|Colors||matt black (green/grey)|
|Fork||Suntour Aion RL-R, 130mm travel, 15mm bolt through, remote lockout|
|Shock||SR Suntour Epicon Lorp|
|Derailleur||Shimano Deore / Deore Shadow+|
|Brake Lever||Tektro Auriga|
|Brakes||Tektro Auriga hydraulic disc brakes -180mm rotors|
|Chainwheel||FSA Gamma drive 38-24|
|Hubs||Bearing - 15mm front and 12mm rear|
|Rim||Merida Big 7 comp D|
|Freewheel||Shimano HG50 11-36|
|Tires||Maxxis Ardent 2.25" kevlar bead|
|Handlebar Stem||Merida Pro - oversize clamp - 5 degree|
|Handlebar||Merida Pro oversize clamp - 740mm wide - 12mm rise|
|Headset||Big Conoid semi neck|
|Seat Post||Merida Comp - 12mm lay back|
|Saddle||Merida Sport 5|
|Pedal||XC pro alloy|
|Head Tube Angle||68||68||68|
|Seat Tube Angle||74.5||74.5||74.5|
|Bottom Bracket Drop||25||25||25|
|Head Tube Length||105||110||120|
|Stand Over Height||707||732||756|
Aluminium is, based on its characteristics, like for example low weight, still a highly popular frame material. Through the mechanical shaping process TFS, modern, three dimensional shapes can be realised. The material used: Racelite 6061. Contrary to HFS (’Hydro Forming System’) we use TFS already on entry level frames to improve appearance and functionality.
The best of two worlds: externally shaped head tube with bigger diameter at the bottom and weight saving smaller diameter at the top. ‘X-Taper Headtubes’ always come with tapered forks or correct adapters fitted. Result: superb stiffness and precise steering even in the toughest conditions without increasing the weight of the frame unnecessarily.
Due to a large cable exit in the down tube, “Down Tube Exit” additionally puts an end to awkward handling of internally routed cables.
Rear suspension often causes problems with the rear shifting cable (e.g. formation of loops, abrasion/friction, undesired shifting) which are caused by movement during compression. Thanks to a double break via special sleeves (“Double Stop”), MERIDA keeps the defined cable length constant.
This rear end construction features a “floating” shock: The lower mount moves together with the system and offers very sensitive response characteristics. In addition, engineers are able to influence transmission ratio and progression in an optimal way. In practice, a “Float Link” rear end feels like having more travel than it actually does. Finally, the omission of the shock mount in the main frame provides a clean look.
Elaborately shaped frame designs with special inlets and outlets for internally routed brake and/or shifter cables. “Clean” in a double sense: The bike looks uncluttered while the cables are protected effectively from moisture and dirt.
Besides top functionality, MERIDA frames also have to offer a convincing visual appearance. The second welding process during Smooth Welding evens the connecting welding seam – an elaborate concept for a brilliant look without compromises to stability.
MERIDA’s premium alloy represents extremely durable and light aluminium of high-end quality. Triple-butted wall thicknesses result not only in exciting frame designs: First of all, they offer an optimum Stiffness-to-Weight (STW) ratio.
The friction-free alignment of the brake calliper is considerably eased by direct mounting of the post-mount calliper at the rear dropout. Adaptable to different brake disc sizes thanks to the utilization of differently dimensioned adapters.
This torsion-resistant thru axle with a diameter of 12 mm is used for broad 142 mm rear stays. It delights with perceptible increase of stiffness, tool-free wheel mounting and an always ideal brake rotor position.