The New Merida OneSixty | Everything You Need to Know.

Merida have gone back to the drawing board with their enduro offering and brought the OneSixty to the sharp end of the enduro shootout.

With some serious updates to its frame layout, geometry, wheel size options, kinematics in general as well as new size-specific kinematics, the new Merida OneSixty is a step change vs the outgoing model.

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The all-new Merida OneSixty is a complete ground-up redesign for the brand’s flagship long travel bomber. The bike is built around a completely new frame design and a complete rethink on travel, wheels and geometry.

The new Merida OneSixty now features a flip-chip allowing the bike to be built with 29″ wheels front and rear or a mullet setup, with no change in geometry regardless of your setup. Rear travel is 162mm in the 29″ setting and 171mm in the mullet setup. Regardless of your rear wheel size, you’ll get a 170mm fork.

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Geometry has also seen a significant overhaul and gone are those days of Merida building bikes that are a bit short and a bit steep. During our press event at The EX Enduro, Jamie was able to ride with some of the bike’s engineers and designers and came back super reassured to meet young, enthusiastic and very fast dudes that were excited about building great bikes. It definitely shows in what they’ve created.

Sizes go from XShort to XLong, with reach on the Mid (Medium) growing by 25mm over the previous OneSixty, with 5mm clipped off the seat tube for good measure. Head angle is a very sensible 64 degrees, a full 1.3 degrees slacker than the outgoing OneSixty, with the seat tube now running at 79 degrees, a full four degrees steeper than previous.

Kinematics get a revamp too, with size-specific leverage ratios and kinematics available across the sizes. You get 6% progression on the XShort and 14% on the XLong. Anti-squat is higher at the start of the travel, then tails off as Merida feel it’s not needed deeper in the travel. Anti-rise is again higher in the opening part of the travel then tails off. All this is designed to make a bike that climbs well, is active under braking while taking big hits and recovering well. The new OneSixty also now works well with coil shocks.

Five models are available, two in Lite (Aluminium) and three in CF4 (carbon fibre). Pricing starts at £2,750.00 for the OneSixty 500, rising to £9,000 for the OneSixty 10000.

Merida OneSixty models

OneSixty 500

Key features:

  • RockShox Yari RC 170mm fork
  • RockShox Deluxe Select+ shock
  • Shimano Deore 12-speed drive
  • Shimano Deore 4-piston brakes
  • Shimano MT400 hubs on Merida Comp TR rims
  • Merida Expert TR II dropper
  • £2,750.00 RRP

OneSixty 700

Key features:

  • Marzocchi Z1 170mm fork
  • Fox Float X Performance shock
  • Shimano SLX 12-speed drive
  • Shimano SLX 4-piston brakes
  • Shimano SLX hubs on Merida Expert TR rims
  • Merida Team TR dropper
  • £3,300.00 RRP

OneSixty 6000

Key features:

  • Rockshox Zeb Select 170mm fork
  • Rockshox Super Deluxe Select+ shock
  • Shimano SLX 12-speed drive
  • Shimano SLX 4-piston brakes
  • Shimano SLX hubs on Merida Expert TR rims
  • Merida Team TR dropper
  • £4,750.00 RRP

OneSixty 8000

Key features:

  • Rockshox Zeb Ultimate 170mm fork
  • Rockshox Super Deluxe Ultimate shock
  • SRAM GX AXS Eagle 12-speed drive
  • Shimano XT 4-piston brakes
  • RaceFace Turbine R30 wheels
  • Merida Team TR dropper
  • £6,600.00 RRP

OneSixty 10000

Key features:

  • Rockshox Zeb Flight Attendant 170mm fork
  • Rockshox Super Deluxe Flight Attendant shock
  • SRAM XO1 AXS Eagle 12-speed drive
  • Shimano XTR 4-piston brakes
  • Reynolds Blacklabel Enduro wheels
  • Merida Team TR dropper
  • £9,000.00 RRP

You can check out the all-new Merida OneSixty over on their website here.