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MEKK continues to build on their excellent reputation for quality performance at a great price with the Pinerolo AL ZR. Aluminium frame and carbon fork team up with a blend of Shimano and Microshift shifting to give a fast, and responsive ride.
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The aluminum frame is butted for improved weight saving and includes internal cabling for the rear brake to give a clean, sleek look to the bike. A MU carbon fork gives further weight saving whilst providing sharp steering control and vibration absorption from the road surface for comfortable riding over longer distances.
A mix of Microshift and Shimano shifting components allow for precision shifting on a bike at this price. The Microshift shifters give accurate gear selection with both buttons on the brake lever for full operation whilst on the drops. The Shimano Sora mech delivers clockwork 8 speed shifting to tame climbs and sprints alike.
The bike is completed with a San Marco saddle and Continental Ultra Sport II tyres for ride comfort and unbeatable gripping power.
This bike will require building but if you would like this bike to be delivered fully built and ready to ride then add a PDI to your basket here
"Mekk’s entry-level road bike is as good as you’ll find at this price: decently fast, comfortable and well equipped."…Read full review
Got this bike last year and I very happy with it. It is very light and does a lot of things a more expensive bike will do. The ride is good and very comfterble. I did a 100 mile ride in a day on it and was very impressed how it performed. The only very small down side are the 8 speed gears. The gear change is very smooth and responsive as you would expect from sora but it could do with 1 extra cog for those big hills and sprints. Over all this is a great bike for the price.
Bought this bike in the last 2 weeks from Rutland Cycling at what I believed to be a very competitive price, I also paid extra for it to be set up as I didnt feel confident getting it up and riding smooth myself.
On the bikes arrival I was very impressed, it was packed securely and on first impressions looked good just needing the handle bars straightening and pedals attaching (more about pedals in a bit).
When I got the bike out of the box I found it to be a bit heavier than I expected but after comparing against others in this price range it seems about right.
After several email to Rutland Cycling I discovered the bike doesnt come with pedals and these are a separate accessory that you need to buy. Maybe it is just me being a novice and new to cycling but I found this a bit strange as without them its pretty useless. So if your also a newbie cyclist then make sure you order some.
After getting pedals from my local store I took the bike out for its first test run. I found the bike easy to ride and despite my rounded shape I was able to get up to a decent speed. The ride is comfortable but really makes me appreciate a smooth versus slightly rough road. Brakes were good and at no stage did I think I wouldnt stop. The gears were smooth at the back but hadnt been set up correctly at the front so this has meant a return trip to get it set up properly. James from customer services was quick to resolve this and has started the ball rolling with refunding me the bike set up cost.
On the whole I would recommend the bike and Rutland Cycling. I would probably suggest getting it set up at a local store though, that way you can test it rather than mess about like I had to.
A lovely bike to ride, easy to set up and easy to adjust.
This is my first proper road bike and I am delighted with it.
Good mix of quality components and nice detailing makes the bike seem more expensive than it really is.
Only gripe is that they have changed to saddle to a white one which although looks better it is already showing signs of discolouration from the fabric of my shorts.
Also it does not come with pedals, why do road bikes not come with pedals!?! I never knew this!
order Friday morning arrived Monday morning riding in one half hours an brilliant bike light and fast the best for price on market
This is a good entry level road bike nicely finished and a good price would recommend it for someone just starting
Bought this bike as a work/winter bike , the bike handles well ,no problems on hills , fast and responds well .overall a well designed bike for the price .
Fantastic value for money. Well built and pretty good quality throughout. A great starter bike for any aspiring rider.
This is my first road bike and its great. Very comfy and smooth when set up correctly. If buying online make sure u know some one who works with bikes as a bit of tinkering was needed before first ride
Im new to road cycling and already find the mekk easy and comfortable to ride, its also the best value for money bike on the market and the staff at rutland cycles are very experienced and helpful.
Great value ,nice and light ordered on Monday evening arrived Wednesday .Great ride
easy to assemble looks better than the images cant beat the price I did look around first. weld lines not smooth but for the value ,ride and looks can live with that
Received the bike in good time, was very happy with the service and packaging. The bike did have some small bumps and chips on the frame but I guess thats common for most bikes this price.
The bike itself is a great ride, rides smooth and can take the extra miles if your racing up and down hill.Its actually proven better than more expensive bikes or keeps up to their speeds despite the higher gears they have.
The frame was a bit fatter than expected, the bottom section is oddly design which makes it appear less aesthetic, hard to explain but research for images if you want. It essentially twists from top to bottom which honestly looks a bit odd.
Hand bar will be replaced soon so its a very simple design and triggers are working great! They feel great and have kept me happy with an 45 mile cycle.
