Thanks to the very progressive leverage ratio, a coil shock would fit the kinematics but we recommend using air shocks as they're lower weight and easier to adjust.
Yes, a shock with a piggyback can be mounted. helps to keep the suspension performance consistent during long descents. If upgrading to a piggyback shock, we recommend the Rock Shox Super Deulxe with the following tune: 190X45 0L1 PRL 320 HBO
We recommend forks with travel between 110 mm and 130 mm. The 130 mm fork is ideal for use as an allround bike and the 110 mm fork for a modern XC/ marathon course.
Yes, category 4 means that enduro riding and racing are allowed and approved.
Even though the Merida development team are big fans of mullet bikes (as seen on the One-Sixty/Forty and the eOne-Sixty), we have chosen 29" wheels across all sizes due to the improved rollover performance.
Fitting a 27.5" rear wheel into the frame would be possible but this would impact the geometry; the head tube angle and seat tube angle would be much slacker, and the bottom bracket would be critically low.
No, there is no adapter required.
+ 0.5l bottle - all sizes
+ 0.5l bottle - XShort
+ 0.68l bottle - Short and MID
+ 0.76l bottle - Long and XLong
The focus of the new One-Twenty was on simplicity and affordability so the adjustable Team TR wasn't added. All sizes benefit from long travel dropper posts.
+ 150 mm travel - XShort
+ 170 mm travel - Short and MID
+ 200 mm travel - Long and XLong
In general, we wanted more progression to work well with newer rear shocks with bigger air chambers. Increasing the shock progression to 14% (from sag to 95%) means we give greater support at the end of the travel and increased control in demanding situations. With less suspension travel compared to enduro bikes, the ONE-TWENTY’s more progressive leverage curve (compared to the ONE-FORTY) helps to absorb hard impacts even with less travel.
The anti-squat graph describes the suspension behaviour during pedalling. We wanted a reasonable amount of anti-squat at the start and middle part of the travel, to provide highly efficient pedalling performance. However, the anti-squat value becomes much less when you are deep into the travel, where pedalling efficiency is of little concern. The end result is a suspension kinematic that pedals well with very little pedal bob, but is active and unhindered on descents and big hits.
The influence of the braking on the suspension is described by the anti-rise figures. Compared to the previous ONE-TWENTY, we have reduced the anti-rise to make the suspension more active under braking. At sag, the anti-rise is a little less than 100%, which helps to keep the bike level under braking, whether on steep or smooth fast trails. But deep in the travel, the anti-rise decreases, leading to unhindered suspension performance for increased grip while slowing down on rough terrain or after big drops.