Merida’s booth had just as many things to show as it did at the previous editions of Eurobike, but this year full-suspension bikes were at the heart of the mountain range. So, does this mean the Taiwanese manufacturer prepares an assault?
It might be the case, and an important clue in this direction are the three full-suspension models that were entirely revamped for 2015: One-Twenty, One-Forty and One-Sixty. On the other hand, all of them lagged behind the competition for some time now as improvements were few and seldom, and in this case keeping up with new standards, geometries and technologies is vital.
All these led to a rebirth of the One-Twenty which has nothing in common with its predecessors, featuring thinner and hydroformed tubing, neatly inner routed cables, 12mm and 15mm thru axles for the rear, respectively front wheel, and a dropper seat post. The suspension system relies on the same principle as before, but some adaptations were made in order for it to suit as best as possible the 27.5 inch wheel format.
Stem length will be of 60mm in the case of S-sized frames, and of 70mm for the rest of the sizes, while the head tube angle will sit at a slack angle of 68 degrees, and the seat tube one at a climbing efficient value of 74.5 degrees. Furthermore, 6 versions of the bike will be available, all having alloy frames.
One step further is the One-Forty, a true all-mountain contender, which always held a special place among Merida’s mountain bikes. The 145mm of the rear shock and the 140mm suspension fork have what it takes to tackle difficult terrain, but more important is the 4mm shorter chainstay which improves handling.
Inner cable routing is a ticked box in this case as well, and you can even pick a 1×11 drivetrain version of this 27.5” bike, which has enough clearance to house 2.35 inch tires without the fear of mud clogging the mechanism.
As for the enduro category, One-Sixty remains Merida’s weapon of choice, and despite its less than one year history, it already undertook serious upgrades. It was adapted to the so popular 27.5 inch wheel format, and it will feature the 1×11 drivetrain option, while having a slightly longer chainstay than the One-Forty. Both the latter mentioned and the One-Sixty will employ Merida’s own idea of the VPP suspension, named VPK, and will feature in much more color options than the one depicted in the photos.
The models aimed at Street/Dirt and freeride remain unchanged, with the exception of the specifications chart.
Last, but not least, all those interested to jump on the 27.5” or 29” bandwagon can purchase entry-level models at competitive prices. For instance, the Big.Nine depicted below features a Shimano Acera rear derailleur, Shimano Non-Series crankset, Merida tires and Tektro hydraulic disc brakes.