Preview: Merida One Forty 600
As we roll into season 2019, a trend for amazingly affordable but very capable bikes is already starting to emerge.
There are a couple of reasons for this; SRAM's new NX Eagle groupset has allowed bike makers to add 12-speed systems to cheaper machines, while companies like Rock Shox is producing lower-end products with higher-end performance.
Case in point; the $2999 Merida One Forty 600.
It's a nicely turned out alloy duallie, running 27.5-inch wheels and 140mm of travel front and rear. The four-bar rear end is held up by a trunnion-mounted Rock Shox Deluxe RL, the front is suspended by a Sektor, while NX Eagle combines with Shimano for the groupset.
Merida's in-house stuff abounds for bars and stems... but it's all good stuff, with nice bends and decent widths.
A dropper post is part of the mix, as is a set of top notch Maxxis DHR/Rekon 2.6-inch wide tyres.
Out of the box, the Merida goes together well, though sussing out the internal cabling is a bit of a chore. It comes up beautifully in the sunshine, though, with a titanium paint finish and fluro green highlights.
You'll need to grab the new issue of MBA to find out what our testers thought, but here's a hint - super impressive.
Frame Merida One-Forty
Shock Rockshox Super Deluxe RL, lockout
Fork Rockshox Sektor RL 150mm
Headset Merida M2339
Handlebars Merida Expert TR 780mm
Stem Merida Expert TR 35mm
Shifter SRAM NX Eagle
Rear Derailleur SRAM NX Eagle
Cassette SRAM 1230 NX Eagle 11-50t
Chain SRAM NX Eagle
Cranks SRAM Descendant 6K, 32t
Bottom Bracket SRAM
Brakes Shimano MT-500
Wheels Shimano MT400 hubs to Merida Expert TR rims
Tyres Maxxis Minion DHR II/Rekon 27.5x2.6
Saddle Merida Comp CC
Seatpost Merida Expert TR 125mm drop
Wheel Size 27.5
Available Sizes XS, S, M, L (tested) & XL