First Road Bike - 2019 Merida Scultura or Specialized Allez Elite


I am looking to buy my first road bike and have have narrowed down my selection to the 2019 Merida Scultura 400 and the 2019 Specialized Allez Elite.

From what I can gather they are a similar weight although the Merida has better brakes (Shimano 105 vs Axis 1.0).

I rented a 2018 Merida for a road race last year and really liked it.

As this is my first road bike I would appreciate any input on which model is better. I intend on using it for longer rides (80-100km) and will probably continue to use my Hybrid for commuting to work.

Thanks in advance.

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