The updated geometry and frame design gives the bike a very playful character, but it is still precise and lightning fast. In comparison to its well-rounded predecessor which was already a fantastic descender, the new ONE-TWENTY is even more capable on the downhills and loves everything from fast, flowy singletrack to rooty and rocky enduro tracks.
Due to its low weight and fantastic power delivery, it is a hugely capable long distance bike – particularly the new full carbon version. MERIDA offers this new ‘jack of all trades’ from the super light full carbon top-end model via a carbon/aluminium option all the way to the more budget-friendly all aluminium version. No complex setup or adjustments are needed.
The new ONE-TWENTY is equipped with a new oversized chain stay design which increases the rear end stiffness of the frame dramatically and improves durability as well.
The ONE-TWENTY has gone through the toughest MERIDA lab test - the ROBF (10)
- Old ONE-TWENTY: 150 000 cycles
- New ONE-TWENTY: 300 000 with 20% higher loads
- When a frame passes the ROBF test, it will pass other European tests without any problems › even at Zedler Advanced Plus where frames are tested up to system weight of 140kg
Stiffness and Weight
- The second target was to offer a lighter top-level frame. The CF4 level is around 400g lighter than the old ONE-TWENTY and impresses through increased stiffness and durability.
- Aluminium is a little bit heavier as the old ONE-TWENTY but much more durable and stiffer.
The chain stays are 10 mm shorter resulting in a more playful bike which still offers the perfect balance between being a great climber and an agile trail bike.
Lower Leverage Ratio
A lower leverage ratio has the effect that the rear shock can be ridden with less air pressure. This is especially beneficial for heavy riders as they don’t have to go up to the max. air pressure to find their prefered setting. The shock is also easier to adjust as less air escapes when the shock pump is removed. Because if the valve is relieved less air is disappearing.
A more high end and futuristic looking appearance that fits into the MERIDA full suspension design language/line-up which was first introduced on the ONE-SIXTY.
Optimized for 1X
The frame is optimized for 32T chainrings = minimal bobbing and pedal kickback.
Low Stand Over Height
To give the rider more confidence and more room to manoeuvre out on the trail.
- The head tube angle has been slackened from 69 (29er) to 67.3 degrees, improving the descending skills of the ONE-TWENTY even further.
- The chain stays are 10 mm shorter resulting in a more playful bike which still offers the perfect balance between being a great climber and an agile trail bike.
More clearance has been created to allow 2.35" tire to be run on wider rims.
Protection and Quietness
More protection has been added to the lower frame, BB area, seat and chain stays to improve durability but also to make the bike even quieter when ridden on rough surfaces.
The geometry of the new ONE-TWENTY hits the sweet spot between being a super capable trail bike and a fast and reliable long distance machine. The further reduced standover height improves manoeuvrability when the trail gets demanding while the slacked head angle makes the bike an even better descender. Reduced weight and improved stiffness help turning every pedal stroke into forward motion.
The new Merida 120 models are expected to arrive in South Africa in September 2018.