Merida One-Sixty 8000 - Review

Jan 4, 2017
by David Arthur  

The One-Sixty 8000 is Merida's latest entry into the all-mountain/enduro category. Merida is a massive company - an underrated brand, perhaps - but one of the oldest and most experienced manufacturers in Taiwan, where it produces its own range, in addition to a number of models for the industry's well-respected names. I’ll be the first to admit that Merida's previous One-Sixty was lacking in a few key areas, but for 2017, it has been completely overhauled. The 2017 version retains its predecessor's 27.5-inch wheels and 160-millimeters of rear-wheel travel, but it has an all-new frame, revised suspension and updated geometry.

Merida's One-Sixty is available in three complete builds, starting from £3,300 to our range-topping £5,500 One-Sixty 8000 review bike that is built around a RockShox Super Deluxe shock and a 170-millimeter Lyrik fork, and a SRAM XO1 Eagle transmission. Accessories include: an MRP TR chain guide; DT Swiss Spline EX 1501 One wheels, shod with Continental Der Baron 2.4 Projekt tires; a RockShox Reverb dropper post; and SRAM Guide RS brakes. Merida's house-brand 35-millimeter stem and 760-millimeter handlebar complete a capable package that weighs 30.4 pounds (13.8kg) and costs £5,500.

One-Sixty Details:
• Carbon frame with an aluminium swingarm, Merida "Float Link" suspension
• Wheel size: 27.5”
• Rear-wheel travel: 160mm
• RockShox 170mm Lyrik fork
• RockShox Super Deluxe shock
• Sram X01 Eagle 12-speed drivetrain
• Sizes: Small, medium, large
• Complete bike weight 13.8kg (30.4 lbs)
• MSRP: £3,300 to £5,500 (not available in the US)
• Contact: Merida Bikes, @meridabikes


Merida’s One-Sixty originally used a virtual-pivot type suspension layout called VPK. For 2017, however, it’s out with the complicated and in with the simple. The new One-Sixty introduces Merida's "Float Link" suspension, which has an uncanny resemblance to Trek’s Full Floater arrangement. First used on Merida's 120-millimeter XC bike, Float Link's single-pivot swingarm drives a rocker-link mounted to the seat tube. The vertically mounted shock is connected onto a forward extension of the swingarm, rather than to the frame. Reportedly, the advantage of the Float Link over the previous VPK system, is that it allows the leverage ratio to be more easily tuned from both ends of the suspension, and the frame can be made lighter weight, as the down tube is no longer supporting the shock.

Merida 160
The all-new Float Link and the RockShox Super Deluxe shock.
Merida 160
The the underside of the carbon frame is well-protected.

Merida 160
The carbon main frame with its tapered head tube and internally routed cables.
Merida 160
The rear brake caliper is neatly hidden behind the seat stay for a bit of added protection.

The main frame is made from carbon fiber using a nanoparticle-infused layup to bolster its strength. Internal cables exit underneath the bottom bracket, where there is a bash guard on the curved down tube to prevent damage from rock strikes. For those inclined, there is space for one bottle cage on the down tube. The main frame has a curved top tube allowing plenty of stand-over clearance. Other details include the use of a Boost axle spacing front and rear, and ISCG 05 tabs on the bottom bracket shell.

Merida has plenty of expertise when it comes to aluminium, and the rear stays are made from a special 6013 alloy that is said to allow the wall thickness of the tubes to be thinner - so much so, Merida claims that using a carbon rear triangle would only have resulted in a marginal weight saving. Tire clearance is improved slightly by its 148mm Boost-width axle spacing, and the rear caliper is tucked safely away inside the rear triangle.

Like the rear stays, the upper shock link is constructed from aluminium, and drives the "metric" version of RockShox's Super Deluxe damper. The difference is the trunnion mount, which is said to allow the use of a longer-stroke shock within the same space that a conventional eyelet design would require. For the record, Merida uses 72x210-millimeter size shock, and their engineers reduced the suspension's leverage ratio to adapt to the shock's lower spring pressures and more sensitive damping adjustments.


Long, low and slack is the new mantra for trail and enduro bikes these days, and Merida has given the new One-Sixty a thoroughly modern geometry that looks to put it on a level with its key competitors in that category.

