eONE-SIXTY

DESIGN MEETS ALUMINIUM

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After three years at the top of the full-suspension e-bike market, the most decorated bike in MERIDA’s history, the ‘original’ eONE-SIXTY found its successor in the all-new carbon eONE-SIXTY, ready for the 2020 season. The new bike would bring a long list of exciting features to the table while preserving the often praised riding characteristics of the 'original' eONE-SIXTY.  But we at MERIDA are very aware that a carbon front triangle might not be everybody’s preferred choice and that there is a need to broaden the price range of our e-enduro bikes. These two factors were enough to go back to the drawing board and to develop the all-aluminium version of the bike, which was launched only a few months after the carbon eONE-SIXTY. For the 2021 season, we have extended our all-aluminium range to altogether three models, offering our customers plenty of choice to find the perfect eONE-SIXTY.  

Similarly, to the carbon version, the all-aluminium eONE-SIXTY embodies e-enduro bikes, instead of the normally needed shuttle to session your favourite tracks, you have your own built-in engine to assist you to the top. On downhills, it still feels like a normal bike, agile due to its perfectly tuned MTB geometry, but more planted because of the higher weight. But the eONE-SIXTY can be so much more. The last few years have shown that our e-enduro bike is often used as a super comfortable and capable 'SUV' bike. Because of the advantages of more travel, bigger tyres and comfortable geometry, it is pure fun even on less demanding tracks and trails, and the all-aluminium version is set to make lots of friends among the 'SUV' fraternity.

While featuring an aluminium front triangle, the majority of the exciting features of the carbon eONE-SIXTY remain. The battery is fully integrated into the frame and can be easily accessed by removing the 'Energy Guard' battery cover. The battery can be removed with just a 4 mm Allen key making charging away from the bike and replacing the battery super-fast and straightforward. The fitted EXPERT TR through axles feature a removable lever which in the first instance allows easy loosening and tightening of the axles but also works as a 4 mm Allen key, perfect for releasing the battery or tightening of essential parts like the stem bolts or the seat clamp. 

Welcome to the exciting and versatile world of the all-aluminium eONE-SIXTY. 
 

INTENDED USE

Trail and enduro riding! Geometry, travel and specification make this bike perfect for demanding trail riding. It doesn’t matter if it’s a playful, easy trail or a hardcore enduro track. The all-aluminium eONE-SIXTY loves them all.

But besides its enduro and trail riding abilities, the eONE-SIXTY is also a hugely capable and enjoyable 'SUV' bike. Because of the travel, the comfortable and upright riding position, the eONE-SIXTY gives a lot of confidence and offers a real alternative to a 'normal' mountain bike. 
 

KEY COMPONENTS

Smart Entry

Cables, housings and brake hoses are clamped under tension to prevent rattling when the trails get rough. All inlets are completely interchangeable to deal with Di2, hydraulic hoses, brake cable and gear cable housings etc.

Energy Guard Twist

The MERIDA ‘Energy Guard Twist’ is a two-component battery cover, which offers easy and fast access to the battery while protecting it from outside impacts. The new twist-lock mechanism that is located at the top end of the battery cover allows tool-less locking and unlocking of the protective internal battery cover.

 

Rear triangle

Similarly, to the front triangle, the rear triangle is also made from aluminium. It is the same rear triangle we are using on the carbon bikes and the 'original' eONE-SIXTY. It is one of the strongest rear ends MERIDA has ever made, and we know that it has fantastic durability and stiffness characteristics. Furthermore, we have the advantage that all spare parts can be used.

Dropper seat post

Our all aluminium eONE-SIXTY naturally comes equipped with MERIDA dropper post allowing the rider to get the saddle out of the way when the gradient gets steeper, giving him/her more space to manoeuvre and control over their bike. As all our e-bike specced parts, the posts have been tested and certified for a 140 kg system weight.

MERIDA custom on/off switch

On our eONE-SIXTY 500, we have positioned the MERIDA custom on/off switch on the lower part of the downtube. Here the switch can be easily reached to turn the system on or off while being out of harm’s way.

Satellite charging port & switch

The on/off switch as well as the battery charger port are positioned for easy accessibility. The on/off switch is set into the top tube just behind the head tube, allowing the rider to activate the system with ease (available on all models except 500 and 300 S). The satellite charging port can be found above the motor at the down tube/seat tube junction, perfectly protected yet super easy to get to. 

MERIDA mini toolbox

Connected to the saddle’s faceplate is the MERIDA mini toolbox. The included mini tool features 2/2.5/3/8 mm Allen keys, a flathead and Phillips head screwdriver and 10/25/30 Torx keys. Perfect for fixing most issues trailside.

