Sonny Colbrelli's 2018 Merida Reacto gallery

Black and gold aero machine for Italian sprinter

This article was originally published on Cyclingnews

Sonny Colbrelli was first seen race testing the third incarnation of the Merida Reacto at the Criterium du Dauphine in June, before the 2018 version of the bike was launched officially ahead of the Tour de France.

The aero frame sees updates to improve comfort and aerodynamics while reducing weight.

Bahrain-Merida raced on dark blue versions of the bike this season following the launch earlier in the year, but ahead of the 2018 season the team opted for a black design while retaining the distinctive gold and red detailing of the team.

Gold detailing of the bike continues with the SRM PC-8 headunit that pairs with the SRM Origin crankset. Colbrelli runs 172.5mm cranks and 53/39 Dura-Ace 9000 series chainrings.

The team is using older Dura-Ace 9000 series pedals
The team is using older Dura-Ace 9000 series pedals

A Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 groupset is paired with the frameset, with Fulcrum providing the Speed 55T carbon tubular wheels for Colbrelli.

Prologo supplies the contact points of handlebar tape, which wrap the Vision Metron 6D bars, and a custom Scratch 2 Nack saddle.

Click or swipe through the gallery above for a closer look at the Italian sprinter’s bike.

Full specifications

  • Frame: Merida Reacto CF4
  • Fork: Merida Reacto Superlite full carbon tapered fork
  • Brakes: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 direct mount
  • Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
  • Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
  • Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace HG-X11
  • Crankset: SRM Origin power meter with Dura-Ace 9000 chainrings 53/39, 172.5mm crank length
  • Tyres: Continental Competition ALX 25mm tubular
  • Wheels: Fulcrum Speed 55T
  • Handlebars/stem: Vision Metron 6D
  • Tape/grips: Prologo
  • Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
  • Saddle: Prologo Scratch 2 Nack in custom Bahrain-Merida finish
  • Seat post: Merida Reacto carbon superlite
  • Bottle cages: Elite Carbon Race Plus
  • Computer: SRM PC-8 in custom gold finish

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