This is a relatively long bike. The size-large tested here is equivalent to an extra-large size Santa Cruz Nomad, and comparable to the medium-sized Whyte G160 I tested recently. With its 170-millimeter RockShox fork, the head angle measures 65.3-degrees, with 430-millimeter chainstays, a 475-millimeter reach, and a 1237-millimeter wheelbase.
Merida One-Sixty 8000 specs

Release Date 2017
Travel 160mm R, 170mm F
Rear Shock RockShox Super Deluxe RC3
Fork RockShoxRock Shox Lyrik RCT3 Air, 170mm
Headset Big Conoid A-bearing
Cassette SRAM Eagle X01 10 x 50t
Crankarms SRAM Descendant Carbon Eagle 32T
Chainguide MRP 1X TR upper
Bottom Bracket SRAM
Pedals NA
Rear Derailleur SRAM Eagle X01
Chain SRAM Eagle
Front Derailleur NA
Shifter Pods SRAM Eagle X01
Handlebar Merida Expert 35mm x 740mm
Stem Merida Expert TR 35
Grips NA
Brakes SRAM Guide RS 180mm R, 200mm F
Wheelset DT Swiss Spine EX 1501 ONE25 Boost
Hubs DT Swiss
Spokes DT Swiss
Rim DT Swiss
Tires Continental Der Baron 2.4" Protjekt
Seat Prologo Nago Evo X15
Seatpost RockShox Reverb Stealth
Merida 160

The One-Sixty's numbers look good on the screen, and out on the trail, the Merida doesn’t disappoint. I’ve ridden it everywhere as much as possible, from long rides in the local woods with plenty of ups and downs, to shuttling downhill tracks in the Forest of Dean (a local downhill Mecca), and it’s clear from the geometry, the smart specification, and the way it rides, that it will be a worthy contender for any enduro rider's short list.

It might not they longest or slackest bike out there, but I found One-Sixty's numbers worked really well for me. The sizing was spot-on for my height. It was a perfect fit, the only thing I’d be inclined to change would be to switch out the 760 millimeter handlebar to a slightly wider one.

The Merida feels agile, specially when you need to loft the front wheel over an obstacle or change direction at a moments notice, it’s easy to weight the bike and place it precisely where you need it into a corner. The suspension offers plenty of drive in the rough which helps to propel you over technical terrain. It’s a versatile bike - comfortable on the climbs, where it masks its long travel, but it behaves like a mini-downhill bike on the descents.

Merida 160

Getting a good suspension setup was a very straightforward process. Using RockShox's recommended setting provided a good starting point and, with minor adjustments, they proved just-right throughout the test. I ran about 25 to 30-percent of sag, which worked well for the shock, and its large rebound dial provided easy adjustments. The three-way low-speed compression lever was easy to reach. I found the firmest platform setting redundant for my riding and spent most of the time alternating between the middle and open options.

The new Float Link suspension is balanced well, with the fork and shock working in unison to deliver a smooth ride in rock gardens, while muting high-frequency impacts, which provided loads of traction, especially when it was slippery. The rear suspension is well damped, and handles big, successive hits very well, while managing to stay up in its travel so it doesn’t bog down or squash your speed out of compressions or berms. You can chuck the One-Sixty down a rooted, stepped descent and it will blast through it all, smothering the impacts with its buttery smooth feeling suspension. The length of the bike gives stability that really comes into its own at high speed, while the short stem helps to keep the steering agile and nimble.

Merida 160

Spec'ing a 170-millimeter fork was a good decision. The extra stiffness of the RockShox Lyrik chassis gave the Merida real clout when slamming into rocks and roots at high-speed, especially when riding trails blind for the first time. There’s a lot of front-end frame stiffness detectable when dealing with steeper sections of trails, and coupled with the excellent RockShox dampers and the Merida's reworked suspension layout, means you can really keep the One-Sixty on the line you want.

It’s right at home on fast and technical descents, but it’s also a decent bike when you don’t have a shuttle to get you to the top. The low weight of this top-end build undeniably helps when it comes to battling gravity, but the suspension is still well-composed when toiling up long climbs. With the compression dial on the Super Deluxe shock flicked to the middle setting, there is lots of support and minimum bob (unless you get out of the saddle and really crank it). The long reach didn’t make the Merida a handful on more technical climbs and switchbacks, and there was enough room to make easy weight shifts. In fact, the way the One-Sixty traverses rolling trails with lots of short climbs belies its big travel status. You’re not going to be the fastest to the top, but you won’t be the slowest.

