BIG TRAIL 200

 

Our entry-level trail hardtail, featuring modern geometry paired with a 120 mm travel suspension fork and chunky 29er wheels. A great starting point if you like to take on more demanding trails.
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Getting into trail riding or looking for an extra capable mountain bike for your next off-road adventure, then the BIG.TRAIL 200 is your ticket to excitement. Armed with a modern trail bike geometry that combines stability with lots of space to manoeuvre behind the cockpit and supper grippy 29er wheels, the 200 delivers a confidence-inspiring riding experience and trail fun in buckets.

We often associate 'trail fun' and 'trail capability' with more and more full suspension travel because long-travel bikes are getting more capable on the way down and on the way back up again. At the same time, the trail hardtail has developed quietly in its shadow. After being absent from this segment, we returned to the trails with a bang onboard our BIG.TRAIL. Our test-winning trail hardtails keep impressing the bike press and trail riders and have managed to perfectly combine a modern trail bike geometry with long-travel forks and chunky 29er wheels for amazing corner grip and comfort. Bikeboard.cc confirmed that we 'nailed it', while MBR, MBUK, IMB, Bikeradar and many more confirmed that the BIG.TRAIL is firmly at the top of the trail hardtail game. If you haven't heard or you're not yet a proud owner of it, then welcome to our BIG.TRAIL which offers simplified and hassle-free trail fun in spades. Available from S to XXL giving our BIG.TRAIL ample size and reach options.

  • Durable double butted aluminium frame
  • 120 mm suspension fork
  • Modern trail bike geometry with long reach, slack head angle and steep seat angle
  • 29er wheels specced with 2.4" trail tyres and clearance for 2.5"
  • Extremely low standover height paired with long travel dropper posts
  • Multiple fixing points for bottles and other equipment, internal cable routing
model year 2024
  • material: aluminium
  • 29x2.5" max. wheelsize
  • 148x12 mm axle standard
  • BSA bottom bracket standard
frame size S, M, L, XL, XXL
  • Coil
  • 120 mm suspension travel
  • Lockout
  • 46 mm fork offset
  • 29x2.4" max. wheelsize 15 mm thru-axle 15*100
  • 29 mm inner width
  • material: aluminium
  • Tubeless ready (tubeless tape and valves not included)
  • 110x15 mm width front hub
  • 32 spoke holes
  • Centerlock
  • 148x12 mm width rear hub
  • 32 spoke holes
  • Centerlock
  • including removeable lever, 6/4 mm allen key
  • 32 teeth
  • 170 mm-S, 175 mm-M up
  • 11-46 teeth
  • 9 speed
chain Shimano LG500
shifters Shimano CUES U4000
headset MERIDA M4455
  • material: aluminium
  • 31.8 mm diameter
  • 7° stem angle
  • 50 mm
stem size 50 mm
  • material: aluminium
  • 740 mm width
  • 10 mm rise
grip MERIDA COMP EC
  • material: aluminium
  • 30.9 mm diameter
  • 0 mm setback
seat clamp MERIDA COMP QR
pedal VP VPE-891
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Frame Size S M L XL XXL
Tyre Sizes 29" 29" 29" 29" 29"
St Seat Tubes mm 380 410 430 450 470
Tt Top Tubes mm 579 600 622 645 670
Cs Chain Stays mm 435 435 435 435 435
HTA head tube angle [°] 65.5 65.5 65.5 65.5 65.5
STA seat tube angle [°] 75.5 75.5 75.5 75.5 75.5
Bd Bottom Bracket Drops mm 66.5 66.5 66.5 66.5 66.5
Ht Head Tube Lengths mm 95 100 110 120 120
Fl Fork Lengths mm 550 550 550 550 550
R Reach mm 415 435 455 475 500
S Stacks mm 636 641 650 659 659
Wb Wheel Base mm 1150 1172 1196 1220 1245
Sh Stand Over Height mm 716 723 725 728 730

To reduce production and delivery times, we are sometimes forced to make last-minute specification changes. Please be aware that those changes might not be reflected on these product pages and images.

 

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X-TAPER HEADTUBE

Steering precision is vital to safe and confident handling, and the X-TAPER HEADTUBE allows us to significantly boost this precision. A larger headset diameter at the bottom paired with a smaller one at the top helps to deal with the strains modern riding and equipment can put on the headtube, all without adding unnecessary weight. It allows tapered forks to be fitted with ease and delivers precise and confidence-inspiring steering.

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SMOOTH WELDING

This is a process we use to give a nice flat finish to our welds instead of the scaled, 'stack of coins' effect TIG welded joints often have. The welder uses the welding torch to go over the joint twice, helping to smooth out the filler material. It takes a lot of skill to do this, but it delivers strong and smart-looking frames that have the appearance of a carbon fibre frame at first look.

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INTERNAL CABLE ROUTING

On the majority of our frames, we run the gear and brake cables and hoses through the frame. The cables enter and exit the frame through smooth sockets, or we use one of our other systems like SMART ENTRY or WIRE PORT to be routed through. Running the cables inside the frame protects them from the elements, gives a clean and neat look and can offer aerodynamic advantages.

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DOWN TUBE EXIT

DOWN TUBE EXIT is a feature seen on some of our frames with internally routed cables. By slightly overlapping the downtube where it connects to the bottom bracket, it leaves a small space that allows cables to exit easily. This means they are easily accessible for routine maintenance or replacement, but it prevents excessive movement and noise that can cause wear and distraction.

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RACELITE 61 ALUMINIUM

We use a minimum of 6061 grade aluminium on all our bikes. It’s particularly well suited to being shaped with our hydroforming and technoforming processes, which allow us to vary the wall thickness to create double-butted tubing and complex frame shapes. It’s also an alloy that welds easily, and once it has been carefully heat treated to maximise strength, it means we can create strong and lightweight bicycle frames for you to enjoy.

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TFS - TECHNO FORMING SYSTEM

Manipulating the tube shape and thickness greatly impacts the appearance, weight and functionality of our aluminium frames. One technology that allows us to do that is TECHNO FORMING, where plain aluminium tubes get mechanically formed by using an external form and an internal metal core. The result, beautifully shaped tubes with varying wall thickness, ready to be used to create our technoformed aluminium frames.

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F-MOUNT

Being able to turn your bike into an all-weather commuter that has mudguards and other fittings can be a real plus, in particular when riding on wet and perhaps muddy roads and tracks on a regular basis. To make fitting easy, some of our bikes are F-MOUNT equipped. These integrated fittings mounts make adding mudguards fast and simple. Please note that some bikes require model-specific mudguards.

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K-MOUNT

Integrated mount on the chainstay to fit a Merida kickstand (or any commercial kickstand).

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C-MOUNT

Similar to our F-MOUNT, where various fixing points for mudguards are part of the frame offering, the C-MOUNT equipped bikes have the fixing points for a rear rack already integrated, making fitting fast, simple and reliable. The C-MOUNTS are an additional feature that improves the day-to-day versatility by adding loading capacity to your bike, ideal for commuting and shopping trips. Please note that some bikes require model-specific rear racks.

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