Changed the seat as its ugly, has no ergonomic factors at all and will change bar tapes as they arent gels. But overall was happy with the purchase, great starter bike and intermediate road bike.
What a bike - for the Price! So far I have ridden it for 240 miles including 2 of over 50 miles. Compared to a Carrera Gryphon (ridden for over 5000 miles) I have been adding 2 - 5 mphs on my Strava Sector times already. The bikes have the same number of gears, but the weight and tyres are the main differences. I have also had a short ride on a Dolan that would have cost 3 times as much and it is very similar though the Dolan was lighter and a little quicker. This was at the top of my price range and I could not find anything to match it. I do not like hills and those on my old bike where I have struggled on I have already noticed that I now have a 2 to 3 gears in hand. If looks count, then I feel like a proper cyclist! As for set up, most was quick but had a few issues with the rear de-railler - this was me and once I downloaded the manual for the gears it only took about 20 mins to set them correctly (you do need a bike stand). Is there anything that could be changed for no additional cost, well yes, I think a black seat and tape on the handlebars would mask the road grime much better. A few years back my younger son bought a Carrera bike for a similar price. So far this is easily the better buy, but the true quality of the bike will only come after a fair few 1000 miles have been racked up! My wife does not like it, because I find it such a joy to ride that I am spending much more time out cycling!
As youre reading this review, youre probably on the fence about spending your hard earned money on this bike, and I shall spend a few paragraphs writing about my experience with it.
Is it fast? Yes. I went for a small version and it tips the scales well under 10kg, the gear shifts are smooth (provided theyre set up correctly- I recommend having a read through the manual and some online guides if youre not savvy on bikes) and the gears plentiful for all ranges of velocity. I recall keeping with cars on a road.
Is it well built? Yes. Im a materials science and engineering student and I can tell the design team spent a lot of effort on the frame, it takes the bumps well and at the same time its very rigid. I suspect its made out of 6061 Al, which is a very reliable material in terms of ductility and UTS; the weld quality is about as good as you can get for this price point.
Does it look good? Subjective but from my point of view and some other cyclists I encounter its quite a looker. Id prefer it not to have so many MEKK logos on the bike (I count at least 10 without even moving) but the colour scheme itself is very crisp and modern looking. It reminds me of old pair of Converse I own.
Is it comfortable? For first-time riders, the saddle can be a bit harsh due to the stiff construction, but youll get used to it and more comfy saddles arent that dear if you require one.
Is it fun? Totally. Cycling is the bees knees and it gets you healthy.
Any bad points? Not every bike is perfect and at this price point no-one should expect a perfect bike. If you like going fast downhill you might need to upgrade the brakes since theyre not that powerful. The saddle and tape are ice white, looks blingy but they get grimy and stained really quickly.
The best thing about it? A couple of guys asked me how much I paid for it, and they always say that it mustve cost me at least £700 since the bike makes that sort of impression on people. It makes me smile to realise I made a very good purchase on a product that seems to be worth a lot more than it actually is. Also, MEKK bicycles are quite uncommon; Ive only seen ONE so far and I live in a place full of road bikes, so if youre a hipster and you like non mainstream stuff this is the bike for you.
So there we go, if youre thinking about buying this bike as an entry level or first-time road bike like in my case (Ive been MTBing for years). GO FOR IT. At £319.99 you wont regret it.
Light bike, very good ratio price/quality. Gear system runs smooth, good brakes. Recommended for all types of cyclists.
Coming from a MTB biker took me a month to settle into it. Now I love it great value for money
This bike is a great entry level road bike and compared with the Specialized Allez I have ridden is a far better ride for both comfort and speed. I am more than happy and the gears for micro shift are smooth but took a lot of fine tuning to get right. I have no problem keeping up with higher spec bikes. And would recommend this to anyone.
Well for the money you really cant do much better. The bike is pretty light 10-ish kilos and the carbon fork is a very nice addition. The saddle doesnt have the best build quality so I would suggest an upgrade on that front. The handlebars are quite compact which give it a racey feel. Also of note is the short wheel base. For the components the own brand brakes work very well and give you confidence downhill, the microshift components are where the cost saving are made and they do feel very plasticky but having ridden 100+km everything still works. The gearing is adequate for what most people would encounter, but if your contemplating riding the tour de France you would probably be looking for something a bit higher up the price range.
Overall I would have to agree with others that this bike is great for someone getting into road cycling. I would advise looking around the net for reviews from cycling magazines, road.cc etc, if your on the fence.
Question asked by Oliver on Apr 6 2015 11:40AM
Do you provide a bike build service?
