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The eBIG.TOUR EQ which combines the best of two worlds is back in the MERIDA line-up. From the outside a mountain bike, but a trekking bike at heart. Featuring a frame which is based on the eBIG.NINE and a mountain bike fork as well as MTB tyres, the bike provides a more comfortable riding feeling than a trekking bike, but at the same time, comes equipped with fenders, carrier and lights. The bike is the best way to get from A to B or make your trekking tours more enjoyable, but with the added knowledge that you could take the MTB trail as a shortcut if you want. The new eBIG.TOUR EQ features in-tube battery technology and all models are powered by the Shimano STePS system.
Performance was the key focus for the Shimano STePS systems. The latest versions have seen additional updates of the firmware to match the motors capabilities. The immediate response to pressure contributes to the intuitive handling and the agility of the system. The compact size of the system perfectly integrates into the overall frame design.
Powerful internal lithium-ion battery that offers 504 Wh, charges up from 0-100% in 5 hours (when EC-E6000 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 with added water bottle fixing points and plenty of top tube clearance.
Its waterproof design is impact and vibration resistant.
Certified System Weight
The system weight of a bike is the combined weight of bike, rider and additional luggage. The allowed system weight for the eBig Tour is 140 kg. As an e-bike is already heavier than a regular bike, and as it also makes it easier to transport larger amounts of luggage, it is imperative to certify a higher overall system weight. All Merida e-bikes, as well as all used componentry, go through a rigorous and e-bike specific testing schedule which mimics the higher forces and strains to guarantee the rider the highest level of safety.
Optimised Centre Of Gravity
Based on the central position of the battery in the lower part of the down tube and the low position of the Shimano motor, we were able to achieve an optimum centre of gravity. The low centre of gravity provides the bike with outstanding riding characteristics which are extremely important in particular when fully loaded.
Excellent frame stiffness
The outstanding frame stiffness also has a strong influence on the riding characteristics of bikes with an integrated battery. The tapered head tube, with the large 1.5" to 1.5" diameter, 34.9mm seat tube the diecast motor bracket as well as the 148 x12mm rear through axle all contribute to achieving a safe and precise riding experience.
Water bottle mounts
The eBig Tour frame offers the possibility to fit a water bottle or further accessories like a lock or pump in two different positions. One is on the top of the down tube, while a second is below the top tube. This gives the rider, besides the possibility to mount bottle cages, the option to mount for example a folding-lock or pump bracket.
Merida Expert CT Adjustable Stem
Our in-house components are designed and constructed with the demands of the individual bike type in mind. The Merida Expert CT stem is fully adjustable, allowing the rider to find the ideal angle for the perfect seating position. Furthermore, it surpasses all Merida e-bike specific tests which are more demanding than the legal requirements. All components are tested and certified for a system weight of up to 140kg.
Merida Expert TK Saddle
With the new generation of Merida trekking saddles, the focus was clearly on comfort. The riding position on a trekking bike differs mostly in the more upright sitting position, which means that there is more pressure on the saddle. That's why trekking saddles are a little wider and also have sicker padding compared to sportive saddles. Another nice feature at this saddle is the V-Mount interface, which allows you to mount accessories directly on the baseplate of the saddle.
Merida MIK Carrier With Herrmans H-Cargo Light
In cooperation with MIK (Mounting Is Key) we have developed the new and modern rear carrier with a seamlessly integrated Herrmans light. MIK is an open carrier interface which is used by many bicycle manufacturers for direct attachment of various accessories like baskets and/or bags to the carrier. The carrier is equipped with a spring clamp, which can be easily removed in case it’s not needed. The Herrmans H-Cargo light is integrated neatly into the carrier rear end. The modern LED light has a 220° beam which is visible up to 350m away and features a stand light function for more safety.