Merit 3 (2017)
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An aluminum road bike with a Shimano 105 drivetrain, the Merit 3 was built for all-day rides and fun that keeps going.
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Merit 3 (2017)

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The Raleigh Merit 3 is an endurance road bike ideal for long days in the saddle. Made for comfort and efficiency, the Merit 3 offers responsiveness, great stopping power, and a stable, smooth ride. With 22 speeds, the Shimano 105 11-speed STI shifters flatten out any hill. The wide Clement Strada LGG 700x28c tires provide great traction and feature a puncture-protection belt under the tread.

The anti-shock stem and seatpost dampen vibrations to keep you fresher longer. Thru axles front and rear make this bike snappy for a confident feeling over any road. Whether you’re looking to sign up for a century ride or simply put in some miles, the Merit 3 will take you farther than ever.

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Excellent Bike but be assembly not so easy

Review by RAJ
Overall Quality

Purchased this bike recently and have put about 150 miles. Initial perception and experience is very good. It handles very easily, not much fatigue in long rides (albeit 25 miles is the most I have ridden). Parts are excellent. Finally, for the novice person trying to assemble by self...

- Do a favor and take it to a bicycle shop. The instructions are very pedestrian to say the best.
- Key steps are missing such as routing cables through the front tube. Nothing in the manual about this.
- brake cables had to be tightened
- cable cylinders had to be adjusted as well.

Overall I am very glad I bought this bike and look forward to having it for a while. I am more so happy that I took it to raleigh dealer to have it assembled after I had done almost all of it at home initially. Also watch the parktool videos. Very, very good and informative.

Note: I am fairly handy around the house, so not a total novice when it comes to fixing things.

(Posted on 4/16/2018)

An amazing bike!

Review by Joe
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I got this as my first road bike and I am in love! I did have to re-seat the brake calipers, as they were rubbing slightly up against the rotors when the brakes weren’t being applied, but this was a simple fix. Overall, I am incredibly happy with my purchase!

(Posted on 3/12/2018)

Amazing value and great frame design 58CM

Review by Dan
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This bike really reduces fatigue on long rides. I searched for the right fit. I even purchased a few used bikes while trying to find the perfect bike. The Shimano 105 is a smooth groupset. The disc brakes are great so far. While it isn't top of the line components, it is good enough for me on my rides that average 10 to 70 miles. The tire width is much more stable for my 6' and 230 lbs. The first time I got into the drops, I knew I was on the right bike. The drops are not as far down as a more aggressive frame and they are flared out just a bit. So comfortable. We are planning a ride in April 2018 that will be east to west on the Silver Comet and Chief Ladiga. This bike will handle it with no problems. I'm about 800 miles in on this bike with NO COMPLAINTS. We will be doing the full distance of the Natchez Trace in May. I'm confident this bike will handle it. Per Tyler at Raleigh, I am ordering a Blackburn EX-1 Bicycle Rack for the distance ride.

(Posted on 1/11/2018)

Great bike, small issues

Review by Coast guardian
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Let me start off stating I’m 6’3” and 225 lbs muscular guy, not your typical roadie. I ordered the largest frame I could and once I got the bike the fit was great. I will agree the brakes, albeit discs, are not very solid. They definitely break in, however, to really STOP I feel like I’m going to break off the levers squeezing them so hard. The positives are component quality (cables, shifters, derailers, seat, etc.). The negatives are tires, brakes and rims. I say rims because after about 100 miles mine loosened up considerably and came out of true.... it’s a little frustrating brining your wheeels in with 150 miles on them to be trued. Other than that I’d absolutely recommend the bike to anyone, and overall am happy and satisfied with my purchase!

(Posted on 11/2/2017)

Great Bike

Review by Donaro
Overall Quality

If you want a bike that is good for group rides and you ride 75 mile plus a week this is the bike! I have ridden 80 miles this week,upon just getting the bike and it performed flawlessly in all aspects. I am glad I purchased the bike!

(Posted on 10/27/2017)

Great bike, only knock is less than stellar breaks.

Review by Smooth riding
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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 price

Review by CJ
Overall 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 comfort

Review by Steve
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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
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

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