We do provide a bike build service, unfortunately it doesn't come as standard for this bike so it will be an additional £34.99, you will have to add this to your basket before checking out on our website, the bike build would be called a 'PDI' (Pre delivery inspection) on our website.
For pedals, we won't be able to fit these to the bike and send it out as this can cause damage to the pedals, bike and cranks. Also, it won't fit in the box with the pedals fitted. Your local bike shop should be able to fit these for you if you wanted them to. Thank you, EleanorThanks for your question, Oliver.
Question asked by Rob on Apr 2 2015 12:45PM
Is the stem adjustable on this bike?
Hi, this is not an adjustable stem, however it does have some spacers above and below it, and it could also be flipped if required.Thanks for your question, Rob.
Question asked by David on Mar 31 2015 9:06AM
Does the fork come installed?
The fork comes installed on this bike. Self assembly would include: attaching the bars, inserting the seatpost, tuning the gears and brakes.
Alternatively we can provide a build for £34.99. Thanks for your question, David.
Question asked by Jonny on Mar 29 2015 7:24PM
What size do I need and what does a PDI involve?
At 5ft 3" I would suggest the 47cm frame size. The bike would need assembling: front wheel attached, seatpost fitted, handlebars fitted, gears and brakes tuned.
We are able to have all of the above sorted for a £34.99 PDI charge which would make the bike ready to ride from the box - just add pedals!Thanks for your question, Jonny.
Question asked by Scott on Mar 26 2015 8:22PM
What is the bikes weight?
Hi, unfortunately Mekk do not provide weights for this bike, however I would probably estimate around 12kg.Thanks for your question, Scott.
Question asked by Graham on Mar 26 2015 6:21PM
My girlfiend is 5ft 5 with 31 inside seam. Would the 53 be the correct size?
Hi, she may be better off on a 50cm.Thanks for your question, Graham.
Question asked by Tom on Mar 20 2015 5:02PM
Hi, My son is 175cm with a 79cm inside leg and at 17 probably will grow an inch or two more,what size would you recommend?
Hi, I would most likely recommend a 54cm, although if he continues to grow a few more inches then a 56cm might be preferable.Thanks for your question, Tom.
Question asked by Stan on Mar 18 2015 8:58PM
I am 5 ft 7 in height and 30 inch inside leg. What size would you recommend.
Hi, I would recommend around a 53cm for yourself.Thanks for your question, Stan.
Question asked by james on Mar 17 2015 5:55PM
I am5;9 inside leg29 what size would I require
Hi, I would recommend a 59cm for yourself.Thanks for your question, james.
Question asked by hannu on Mar 9 2015 11:38AM
What size fits to me? I am 181,5 cm and the inseam is 85 cm. Yours sincerely Mr Hannu Latvala
Hi, I would recommend a 56cm bicycle for yourself.Thanks for your question, hannu.
Question asked by Tomas on Mar 5 2015 10:26AM
Hi guys i am 183cm tall what frame would u recommend? Thank u
Hi, I would likely recommend a 59cm frame for yourself.Thanks for your question, Tomas.
Question asked by Nicole on Mar 3 2015 8:52PM
Hi, I'm a 5ft4 female looking for my first road bike. Could you advise what size to go for?
Hi, I would probably suggest a 50cm bicycle for yourself.Thanks for your question, Nicole.
Question asked by Robert on Feb 28 2015 11:14AM
Hi I'm 5ft-10 inside leg 31ins what size frame is best for me thanks
Hi, I would probably suggest a 56cm frame for yourself.Thanks for your question, Robert.
Question asked by Kevin on Feb 22 2015 12:52PM
can you build bike before delivery?
Hi, yes we can fully build bikes. Please search for 'PDI' on the website and add this to your basket when checking out.Thanks for your question, Kevin.
Question asked by Simon on Feb 17 2015 12:29AM
What happened to the Shimano wheels?
They Mekk Pinerolo is pictured with Shimano R500 wheels. This is amended on the listing details to reflect the current model availability. Thanks for your question, Simon.
Question asked by The Vard on Feb 13 2015 11:01PM
Would you suggest upgrading the tyres?
The tyres on the Mekk are great to start you off with.
Tyre choice is very much a personal preference: Tourers would go for a Schwalbe Marathon, Week riders maybe a Continental 4 Season... Width of tyre adds stability and grip (to a point) whereas different tyre compounds and tread offer specific benefits. Thanks for your question, The Vard.
Question asked by gary on Feb 12 2015 9:55PM
Are the wheels on this bike quick release (QR)?
The wheels on this bike are quick release. Thanks for your question, gary.
Question asked by Richard on Feb 12 2015 9:45AM
I am 5'8" with a 30" inside leg, what frame size would you recommend ?
