- Merit 3
Ready to hit the road? Raleigh's Merit 3 is the ideal mid-higher level endurance bike for century rides and long road rides. The Merit 3 will take you farther than ever. Made for comfort and efficiency on long rides, the Merit 3 offers responsiveness, great stopping power, and wider tires for stability.
Designed with a 6061 aluminum frame and custom tapered alloy SPF fork, the Merit 3 is light and fast. The Shimano 105 11spd STI shifters are the hardest working group available and flatten out any hill with 22 speeds to choose from. The mechanical disc brakes offer great stopping power in all weather conditions, and the Clement Strada LGG 60TPI, 700×28c tires provide great stability. The anti-shock stem and seatpost dampen vibrations to keep you fresher longer. And the 32c tire fitment and thru axles make this bike snappy and versatile for a great feeling over any road while reducing fatigue.
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Great bike, only knock is less than stellar breaks.Review by Smooth riding
I have had this bike for just over 6 months, and have put it through multiple 40 mile+ rides, as well as regular commutes (8 mile daily round trip).
The handling and stability is great. The shifting is also seamless with little to no complaints. My only knock is that the brakes are subpar, especially considering the price of the bicycle. I took it in to the shop and even the mechanics were surprised with the lack of responsiveness with the brakes given the high quality components. This being said, it's never been an issue for me, I just need to plan accordingly when riding down hill to give myself ample room to stop. I just wish they were more responsive given the cost.
All in all I would recommend this bike to anyone looking for a mid-upper level product. Just temper expectations with the performance of the disc brakes.
(Posted on 7/16/2017)
Excellent bike for the priceReview by CJOverall Quality
I've had my Merit 3 for about 7 months now and have put about 2,000 miles on it. Very, very pleased with this bike! Raleigh tends to yo-yo the price of these around so if you can get one for $1,000 or less, jump on it. I did a ton of comparison shopping and test rides and found that there were several very solid choices for "good entry level road bike", including the usual contenders from Giant, Trek, etc. All were good bikes for $1200 or so, but the Raleigh was the only one that had disc brakes and a Shimano 105 groupset for under $1,000. When I'm riding with my local club and we talk about new bikes, people are very surprised at what the Merit 3 has for that price.
In terms of riding, I've found this bike to be very solid for a big dude like me. It's also surprisingly responsive when you get out of the saddle and really push. The only issue I've had was a couple of flats in the first 300 miles or so. One was a bad tube, the other a big piece of glass. I do think the Clement Strada tires are a weak point so I put Gatorskins on and haven't had a problem since.
Last point I'll add is that regardless of how you purchase or order your bike you should be using your local bike shop. I had them fit me for size, then I ordered the bike from Raleigh and had it shipped to the shop. They put on a wider set of handlebars (because I'm short and wide) and a few other customized items and the bike felt great from day one. For what it's worth, the Merit 3 is the most popular bike in my local bike club because it's a great value.
(Posted on 7/7/2017)
Outstanding value and comfortReview by SteveOverall Quality
I've been very pleased with my decision to purchase the 2016 Merit 3. Great value for what you receive. High quality components make for a very comfortable and efficient ride. Handles rough roads and packed gravel better than expected thanks to the shock absorbing seatpost and stem. I look forward to logging many more miles on my merit.(Posted on 3/15/2017)
Frame AL-6061 Double Butted Alloy Disc Frame with Thru-Axles Fork Custom Carbon to Alloy 1-1/8" to 1.5 taper, Thru-Axle with Post Disc Mounts Headset Integrated Cartridge Bearings Cranks Forged 2PC Compact 34/50t Bottom Bracket External Bearing Front Derailleur Shimano 105 Rear Derailleur Shimano 105 Shifter Shimano 105 11spd STI, Shimano SP41 Shift Housing Cogset Shimano 11spd (11-32t) Chain KMC X11 Front Hub Formula Alloy Disc 15mm Thru-Axle Rear Hub Formula Alloy Disc 142x12mm Thru-Axle Cassette Spokes 14g Stainless MAC Rims Weinmann XC180 Double Wall 23mm Wide Tires Clement Strada LGG 60TPI, 700x28c Brakes TRP Spyre C dual actuated mechanical disc brakes, w/160mm rotors Brake Levers Shimano 105 STI Pedals Test Ride Pedals Handlebar Raleigh 200 Series Aero Ergo Flat Top Road, 31.8 with 10 Degree Flare, 40/42/44cm Stem 3D Forged Anti-Shock, 31.8, 90/100/110mm Seat Raleigh 200 series Saddle Seatpost Anti-Shock 27.2x300mm Extras Rack and Fender Mounts Tape Raleigh AllCondition Tape Bike Weight 23.2 lbs Bike size 52CM / Rider Height: 5'4"-5'7" 54CM / Rider Height: 5'7" - 5'9" 56CM / Rider Height: 5'9" - 5'11" 58cm / Rider Height: 5'11" - 6'0" 60cm / Rider Height: 6'0" - 6'3" 62cm / Rider Height: 6'3" - 6'5" Seat Tube Length 490mm 510mm 530mm 550mm 570mm 590mm Stand Over Height 760mm 780mm 800mm 820mm 835mm 855mm Top Tube Length 535mm 545mm 560mm 575mm 590mm 605mm Stack 542mm 562mm 578mm 594mm 609mm 624mm Reach 370mm 373mm 383mm 391mm 398mm 408mm Head Tube Length 140mm 160mm 175mm 195mm 210mm 225mm Head Angle 71° 72° 72° 72° 72.5° 72.5° Seat Angle 73° 74° 73.5° 72.5° 72.5° 72.5° Wheel Base Chain Stay Length 412mm 412mm 412mm 412mm 412mm 412mm Fork Offset 50mm 50mm 50mm 50mm 50mm 50mm BB Height 77.5mm 75mm 75mm 72.5mm 72.5mm 72.5mm Stem Length 90mm 90mm 100mm 100mm 110mm 110mm Handlebar Width 40mm 42mm 42mm 44mm 44mm 44mm Crank Length 170mm 172.5mm 172.5mm 175mm 175mm 175mm Seat Post Length