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Big Trail 500

Big Trail 500

Merida

Regular price £1,325.00

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In 2019, a few UK customers met Merida's MTB Product Manager Rey and over a few beers and together hashed out a wish list for the perfect UK specific hardtail mountain bike - a trail focussed 29er with 140mm fork, 1 x transmission, Boost standard bolt through axles and a dropper post. Then it was over to Rey, a very handy rider himself, to develop the ideas into a workable production bike.

That wishlist became a family of models of which the Merida Big Trail 500 is part of - featuring a slack enduro inspired 65.5° head angle and a 140mm fork delivers a fun confidence-inspiring bike. The long reach and short seat tube give plenty of space to manoeuvre on the bike and a really low standover height.

Merida has used long dropper posts to achieve a short seat tube, an advantage of this geometry is that depending on your riding style, most sizes will work for most body sizes.

The only question is if you want to go crazy fast or super agile? For speed take the longer size, for agility take a shorter size.

BUILT-IN VERSATILITY

While clearly a trail loving long-travel hardtail, the new BIG.TRAIL also offers built-in versatility through the hidden rack, fender and kickstand mounts in case you like to turn the BIG.TRAIL into a ‘SUV’ commuter.

DOUBLE BOTTLE

Ability to fit two water bottles into the frame without making the bottles difficult to reach. Perfect for long marathon races and extended trail sessions.

TYRE CLEARANCE BIG.TRAIL

BIG TRAIL rolls on 29er wheels and has tyre clearance for up go 2.5" trail tyres. The combination of 29er wheels and 2.5" tyres offer plenty or corner and climbing grip, while the big tyre volume and the 29er 'rolling over ability' give trail hardtails extra comfort and stability.

TRAIL MOUNT

The new 'Trail Mount' is positioned underneath the top tube/seat tube junction and these ingenious fixing points makes fitting an additional tool or a pump a breeze. The 'Trail Mount' offers a real advantage if you prefer to keep the weight off your back or if you are heading out for an extra-long outing where you might need to carry additional gear.

INTERNAL CABLE ROUTING

Merida features internal cable routing on all models. Cables are routed through the frame, entering and exiting through smooth sockets. Only a clever system for their internal guiding and fixing guarantees reliable and rattle free routing, whilst the cables are protected from moisture and dirt and gives the bike a cleaner look.

MODERN TRAIL GEOMETRY

A long reach, paired with a slack 65.5° head angle and a steep seat angle makes BIG TRAIL a solid descender even when the trail is littered with roots and rocks, while maintaining impressive climbing abilities, due to the central seating position over the bottom bracket. The extra short seat tube and low standover hight help to create lots of space to manoeuvre the bike when the trail gets demanding but also allow for long travel dropper posts.

BOOST TECHNOLOGY

All BIG TRAIL models offer Boost technology at the front and rear. The shallower axle standard of 110 mm (front) and 148 mm (rear) allows for a wider spoke angle, resulting in a stiffer and stronger wheel, hugely beneficial on these bikes given the impacts they endure.

Model Technologies

SMOOTH WELDING

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.

X-TAPER HEADTUBE

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.

Model Specifications
  • Brand
  • Model
    Big Trail 500
  • Year
  • Colour
    Black/Grey (P-M145)
  • Weight
    14.20 kg
  • Gender
  • Type
  • Frame
    TFS - 6061 series double butted and technoformed aluminium tubing with smooth welding. Modern trail bike geometry. Class-leading, premium technologies such as Boost axle standard, tapered head tube, inboard disc mounts, internal cable routing.
  • Fork
    Rock Shox Recon Silver RL, 140mm travel, Tapered, 42mm fork offset
  • Hubs
    Front: Shimano MT400-B, 110x15mm, 32 spokes, Centerlock
    Rear: Shimano MT400-B, 148x12mm, 32 spokes, Centerlock including removable lever with 6mm Allen key
  • Spokes
    Black steel
  • Rims
    Merida Comp TR, 29mm inner rim width, Tubeless ready
    Note: Tubeless tape and valves not included
  • Tyres
    Maxxis Dissector, 29" x 2.4", Kevlar bead, TR EXO Dual
  • Crankset
    Shimano Deore M5100, 32T with Mr. Control CH-CM1 chain guide
  • Bottom Bracket
    Shimano Deore
  • Shift Levers
    Shimano Deore M5100
  • Front Mech
    N/A
  • Rear Mech
    Shimano Deore M5100 Shadow+
  • Cassette
    Shimano Deore M5100, 11-51, 11-speed
  • Chain
    KMC X11 NPBK
  • Brakes
    Shimano BR-MT200 hydraulic, Shimano RT10 180mm rotors**
  • Brake Levers
    Shimano BR-MT200**
  • Handlebars
    Merida Expert TR, aluminium, 780mm wide, 20mm rise
  • Grips
    Merida Comp EC
  • Stem
    Merida Expert TR, 35mm diameter, 0 degree rise, 50 mm
  • Saddle
    Merida Comp CC
  • Seatpost
    Merida Comp TR, 30.9mm diameter, in-line
    S: 125mm drop - M/L/XL: 150mm drop with Shimano SL -MT500-IL lever
  • Pedals
    VP Components, VPE-891
  • Extras
    N/A

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 Trail Size Guide
Frame Size Rider Height Rider Height
Small 152 - 163 cm 5'0" - 5'4"
Medium 163 - 173 cm 5'4" - 5'8"
Large 173 - 183 cm 5'8" - 6'0"
XL 183 - 193 cm 6'0" - 6'4"
2XL 193 - 203 cm 6'4" - 6'8"
Bike Delivery

 

 

 

 

In Stock

Unlike many of our competitors, we only make available to purchase online bikes we actually have in stock here in our store − we don't ever remote warehouse or SIM feedstock with multiple day delays.