Merida 160

Component Check

RockShox Super Deluxe RC3 shock: The performance of the new Super Deluxe shock is first class. I was really impressed. It’s easy to setup and provides a good tune with minimal adjustment, being highly reactive off the top and nicely progressive as you push deeper into the travel, with good control throughout the stroke.

SRAM XO1 Eagle: A big chunk of the Merida’s price comes down to the Eagle 12-speed transmission. Well spaced, wide range gearing make it suitable for any terrain I ride, and shifting is smooth, quiet, refined, and reliable. I didn't notice the extra gear, but I did appreciate the 500-percent gear range.

Continental Der Baron 2.4 Projekt tyres: Providing unparalleled levels of grip in wet and muddy conditions, these Conti tires are hard to beat. They’re not fast-rolling tires, but during the muddy test conditions they didn’t feel draggy. They excelled in soft conditions, making them ideal for a UK winter.

Prologo Nago Evo X15 saddle: It is probably fine on a road race bike or a cross-country mountain bike, but this saddle just way too firm for the sort of riding the One-Sixty is intended for. Riding without padded shorts is a recipe for numb nuts. I’d be changing the saddle in a heartbeat.
Merida 160

Merida 160

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesIt's on the way down that Merida's One-Sixty 8000 best shows its new-found abilities. The suspension keeps the wheels glued to the ground, the frame is taut and stiff, and it's nimble enough on its tires to twist and shout down the trail. It's the composure of this bike that most impresses me, and also its completeness as a bike for tackling any sort of trail - big or small. Longer-travel trail bikes have really evolved over the years, and the latest evolution of Merida's One-Sixty puts it firmly in the same ballpark as the more well known candidates. - David Arthur

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About the Reviewer David Arthur is a freelance mountain biker writer based in the UK. Stats: Age: 34 • Height: 5'11:” • Weight: 154lb • Industry affiliations / sponsors: None


  • 206 0
 screw the review, who won this beast from the advent calendar giveaway ?!
  • 61 4
 It's a huge disappointment that are still no winner results for this prize, as many others left in advent calendar. This year PB you fool us....
  • 39 2
 There are 11 prizes waiting still for a winner!!!!
  • 38 2
 Anybody from PB can please give us an answer!!!?????
  • 36 4
 @simoroma: read the rules of the contest, winners are sent an email and given a predetermined amount of time to respond. obviously some people arent responding, mystery solved?
  • 11 0
 @whitebullit: does that mean they get re-drawn if no winner comes forward?
  • 9 0
 @whitebullit: yay, I'm in with a very very very small chance of winning!
  • 5 0
 Check your junk emails!
  • 7 0
 @whitebullit: I can't believe that rest of the winners didn't respond. 12 out of 24 - really ?? If this is true (and i just cannot believe), they should post winners that have responded.
  • 26 4
 @pegie: are you suggesting there is an advent calendar conspiracy? could ancient aliens be responsible? ancient astronaut theorists believe that the maya could have predicted this.
  • 3 1
 @whitebullit: without a doubt.
  • 4 6
 @whitebullit: no need for sarcasm here Smile i'm just suggesting that no one (except for pinkbike readers, but who cares about them) gives a f*** whether the winners will be published or not.
  • 3 2
They do on the advent calendar page. You have to click on each day and they post a winner with a link to their account profile
  • 3 0
 @UtahBikeMike: please read carefully, they did until 12th, so for 3,5 weeks, there have been no winners selected.
  • 3 0
 No one from PB Staff give us any clue about this giveaway contest!
  • 7 0
 @whitebullit: last year I won tickets for Whistler, and answered back the email... never got a response back on how to claim my prize.
  • 45 0
 Hey guys,
All the winners of the Advent Calendar giveaways have been contacted. The winners have a 2 week period to return a confirmation message that they acknowledge and agree to receive the prize(s) (otherwise, we redraw). During the holidays we've experienced some delays in contact and we are doing our very best to confirm everything by the end of the week.
  • 1 0
 @whitebullit: Fair enough....
  • 3 0
 @pinkbikeaudience: Thanks for the explanation
  • 66 0
 @pinkbikeaudience: Can you please resend me the email. Thanks.
  • 6 0
 @simoroma: I won one of the Ritchey giveaways on the 12th(the last day showing winners). I was notified on the 16th and responded on the 16th but never seen my name until a few more days. So im sure the holidays have a lot to do with it and the winners have actually responded. I was hoping for this bike but ill take a new set of tires haha!
  • 14 0
 @whitebullit: I'm not saying it was aliens, but... it was aliens.
  • 1 0
 @dnuskin: it's because there were 5 ritchey ones so they probably waited until all 5 responded to publish it.
  • 11 2
 @whitebullit: Ok how many people were like "
SHIT! I better check my gmail".....Ok here I am now Search "PinkBike"


