The 2021 Merida eOneSixty gets some minor tweaks and a new motor in the form of Shimano’s new flagship EP8.
The Merida eOneSixty is a firm favourite here at Wideopenmag and the 2021 model looks to build on that reputation with a more powerful and efficient motor in the form of Shimano’s EP8 motor, along with revised spec and geometry.
Non-studio shots by Ian Lean.
Not only does the Merida eOneSixty now come with the new Shimano EP8 motor, it also now sports a larger battery at 630Wh, on top of the mullet wheel configuration and Merida’s award winning geometry and suspension.
Some of the other 2021 eOneSixty highlights include the improved integration of the cable routing (applies to all integrated battery models), the upgraded ‘Energy Guard’ battery cover and the front light that mounts directly to Merida stem.
The extensive 2021 range of the eOneSixty consists of three models featuring the carbon front end/aluminium rear end and three all-aluminium models, offering proven technology and geometry as well as the latest EP8 performance to a wider price range.
Speaking of geometry, you get a Medium, Large and XLarge options, with the medium sporting 440mm in both the seat tube and reach departments. Head tube angle is 65.5 with a 75.5 degree seat tube angle. Chainstays are 439.5mm long and are fixed across all sizes.
Shimano EP8 motor
The EP8 delivers a maximum power output of 85 Nm, which is an increase of 15 Nm from the E8000 unit. Combined with an increased battery capacity and an improved economy, the new EP8 system delivers a huge range extension.
The new EP8 is ~10% smaller, losing nearly 300g in weight compared to the EP8000 thanks to a magnesium drive unit case, which allows it to be quieter and more robust, while also seeing a 36% drag reduction.
The TRAIL mode on the new EP8 motor also gets a more refined power curve to deliver better output at various input levels.