Video: Merida's New Hardtail on the Terrain That Inspired its Design

Aug 18, 2020
by Merida Bikes  

Merida’s Big.Trail is a UK-inspired hardcore hardtail that’s designed for big fun without a big price tag.

Rather than leading with the engineers, Merida gathered their UK dealers with a Weissbier or two and asked them what they thought a trail hardtail should include. Using that feedback, the Taiwanese brand’s engineers worked with their German R&D team and created the Big.Trail.

The result was, as we saw in detail on our earlier posts here looks like 29” wheels, 140mm travel and plenty of mud-clearance with room for 2.5” tyres. Enduro-capable geometry means plenty of thrashability with a 65.5° head angle, 75° seat tube angle and sizes from small to extra large. Plenty of stand-over means riders should be able to pick a size based on their riding style, rather than simply their height. They created four different versions of the Big.Trail with prices ranging from £800 to £1500.

Off the back of the launch, Merida wanted to show their new £1500 Big.Trail 600 in action in the UK, ridden by Isac Anderson.

More info, here.

Video by Openwideagency / Dom John / Thom Heald / Jamie Edwards
Photos by Ian Lean

The Merida Big.Trail.

The UK influenced Merida Big.Trail 600 being ridden on the trails that inspired its creation.

The UK influenced Merida Big.Trail 600 being ridden on the trails that inspired its creation.

The UK influenced Merida Big.Trail 600 being ridden on the trails that inspired its creation.

The UK influenced Merida Big.Trail 600 being ridden on the trails that inspired its creation.

The UK influenced Merida Big.Trail 600 being ridden on the trails that inspired its creation.

The UK influenced Merida Big.Trail 600 being ridden on the trails that inspired its creation.

The UK influenced Merida Big.Trail 600 being ridden on the trails that inspired its creation.



16 Comments

  • 10 0
 Hardcore hardtails Rock
  • 9 1
 Looks like a ses.....Commencal meta HT
  • 3 0
 Still salty that red Z2s were on intergalactic backorder when I was looking for an upgrade on my Fuse. It looks mean as hell on this bike.
  • 2 0
 The fuse is the absolute nuts with an upgraded fork: have 150mm ok mine
  • 1 0
 @enduroNZ: I put a 130mm Yari on mine. It’s perfect for the terrain around here with some occasional park work thrown in for fun
  • 2 0
 I've never really considered buying a hardtail now that I just bought a new full suspension but this bike is changing my mind...
  • 1 0
 I feel the same, these kind of hardtails are actually what I was looking for before changing to a fully some time ago. My old knees and other joints are certainly happy with my current bike but I see myself buying a bike like this for a fast lap around the trails closer to home. Look nice!
  • 2 0
 @Eetje: Agressive hardtails are fun for sure on Dutch 'new skool' trails. It adds a whole new dimension to the rellatively boring trails. But yeah, look at a bit of slowmo footage and you see that brakebumps are no fun for the joints in your legs.
  • 2 0
 @ronnietzoflex: Get the one that is just enough "bike" for you to make it through your trails, but still leaves enough to challenge and entertain you. I'm on a 26" wheeled hardtail, 120mm travel fork. Pedaling across a bumpy patch is definitely going to be more of a struggle on a hardtail than on something with rear suspension. However, compared to people with bigger wheels and rear suspension, I find myself pumping in sections and gaining/preserving more speed than those riding bigger wheeled fullies who keep spinning their cranks. Someone attributed that to my smaller wheels and lack of rear suspension and I can imagine it makes sense. So yeah, it definitely depends on your riding style but you can definitely make a hardtail work. Even through braking bumps. These joints will only moan when you lock them up. Seeing where you're from, I attended a clinic near Rheden a month ago. Rode some features they built and also rode the so called Granny Trail, including that staggered logs "qualifier". There was nothing there where I felt my hardtail was holding me back. If the bike is long enough and the top tube is low enough (and you're able to make use of the room it gives you) you'll be good. This Merida seems to have that sorted though of course they're far from the only ones offering a suitable bike. Get one. Have a blast.
  • 1 0
 Nice ok, but on such a flat trail you could have used a rigid bike ...A good front enduro bike deserves a bit more than that.. even more if the rider has very good skills as we see in the video..
  • 1 0
 Coming from a steel NS Surge, I said to myself “an alloy hardtail can’t be that much worse”. Bought a Sonder Transmitter, rode it once and sold it. Lol. Steel is real.
  • 1 0
 Yup learned that back in the mid 90,s. Brother Inlaw had a aluminum HT. Mine was a hand built steel. We swapped bikes on a down section. My ride was very rough when compared to the steel frame. I like some flex. Yet to try a nice Ti frame.
  • 3 0
 Steel or bust.
  • 1 0
 i got an alu frame hardtail recently and love it.
  • 1 0
 @thompsy01: I somehow gravitate towards steel but if you'd put me on an aluminium hardtail with proper geometry, I'd be happily having stupid fun too.

This discussion is funny actually. Back in the days it were the North Americans who typically had hardcore aluminium hardtails and the Brits used steel primarily.
  • 2 0
 Ti until I die!

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