eONE-SIXTY

TRUE LEGACY – REINVENTED

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The ‘original’ eONE-SIXTY is the most decorated, tested and awarded bike in MERIDA’s history and has shaped what MERIDA is known for today: innovation, quality and outstanding performance. However, after three years at the top of the e-enduro ranking, it was time in to distil the essence of the 'old' eONE-SIXTY, incorporate the latest trends and standards, and create the new version: in time for the 2020 season, we said goodbye and hello eONE-SIXTY - the new MERIDA benchmark for dynamic and design.

The eONE-SIXTY once again embodies e-enduro bikes, instead of the normally needed shuttle to session your favourite tracks, you have your own built-in engine to assist you to the top. On downhills, it still feels like a normal bike, agile due to its perfectly tuned MTB geometry, but more planted because of the higher weight. All in all, it’s a super fun bike with a clear focus on trail riding. But the last few years have shown that our eONE-SIXTY is also often used as a kind of 'SUV' bike. Because of the advantages of more travel, bigger tyres and comfortable geometry, it also shines away from the enduro tracks and offers a super fun, comfortable and capable alternative to a ‘normal’ mountain bike.

The eONE-SIXTY is positioned as a high-end state of the art e-bike. Material, design and integration are cutting edge. Nothing less could be expected after the super successful first-generation eONE-SIXTY, which influenced a whole generation of e-bikes.

INTENDED USE

Trail riding! Geometry, travel and specification make this bike perfect for demanding trail riding. It doesn’t matter if it’s a playful easy trail or a hardcore enduro track. The eONE-SIXTY loves it all.

But besides its enduro and trail riding abilities, the eONE-SIXTY is also a hugely capable and enjoyable ‘SUV' bike. Because of the travel, the comfortable and upright riding position the eONE-SIXTY gives a lot of confidence and offers a real alternative to a ‘normal’ mountain bike.

KEY COMPONENTS

Energy Guard

Two-component battery cover, which offers perfect protection for the battery. The softer (outer) layer reduces noises, seals the downtube perfectly and absorbs hits from stones easily, while the harder (inner) layer ensures that the battery does not get damaged and gives it the structural shape. All crucial parts like the rubber strap and o-rings for perfect fitting can be replaced.

Thermo Gate

Specifically located openings near the head tube which work like a chimney and allow the warm air to dissipate to guarantee the optimum operating temperature of the internal battery. The 'Thermo Gate' enables the battery to perform at its best, in any condition.

MERIDA EXPERT TR axle

Through axle with a removable axle lever. The leaver (when inserted into the axle) allows easy loosening and tightening of the axle. When removed, it works as a 4 mm Alley key, perfect for tightening, for example, the seat clamp or the stem bolt, while also ideal for removing the battery or activating the ‚wake up button‘.

Hidden kick-stand attachment points

The new eONE-SIXTY frames offer hidden attachment points for a kick-stand underneath the chain stay, perfect for making the bike more versatile if used as an ‘SUV’ bike. 

Shimano battery

Powerful internal lithium-ion battery that offers 630 Wh (504 Wh in size XS frames), charges up from 0-100% in 6 hours (when EC-E8004 charger is used) and retains at least 60% of its original battery capacity after 1,000 charging cycles. The aluminium cased battery is extremely compact, allowing us to seamlessly integrate it into the downtube for ample space for the rear shock, added water bottle fixing points and plenty of top tube clearance. It has a waterproof design and is impact and vibration resistant.

MERIDA EXPERT eTR cockpit

The EXPERT eTR cockpit offers internal cable routing for the e-system cables through the handlebar and stem for an extra clean and organised look. The new eTRII stem also features secure attachment points for the Lezyne front light via its unique clamping plate.  As all our e-bike specific parts, the eTR cockpit is tested for a 140 kg system weight.

EXPERT TR dropper seat post

MERIDA dropper post allows the rider to get the saddle out of the way when the gradient gets steeper, giving him/her more space to manoeuvre and control over their bike. Our 150 mm post fits completely into the seat tube of an M size frame, while the L and XL frame can accommodate even a 170 mm dropper. As all our e-bike specced parts, it has been tested and certified for a 140 kg system weight. 

Lezyne front and rear lights

The 2021 eONE-SIXTY features the new Lezyne Power Pro front and Femto rear light. The front light attached securely to our stem clamp plate, keeping the light perfectly fixed to the bike without cluttering the cockpit area. It draws its power from the main battery and can be easily operated from the Shimano display unit. The rear light is rechargeable (via a mini USP post), and perfectly capable of withstanding even the wettest of outings. Both lights offer excellent visibility during the day as well as evening and dawn rides.

Shimano Shifter-R and dropper seat post lever

Very compact and well-defined assist level shifter that helps to keep the cockpit clean and less cluttered, while it also enables easy access to the Shimano paddle-style dropper seat post lever, that fits neatly to the brake lever bracket and is positioned underneath the handlebars.

RIDE THE REVOLUTION

SHIMANO EP8 DRIVE UNIT

For 2021, the entire eONE-SIXTY carbon range will be powered by the new EP8 motor from Shimano. The new power unit brings a long list of upgrades and changes to the table that will elevate our eONE-SIXTY to the next level. The EP8 delivers a maximum power output of 85 Nm, which is an increase of 15 Nm from the E8000 unit. This will improve the performance on extreme terrain as well as lift up the other support levels, making them universally more cable and more fun to use. Paired with the new 630 Wh battery, the new EP8 system delivers a huge range extension, making it easier to cruise for longer or do more runs. 

Further to that, the new power unit has lost approx. 300 g in weight, has further improved its heat-resistance, allowing the rider to go harder for longer, has become quieter and smaller and has managed to achieve a 36% reduction in drag, making cruising about the cut-out speed even easier.  All this helps to deliver smooth, direct power to ensure that the rider is always in complete control while experiencing a natural ride feel.
 

DESIGN THINKING BEHIND THE BIKE

DYNAMIC AND DESIGN ARE THE PRIMARY INFLUENCES THAT ARE THE BASIS OF THE eONE-SIXTY.

DYNAMIC: In physics, ‘dynamic‘ describes the impact of forces producing motion onto a body. The bike is the body, while the trail is the impact of force that is trying to work against it.

DESIGN: The functional shaping of a body.

We achieved ‘dynamic’ by allocating the motion process of a functional surface in the underlying structure of the frame. A line in the frame that defines dynamic. To put the bike into motion without it actually moving. To radiate power without being confrontational. 

A strong and determined line leads the onlooker from the dropout to the head tube. The eye lingers at the THERMO GATE. A forged aluminium part that has been integrated seamlessly into the carbon frame. The milled rips are the visual highlight in the head tube area and underline the exclusivity of the eONE-SIXTY. On the upper part of the top tube, a switch has been accommodated perfectly, allowing the rider to activate the system with ease. It encourages the rider not to waste another second before setting the bike in motion.

The motor bracket wraps the heart of the frame while not taking up any more space than needed. The rear shock attachment point hovers almost weightlessly above it. To provide the bike with new energy, the well protected and easy to get to charging port is located at the joining point of the down and seat tube.

TO SUM UP - UNCOMPROMISING