MTB Team BikesBIG.SEVEN CARBON TEAM
The latest of the 3 MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM has been tailor-made for the needs of José Hermida: Due to the very active riding style of the 2010’s Crosscountry World champion, José has been a fan of bikes with small 26-inch wheels, only choosing to ride twentyniner-wheeled bikes for selected races. But the new 27.5-inch standard turned out to be the right mix for the Spaniard, offering a faster acceleration and agile handling as the big-wheels.
As the core of the BIG.SEVEN, the frame is made of «Nano Matrix Carbon» and weighs 1060 grams* lifting the frame into the leading group of current XC racing frames, undergoing its twentyniner sibling BIG.NINE about 75 grams. The minor weight added to the legendary 26-inch bike O.NINE being still the weight-reference is linked with a couple of innovative, practical features however: The cables are internally routed and guided throughout to make the lives of the team-mechanics easier when servicing the BIG.SEVEN. The 12 mm thru axle in the rear compensates for the slightly decreased stiffness of the bigger wheel.
Apart from offering state-of-the-art stiffness in both the head tube and bottom bracket area, the focus of development for the new work tool of our top athletes was aimed at improving the frame’s vertical compliance compared to the BIG.NINE model. In general, MERIDA’s carbon hardtails offer a convincing ride thanks to a number of key technologies such as the «Flex Stay» seat stays and the use of flax fibres as part of the «Bio Fibre Damping Compound» in the rear triangle. This increases the comfort when pedalling in the saddle and offers a maximum of vibration damping.
Thanks to the BIG.SEVEN’s redesigned chain stays, the bike is even more capable of swallowing up bumps in sections where the riders are standing on the pedals. Due to that the new 27.5-inch bike is particularly well suited for technically demanding, fast XC courses.
As one of the partners of the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM, Rock-Shox supplies all of the team bikes with ultra lightweight SID XX suspension forks; The Sram group also delivers the 11-speed XX1 drive train, and eachrider has the choice of either Gripshift or Trigger shifter options according to individual preferences. Campagnolo’s daughter company Fulcrum has joined the team in 2013: For the pros of MMBT, the Italians have developed specific 27.5- and 29-inch wheels for both tubular tires and tubeless clinchers. These wheels are on par with the best tuning offers regarding weight, air tightness and most importantly sturdiness in racing conditions.
Prologo supplies the saddles since the last season, and their patented «Slide Control System» offers better grip and support for the riders when climbing.
* Weighed frame size: 18,5 inch