At 5ft8 with a 30" leg I would suggest the 53cm size.
Thanks for your question, Richard.
Question asked by Kavan on Feb 9 2015 4:49PM
Hi, I'm 6ft2" with an inside leg of 35", would a 59cm frame be too small?
Hi, a 59cm frame would be about right.Thanks for your question, Kavan.
Question asked by Jacques on Jan 29 2015 10:34AM
I am 1m 60cm and I am an enthusiastic cyclist. Just wondering what size I would need as I doing a 60 mile cycle ride soon. cheers
Hi, I would suggest you would be between a 47cm and a 50cm. I would determine this according to the type of riding you will be doing. The 47cm will most likely provide a more upright and comfortable ride while the 50cm would provide a more aerodynamic position.Thanks for your question, Jacques.
Question asked by Damien on Jan 28 2015 9:58PM
What parts will need building (put together) once I receive the bike, Are the tyres puncture resistant on this bike and does it come with peddles
Hi, this bike will require a full build and set up. This can include [but is not limited to] gear alignment, crank tightening, fitting forks and more. The tyres are not puncture resistant and the bike doesn't come with pedals. Thanks for your question, Damien.
Question asked by Dave mitchell on Jan 28 2015 9:49PM
what size bike frame would i need im 6 foot 4 with A 34" inside leg.
Hi, unfortunately I would recommend a 60-62cm frame. You might find the 59cm a bit small.Thanks for your question, Dave mitchell.
Question asked by neil on Jan 27 2015 10:04PM
What size do I need?
At 5ft 7 I would go for the 53cm in the Mekk Pinerolo. You would be a Medium in the Giant Defy range.
Mekk has superb value for money, whereas the Giant offers a better spec for a bit more cash and a lifetime frame & fork warranty.
You would not be disappointed with either bike.
Please be aware this bike would require a 'PDI' adding to the basket for us to build it for you.Thanks for your question, neil.
Question asked by Jacques on Jan 27 2015 2:30PM
Hi, my name is Jacques and I am an enthusiastic cyclist. I am about to do a 60 mile cycle ride across wales. If I am 1m 60cm what size frame am I looking at. When I tried a Carrera bike it was a women's bike and I was on a 53" frame. What size am I looking for on this bike? Cheers
Question asked by neil on Jan 26 2015 9:42PM
What is the weight of this bike and what size do I need?
At 174cm with a 28" leg I would say the 50cm would be great.
The bike would weigh approx 11kg. The offer price will end once stock is cleared. Thanks for your question, neil.
Question asked by william on Jan 26 2015 4:00PM
At 6ft1" with a 31.5 inch leg I would suggest a 56cm frame.
Your dimensions would suggest a long back. Going onto the 59cm would not give much standover height. Thanks for your question, william.
Question asked by Cathy on Jan 26 2015 3:05PM
Is this bike for women?
This bike is not 'women specific' however as it is quite relaxed geometry it can certainly be used by women riders. Thanks for your question, Cathy.
Question asked by Dan on Jan 26 2015 1:18PM
3 lever shifters? How does that work?
The 3 lever system is on both sides. It works as a brake, up shift and down shift.
They haven't been entirely clear with their description. It is not much different to a standard bike shifter/brake combo. Thanks for your question, Dan.
Question asked by Darryl on Jan 23 2015 8:54PM
Hi, can't see on your chart but what size for male 6'0" 29" inside leg (odd I know). Cheers
Hi, you would probably be alright on a 58cm with the saddle right down.Thanks for your question, Darryl.
Question asked by Adam on Jan 20 2015 10:12PM
What size bike do I need?
At 5ft5 and a 30" leg I would advise a 50cm frame.
For reference, I am 5ft8 with a 32" leg and ride the 53cm frame. Thanks for your question, Adam.
Question asked by steve on Jan 20 2015 5:33PM
What size bike do I need?
For a female rider at 5ft8 with a 29" leg I would advise the 50cm frame. Thanks for your question, steve.
Question asked by Richard on Jan 18 2015 11:34AM
Hi we are very interested in a pair of the above bikes, firstly can you tell me my wife is 5ft with a 27" inside leg so would 47cm be ok, also I am 5ft 7" 28" inside leg would 50cm be ok, both of us like to have room between saddle & top tube?... Also would really like to fit a more touring / rough road gravel tyre would these take a 700 x 28 ?..... Cheers Rich
Hi, your wife should be fine on a 47cm. I would really recommend a 53cm for yourself and you should still have room to relax. Finally 700x28cm should fit fine, however I wouldn't necessarily recommend it as you might not have much clearance left. Thanks for your question, Richard.
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