Still a loser Frown
  • 2 0
 @Joeief: Yep, did exactly that and came to the same realization.
  • 1 0
 not you
  • 5 0
 @simoroma: they contacted me yesterday for Dec 22 ParkTool set, I responded right away and today my name is already posted. Give people some time, they might be traveling/skiing or whatever...
  • 2 0
 @pinkbikeaudience: I replied your mail, but I didn't receive any yet.
  • 2 0
 @atrokz: Yeah same here, I think I deleted mine...
  • 1 0
 @whitebullit: But reading the rules of the contest wouldn't allow another conspiracy theory about the site to bubble to the surface so wild accusations can be flung!
  • 1 0
 @UtahBikeMike: People downvoting facts, lmao...
  • 1 0
 @atrokz: sniped. I was gonna say the exact same thing.
  • 1 0
 Damnit. I checked what email It goes to in settings, checked junk, searched junk.... no bike. Fingers crossed for next draw.
  • 1 0
 Where's WIKILEAKS when you need them
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 Oh..... apparently my pinkbike is linked to an email I no longer have access to. Shit.
  • 54 0
 Is it just me or are these enduro bike reviews starting to be written from the same template? Take a generic review and fill in the gaps? Even the slightly wider handle bar thing persists!

Come on Pinkbike... It's time for some head-to-head Enduro action with some DH or XC racers at the controls... Mix things up a little in these reviews... These reviews are becoming too repetitive
  • 24 8
 The issue is that bikes got pretty similar these days: pretty much same components and similar geometries. Back in 2006 there's been a rather big difference between a Merida and a Santa Cruz bike with same designation. To the point when some stuff was barely rideable. Sht used to crack, be flexy as hell. YT has already sound a horn 4 or 5 years ago. Awesome geometries and componentry at half of the price. You needed to buy a V10c or S-Works Demo to feel difference from perfectly capable Tues. Today, if you tell me that you are som much faster on V10cc than on Tues carbon, you deserve a slap in the face.

So the only weird thing here then is people wanting shoot outs for bikes from 2015 onwards... Then for how many years can you write original reviews for bikes which haven't changed much since like 2014...
  • 8 0
 @WAKIdesigns and @spark24: perhaps you have thrown the gauntlet here.... how about a shoot out between bikes with the same intended use and one is half the price? YT/Canyon v Spec/Trek? will there be too much conspiracy for PB to side with the big guys?
  • 11 0
 @WAKIdesigns: See my idea is this... Take for example a Capra and a Nomad, then take for instance a Gwin and a Schurter, let them ride together, then swop bikes, then have them discuss what their thoughts were, might make for an interesting read don't you think?

( I use those athletes as examples coz I know sponsorships might cause bias, but you get what I mean )
  • 13 1
 I disagree with your take on this review. When I read it, it seemed to me that the reviewer kept holding back straight praise, which I think might come from the bias against the Taiwanese based company. I wonder how the review would be slanted if the bike had a Santa Cruz sticker on it.
  • 3 0
 @dtax: That's actually a great idea.... Perhaps that lower spec Marin Hawk Hill vs Spesh Camber? or more like same spec half price like a Jeffsy vs Remedy?
  • 11 0
 @rrolly: Have a blacked-out decal shoot out! Shocks and all!
  • 26 4
 @Spark24: My idea is this: on one demo weekend I ride Konas, Two weeks later I ride Treks, two weeks later Specializeds. Then on another yet another weekend I may have ridden a Rocky Mountain Altitude 140. What comes out is differences between different platforms from the same company. Then different tyres. If some company fits Nobby Nics into a 150 bike and another tuns two Minions and the third one has Ardents then the experience will vary a lot. Bike with nobby nics will be top climber but it will suck on descents, opposite on Minions and then considering my terrain gets wet rather often, the best bike in the whole world would feel like absolute sht on Ardents.

Now what do I notice most from riding in of these bikes? Setup. Kona may have had shitty brakes, Trek had too little sag because I haven't had time to adjust it so I just jumped on it, while Rocky had Fox CTD front and back and it was fuking worthless. Because geometry felt sweet until I needed to pump the bike.

