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Enduro racer Toni Ferreiro joins MERIDA


Enduro racer Toni Ferreiro joins MERIDA

For the 2017 season it has been one of the focuses of the MERIDA R&D team to add a competition ready Enduro bike to the line-up, so we are excited to announce that the hard work of the last two years has finally paid off: Welcome to the ONE-SIXTY and welcome to the MERIDA Enduro world!

So with a new bike in the stable, it was just a question of time until we added a suitable rider into the equation. We are delighted to welcome Toni Ferreiro to the MERIDA family, riding our brand new ONE-SIXTY. 

About the rider:

Toni has three Spanish DH and two Enduro Championship titles in the Elite category. On top of that, he reached the 27th position in his first year in the Enduro World Series (EWS). In particular, the first round in Chile (12th position) and an impressive 4th place at the round in Argentina showed his potential.

Toni joins forces with MERIDA Bikes to compete both nationally and internationally on the ONE-SIXTY 8000, debuting at the upcoming Valparaíso event in Chile on February 18th and 19th.

We believe that Toni is the perfect rider for what we are looking for here at MERIDA; he has a solid racing base and brings with him lots of experience and a promising track record. Besides that, he is an international rider with some interesting future projects in the Enduro discipline. Toni combines experience and ambition and these are two attributes he shares with our brand. We strongly believe that this signing clearly reveals our intention to play an important role in the Enduro discipline’, comments MERIDA.

About the bike:

Developed from the ground up, the 2017 ONE-SIXTY is the latest full suspension project in which an almost unprecedented amount of dedication and passion has been invested. The goal was to create a super versatile Enduro bike that combines agile yet confidence inspiring handling with low weight. Thanks to the sophisticated carbon main frame and the rear triangle manufactured from the newly developed 6013 alloy, the complete frame weight comes in at just over 2,500g.

Its super aggressive geometry with 430mm chain stays, a 445mm long reach (size M) and a head angle of 65.3º makes the ONE-SIXTY a real Enduro weapon. The combination of the modern geometry and the 170mm front and 160mm ‘Float Link’ super controlled rear wheel travel ensures that the ONE-SIXTY can handle today's demanding tracks with ease. The new full suspension star of the brand combines the latest technologies, such as Boost axes, Smart Entry, ‘Metric Shock’ technology and specific 1x transmissions, including the new Eagle X01 with 12 speeds featured on the top model. The ONE-SIXTY range consists of three models: 8000 (top of the range), 7000 and 5000.

Toni Ferreiro commented as follows regarding his first impressions of the ONE-SIXTY: ‘Just riding it, I felt so comfortable, it is a bike with a spot on geometry. I noticed instantly how manoeuvrable it is. It is very agile yet remains super stable on fast straight sections. As for pedalling, it is very efficient and you can pedal super hard without losing any power as the pedalling doesn’t adversely effect on the rear suspension. The bike maintains a balanced position, reducing the likelihood of the pedals hitting stones and rocks so that allows you to gain some seconds on each descent without realizing it’.

For more details on the ONE-SIXTY please click here.

We would also like to take the opportunity to thank MERIDA SWE for making this exciting deal possible.