eOne-Sixty 10k | Highlights
Carbon main frame
Evoc FR Trail E-Ride 20l Pack
XTR all over
Fox 36 & X2
DT Swiss Carbon wheels
Front wheel 29"
Rear wheel 27.5"
For 2020 Merida have taken their flagship e-MTB and made it slacker, slimmer and with the look of a more normal bike. The lines are straighter, the angle of the head tube slacker (although the seat tube is steepened just a whisker) but the biggest change comes courtesy of the all new Shimano BT8035 integrated battery.
Now wait, aren’t all batteries strictly ‘integrated’? Well yes, but what Shimano means here is that the new battery system is moulded into a much more frame friendly shape in order for it to slot fully inside the downtube. Recall last year’s model with the BT8020 battery that sat on top of the downtube like an ugly tumor. Inside the downtube is a much more aesthetically pleasing and practical place for a battery to sit.
That said the battery doesn’t slide in to a complete downtube – it still requires a great big ‘door’ under the downtube into which the battery sits. There’s a soft but rugged plastic housing that can be removed without any tools to let you get at the battery. The neat rear axle lever doubles as a 4 & 6mm hex key that you will need to be able to pop the battery out for swapsies or for charging away from the bike.
Oh, and with this 10k top of the line model you do get a 2nd battery supplied as standard. Plus an Evoc back pack designed specifically for lugging it along on your rides. Yes, that’s right – An eMTB that comes with it’s own backback.
Having a dirty great hole in the underside of your downtube, unsurprisingly, doesn’t do a whole lot for structural integrity and stiffness and so Merida have decided to make the front triangle entirely out of carbon in order to be able to design that downtube to be as stiff as possible – something they claim is too tricky to do with alloy while keeping the weight down. The entire eOne-Sixty range comes with this carbon front triangle. The rear is the same as last year, made of alloy.
No, it’s not your eyes – or the angle of the shot. That back wheel really is smaller than the front. Motor housings are starting to look a lot better than they used to but they still take up a lot of valuable space right where the chainstays start. The Shimano motor helps the designers by sticking that BB axle as far to the back as possible, but even so, getting the chainstay length nice and short is always going to be tricky. Merida have got the chainstay length on the One-Sixty down to a modest 440mm, which in part is thanks to sticking the smaller 27.5 wheel on the back. Smaller wheels also mean higher torque too although I think it’s debatable whether that’s a good thing on an e-MTB, where too much torque, especially in boost mode, can get you into trouble sometimes.
A necessary design addition from last year’s all alloy eOne-Sixty is the venting port at the side of the headtube. Carbon doesn’t conduct heat well at all – in fact it’s a known design feature of carbon. But that doesn’t help when your battery starts to get hot as it keeps the heat localised and above 60degrees the Shimano battery system is design to cut out. Merida told us that just leaving the bike in the sun while you eat your lunch could sometimes be enough to trigger the safety cutout. And so they designed the port at the top of the downtube to act like a chimney to allow the build up of heat to rise and escape.
Who is it for?
Let’s look at the clues.
Comes with a backpack for a spare battery – making long days out very much a thing.
Not ‘on trend’ reach at 440mm for medium (460mm for large)
Quite a high front end making it a comfortable bike to ride
Merida’s own marketing brochure uses the word ‘comfort’ several times while also slipping the word ‘e-enduro’ in for good measure. This is a bike designed to be capable enough on steep techy ‘enduro’ style trails while also being plush enough to ride all day, across two batteries. Merida are hoping that this bike will appeal to a wide range of riders who will use it as their main bike for everything from techy enduro style sessioning to long schleps across the hills for days.
Info sourced from Singletrack MTB Press release 28/5/19
Type: Electric Mountain Bikes
Colour: All Black
Wheel Size: 29"
Motor Manufacturer: Shimano
Suspension: Dual Suspension
Item condition: New
The eOne-Sixty 10k model I rode comes with..
Shifting: Shimano XTR
Groupset: Shimano XTR
Brakes : Shimano XTR 4Pot
Fork : Fox 36 E-bike version
Shock : Fox X2
Seatpost : Merida Expert TR
Wheels : DT Swiss XRC 1200 e-Bike specific Carbon
Tyres : Maxxis Assegai 3C Exo+ 2.5 (29) REAR Maxxis DHR II 27.5 x 2.6 Front
merida eone-sixty 2020 e-mtb charged
Full range of bike sizes from XS to XL
01. FRAME eONE-SIXTY CFA; intube; 504WH; 150 STR
02. SIZES XS-S-M-L-XL
03. FORK FOX 36 Factory E-Bike+; Air; 160 STR; Tapered; 51mm fork offset
04. REAR SHOCK Fox Factory Float X2
05. DRIVE UNIT Shimano E8000; 70Nm
06. BATTERY Shimano 2xE8035; 504Wh
07. BATTERY CHARGER Shimano EC-E6000
08. DISPLAY Shimano SC-E8000
09. SWITCH Shimano SW-E7000-L
10. REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano XTR Shadow+
11. SHIFTERS Shimano XTR (1 x 12)
12. BRAKE-FRONT Shimano XTR; 4 piston
13. BRAKE-REAR Shimano XTR; 4 piston
14. ROTOR-FRONT Shimano RT-MT900; 203 mm
15. ROTOR-REAR Shimano RT-EM910; 203 mm
16. CHAINWHEEL Shimano CRE80-12-B; 34 ATC
17. CRANK Shimano M8050; hollow
18. CHAIN CNM9100
19. CASSETTE Shimano M9100; 10-51 ATC; 12
20. PEDALS VP; VPE-537
21. HANDLEBAR MERIDA Expert eTR; 780 WHB; 20 RHB
22. HANDLEBAR STEM MERIDA Expert eTR; 35 DSH; 0 ASD
23. HEAD SET Merida 1901
24. SEAT POST MERIDA EXPERT TR; 30.9 DSP; 0 SB; XS: 125 SPT - S/M: 150 SPT - L/XL 170 SPT;
25. SADDLE PROXIM W650
26. HUB-FRONT attached
27. HUB-REAR attached
28. AXLE-FRONT attached
29. AXLE-REAR MERIDA COMP TR; including removeable lever, 6/4mm allen key
30. SPOKE attached
31. RIMS DT Swiss Spline HXC 1200 spline 30 boost; 110x15 WHF; 148x12 WHR; 30 IWR; Centerlock microspline
32. TYRE-FRONT Maxxis Assegai; 29x2.5 "; fold; 3C EXO+
33. TYRE-REAR Maxxis DHR II; 27.5x2.6 "; fold; 3C EXO+
34. MUDGUARD C093-02F + C093-02R