Furthermore, we aim to have all our bikes pre-built and available for immediate dispatch or for in-store collection, once you have ordered a bike from us one of our mechanics will package your bike into one of our custom-built boxes.

These extra-large boxes allow us to ship most bikes fully assembled but before we do so our mechanics will carry out a PDI (pre-delivery inspection) on the bike to ensure that before it's prepared for shipping everything is set up correctly, e.g., brakes, gear indexing etc.

Pre-Built Bikes

We ship our bikes pre-built and fully PDI'd so upon receiving your new bike you will simply need to just take your new bike out of the box, turn and tighten the handlebars and fit one of the pedals (if your bike comes with pedals). In some instances, such as for road bikes, you may also need to attach the handlebars as they're too wide to simply be rotated so they'll be secured to the side of the frame with zip ties.

This process does vary from model to model as bikes come in all shapes and sizes but this is the case for nine out of ten bikes we deliver - if you ever have any questions about this please don't hesitate to contact us.

Remote Regions

 

Affected Regions

  • Northern Ireland
    BT1-BT49, BT51-BT57, BT60-BT71, BT74-BT82, BT92-BT94
  • Aberdeen
    AB31, AB33-AB38, AB41-AB45, AB51-AB56, AB63, AB39
    AB10-AB16, AB21-AB25, AB32, AB39
  • Northern Highlands
    HS1-HS9
  • Inverness
    IV1-IV28, IV30-IV32, IV36, IV40-IV49, IV51-IV56, IV63, IV99
  • Argyll
    PH19-PH29, PH30, PH31, PH34-PH44, PH49, PH50
    KA27, KA28
  • Dundee
    PH15-PH18

Sadly we're unable to deliver bikes outside of the UK or to the Isle of Wight, Isle of Man, Jersey, Orkney, Shetland or Guernsey.

Delivery & Returns

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FREE Delivery

Our standard shipping is FREE on mainland UK orders over £30* (excluding orders containing bikes - see below for further details) with delivery between 2 and 4 business days.

Express Delivery

If you need your order a bit quicker we offer an express delivery option with delivery usually within one to two business days throughout England and Wales with prices from just £2.95 – this service is FREE on orders over £125.

We aim to dispatch express orders placed before 14:30 on weekdays (excluding orders containing bikes) that same day and all our domestic deliveries are fully traceable, tracking information will be emailed or messaged to you when your order has left our store.

FREE Store Pickup

If you are local to our area (Carlisle), you can collect your order from our store at your convenience. Collection is free of charge no matter how big or small the order value and you'll be able to collect your order from our store usually within 2hrs on weekdays.

Store Pickup is not available if you're using an accelerated checkout option such as Apple Pay, Google Pay or PayPal Express.

You can still use PayPal to place your order if you're wanting to collect it but first go through the checkout selecting store pickup and select PayPal as your method of payment later in the checkout process.

Delivery Pricing

Applicable for orders excluding bikes

  • Standard
    FREE on orders over £30 otherwise £3.95
    Typically via Royal Mail Tracked 48
    Delivery estimated within 3 to 4 working days
  • Express
    FREE on orders over £125 or from £2.95
    Typically via DPD Local depending on goods and location
    Delivery estimated within 1 to 2 working days
Bike Delivery

Applicable for bike orders delivered to UK Mainland addresses

  • Standard
    FREE delivery on bikes over £499.00
    £29.95 on bikes or orders including bikes under £499.00
    Delivery estimated within 3 to 4 business days
  • Express
    Available from only £9.95 on bikes over £499.00
    Delivery estimated within 1 to 2 business days
  • Remote
    Scottish Highlands and Northern Ireland
    Delivery from £189.95 on bikes over £499.00
    Delivery estimated within 5 to 7 business days

For information about how we deliver bikes, including information on delivery to remote regions please see our Shipping Policy for further information.

Easy Returns

If an item doesn't fit or isn't quite what you expected then simply fill out the enclosed returns form and return your unwanted items to us within 60-days for a full refund, we'll accept orders returned to us after this period with refunds made via gift vouchers for use against future orders.

For further information please see our Refund Policy for further details.

Secure Delivery

For security purposes, we reserve the right to cancel shipments to forwarding centres, PO Boxes, and locker boxes. For some items such as bikes and electric scooters, we may enforce that these can only be delivered to the billing address, no change of address or in-transit redirection is permitted for any consignments.

International Delivery

Sadly, due to the increased costs and administrative procedures – particularly for our customers within the EU, we've decided to cease shipping internationally.

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