Any bike these days will feel great if you have time and knowledge to set it up properly. Cheapest Capra with good tyres, bled and clean brakes, well setup sag, rebound, compression, personalized cockpit and pedals will feel and ride better than poorly setup Nomad CC, Geometron or my Antidote Carbon Jack.

And the crux of it all is A- you have no clue what reviewer prefers and he has limited capacity to put ut into words aaaand B everyone thinks they are experts on bike setup just like almost every man thinks he is a great driver. So a dude who cannot setup his bikeproperly comes to a demo day and he has 2-5 minutes to setup a bike he hasn't seen before.

So how can I expect to have similar experience to the reviewers one, when he is most likely to be a better rider who pedals and rides downhill differently on trails that are fkng different than mine? Therefore I claim that reviews are a nice read about nice bike with nice photos. You read them to find half-arsed excuses to buy a prticular bike or strengthen your position on buying another one.
  • 2 0
 Yeah I kind of feel the same. What about reviewing based on a point scale? There are categories, climbing, descending, looks, cost, component quality, weight, playfulness, etc... Each category is rated 1-10, 10 being best, but here is the kicker, the total score can only be a certain number, so you can't have a perfect 10 bike, this forces the reviewer to actually think about the different qualities of the bike and which stand out.

Nearly all bikes these days are "great", so there is no point in giving them a total score, reviews should focus on what makes the bike different or unique, or what doesn't. By using the point system you can then say I want a bike that is playful among all else, then you put them into and it spits out the top contenders.

Idk, just and idea
  • 4 2
 @WAKIdesigns: on point
  • 4 0
 Tell me about it!! I swear Ive read "when it comes to going down hill that's where this bike really shines" or along those lines in every Enduro review!! Get some new material already!!!
  • 2 1
 @WAKIdesigns: You hit the nail on the head about setup and tires. It takes me a day of riding to get a new suspension component dialed in. I don't know how anyone can claim to properly have a demo bike setup properly after 5 minutes without having the opportunity to take multiple laps and adjust pressures, rebound, and compression, much less play with the fit (stem length and height and saddle position).
  • 5 0
 @WAKIdesigns: I think you're overcomplicating matters... I agree with you 100 % on modern bike quality and setups.... But now let's go back to why we started biking... The fun factor... Why do we enjoy Claudio's reviews and why do we enjoy Top Gear UK ( with JC that is)? Because they add the fun factor, and isn't that why we ride to begin with?... Alot of these reviews are downright boring... That's why I say, add some spice, add some subjective opinions...
  • 8 4
 @Spark24: aaaah yes. Then I am completely with you. Top Gear has been built on that. That's why Iike Mike Levy's reviews. Particularly the supposedly misogynistic ones... they offend the kind of people that I can later offend in the comments.
  • 3 0
 I think the shootout option lets the reviews feel the subtle differences between several very good bikes. They may not find a clear dominant winner but a bike that may be suited slightly better for different terrain/rider.
  • 3 0
 @WAKIdesigns: mbr.UK uses control tires on all their test bikes...we'll at least they did. Considering it is impossible for a product manager to spec tires that work everywhere, and it is the first thing aside from maybe stem length to be altered on a new bike, i think it a good practice.
The other point is you have idea how well qualified the reviewer is...that is where video as part of the review would go a long way.
  • 6 2
 @ReformedRoadie: isn't it amazing that of all things, tyres make such a dramatic difference in riding experience? So basically you can put DH tyres on a hardtail with 120 fork and it will ride in the bike park better than a 140 bike on the Nobby Nics? And conversely if someone really wants a bike for all day riding he can save shit loads of money and instead of buying a smaller bike, he can keep his 140-160 bike and just put on lightweight tyres for some time?
  • 2 5
 @WAKIdesigns: I am a great of the best in fact. Get outa my way in your gay Volvo.
Kangoo maxi man..BOOM.
  • 7 6
 @Earthmotherfu: there must be some gay party on my street every night because there are at least 8 Volvos I can see from my window. You working class scrubber
  • 2 2
 @WAKIdesigns: I see guys running waaay too narrow a front tire and wonder wtf they are thinking. Quality rubber is up there with disks / geometry / quality suspension/ droppers as far as innovations that made a huge increase in how much i enjoy riding.
Old tires, like cheap ones now, were made out of superball rubber.
  • 3 3
 @WAKIdesigns: have pink bike not offered you a bloody job yet waki! jeez! the tight bastards. The man hours you put into pinkbike is worthy of a paid job
  • 3 2
 @WAKIdesigns: pretty good eyesight from 40 stories up ,you middle class ponce.
  • 1 1
 @WAKIdesigns: You can't so we need comparisons to properly evaluate the bikes in relation to one another.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: I like the reviews where the rider comments on the tires' performance and then changes them out for the given conditions, then continues the review. Y