Shimano battery

Powerful internal lithium-ion battery that offers 630 Wh (except the eONE-SIXTY 300 S model as well as size XS frames which features the 504 Wh internal battery), charges up from 0-100% in 6 hours (when EC-E8004 charger is used) and retains at least 60% of its original battery capacity after 1,000 charging cycles. The aluminium cased battery is extremely compact, allowing us to seamlessly integrate it into the downtube for ample space for the rear shock, added water bottle fixing points and plenty of top tube clearance. It has a waterproof design and is impact and vibration resistant. 

Chainstay protector

It was important to us that our eONE-SIXTY is as quiet as possible, and that it stays that way even after long term use. Besides the 'Energy Guard Twist' battery cover that reduces noise and protects the battery perfectly, we have also put a lot of effort into our chainstay protector. The dragon inspired protector is much bigger and is covering almost the complete chainstay, helping to reduce any noise from a moving chain or trail debris hitting the frame. 

Lezyne front and USB rear lights

The 2021 eONE-SIXTY features the new Lezyne Power Pro front and USB rechargeable rear light. The front light attached securely to our stem clamp plate, keeping the light perfectly fixed to the bike without cluttering the cockpit area. It draws its power from the main battery and can be easily operated from the Shimano display unit. The rear light is rechargeable (via a mini USP post), and perfectly capable of withstanding even the wettest of outings. Both lights offer excellent visibility during the day as well as evening and dawn rides.

Hidden kick-stand attachment points

The new eONE-SIXTY frames offer hidden attachment points for a kick-stand underneath the chain stay, perfect for making the bike more versatile if used as an 'SUV' bike.

MERIDA EXPERT eTR cockpit

The EXPERT eTR cockpit offers internal cable routing for the e-system cables through the handlebar and stem for an extra clean and organised look. The new eTRII stem also features secure attachment points for the Lezyne front light via its unique clamping plate. As all our e-bike specific parts, the eTR cockpit is tested for a 140 kg system weight. 

RIDE THE REVOLUTION

SHIMANO EP8 DRIVE UNIT

For 2021, the entire all-aluminium eONE-SIXTY range (except the eONE-SIXTY 300 S model) will be powered by the new EP8 motor from Shimano. The new power unit brings a long list of upgrades and changes to the table that will elevate our eONE-SIXTY to the next level. The EP8 delivers a maximum power output of 85 Nm, which is an increase of 15 Nm from the E8000 unit. This will improve the performance on extreme terrain as well as lift up the other support levels, making them universally more cable and more fun to use. Paired with the new 630 Wh battery, the new EP8 system delivers a huge range extension, making it easier to cruise for longer or do more runs. 

Further to that, the new power unit has lost approx. 300 g in weight, has further improved its heat-resistance, allowing the rider to go harder for longer, has become quieter and smaller and has managed to achieve a 36% reduction in drag, making cruising about the cut-out speed even easier. All this helps to deliver smooth, direct power to ensure that the rider is always in complete control while experiencing a natural ride feel.

COMPARISON eONE-FORTY AND eONE-SIXTY

Similarly, to their carbon cousins, the full aluminium eONE-SIXTY and eONE-FORTY models also share the same frame but differ a lot in terms of riding character. The difference between the two bikes is that the shock stroke on the eONE-FORTY is shorter. That reduces the rear travel to 133 mm instead of 150 mm which the eONE-SIXTY offers. On top of that, the shorter 140 mm travel fork extends the reach of the eONE-FORTY in comparison to the eONE-SIXTY which is equipped with a 160 mm fork. That’s the reason why the eONE-FORTY has different sizing compared to eONE-SIXTY. A frame with a 44 cm seat tube length, for example, is a size L in the eONE-FORTY, but at the eONE-SIXTY, it is a size M. We believe that a bike with less travel should be more agile and playful than one with more travel, and the reach has a significant influence on that.

Compared to the eONE-SIXTY, the seat angle at the eONE-FORTY is almost one degree steeper, and the front is lower because of the shorter travel fork and the lower head tube. This puts more weight on the front of the bike and gives the eONE-FORTY better climbing performance as the front wheel rises later than at the eONE-SIXTY. Also, due to the shorted fork, the head angle is almost one degree steeper making the bike feel less wobbly at lower speeds. Again, a positive attribute for uphills.

Another big difference compared to the eONE-SIXTY is that the stand over height is lower. The reason for that is the lesser travel, lower head tube and lower bottom bracket height. Especially for beginners, the lower stand over height gives a lot of confidence. 

So, to summarise, the all-aluminium eONE-FORTY is the more climbing and all-day ride focused bike, which is also slightly more agile on twisty tracks. On the other hand, the all-aluminium eONE-SIXTY is super capable at speed and on demanding tracks and trails. While still a super capable climber and fun-packed ride, it has a slightly more downhill focused set-up and geometry. The choice is yours.