||71 - 73cm||73 - 76cm||76 - 78cm||78 - 81cm||81 - 83cm|
|inches||26″ - 27″||27″ - 28″||28″ - 29″||29″ - 30″||30″ - 31″||31″ - 32″||32″ - 33″|
|Top Tube (Virtual)||mm||505mm||525mm||535mm||545mm||555mm||565mm||580mm|
|Seat Tube - Center to Virtual Top||mm||47mm||49mm||51mm||54mm||55mm||57mm||59mm|
|Seat Tube Angle||Degrees||75°||75°||74.5°||74°||73.5°||73°||72.6°|
|Bottom Bracket to Fork||mm||568mm||574mm||579mm||582mm||587mm||590mm||600mm|
|Bottom Bracket Height||mm||267mm||267mm||267mm||267mm||267mm||267mm||267mm|
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