The eONE-SIXTY has new, revised geometry and a slackened head angle at 65.5 degrees, changed the crank length to 165mm (from 175mm) and follows the on trend offering of many new Shimano powered bikes by providing a 29er on the front, with a 2.5″ Maxxis Assegai and a 27.5″ on the rear wrapped in a 2.6″ DHR2. The new
Merida claim that helps keep the chain stay as short as possible whilst offering as much grip as possible in the rear, whilst the 29er on the front helps with the rolling abilities for rocks, roots and chunkier stuff.
Moving to carbon meant that Merida had to work out a way of dissipating the heat generated from the battery. Carbon is not a great heat dissipator, so Merida have placed slots near the head tube to help keep the battery cool. Merida call this the Thermo Gate!
The eONE-SIXTY integrated battery has a dual locking mechanism. Firstly, the battery is held in place with a catch then it is secured with Allen bolts. The tool for this is neatly held in the rear axle. Merida claim that this not only protects the battery, but reduces the risk of battery noise and vibrations, as well as making it easy to remove, replace with a spare or just recharge without having to do so on the bike.
e-ONE-SIXTY uses the regarded Shimano E8000 motor, with up to 70 Nm of power. The bike also moves over to the neater E7000 mode shifter which means an under bar dropper can be used.
One of the strongest attributes of the original bike was its playful, agile but composed handling. Merida wanted to all of that into the new generation of bike. Lowering of the bottom bracket, slackening the head angle and the new mixed wheel sizes, Merida say, should help retain the lively character of the original bike.