You may not be able to fully dial in a bike in a short amount of time, but an experienced rider should be able to get it close, quickly. So that puts each bike on more of a level playing field. And, of course each rider has their own preferences, but their comments are still helpful in giving the new bike context.
  • 2 0
 @sellcrackcocainetofundhobby: I just don't get the love-fest. Some good comments come from him, but how some people trip over themselves to get their "yay waki" comments in is one of the strangest things I've found about the PB boards. No offense to waki, I just find it weird.
  • 1 2
 @rrolly: I have never asked for it and I don't really care much. I'm here to confront my opinions not to hear anyone lick my arse for being an opinionated prick
  • 42 1
 So, is "has an uncanny resemblance to Trek’s Full Floater arrangement" the new "Looks like a session"?
  • 6 8
 I think Merida make Treks or certainly used to
  • 30 0
 Looks like a Remida
  • 8 1
 @ilovedust: giant make treks
  • 5 8
 @poop-6jumpbike: Giant makes Trek*
  • 13 0
 @ilovedust: Merida makes (and owns 49% or thereabouts) specialized.
  • 4 0
 @Kiwiplague: Makes BMC too.
  • 2 1
 @whitebullit: Giant made* Trek
  • 4 2
 Its a poor mans trek.
  • 13 2
 Giant and Merida make about 90% of world bike production. The other companys basically paint some name on the frame, spend tons of money on branding and triple the retail price. Great
  • 1 0
 @Dont-hit-trees: giant still makes trek bikes, except for their highest grade carbon bikes, which are mfg in the US
  • 1 0
 @Benito-Camelas: i'm not doubting you, i knew giant makes frames for a ton of brands, but i had never heard of merida before this year, and now i hear about them nearly every day.

did they go from just making frames for others to finally sticking their own name on their frames, or were they just largely in road biking, or more likely, has my head just been in the sand?
  • 2 0
 @xeren: honestly i have no idea about the percentage, its likely to be a lower number, but I'm sure they both make a lot of bikes anyway.

Merida claims to be the world's largest maker on its website, over 3 million bikes a year (they say), and many of them for other brands.
  • 1 0
 @rmalexan: hardly any made in us anymore, pretty sure it was just Madone 700 series
  • 1 0
 @xeren: Their focus is in road biking for sure. They have a 4.52kg production road bike. Insane.
  • 1 0
 @xeren: Hi xeren. Merida has been out there with their oun brand for over 25 years now, nevertheless they've been quite focused on the XC market.They've been official sponsor of the Multivan Merida Biking Team for more than 10 years and won World Champs, World Cups and Olympics.
Before they started with their own brand they just manufactures bikes for other brands.
In the last few yeras there seems to be agreat change inside Merida with better looking, better performing bikes.
Seems like they are g oing on the right direction with bikes like this ONE-SIXTY
  • 22 0
 "but this saddle just way too firm for the sort of riding the One-Sixty is intended for. Riding without padded shorts is a recipe for numb nuts. I’d be changing the saddle in a heartbeat."

Saddle firmness isn't what causes numb nuts; it's due to poor saddle fit (i.e., wrong width or shape). Which is totally personal and nothing to do with this particular saddle. If you haven't, you MUST measure your ass bone width and start your saddle search from there. So, of course you should change the saddle. We all should, on every bike we buy. Bikes should not even come with with stock saddles. It's like automatically including a size medium pair of underwear with every hat you buy. That sh%t just doesn't fly.
  • 24 7
 "Not available in the US" why? It's 2017... we have people living in space, yet Merida can't ship me a bike?
  • 19 3
 Bring it up with Specialized.
  • 17 6
 You should talk to Mr. Trump about intern. trade. He might do somethig about it.
  • 4 2
 I'm sure that they're breaking a few patent laws that can be enforced if they sell someone else's designs in that other person's territory.
  • 13 6
 @squarewheel: Yeah, he'll make all imported bikes more expensive or ban them all together. Wait till he finds out this one is from Jhina! Maybe in 2018 Americans will all get to buy $3000 pig iron frames built in abandoned coal mining towns.
  • 3 1
 @dylandoe: yeah, I'm pretty sure other brands used Horst links but didn't sell in the USA for that reason
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 @Sardine: that's why i'm rushing my next frame purchase, it might cost double in a year thanks to unnecessary trump started trade wars
  • 1 1
 It could also be known as One-Sexy imo, that's why Trump doesn't want it. Jusk kiddin, just kiddin...
  • 1 1
 @dylandoe: Exactly what I'm thinking.
  • 1 3
 @xeren: man you a ignorant, you think we haven't been in trade wars for the last 30 years? We have been losing bc of being infiltrated and destroyed from within due to a completely unlevel playing field. Trump wants to slightly level the unbalanced trade arrangements and suddenly he is the Devil incarnate.
  • 2 2
 @leftCoastBurn: "man you a ignorant" i hope that was ironic, and not actually how you speak

