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Our hugely popular and versatile low step-through eSPRESSO CITY is getting some exciting upgrades for 2021. All models (except the 300 SE) will feature the 'Energy Cradle' frame design that holds the 630 Wh battery from Shimano and will have an even lower and broader step-through. The new frame maintains excellent chassis stiffness and is available in derailleur drivetrain or hub gear versions. The newly created battery cover gives the appearance of an integrated battery which can be easily removed by opening the seamlessly joint battery lid and conveniently taking it out from the top.
The eSPRESSO CITY's modern design, combined with the purposeful and hugely comfortable geometry and the seamless integration of the whole spectrum of Shimano's powerful STePS motors (including the new and mighty EP8 power unit), sets the CITY apart from other city e-bikes. A low centre of gravity paired with a strong and stiff frame enables the eSPRESSO CITY to deliver excellent, predictable riding characteristics in any situation. Mounting and dismounting the eSPRESSO CITY is very easy due to its extremely low step-through height.
The eSPRESSO CITY is aimed at riders who need a versatile e-bike that can cope with a wide range of day-to-day demands and situations, with a low step-through frame to make mounting and dismounting easy. The 'Energy Cradle' frame design gives the appearance of an integrated battery while maintaining excellent chassis stiffness for predictable, confident handling paired with a comfortable riding position. The powerful Shimano STePS drive system and 150 kg maximum system weight (bike/rider/cargo) give huge versatility.
Battery integration/Energy Cradle
The battery is semi-integrated into the overall frame concept and sits in the 'Energy Cradle'. Rather than creating a cut out in the downtube, which creates a weak spot in low step-through frames and impacts the bike's handling and stability, we have positioned the 'Energy Cradle' battery mount on top of the down tube. A sophisticated aluminium cover protects the battery and gives it the seamlessly integrated look. Besides providing a seamless appearance, the battery cover also allows fast and easy removal of the battery. The trunk lid like cover opens by unlocking the twist-lock at the top and folding it back towards the seat tube. Once the cover is in the open position, the rider has both hands to remove the battery easily and conveniently - no stooping down or complex mechanism.
Gear hub specific frame option
The gear hub models have their own frame with an adjustable dropout. The adjustable dropout makes an additional chain tensioner obsolete and provides a clean and uncluttered look. It is also compatible with belt drive systems.
MERIDA custom on/off button
On our eSPRESSO CITY range (except on the 300 SE), we have positioned the MERIDA custom on/off switch on the lower part of the downtube. Here the switch can be easily reached to turn the system on or off.
MIK HD rear carrier with Spanning rear light
Our eSPRESSO CITY range (except the 300 SE) comes equipped with the MIK HD rear carrier with a load capacity of 27 kg. The rear carrier is child seat approved, allowing you to turn the eSPRESSO CC into the perfect family vehicle. It also features the integrated Spanninga rear light, for maximum visibility. Similarly to the front light, the rear light is also charged by the main battery and can be operated from the Shimano STePS display.
Kick-stand as standard
All eSPRESSO CITY models come equipped with a kick-stand as standard, which is attached to a hidden kick-stand mount underneath the chain stay. The sturdy kick-stand makes it super easy to park as well as load the bike.
A specifically designed headset, the 'Wire Port', enables certain cables to enter the frame directly through the headset cap, reducing cable clutter and preventing cable kink.
City ready tread pattern
Our eSPRESSO CITY range rides on fast-rolling 700c wheels, ideal for rides on roads, lanes and smooth tracks. However, our eSPRESSO frames can also take 650B wheels if needed. We fit tyres with reflective sidewalls and puncture protection that will get you to your destination quickly and safely.
Battery cover lock
To give the battery adequate protection and provide the eSPRESSO CITY with its sleek lines, we have created a seamlessly integrated aluminium battery cover that sits on the top tube. The battery cover is connected to the frame, allowing the battery to be removed more efficiently and easily. The cover can be opened like a trunk lid, so the rider has both hands free to remove the battery. An easy to reach twist-lock handle pops out when pressed and enables the battery to be reached with ease.
EXPERT TK adjustable stem
The eSPRESSO CITY range comes equipped with the fully adjustable MERIDA EXPERT TK stem, allowing the rider to find the ideal angle for the perfect seating position. Furthermore, it surpasses all MERIDA e-bike specific tests which are more demanding than the legal requirements. All components are tested and certified for a system weight of up to 150 kg.
EXPERT TK saddles
With the new generation of MERIDA trekking saddles, the focus was clearly on comfort. The riding position on a trekking bike differs mostly in the more upright sitting position, which means that there is more pressure on the saddle. That's why trekking saddles are wider and also have thicker padding compared to sportive saddles. As man and woman are different, there are two versions available. Another nice feature of this saddle is the V-Mount interface, which allows the rider to mount accessories directly on the baseplate of the saddle.
The eSPRESSO CITY range features either the new EP8, E6100 or E5000 Shimano STePS motor. The new 85 Nm strong EP8 top of the line Shimano motor offers a more performance orientated e-trekking experience. In comparison, the proven E6100 power unit with 60 Nm is specifically tuned to the needs and requirements of the trekking and city e-bikes and should offer an extended range. The 40 Nm strong E5000 delivers reliable and easy to operate STePS technology at the lower price points.
Shimano SC-E6100/SC-E5000 display
Depending on the model, the eSPRESSO CITY range either features the SC-E6100 or the E5000 display. The SC-E6100 is an easy to operate, three buttons display with a larger screen that shows most major functions at the same time. It is Bluetooth and ANT Private enabled for easy connectivity with Shimano's e-tube project app for easy tunability and health checks. On the other hand, the E5000 combines switch and display in one unit and features a compact design yet provides the rider with all necessary information. The three top buttons allow an easy change of assist level as well as display menu access, while an additional light switch makes changing the light setting straight forward.
THE NEXT LEVEL OF LOW STEP-STROUGH FRAMES
The development goal for the eSPRESSO CITY was to create a bike with a low and wide step-through that makes getting on the bike easy and comfortable, while not losing any frame stability and stiffness. We were also keen to create a bike with the appearance of an integrated battery that features sleek and uninterrupted lines throughout the frame. It was clear from the start that an integration of the battery into the frame through a cut out in the down tube would negatively impact the stiffness and riding characteristics of the low step through frame. The new frame design features our 'Energy Cradle' technology, where the battery sits in an indent, with a unique cradle-like shaping, of the downtube. This accommodates the battery, without adding any cut outs. Due to the lack of a cut out in the down tube, the whole bike frame gets stiffer and is less likely to 'wobble' under load, delivering more predictable handling in all situations. Even with a loaded rear carrier, the ride feel remains comfortable, stable and safe.
Our super low step frame is not just outstanding when it comes to stiffness and handling, but also offers one of the lowest step throughs in the market. On top of that, with frame sizes starting at XS (featuring a super short 38 cm seat tube) and going all the way to XL almost every height of rider can fit on the bike perfectly. With its stylish and modern design and the seamlessly integrated battery that sits underneath the perfectly shaped aluminium cover, the eSPRESSO CITY frame takes low step through frames to the next level.