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The new ONE-SIXTY FR harnesses the proven aluminium LITE frame technology of the ONE-SIXTY and boosts it to create a bike park-ready ripper that’s robust enough to lap from dawn ‘til dusk. More travel up front, coil sprung shocks and ‘mullet’ mixed size wheels are based around a tough aluminium frame and sorted suspension system, so it’s built to last with a go-big attitude that’s ready to shrug off the hits, time after time. We know that value is important to rippers of all ages, so we’ve focussed the budget on getting the best suspension, tyres and brakes as possible, rather than a fancier derailleur or lightweight kit that’s not going to stay the course.
The ONE-SIXTY FR is designed for getting amongst it in the bike park, sending jump lines and having good times - on repeat. It’s built to be tough, pairing downhill bike stability with mid-air pop and poise that’ll mean your grin will still be visible under a full-face helmet. It needs to be downhill bike capable but trail bike fun, so stable but playful handling and party-time mullet setup is the order of the day.
EXTRA TRAVEL, COIL SPRINGS AND POWERFUL BRAKES
It’s designed to be robust and affordable, focusing on maximum suspension and braking performance rather than trimming grams. That means extra travel, coil springs and powerful brakes. While uplifts and bike parks are its natural playground, it’s also the perfect choice for heavy and hardcore riders who need a machine that keeps pace with how they push. It takes the proven chassis and design of the ONE-SIXTY but boosts the downhill capability even further. Think of it as an enduro bike with the dial turned up to 11 or as a downhill bike that’s more about fun than shaving off seconds - it doesn’t matter. The ONE-SIXTY FR is built to send.
BUILT TO SUCK UP THE PUNISHMENT THAT COMES WITH PROGRESSION
Bike parks are appearing all over the globe and it’s resulted in a huge shift in progression for many riders, helping them push their limits further than could have been imagined. Other riders want to push their enduro bikes harder and faster than ever before, demanding downhill bike-like performance from a bike that can still be pedalled to the top. Some would call this abuse, but it’s just day-to-day use for these riders.
That’s why the ONE-SIXTY FR is built to suck up the punishment that comes with progression, with a tough frame and kit that places the priority on giving you the tools to get the job done without giving up. Solid, sorted suspension paired with predictable but poppy handling, all tied together with a tough frame and five-year Category 5 warranty that even covers the most extreme bike park use - something few of our competitors have the confidence to offer.
AT HOME IN THE BIKE PARK OR BIG MOUNTAINS
The robust frame, responsive handling and tough kit mean the ONE-SIXTY FR is the ideal choice for riders that keep doing bike park laps until the light fades, but it’s also a brilliant match for riders that want to take on the most demanding descents without having to resort to a downhill bike. It’s also a match for the young guns that want to push and progress their riding, but don’t have the budget for a fancy enduro bike - or want the compromises that come with a bike designed to race against the clock, whether that’s from the enduro or the downhill scenes.
FEATURES AND INNOVATIONS
FAST KINEMATIC SUSPENSION PAIRED WITH COIL SHOCKS FOR CONSISTENT CONTROL
While the regular ONE-SIXTY range uses full 29" in larger sizes, for the ONE-SIXTY FR we’ve kept it business up front and party at the back with a mullet mixed wheel setup across all sizes of frame. We’ve also turned the volume up all around by bumping the front travel up to 180 mm with a 29” wheel. That is then paired to 171 mm of coil-sprung travel at the rear for super supple, fade-free performance. The back end uses our proven FAST kinematic suspension to provide plush yet controlled support. It uses a low-maintenance flexstay design that gets rid of the seat stay pivot to reduce weight and maintenance. The kinematic also increases in progression as you move up the frame sizes so that taller, heavier riders have increased bottom-out support and extra control.
The switch to a linear coil sprung shock rather than the air shocks fitted to regular ONE-SIXTY models works extremely well with the FAST kinematic for this application; the softer initial travel gives excellent small bump grip at the expense of pedalling efficiency, while the progressive curve gives excellent mid-stroke support for pumping through turns and the faces of jumps, while the highly progressive ending stroke resists bottom-out forces. The bike also uses the AGILOMETER sizing concept that allows riders to choose their handling characteristics independently of leg length thanks to low standover frames paired with our long-travel dropper posts. Go long for stability, go short for agility - or choose a balance of both. It’s your party.