we are not in a trade war right now. a trade imbalance is not a trade war. the last notable trade war we started was during the depression, and it pushed us further into that depression. only WW2 brought us out of it.

"Trump wants to slightly level the unbalanced trade arrangements"

trump supporters can never explain to me how the trade agreements are unbalanced - they only parrot trump's words, without actually knowing anything or doing any critical thinking. please, explain it to me. how are they unbalanced?
  • 2 0
 @dylandoe: apparently Merida and Specialized (which is made by Merida) have a deal that Merida bikes wont be sold in the US!
  • 17 1
 "comfortable on the climbs, where it masks its long travel, but it behaves like a mini-downhill bike on the descents."

What a revelation!
  • 4 1
 I've never heard that one before!!
  • 12 2
 full rockshox/sram bikes are super interesting and unique
  • 5 1
 haha, good one mate!
  • 9 2
 I still have my 10 year old one-fifty. Amazing bike. And how is Merida "least known"? Perhaps, in North America? It is quite big in Europe
  • 5 1
 Yea fairly well known in Australia too. Apparently some agreement with Specialised USA to not sell them.
  • 2 1
 I didn't even know what Merida was before december! lol Thought it was a brand new bicycle company! Razz
  • 1 0
 Also known in some parts of asia. I hail from the philippines and used to own 2 Meridas at one point.
  • 9 1
 So we'll never know who won the Advent Merida?
  • 21 1
 Apparently @davidarthur won it.
  • 7 1
 "Local Mecca," now there's an oxymoron for ya.
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 Great bike!! Unfortunatelly you can't get this, or any MERIDA bike in the US due to an agreemet with Specialized. MERIDA owns a big percent of Specialized, they build most of the bikes for them and due to this situation they agreed not to sell in the US market
  • 3 0
 But you can get the full range of Specialized, while they keep some of the choice articles for the USA only. Which is one reason I would never buy their crap
  • 4 2
 Der baron were on my radon swoop. The tyre was the slowest bad wearing tyre i have had. But i ride rocks mostly and it is a mud tyre after all. Aggressor and minnion front for me thanks
  • 2 1
 @davidarthur- something about the shock size is incorrect. RS does not offer a 210x72 Super Deluxe.

Some options would be 205x62.5 (which is what it looks like to me) or 225x72.5.

Trunnion eyelet eye to eye measurements end in 5. Standard eyelet eye to eye measurements end in 0.
  • 4 0
 That rear brake post mount is beautiful and smart. More of this from bike designers, please.
  • 4 2
 "You’re not going to be the fastest to the top, but you won’t be the slowest." I bet the guy from the W.O.W. episode of South Park is going to be the slowest.
  • 4 2
 It looks good and I bet it rides great. There is nothing however that makes me desire a Merida over something else. I think it needs to be proven on the EWS circuit.
  • 2 2
 I wonder how this new incarnation of the One-Sixty compares to a similar offering from Merida's bitter rival, Giant. The Reign has similar numbers geo-wise, but has older suspension. A comparison with current mini-DH steeds like the GT Sanction, Radon Swoop, Pivot Firebird, and the Nomad would be great to see as well.
  • 4 1
 This bike is single pivot and therefore an older design than the VPP-based Maestro. If there is only one pivot between the BB and the hub (but not including either) it is single pivot, no matter how the suspension is activated.
  • 6 1
 @iamamodel: But being older does not mean worse. Single pivot is great actually!

