We Say: RM79 for something so rare is a bargain
Highs: Feels solid and has a nice finish
Lows: Elite has a lighter bottle cage
In honour of Vincenzo Nibali’s strong performances and wins in the Giro d’Italia, Merida created a one off bike for the Merida-Scultura rider called the Gold Leaf Merida-Scultura. If you’ve never seen the bike it is simply something special, reserved for great Giro d’Italia riders past and present as stated by the gold spirals across the bike's top tube and head tube which has the names of all the great past winners of the Italian bike race.
The golden ‘Banderole’ is made of real gold leaf applied to the top layer of the carbon before a protective clear coat is applied. Merida says the bike is a unique, one-off creation that will not be available to purchase on the consumer market.
But what is available to purchase from the bike, in Malaysia only at least, is the bottle cage created by Italian cutting edge cycling product manufacturer Elite. The Race Plus bottle cage is nothing new, but the exclusivity of the black and gold colour version is something that is worth grabbing.
Courtesy of Elite’s Malaysian distributor, LeRun Industries, only 70 of these ultra-rare bottle cages were ever made and they are all here in Malaysia. Priced at RM79, it can be considered to be a bargain for such a unique and rare piece.
For those who are not accustomed to Elite’s custom Race Plus, this bottle cage is made in Italy. Created out of a fibreglass composite, Elite claims that the bottle cage will be very tough and not prone to cracking.
Whilst this is a great feature of the bottle cage, weight weenies will also be glad that the cage only weighs 40 grams. The bottle cage also features a self-adjusting retention system where the front ‘Elastomer’ insert adjusts itself ready to accept most cycling water bottles.
Similarly, the design is also very pleasing. It may not be the best look for classic bicycles as the modern and forward thinking looking bottle cage has sleeker lines and looks at home in either a road or mountain bike.
The modernist blueprint of the bottle cage is also ideal for smaller sloping frames with smaller triangles. The design was finalised through the help of pro teams which adore the Race Plus bottle cage. The ‘Elastomer’ insert is inconspicuous and whilst providing dampening properties for almost no vibration.