This 2.8 sits in the middle of Mekk’s six bike non-disc Poggio range, aimed at the endurance rider. First impressions suggest this model could cater for the sportive/fondo rider in a hurry, but we’ll see if our testing backs that up.
Sometimes a great component spec can be used to sell an ordinary frameset, some great framesets have ordinary component builds, and now and then we find bikes with a fine frameset, good components, and great price. Which will this bike be?
It’s safe to say the specification on this bike is sound, with a complete Shimano 105 compact groupset plus wheels and finishing kit from Mekk’s own Saturae brand.
While that might sound solid but unremarkable, this is quite a wheelset. When released, the Saturae C50 carbon clinchers retailed for £799.99, so it’s impressive to find them on a bike at this level. San Marco, meanwhile, supplies the saddle, and it’s all hung on Mekk’s Toray T800 carbon frame.
The frame has performance and comfort elements. The former is looked after by the chunky, slab-sided head tube, partly ribbed down tube, and a wide BB86.5 bottom bracket shell within a heavily built tube junction that sprouts a pair of hugely deep and boxy chain stays.
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