For years Merida's One Sixty model has been a total workhorse at a budget friendly level.
This year they've decided to amp it up a little with a total re-design of this flagship model.
Merida has really looked into what enduro riders are looking for and designed this bike as a no compromise performance package. What have they done?
Merida have thrown a bit more travel into the new One Sixty with 170mm travel up the front and 162mm (29er) or 171mm (27.5/29er) in the rear thanks to their new FAST kinematic suspension adjustability.
Despite the longer travel that'll eat up any of those unsuspecting boulders, Merida has reportedly designed their new linkage system to have great peddling efficiency allowing you to get back to the top of your run effortlessly compared to many of the other comparable travel bikes
They've introduced the new Flextay system in the rear to gain some frame stiffness in the rear allowing you to be a bit more precise on the trails.
With their new rear flip chip you can easily change it from party mode using a mullet setup to race mode with full 29" configuration with a simple adjustment of the flip chip.
This will maintain geometry while going between different set ups.
Merida has also brought in a tool storage system similar to Specializes SWAT system, allowing you to store some essential tools in your down tube with a removable cover. Merida designed headsets that allow all control cables to enter the frame through the headset, creating a clean and uncluttered look, without making structural changes to the frame. Depending on the model, the cables are run completely internally (including bar and stem) or semi-integrated where the cables enter the frame underneath the stem.
We're really looking forward to getting our hands on one of these beats to try out and seeing what they really have to offer!
Keep an eye out on this space for more info as it becomes available.
Meridas new One Sixty geometry: