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Different riders are looking for different bikes, and certain tracks and trails are better tackled on a well-matched machine. On top of that, we at MERIDA are very aware that a carbon front triangle might not be everybody's preferred choice and that there is a need to broaden the price range of our e-enduro bikes. These two factors were enough to go back to the drawing board and to develop the all-aluminium version of the eONE-FORTY – welcome to the new eONE-FORTY LIMITED EDITION. From the outset a very similar bike to our new eONE-SIXTY LIMITED EDITION, but if you look into the details a bit more, you will find out that it is a distinctively different bike. Let us explain!
With the eONE-FORTY, we add a completely new model to the MERIDA performance e-mountain bike family. Due to its less aggressive geometry and the 140 mm travel, it is more uphill focused than the eONE-SIXTY. The lower front and the steeper seat angle make the eONE-FORTY a great climber. It is equally at home on long and demanding uphills as well at technical downhills and singletracks. The new geometry and frame design give the bike a very playful character, which is precise and fast. Compared to the non-motorised all-rounder model, which very much inspired the handling and playfulness of the eONE-FORTY, the rider can enjoy the benefits of the hugely capable built-in Shimano motor, which makes even demanding climbs an easy endeavour.
We have learned from our 'original' eONE-SIXTY that our long travel e-mountain bikes get often used away from the rougher tracks and trails which they are predestined for. Because of the advantages of more travel, bigger tyres and comfortable geometry, a sizable group of riders utilize the bikes as a kind of 'SUV' bike as they offer a super fun, comfortable and capable alternative to a 'normal' mountain bike. We are convinced that the eONE-FORTY fits perfectly in this category.
Whatever you are looking for, hugely capable trail companion with bags for reserves or reliable and confidence-inspiring 'normal' mountain bike 'alternative', our new all aluminium eONE-FORTY LIMITED EDITION should be at the top of your list.
In line with its carbon counterparts, geometry, travel and specification make the eONE-FORTY LIMITED EDITION perfect for trail riding but also for long-distance rides. It doesn't matter if it's a playful trail or a multi-day ride across the Alps, this new all aluminium e-trail bike is your faithful companion.
But besides its trail riding and long-distance abilities, the eONE-FORTY LIMITED EDITION is also a hugely capable and enjoyable 'SUV' bike. Because of the travel, the comfortable and upright riding position, the eONE-FORTY gives a lot of confidence and offers a real alternative to a 'normal' mountain bike. If a 2nd battery or charging device is carried, there is (almost) no limit for all-day riding or multi-day excursions.
Cables, housings and brake hoses are clamped under tension to prevent rattling when the trails get rough. All inlets are completely interchangeable to deal with Di2, hydraulic hoses, brake cable and gear cable housings etc.
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.
Similarly, to the front triangle, the rear triangle is also made from aluminium. It is the same rear triangle we are using on the carbon bikes and on the 'original' eONE-SIXTY. It is one of the strongest rear ends MERIDA has ever made, and we know that it has fantastic durability and stiffness characteristics. Furthermore, we have the advantage that all spare parts can be used.
E8000 Drive Unit
Maximum riding fun at any performance level was the key focus in the design and concept of the Shimano STePS systems. The motors are optimized with regards to intuitive handling and despite their impressive performance, deliver the most natural and organic riding experience. The E8000 drive units offer a maximum output of 70 Nm and give a maximum of 300% assistance. Furthermore, the motor almost immediately responds to any pressure being applied through the pedals which hugely contributes to the intuitive handling and the agility of the system. An equally important feature of the motor is that it also withdraws any assistance at once when pedal pressure is reduced. Based on the compact size of the system, it can be perfectly integrated into the overall frame design.
Our all aluminium eONE-FORTY naturally comes equipped with MERIDA dropper post allowing the rider to get the saddle out of the way when the gradient gets steeper, giving him/her more space to manoeuver and control over their bike. As all our e-bike specced parts, the posts have been tested and certified for a 140 kg system weight.
Satellite Charging Port & Switch
The on/off switch as well as the battery charger port are positioned for easy accessibility. The on/off switch is set into the top tube just behind the head tube, allowing the rider to activate the system with ease. The satellite charging port can be found above the motor at the down tube/seat tube junction, perfectly protected yet super easy to get to.
MERIDA Mini Toolbox
Connected to the saddle's faceplate is the new MERIDA mini toolbox. The included mini tool features 2/2.5/3/8 mm Allen keys, a flathead and Phillips head screwdriver and 10/25/30 Torx keys. Perfect for fixing most issues trailside.
XT Drive Train
Shimano's XT drivetrain represents the perfect balance when it comes to durability, function and weight. The new 12 speed drivetrain impresses with precise shifting in any condition, with an extended gear range and long-lasting performance, even when exposed to the higher strains of being an e-bike drivetrain.
It was important to us that our new eONE-FORTY is as quiet as possible, and that it stays that way even after long term use. Besides the ENERGY GUARD battery cover that reduces noise and protects the battery perfectly, we have also put a lot of effort into our new chainstay protector. The dragon inspired protector is much bigger and is covering almost the complete chainstay, helping to reduce any noise from a moving chain or trail debris hitting the frame.
COMPARISON eONE-FORTY AND eONE-SIXTY
Similarly, to their carbon cousins, the full aluminium eONE-SIXTY and eONE-FORTY LIMITED EDITION also share the same frame but differ a lot in terms of riding character. The difference between the two bikes is that the shock stroke on the eONE-FORTY is shorter. That reduces the rear travel to 133 mm instead of 150 mm which the eONE-SIXTY offers. On top of that, the shorter 140 mm travel fork extends the reach of the eONE-FORTY in comparison to the eONE-SIXTY which is equipped with a 160 mm fork. That's the reason why the eONE-FORTY has different sizing compared to eONE-SIXTY. A frame with a 44 cm seat tube length, for example, is a size L in the eONE-FORTY, but at the eONE-SIXTY, it is a size M. We believe that a bike with less travel should be more agile and playful than one with more travel, and the reach has a significant influence on that.
Compared to the eONE-SIXTY, the seat angle at the eONE-FORTY is almost one degree steeper, and the front is lower because of the shorter travel fork and the lower head tube. This puts more weight on the front of the bike and gives the eONE-FORTY better climbing performance as the front wheel rises later than at the eONE-SIXTY. Also, due to the shorted fork, the head angle is almost one degree steeper making the bike feel less wobbly at lower speeds. Again, a positive attribute for uphills.
Another big difference compared to the eONE-SIXTY is that the stand over height is lower. The reason for that is the lesser travel, lower head tube and lower bottom bracket height. Especially for beginners, the lower stand over height gives a lot of confidence.
So, to summarise, the eONE-FORTY LIMITED EDITION is the more climbing and all-day ride focused bikes, which is also slightly more agile on twisty tracks. On the other hand, the eONE-SIXTY LIMITED EDITION is super capable at speed and on demanding tracks and trails. While still a super capable climber and fun-packed ride, it has a slightly more downhill focused set-up and geometry. The choice is yours.