Merida set out to make bikes fun again with the 2021 BIG.TRAIL range

Merida are aiming to offer riders simple fun in the form of the new BIG.TRAIL range to be released in September. 

The Taiwanese-based brand announced on Thursday (AEST) the 2021 line-up of the trail bike will consist of four models. 

Boasting 29er wheels with up to 2.5” tyre clearance as well as long dropper posts, the BIG.TRAIL looks to be one fun machine. 

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We’ll have our hands on the BIG.TRAIL 500 soon and we’ll have a review in the November/December/January issue of Mountain Biking Australia magazine. 

So, what can riders expect? 

Modern Geometry 

The BIG.TRAIL features a 65.5 head angle, a steeper 75.6 seat angle and a reach of up to 475mm to ensure riders are comfortable thundering down trails as well as those long climbs. Downhill sections should also be a lot more fun with the longer 140mm fork. 

Merida have also decided to go with a short seat tube and sloping top tube. The resulting low stand over height means riders should choose a size that matches their riding style as opposed to juts their height. The German-designed brand’s recommendations are a larger size for those looking for speed while riders wanting more agility should opt for a smaller model. 

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Features Galore 

The BIG.TRAIL has a pretty handy list of features including: 

  • Internal cable routing. 

  • Boost standard (front and rear). 

  • Space for two water bottles plus ‘Trail Mount’ inside the frame. 

  • External bottom bracket. 

  • SRAM UDH hanger. 

  • Tubeless ready rims (29mm inner width). 

  • 180mm rotors (front and rear). 

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Model Breakdown 

There are four models available in Australia with the BIG.TRAIL 600 only setting you back $2299. 

  • BIG.TRAIL 600 ($2299) - Colour: Matt Green (Red/Silver-Green) 

  • BIG.TRAIL 500 ($1849) - Colour: Glossy Black (Matt Cool Grey) 

  • BIG.TRAIL 400 ($1599) - Colour: Silk Dark Purple (Silver-Purple) 

  • BIG.TRAIL 200 ($1249) - Colour: Orange (Black) 

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