Big Trail 500

Big Trail 500

Merida

Regular price £1,250.00

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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 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.

Model Highlights
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.

RACELITE 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
  • Model
    Merida Big Trail 500 (2021)
  • Colour
    Black/Grey (P-M145)
  • Weight
    14.2 kg
  • 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"

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Our basic shipping is completely FREE on domestic orders over £30* for clothing and accessories with delivery within three to four working days, alternatively you can upgrade your delivery to one of our next working day or weekend delivery options from just £2.95.

All our deliveries are fully tracked and tracking information will be emailed or messaged to you when your order has left our store.

Next Working Day

Our Next Working Day offers next working day delivery from just £2.95 with fully tracked delivery, a timed hour slot on the day of delivery and the option to nominate a neighbour or safe place should you not be available to sign for your order.

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.

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

Delivery Pricing
  • Royal Mail Tracked 48
    FREE on orders over £30 otherwise £2.95
    Delivery typically within three to four working days
    Shipped within one working day of ordering
    Fully tracked and may require a signature
  • Special Delivery
    via Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed by 1pm®
    Guaranteed delivery from just £9.95
    Your order delivered before 1pm throughout much of the UK or your shipping fees back - Royal Mail terms and conditions apply.
  • Next Working Day
    via DPD Next Working Day
    Next working day delivery from £2.95
    Checkout before 14:00 weekdays for same day shipping
    Fully tracked and a one-hour slot on day of delivery
    MAINLAND UK ONLY
  • Saturday Delivery
    via DPD Next Working Day
    Weekend delivery from just £9.95
    Checkout before 14:00 weekdays for same day shipping
    Fully tracked and a one-hour slot on day of delivery
    MAINLAND UK ONLY
  • Freight Delivery
    via DPD Next Working Day
    Oversize next day delivery for bikes

    FREE on bikes over £500 otherwise £29.95
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Remote Regions

You might have noticed a lot of our services are limited to MAINLAND UK, sadly this is because both our couriers either do not offer services to these regions or they charge surcharges to offer any service at all which we cannot absorb into our costs.

The good news is that for the time being at least the Royal Mail is bound by universal service so no matter where in the UK you live, if your order can be shipped with a Royal Mail service then we can offer this as we would for the rest of the country. Note however that the Royal Mail do have clauses to exclude remote regions from their delivery guarantees for Special Delivery® services.

  • Isle of Wight
    PO30-PO41
  • Northern Ireland
    BT1-BT49, BT51-BT57, BT60-BT71, BT74-BT82, BT92-BT94
  • Isle of Man
    IM1-IM9, IM99
  • Aberdeen
    AB31, AB33-AB38, AB41-AB45, AB51-AB56, AB63, AB39
    AB10-AB16, AB21-AB25, AB32, AB39
  • Northern Highlands
    HS1-HS9
  • Inverness
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  • Orkney Shetland
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  • Argyll
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    KA27, KA28
  • Dundee
    PH15-PH18
  • Channel Islands
    GU, JE

If you have any questions about a postcode region in this list please contact us, this list is derived from multiple courier documentation.

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 28 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. Unfortunately, we're unable to cover the costs of returning items to us.

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

Stock Availability

Unlike our competitors, many of which don't have a considerable proportion of the products they list online available in stock in their own warehouses, these stores depend on suppliers being able to provide products quickly on demand which in these trying times is a bit of a gamble.

For this reason, we now only sell products we have in stock and know we can provide rather than just 'SIM' feeding product availability from suppliers.

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, these can only be delivered to the billing address, no change of address or in-transit redirection is permitted for any consignments.

Bike Delivery

Shipping is FREE of charge on bikes (or orders containing bikes) over £499 within Mainland UK - services are available for remote UK regions, see the chart above for details.

We aim to have all the bikes we stock pre-built and available for immediate purchase online and for in-store collection, once you have ordered a bike from us one of our fully trained Cytech 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.

Upon receiving your bike, you will simply need to 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.

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