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Pro bike: Matej Mohoric’s remarkably normal Paris-Roubaix Merida Reacto

The recent Milan-San Remo champion is hoping to keep the Slovenian dominance going

Joe Robinson
16 Apr 2022

This is the Merida Reacto that recent Milan-San Remo champion Matej Mohorič will be riding at Paris-Roubaix this weekend.

Mohoric kicked up a bit of a fuss with his San Remo bike by fitting an aftermarket Fox Transfer SL Performance dropper seatpost and 180mm disc rotors to help him drop rivals on the descent of the Poggio in his race winning move.

For Roubaix, however, the Slovenian National Champion has kept things remarkably civilised in terms of bike choice.

Firstly, Mohorič has opted for Merida’s aero offering, the 54cm Reacto, in contrast to the lightweight Scultura model he used at San Remo.

This is the fourth-generation Reacto that launched in 2020 with internal cabling and optimised fork.

Mohorič’s Reacto has been adorned in a special paint scheme to mark the fact he is Slovenian champion with small details such as the flag of Slovenia on the seat tube and details of Mohorič’s win on the bottom bracket area.

The saddle height for Mohorič is 75cm while his tip of saddle to bar length is 60cm.

Taking a closer look, we can see that Mohorič will be running old 11-speed Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 at Roubaix despite the fact some of his teammates have been given the new 12-speed Dura-Ace R9200 groupset.

We did notice that all riders using the Reacto aero bike were using 11-speed Dura-Ace while those racing on the Scultura had 12-speed, likely because the latter is the more recently launched bike.

Mohorič has opted for a 54/42 crank and an 11-32 cassette, and chosen not to fit a chain catcher unlike some of his teammates. Cyclist also noted a fair amount of heel rub on his left crank.

Vision provides the wheelset in the form of its carbon Metron tubeless disc wheelset which boast a 60mm rim depth.

Like a lot of the peloton, Bahrain-Victorious has also been running tubeless throughout the Classics and that's the case here too.

Mohorič will be racing on a set of Continental GP5000 S TR tyres in a 30mm width. The squeeze test suggested he was running fairly low air pressures too.

Having spoken to Bahrain-Victorious teammate Fred Wright recently, it is said Mohorič sets a lot of the precedents for bike setup within the team so we expect to see wide tyres and low pressures all round.

Vision also provides Metron 5D integrated cockpit which has been custom painted.

For a super aggressive and aero position, the bars are just 38cm wide while the stem is a whopping 150mm long.

To finish the bike, Mohorič will be running a Prologo Scratch M5 saddle, Shimano Dura-Ace pedals and a set of Elite Custom Race Plus bottle cages which have been laced with sandpaper to prevent bottle jump on the cobbles.

Finally, according to Cyclist’s trusty scales, Mohorič’s bike weighs in at 8.1kg (without GPS computer).

Images: Alex Duffill

Matej Mohoric's Merida Reacto spec:

  • Frameset: Merida Reacto
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 Disc
  • Wheels: Vision Metron 60mm
  • Tyres: Continental GP5000 S TR, 30mm
  • Cockpit: Vision Metron 5D Intergrated cockpit
  • Seatpost: Merida Reacto
  • Saddle: Prologo Scratch M5
  • Pedals: Shimano DuraAce
  • Accessories: Elite Custom Race Plus bottle cages
  • Weight: 8.1kg

Matej Mohoric's Merida Reacto

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