Welcome to the big one

Our development focus

When we started thinking about the BIG.TRAIL we would always come back to the point that our main focus has to be to create a hardtail that puts the fun factor as well as safety out on the trail first. These are the main reasons that geometry as well as specification differs from the classic hardtail. Our geometry and the 130mm suspension fork give the bike a real downhill focus putting the BIG.TRAIL far more in line with a full suspension trail bike than a cross country hardtail. Another argument in favour or this new category is the simplicity and therefore longevity which shows itself for example in the robust yet lightweight construction of the frame. The playfulness of the geometry paired with a functional specification is of particular interest to the customers who are looking for a low maintenance machine that has real trail hunger. The thought of re-introducing a real trail hardtail has been going around MERIDA’s R&D department for a long time and now due to the introduction of the new PLUS size tyres the time was right to bring the BIG.TRAIL to market. The new PLUS size tyres offer extra traction and safety out on the trail – both aspects which mirror more the riding characteristics of a full suspension bike than a hardtail. So it was clear our new MERIDA trail hardtail had to be a PLUS size bike. 

Purpose

The purpose of our new BIG.TRAIL is obvious – trail riding! In particular on your local trails the BIG.TRAIL is going to show its strength and probably will be able to keep up with your full suspension bike. Furthermore, our new trail hardtail will feel very much at home at ‘trail parks’ and on flow trails in bike parks.

Weight and material

LITE Frame weight: 1965 +/- 3% (size M)

Weight frame additions:

+ Smart entry: 2x8 g  
+ Derailleur hanger: 16 g
+ Through axle: 79 g
+ Seat clamp: 20 g
+ Chain stay protector: 6 g
+ Down tube protector: 15 g

Over all weight: 2101g

To give the bike the super low stand over height you expect from a trail bike we used hydroforming to produce the top tube. Another worth mentioning details is the bottom bracket area of the BIG.TRAIL which is forged and has integrated ISCG 05 mounts. Normally these are welded to the frame, adding further welds as well as not looking as clean as our BIG.TRAIL solution.

Interfaces

Headset

+ Semi integrated

Front derailleur

+ 1 x specific

Internal cable routing

+ Smart Entry 
+ Cable exit the frame in front of the bottom bracket
    - Same system as currently used in our full suspension bikes

Boost rear wheel standard
 

30.9mm seatpost which offers greater longevity and is less prone to split
 

BB92 bottom bracket
 

ISCG 05 mounts
 

Post mount rear disc attachment / 180mm rotor
 

Max. tire size: 27.5 x 2.8"
 

 

Geometry

Long, flat and low. These three words describe our BIG.TRAIL geometry best. The geometry has more similarities to full suspension trail bikes than to classic hardtails. The steering angle is very aggressive for a B+ bike with 67.5°. To maintain the playfulness we have managed to make the chain stays super short, coming in at just 427.5mm. All frame sizes come equipped with a 35mm stem which works perfectly with the long top tube.    

 

MERIDA parts Highlights

MERIDA Expert handlebar

+ 760mm aluminium handlebar
+ 270g
+ 20mm rise
+ 35mm clamp diameter

MERIDA Expert TP rims

+ 520g 27.5”
+ Inner bead width: 35mm
+ Tubeless ready
+ Hook-less
+ Sleeved rim
+ Lighter and works better with tubeless than pin joined rims
+ Mounted on BIG.TRAIL 800 & 600

 


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