Embracing the 27.5 inch trend from its beginning, Merida continues to play its cards on this wheel size. This goes for full-suspension mountain bikes, as well as for hardtails, and from entry-level up to top notch racing machineries, while other highlights include the One Sixty enduro bike, virtually unchanged and still counting on the 26 inch wheels, and a prototype disc brake road bike.
Merida One-Forty-B 650B 2014
The full-suspension we got to ride earlier this year at the Merida Press Camp finally had its official presentation at the Eurobike show. Rolling on 27.5 inch wheels, and specified with Fox shocks that have a travel of 150/145mm, the One-Forty-B 650B also includes a Shimano XT drivetrain. Of course, several specification charts will be available, at various price points, but they’re likely to also use Shimano SLX hydraulic disc brakes. For the top version, a KS seat post will be fitted that allows setting the height while riding.
As for the One Sixty enduro bike, noteworthy modifications do not occur in its second year of production. The specification chart was the only item tampered with, as lower components belonging to mid- and entry-level ranges will be fitted on the frame, with the according effect on pricing.
Merida BIG Ninety-Nine Carbon Team 2014
An addition to the cross-country range, the Big Ninety-Nine Carbon Team features 100mm shocks, and high-end specifications. Now completely built out of carbon (until now only the front triangle was carbon), alongside the BigSeven, the bike will represent nothing else but Merida’s finest in terms of XC racing.
Merida Big.7 40 2014
Leaving behind the flagships of Merida’s range, an interesting new-comer to the budget segment is the Big.7 40 which might just appeal to consumers who don’t wish to take out a bank loan in order to get a decent bike. In fact, the main coordinates of the Big.7 range are an aluminum frame, specified with entry- or mid-level components.
The Big.7 40, which we inspected closely, seems of good value, given the components that include Shimano Altus derailleurs, Suntour XCM crankset and Suntour fork, and Promax Decipher hydraulic disc brakes, that weigh 230 grams/piece (w/o rotor). Regarding pricing, it starts from about 500 euros.
About this you may also read our bicycle guide: 2014 entry-level 27.5 inch mountain bikes
Merida Ride Disc
Among other things, the development of a disc brake road bike is in full swing at Merida. Though now it’s only a prototype, some details are known, such as the TRP hybrid disc brakes, with both a steel cable for actuating the caliper’s pistons, and an oil tank as well.