I had a Devinci Wilson, and now I own a GT Fury, both different iterations of single pivot designs, both very different from each other, and both awesome bikes!
  • 2 1
 @Caiokv: single pivot is great on a DH bike, it's when you put it on a bike you want to climb with that it can run into issues
  • 1 0
 seen merida on the XC circuit for years, great to see a longer travel bikes from them, time for another coffee and check out their website......just double checked my email to see if pink bike sent me an email.
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 The way full floater works and kind of reacts to compression makes me wonder if this bike would have some nasty brake induced issues. With the rear pivot above the axle it's already gonna get a little more caught up intself when hard braking occurs than bikes with say Horst or split pivot designs. Add the full floater into the mix and if the bike became slightly unweighted and then caught up into some hard breaking I could see this bike cramming into its travel. The Super Deluxe is potentially gonna be getting a good work out. I could be way of on my thoughts... Either way I'd be curious to compare it to the trek floater with split pivot and see how different they feel. The bike looks dope and for Europe folk it looks like another great bike to chose from when it's time for new bike day.
  • 11 0
 The "full floater" thing is leverage ratio manipulation and nothing more, it can't really change braking characteristics.
  • 4 1
 Can't wait for this to be 50% off!
  • 2 0
 That's the only way to buy a bike! That's how I got my current one-sixty (2015 vpk model).
  • 1 0
 From where do you intend to get such a discount?
  • 1 0
 @abirdinthehand: Evolution cycles on their online site. But too be honest, most major bike stores clear out their previous years models from about September onwards to make way for their new stock. I got my previous bike the same way, $2000 for a 2011 Marin Mt Vision XM8 (from BikeBarn) that originally retailed for over $5500. If you don't mind having the previous years bike with older equipment, then you can get some killer bargains if you look hard enough.
  • 1 1
 Sounds really good! have been looking 10 times a day on Pinkbike app and in my spam box praying for a email form Pinkbike. I hope the one hoe is going to win deserves it! Good luck everyone!
  • 3 2
 I am just obsessed with this bike! I downloaded the pictures and put on my background of my phone and my laptop. I hope I win this bike!
  • 2 0
 So, hypothetically, if I were to win something like this, I wouldn't be mad?
  • 2 1
 And again Pricing in out of control for Aluminum or any bike these days outsourced in other countries supposedly to cut cost, but doesn't get pass down to consumers.
  • 1 0
 Great engineering, looks a mix of the new Trance front triangle and Patrol rear Triangle. PSHHHH I will sill Stick to Bike Companies that do their own thing.... YEWWWWW
  • 2 0
 Giant and Transition do their own thing? Giant makes everyone's stuff and takes liberal doses of "inspiration", Transition has a horst-link bike (I'm sorry, giddy-up!) Don't get me wrong, Trance and Patrol are both fine bikes... your statement just happens to be silly.
  • 1 0
 Rear braking will compromise the rear suspension. The lower pivot needs to be close to the lower chain to keep the suspension active. Metric shock mount. Meh.
  • 3 2
 Oh, term enduro bikes is out for 2017. Now we're moving to mini downhill bikes category, hm. Well played, bike industry!
  • 7 0
 The mini-dh label has been a popular descriptor amongst reviewers since the inception of the long travel single crown bikes. Somewhat interchangeable with the shortlived "freeride" bike title. Science.
  • 7 5
 Lookes like a Giant f***ed by Trek.
  • 7 2
 Looks like a giant fucked by shrek.
  • 2 1
 1201 wb 65.3 ha on a size md. It's definitely one of the longest and slackest out there.
  • 2 0
 5'11" and a reach of 475 is perfect?
  • 2 1
 Gone from reasonable widely available $1500 bike to a $3000 euro-only race rig.
  • 7 5
 Looks like a bike
  • 5 6
  • 1 0
 Anyway, Merida is a owner of Specialized brand
  • 1 0
 That turn in the top tube looks fragile
  • 2 0
 I'm blind
  • 1 0
 Super slack seat angle and cables under the BB. UGh.
  • 1 0
 Just checked my junk mail. sadly, no Merida email.... waaaaaaaahhh..
  • 1 1
 That name is too close to "mierda".. I can't help but read that into it, maybe it's negatively influencing me.
  • 1 0
 Pinkbike should do video reviews alongside a written one.
  • 1 0
 Looks like a Vitus
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  • 1 1
 sucks when they put the rear caliper behind the stays
  • 1 0
 Looks like a Reign
  • 1 1
 That is a nice bike.
  • 1 1
  • 1 1
 Inlove in that green!
  • 1 1
 I love the look of this
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