PERFORMANCE FOCUSSED VALUE
Spec-wise, we have aimed to deliver a huge value package, but one that prioritises the quality of suspension and braking components over the drivetrain. Derailleurs, chains and cassettes wear out or get damaged, but high-quality brakes and suspension will last the lifetime of the bike and have a hugely positive impact on how the bike rides. That means four-piston brakes with a large 220 mm brake rotor at the front for consistent and powerful braking, time after time. It also means high-end, damping adjustable forks and coil shocks on all models.
TOUGH, RELIABLE KIT THAT’LL SUCK UP PUNISHMENT
We’ve also made sure the standard rubber is ready to rip, with tough and tubeless-ready tyres fitted as standard. The same goes for the wheelset, which comes in for a beating every time the bike hits the trail – and everywhere else, we’ve gone for solid, reliable kit that’ll suck up flat landings, cased lips and berms that want to tear the tyres off.
PROVEN LITE ALUMINIUM FRAME
The ONE-SIXTY LITE frame has been proven out in the real world, but it’s also been tested at the renowned Zelder Institute labs, with the P-FLEX flexstay design passing even the hardest fatigue tests with flying colours. While many people panic at the idea of aluminium flexing, our extensive testing in the lab and on the trail means we’re confident that all of our P-PLEX-equipped bikes can deal with whatever is thrown at them. That’s why we’re confident enough to give the ONE-SIXTY FR a five-year warranty at the hardest Category 5 use category, something very few other manufacturers do, even for their downhill bikes.
ROBUST AND DURABLE TYRES
You need to have total confidence in your tyres to be able to commit totally when riding your bike. That’s why even the most affordable ONE-SIXTY FR models still come with high-quality, tubeless-ready Continental Kryptotal tyres – and we’ve made sure the durable casings and grippy compounds are up to the task too, so there’s no need to switch up the rubber before you rip.
LONG TRAVEL DROPPER POSTS
Our frame design maximises clearance, so we’ve maximised dropper post travel too. Higher end bikes get our 30-230 mm travel adjustable TEAM TR II post, but even on more affordable options we’ve used our EXPERT TR II post to maximise the seatpost travel across all sizes.
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WELCOME TO THE NEW ONE-SIXTY FR
Whether you want to push your progression in the bikepark or hammer down big mountain enduro trails without backing off, the ONE-SIXTY FR is ready to take on the toughest trails and still come out laughing. It’s focussed on delivering maximum fun without any unnecessary frills, with proven durability, award-winning handling and a fun’n’fast character - it’s built to send.
Both bikes are more than capable on tough terrain, but the FR offers a more supple suspension feel thanks to the coil sprung rear shock and increased fork travel, though this comes with a minor weight penalty. The FR also comes with mixed wheel sizes across all frame sizes, rather than the full 29" setup on sizes Long and above with the regular bike. We have also focussed on higher specification suspension components rather than drivetrain equipment on the FR.
The standard fit coil spring weights are below:
XSHORT and SHORT 300 lb/in
MID: 350 lb/in
LONG: 400 lb/in
XLONG: 450 lb/in
Note that as per our FAST kinematic design, the progression increases with frame size. Detailed information on the kinematics of the ONE-SIXTY FR can be found in the PDF below.
A detailed suggestion for coil spring weights for rider weights can be found in the ONE-SIXTY setup guide here.
Replacement coil springs are available from your national DVO distributor, including LS lightweight springs. We use 3.0" spring lengths but a 2.5" length spring with spacer will also work.DOWNLOAD KINEMATIC-PDF
Yes, thanks to the wheel size correction flip chip, but we think the mixed wheel size setup is the best choice for this intended use. You can find out how to change the wheel size in the following video on YOUTUBE.
MERIDA FAST kinematic flip-chip adjustment
How to change between 29" and 27.5"/mullet rear wheels