Merida launch the new One-Twenty trail bike

The new ONE-TWENTY is the best all-rounder in the MERIDA line-up to date. Our short travel trail bike (front 130 mm/rear 120 mm) is equally at home on long and demanding uphills as it is on energy-sapping straights as well as technical downhills and singletracks.

 

The updated geometry and frame design gives the bike a very playful character, but it is still precise and lightning fast. In comparison to its well-rounded predecessor which was already a fantastic descender, the new ONE-TWENTY is even more capable on the downhills and loves everything from fast, flowy singletrack to rooty and rocky enduro tracks.

 

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Merida One-Twenty 9 8000.

 

Due to its low weight and fantastic power delivery, it is a hugely capable long distance bike – particularly the new full carbon version. MERIDA offers this new ‘jack of all trades’ from the super light full carbon top-end model via a carbon/aluminium option all the way to the more budget-friendly all aluminium version. No complex setup or adjustments are needed.

 

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R&D Goals


More Durable
The new ONE-TWENTY is equipped with a new oversized chain stay design which increases the rear end stiffness of the frame dramatically and improves durability as well.

 

The ONE-TWENTY has gone through the toughest MERIDA lab test - the ROBF (10)

  • Old ONE-TWENTY: 150 000 cycles
  • New ONE-TWENTY: 300 000 with 20% higher loads
  • When a frame passes the ROBF test, it will pass other European tests without any problems › even at Zedler Advanced Plus where frames are tested up to system weight of 140kg
Bigger bearings at the main pivot point and on the drivetrain side make the system more durable and extends the service intervals.

 

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Stiffness and Weight

  • The second target was to offer a lighter top-level frame. The CF4 level is around 400g lighter than the old ONE-TWENTY and impresses through increased stiffness and durability.
  • Aluminium is a little bit heavier as the old ONE-TWENTY but much more durable and stiffer.
Better Handling
The chain stays are 10 mm shorter resulting in a more playful bike which still offers the perfect balance between being a great climber and an agile trail bike.

 

Lower Leverage Ratio
A lower leverage ratio has the effect that the rear shock can be ridden with less air pressure. This is especially beneficial for heavy riders as they don’t have to go up to the max. air pressure to find their prefered setting. The shock is also easier to adjust as less air escapes when the shock pump is removed. Because if the valve is relieved less air is disappearing.

 

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Appearance
A more high end and futuristic looking appearance that fits into the MERIDA full suspension design language/line-up which was first introduced on the ONE-SIXTY.

 

Optimized for 1X
The frame is optimized for 32T chainrings = minimal bobbing and pedal kickback.

 

Low Stand Over Height
To give the rider more confidence and more room to manoeuvre out on the trail.

 


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Geometry
  • The head tube angle has been slackened from 69 (29er) to 67.3 degrees, improving the descending skills of the ONE-TWENTY even further.
  • The chain stays are 10 mm shorter resulting in a more playful bike which still offers the perfect balance between being a great climber and an agile trail bike.
Clearance
More clearance has been created to allow 2.35" tire to be run on wider rims.

 

Protection and Quietness
More protection has been added to the lower frame, BB area, seat and chain stays to improve durability but also to make the bike even quieter when ridden on rough surfaces.

 

Geometry


The geometry of the new ONE-TWENTY hits the sweet spot between being a super capable trail bike and a fast and reliable long distance machine. The further reduced standover height improves manoeuvrability when the trail gets demanding while the slacked head angle makes the bike an even better descender. Reduced weight and improved stiffness help turning every pedal stroke into forward motion.

 

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Availability


The new Merida 120 models are expected to arrive in South Africa in September 2018.

 

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Merida One-Twenty 9 6000.


ONE-TWENTY_9_XT-EDITION_grngrn_MY2019_EMBARGO DATE JULY 19TH.jpegMerida One-Twenty 9 XT Edition.

ONE-TWENTY_9_800_blkblk_MY2019_EMBARGO DATE JULY 19TH.jpegMerida One-Twenty 9 800.



ONE-TWENTY_9_600_redred_MY2019_EMBARGO DATE JULY 19TH.jpegMerida One-Twenty 9 600.

ONE-TWENTY_9_400_blublu_MY2019_EMBARGO DATE JULY 19TH.jpegMerida One-Twenty 9 400.




9 Comments

Odinson, Jul 20 2018 11:50

Lekker looking bike! 

 

Any word on pricing? 

Headshot, Jul 20 2018 11:56

Here's the answer for all those peeps asking what bike they should buy to replace their OTB Epics and such like. 

Nick, Jul 20 2018 11:57

Lekker looking bike! 

 

Any word on pricing? 

 

The range starts from around R25,000 but individual model pricing in SA will only be finalised later.

CASSIE1975, Jul 20 2018 01:05

What a LEKKER bike...would love to get my hands on one of these BEAUTS!

solty, Jul 20 2018 04:18

Great looking bikes.
Hopefully that testing was better than the article proofreading.

Bos, Jul 20 2018 04:47

Nice bikes, not sure how technically sound this press release is though..Sorry Its this time on a Friday..

 

Stiffness and Weight

  • The second target was to offer a lighter top-level frame. The CF4 level is around 400g lighter than the old ONE-TWENTY and impresses through increased stiffness and durability.
  • Aluminium is a little bit heavier as the old ONE-TWENTY but much more durable and stiffer. ( I thought that's what carbon was about? So they are saying the carbon one is weak, it flexes but its slightly lighter.

Lower Leverage Ratio
A lower leverage ratio has the effect that the rear shock can be ridden with less air pressure. This is especially beneficial for heavy riders as they don’t have to go up to the max. air pressure to find their prefered setting. The shock is also easier to adjust as less air escapes when the shock pump is removed. Because if the valve is relieved less air is disappearing.

 

Really? Is that what you're going to go with? Besides, I think the air escaping from the shock pump is the air in the shock tube not the shock.

 

However, I really like Merida's new bikes and think like other Eastern brand, Giant, these guys are right up there now. 

mada3400, Jul 20 2018 04:49

Behold, the giant Trance 29.

If the pricing of the one sixty is anything to go by, this bike will blow anything comparable out the water for value

Admin, Jul 20 2018 04:57

Nice bikes, not sure how technically sound this press release is though..Sorry Its this time on a Friday..

 

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  • Aluminium is a little bit heavier as the old ONE-TWENTY but much more durable and stiffer. ( I thought that's what carbon was about? So they are saying the carbon one is weak, it flexes but its slightly lighter.

There are definitely some language issues on some of the points. These were pulled from a fact sheet supplied and I suspect something is getting lost in translation.

 

On this point though, I read it to say that the although NEW aluminium One-twenty frame is heavier than the old aluminium frame it is stiffer and more durable than the old frame. It's not a comparison to the carbon frame.

dasilvarsa, Jul 20 2018 06:11

I was going to by a Giant but I'm gonna wait, Looks like no more Manitou Forks.

9 600 or 9 800 Alu for my budget.

https://singletrackw...-bike-for-2019/