Merida Launches UK Influenced 140mm Big Trail Hardtail

Merida Launches UK Influenced 140mm Massive Path Hardtail

Pictures: Ian Lean

Hardtails are being launched left, proper and centre in the intervening time with every part from 10 grand special editions from Yeti to the super-slack-and-ready-to-attack steel Kona Honzo ESD. Merida has immediately thrown its hat into the ring with an replace to its mid-travel hardtail, the Massive Path. Reasonably than stealing headlines with any explicit quantity although, Merida’s hardtail seems to be an reasonably priced workhorse of a motorbike that has been properly thought out for a lower cost bracket.

The inspiration for this bike comes from the long-standing UK hardtail scene and Merida did issues a bit otherwise when designing this bike. Reasonably than choosing a market phase letting their engineers unfastened on the mission from the get-go, they gathered their British vendor community with a Weissbier or two and requested them what they wished to see in a path hardtail. Taking that suggestions on board, the Taiwanese model’s engineers went again to their German R&D base and returned with this new Massive Path body.

Merida Massive Path Particulars

Body: Aluminium
Journey: 120-150mm
Wheel Measurement: 29″
Head Angle: 65.5°
Seat Tube Angle: 75.5°
Worth: From £800 (€849) to £1,500 (€1,599)
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Merida’s first change was to bump up the wheel measurement from 27.5″ to 29″ and place the Massive Path as a substitute for the model’s extra XC focussed Massive 9 hardtail. The Massive Path comes with a 140mm fork however has been designed to take something from a 120mm to a 150mm fork providing you with the choice to make use of it for sprightly or extra burly functions. Simplicity and practicality are key with a hardtail and Merida has stored that in thoughts with a motorbike that has loads of water bottle mounts, makes use of SRAM’s UDH hanger and even comes with a saddle-slung multitool on the upper spec choices. The bike comes with 2.4″ tyres as normal however a 55mm chainline permits for as much as 2.5″, which ought to assist hold the bike operating by means of the winter muck. There’s additionally room for a 150mm dropper on all sizes besides small, which makes use of a 125mm dropper.

Double bottle mounts on the downtube are an enormous win plus there’s one other pair hidden underneath the highest tube for additional storage.

All fashions are specced with a 140mm fork as normal however you possibly can up or down journey relying in your intentions

Merida has aimed for enduro succesful geometry on the Massive Path. It isn’t essentially the most progressive on the market with a 65.5° head angle and 75° seat tube angle however it actually has a dose of thrashability. Curiously, Merida suggests {that a} rider can decide their measurement primarily based on the sort of driving they wish to do somewhat than their top, due to the low standover. They are saying, “The one query is in the event you wanna go loopy quick or tremendous agile. In case you are on the lookout for elevated stability at pace, take the longer (bigger) measurement, in case you are on the lookout for agility, take a shorter (smaller) measurement.” Which means that riders would go as much as a 475mm attain on the longest or downsize for one thing shorter if they need a distinct journey feeling.

Merida is properly conscious that hardtails are sometimes the bike of alternative for these on a finances and have completed a very good job bringing collectively a stable package deal for a brand new rider. The entire vary makes use of options you would possibly anticipate to see on costlier bikes together with tubeless prepared rims, Enhance entrance and rear and inner cable routing. There are even mounts for bike packing and a kickstand for added versatility.

The pricing of the Massive Path additionally displays this with the 200 mannequin coming in at £800 / €849 and the vary topping out at £1,500 / €1,599 for the 600 that comes with a Shimano Deore 1×12 groupset and Marzocchi Z2 fork.

Extra information, here.

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