Merida's heartland has always been bombproof aluminium hardtails and their entry-level 29er is no exception, it uses a sophisticated TFS frame with the latest technology, full internal cable routing, tapered headtube and inboard disc brake mounts.
There's no point making a bombproof frame and then hanging poor components on it. Merida has opted to go for a 2 x set up and retain a focus on using Shimano components wherever possible for longevity and performance.
Sometimes called ‘double pass welding’, a second pass over the weld gives a clean organic look to the frame. At first glance, you will be convinced it is carbon.
INTERNAL CABLE ROUTING
Cables are routed through the frame, entering and exiting through smooth sockets. The bike looks neat, whilst the cables are protected from moisture and dirt.
Merida's X-Tapered headtube offers the space for a tapered fork to be fitted. Tapered forks offer superb stiffness and precise and deliver confidence-inspiring steering.
DOWN TUBE EXIT
Ensures that internally routed cables and wires can’t move freely and remain easily accessible for servicing.
TFS - TECHNO FORMING SYSTEM
Technoforming is a mechanical forming process, shaping the tubes by using negative moulds, at times combined with an internal metalcore.
RACE LITE 61 ALUMINIUM
Merida uses a minimum of 6061 aluminium. The payback is that it’s possible to make lighter and more advanced frames buy using additional heat treatment and double-butted wall thicknesses to produce light and stiff frames.
Big Nine 20
TFS - 6061 series aluminium tubing, double-butted and technoformed. Tapered head tube. Inboard chainstay-mounted disc brake. Internal cable routing and mounts for mudguards and kickstands.
Suntour XCT30, Coil, 100mm travel
Front: Shimano TX505, 100x9mm, 32 spokes, Centerlock
Rear: Shimano TX505, 135x9mm, 32 spokes, Centerlock
Merida CC, 17mm inner rim width, aluminium
Merida K1080, 29" x 2.2"
Shimano FC-M315-2, 36-22T
FSA TH-7420ST-W, Cartridge Bearing
Sunrace CSM668, 11-32, 8-speed
Shimano BR-MT200 hydraulic, Shimano RT10 160mm rotors**
Merida CC, aluminium, 690mm wide, 15mm rise
Merida CC, aluminium, 31.8mm diameter, 6-degree rise
Length: 70 mm-S, 80 mm-M, 90 mm-L, 100 mm-XL, 110 mm-XXL
Merida Sport Comfort
Merida CC, aluminium, 30.9mm diameter, 15mm lay back
VP Components, VPE-891
Whilst we do actively try to keep on top of all the details, manufacturers do occasionally change model specifications so anything detailed above is subject to change.
** Some stock may come with an equivalent Tektro HD-M275 hydraulic disc brake setup due to a shortage of parts from Shimano following the pandemic.
Big Nine Size Guide
||152 - 163 cm
||5'0" - 5'4"
||163 - 173 cm
||5'4" - 5'8"
||173 - 183 cm
||5'8" - 6'0"
||183 - 193 cm
||6'0" - 6'4"
||193 - 203 cm
||6'4" - 6'8"