Merax Finiss 700C
Aluminum 21 Speed Shimano Shifter

A good road bike can become an extension of your own personal exercise program, or if you want to take things a little more seriously you may even wish to use it in competitive races. I’ve never taken it to that level myself, but I do have some friends that have, and I don’t think the Merax Finess 21 Speed would be out of place as your go-to ride in such a situation. This is a fine bike at an affordable price that wouldn’t be out of place in any race.

It may be hard to believe, but this bike is available for less than $250. When you consider all of the great features included with this bike, that’s really a phenomenal price. The last bike I purchased cost about the same price and wasn’t even close to the class of this model. It might sound like a clich?, but I guess it pays to shop around.

Control Your Speed

Perhaps one of the most important features of any road bike is its ability to shift gears whenever needed. You may be riding your road bike on paved pathways, but that doesn’t mean you won’t run into a lot of twisting turns and steep hills from time to time. The Merax Finiss is equipped with a 21-speed Shimano shifter and derailleur that’s built to handle just about any road conditions you may face. The shifter is triggered with your thumbs and reacts instantly to your touch.

Easy to Handle

Another issue you run into while you’re pedaling away on a hilly, winding road is how quickly you can react to the twists and turns of the road by shifting your body. It helps if your bike is fairly lightweight, and the Finiss definitely qualifies. This bike weighs in at about 28 pounds, which makes it highly maneuverable and easy to handle for just about any rider. The manufacturers have made the bike with an aluminum frame, which is largely the reason that they were able to keep the weight so low.

The Wheels Go Round

The lightweight frame and 21-speed Shimano shifters are certainly great features of this bike, but they’re not the only reason that it’s capable of reaching some pretty impressive speeds. This Merax model bike also has a set of 700c rims with a 29-inch wheelbase; perfect for using up a lot of ground much quicker than bikes with smaller rims. I remember going for a bike ride not so long ago with a good friend of mine that had 29-inch rims compared to my bike with 26-inch rims; needless to say, I had a tough time keeping up with him.

Some Legitimate Concerns

There aren’t too many bikes that are perfect and this one isn’t either. One recurring complaint that customers have had about this bike is that there’s a tendency for the chain to fall off when you switch gears. This really becomes a problem once you get past the first few gears and begin to try using the higher gears. That’s a major concern to have, as a bike doesn’t go too far with its chain off. This is the type of problem that would put you off buying the bike, but it seems to have been a problem for only a few customers.

Another complaint from some owners of this bike is the functioning of the brakes – it seems they don’t always grip properly, even after an adjustment. You can certainly replace them with a better set of brakes after buying the bike, but that seems like an unnecessary step that you shouldn’t have to take. Both of these issues raise some serious safety concerns about this bike and may be enough to put some people off, for sure.

Potentially a Bargain

The Merax Finiss has a lot of great features for the price. I was certainly impressed by the fact that it has a 21-speed Shimano shifter as Shimano is certainly known for its quality of workmanship. That’s why I was surprised to find out that some customers had complained about issues with the shifting and derailleur causing the chain to come off. I’m more inclined to give this bike the benefit of the doubt and accept the advice of the overwhelming majority of customers, who actually feel this is a great deal. It’s entirely possible that some customers did receive a bike with some defects, but Merax is also a company known for decent customer service, so I’m comfortable in assuming that they would try to rectify any issues you might run into.

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