In just a few short years, cyclocross has matured from a Eurocentric winter activity into a widely known cycling discipline, with most brands offering a range of suitable bikes.

More recently, the growth in related categories such as gravel grinding, and the demand for lighter weight commuter rides, has seen entry-level cyclocross bikes find a large market beyond those looking to just race.

Taking such growth on board, Merida introduced a new pricepoint cyclocross range for 2015. We requested a Cyclo Cross 500, which sits in the middle of the lineup, for review – and have since been racking up the miles on our local grass courses, mountain bike tracks and even in an urban scavenger hunt adventure.