AMB Magazine Tested: MERIDA BIG. TRAIL 800
This is not your average hardtail, tune in for some fun times and see just what makes the MERIDA Big trail succeed.
Mention the name Merida and images of tight lycra-clad XC and road racers immediately spring to mind. Long recognised as one of the largest bicycle brands on the planet, Merida’s recent partnership of Taiwanese manufacturing expertise and German R&D brilliance is quickly redefining the company’s image - jerseys are getting bigger, shorts baggier and smiles wider.
With a major shakedown of their current off-road models already observed (i.e. One-Twenty and One-Sixty bikes), Merida’s Big Trail rolls into new territory with 27.5” wheels bulging. The purpose of Merida’s all new Big Trail is obvious – trail riding! As their first strike into the plus bike campaign, Merida offer two well-equipped and affordable hardtail options; Big Trail 800($2,599) and Big Trail 600 ($1,999). We were fortunate to capture the higher spec’d 800 for this review.
Aimed at producing maximum fun on any trail is a bold statement to make, but one Merida have delivered. As a gravity-defying sled the Big Trail excels. Whilst not the fastest climber, the Big Trail will get you to the top whichever line you choose to take. Being a hardtail, it requires limited service and upkeep, yet offers unquestionable forgiveness and comfort out on the trail.
Gear ratios on a bike are very important, and none more so than on the Big Trail. Again, Merida have nailed it for Aussie riders.