Merax 21 Speed Aluminum Road Bike Review

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Review

Design - 85%
Functionality - 83%
Durability - 82%
Mobility - 85%
Price - 95%

86%

Great

The quintessential starter bike for somebody new to the road biking world - exceptional value for your money!

User Rating: 2.89 ( 8 votes)

Merax are a brand in the road biking industry that many people will not have heard of, however this should not put you off considering it in the slightest.

The Merax 21 speed 700c aluminum road bike is a well built, sturdy and a truly rounded road bike by Merax.

I think that it is important to not simply discard the smaller brands out there, every manufacturer had to start somewhere and in reality Merax have been making real waves in the industry in recent years.

Some of their flagship models are seen as competitors for the best road bikes in their respective price brackets.

I think that Merax as a whole generally targets new riders who are searching for a great entry level bike, usually these bikes are very reasonably priced and that is what you will find with most of Merax’s models too.

If you have never previously had a road bike, or at least never owned a premium model, then I think that the Merax 21 speed aluminum road bike could definitely work out well for you

You will certainly get an excellent bike for your money and it is full of premium components that you would typically see on a much more expensive road bike.

“Merax’s cheapest road bike has finally hit the market and it has done so with a bang! An ideal starter road bike for somebody on a tight budget!”

One of the first considerations that anybody should make when they are searching for a new bike is whether or not the bike is lightweight or fairly heavy.

In most cases you will easily be able to determine this by looking at the material used to make the bikes frame.

A basic rule to stand by is that heavier bikes are usually made of steel or chromoloy steel, lighter models will use either aluminum, aluminum based alloys or carbon fiber.

The Merax 21 speed road bike is made using aluminum and so it will be perfect for people searching for a lighter bike.

In almost all situations I would recommend purchasing a bike with an aluminum or carbon fiber frame over and above a steel one – there just isn’t any point adding all of that extra weight to the bike.

As a result of the aluminum frame the bike only weighs a minimal amount and can be easily carried if required.

To add to this, the lower weight also essentially permits a higher top speed too. This ensures that this particular model is great for both short and long distances, it won’t be too taxing to ride at any point.

Performance

I think that the Merax Blueks would make a perfect entry level bike for somebody looking for something to commute in and out of work using.

It is well built and I found that I had an excellent riding posture on it, which is hugely important for those that are not aware.

I spent too many years riding bikes that left me with a few back pains from slouching down too much, this isn’t the case with any of the Merax road bikes and they are beautifully crafted to ensure maximum comfort when you’re out and about.

Test Ride

Another thing to note about this bike is that it has an excellent gearing mechanism that works blissfully well with the crank-set, wheel-set and both derailleurs too.

I’m glad that the majority of entry level bikes appear to go with Shimano for providing these additional components, they always do a good job and provide brilliant value for your money too.

Specifications

  • Frame: Strong and Lightweight Aluminum Frame
  • Fork: 700C Steel Threadless
  • Chain: Z51 1/2″ x3/32″ x114L
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano AFDTZ31DM6T
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano ARDTZ50GSDT
  • Shifters: Shimano SLA050LB/RA
  • Brakes: Alloy Caliper
  • Rims: Aluminum A5 700Cx14Gx36H
  • Tires: Kenda 700c x 28c
  • Handlebar: W:420mm D:22.2mm
  • Seat post: Aluminum PR-P1-0 27.2*300*2.2
  • Pedals: 700Cx14Gx36H
  • Bottle Cage: Aluminum
  • Product Weight: 27.5LBS
  • Shipping package size: approx. 52*8*28 inch  

One of the coolest features on the Merax 21 speed road bike is the quick release wheel mechanism that it boasts.

I personally live in a really small house and there is barely enough room for me, let alone a full sized road bike to leave about.

Fortunately the Merax aluminum road bike has quick release wheels on the front and back so it is easy to dismantle and put back together when in a hurry.

All of these little features add up and Merax have done a wonderful job of ensuring that this bike is very functional in a range of situations.

One final note about the bike is how it looks, I don’t actually enjoy commenting on this because it really does depend on the rider, but for me I love the look of it.

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Concluding Remarks

All in all, we loved Merax’s latest edition and think that it would make for a great starter bike for somebody.

If you have previously owned a road bike then you may wish to opt for something a little more expensive so that you get a bit more quality, however this bike isn’t bad for the money whatsoever.

PROS

  • Quality 28c width wheels
  • Sleek design
  • Lightweight build

CONS

  • Too much brake cable

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