New Merida Big.Trail targets fun-packed hardtail trail riding

Nowadays we often associated trail and mountain biking fun with more and sophisticated full suspension travel as modern full suspension bikes become not just more capable on the way down but also easier to pedal and more efficient on the way up.

Merida Big Trail action.jpg

 

However, the simplicity and capability of the hardtail remain a strong contender in the world of mountain biking. But it is not just at home on subdued trails or in the world of XC racing, but it also finds its way onto the more demanding tracks out there. However, to hit the more challenging trails that little bit harder, you need the right tool for the job.

 

Welcome to our new BIG.TRAIL, our take on the fun-packed, versatile, capable and rewarding trail hardtail category. Our BIG.TRAIL combines the simplicity and low maintenance of a hardtail with the capability and the fun factor of a long travel bike. For us, the BIG.TRAIL symbolises TRAIL FUN SIMPLIFIED.

 

Merida Big Trail Hero.jpg

 

The UK has been one of the driving forces in Europe if not in the world when it comes to taking hardtails on demanding trails and tracks, so it was obvious to bring leading UK dealers and our R&D team together to create our four BIG.TRAIL models. Their combined market knowledge and experience paired with the design and development know-how of our German R&D team was the perfect combination to develop this new bike for the 2021 line-up.

 

Merida Big Trail toptueb cockpit.jpg
The new aluminium BIG.TRAIL is based on 140 mm travel forks, a modern and aggressive bike geometry, long dropper posts and 29er wheels with up to 2.5” tyre clearance.

 

Frame specs:

  • BSA 73 mm bottom bracket
  • Post mount 180 mm
  • 148x12 mm boost
  • 55 mm chain line
  • Sram UDH hanger
  • 30.9 mm seat post
  • Semi-integrated headset (44/55 mm)
  • 1x only
With a 65.5° head angle for increased stability, a 75.5° seat angle for effective climbing and a reach of up to 475 mm, the geometry of the new BIG.TRAIL is aimed at aggressive trail riding as well as long days in the saddle. The super sloping top tube gives confidence, and plenty of space to manoeuver on the bike as well as allows for 150 mm dropper posts (125 mm in size S) to be fitted.

 

Merida Big Trail Geometry.png

 

Further features of the BIG.TRAIL are internal cable routing, Boost standard front and rear, space for two water bottles plus ‘Trail Mount’ inside the frame, external bottom bracket, SRAM UDH hanger, tubeless-ready rims with 29 mm inner width and 180 mm rotors front and rear.

 

Merida Big Trail water bottles.jpg

 

Local availability


The Merida BIG.TRAIL will be available in South Africa. The current schedule is for early 2021. Models and pricing will be confirmed at this time.




21 Comments

andrew5336, Aug 17 2020 09:07

Love where this trend is going  :clap:

TyronLab, Aug 17 2020 09:44

Seems like a ripper! Interested in pricing and how many shops will actually stock them, especially in GP, as it isn't a 100mm dual sus XC "racing bike". 

 

The forest green is gorgeous but the red accents make it look like a christmas tree.

JuliBoB, Aug 17 2020 10:03

Very nice and looks lekker. Hope pricing will be okay ;)

Meezo, Aug 17 2020 11:50

pinkbike has pricing

 

Price: From £800 (€849) to £1,500 (€1,599)

 

more here

https://www.pinkbike...m-hardtail.html

DieselnDust, Aug 17 2020 12:05

looks like a lot of fun that could hide under the Christmas tree for weeks before the wifes NeBiDar finds it.... :)

Chris_, Aug 17 2020 12:15

I don't like Merida's but that's a damn fine looking bike.

Meezo, Aug 17 2020 12:47

looks like a lot of fun that could hide under the Christmas tree for weeks before the wifes NeBiDar finds it.... :)

*now Bike Market

BSG, Aug 17 2020 09:59

Can't wait for my youngest to grow so that she can take my Merida over from me, that'll be my only chance of getting a new Merida. [emoji3060]

BenGraham, Aug 18 2020 09:52

This looks very nice.

iRide, Aug 27 2020 10:07

Nice! But I as good as these aggressive hardtails look, when they're made out of alu the ride from the rear end is just too harsh IMO. Make them out of steel with all the springiness and forgiveness to overcome what you're putting the front end through and I'll be their biggest fan (Same goes fro the Silverback Slade and the Commencel Meta Hardtail.)

Jewbacca, Aug 27 2020 10:32

Nice! But I as good as these aggressive hardtails look, when they're made out of alu the ride from the rear end is just too harsh IMO. Make them out of steel with all the springiness and forgiveness to overcome what you're putting the front end through and I'll be their biggest fan (Same goes fro the Silverback Slade and the Commencel Meta Hardtail.)

While I agree re the steel, I think the cost factor comes into play.

 

Maybe not the Commencal, but the slade and the Merida come in at pretty low price points as a great 'Intro' to rowdy hardtails as opposed to noobs buying an equivalent XCO bike as has always been the case.

 

Those who love the experience and get hooked will likely up grade to a more bespoke steel brand in the long run as that seems to be the 'Niche' experience. Even a company like Ragley makes a steel version and an Alu version of the exact same frames to suit price points.

MajG, Oct 22 2020 06:49

Has this been released yet in SA? bike looks saxxxy

CharldT, Oct 22 2020 07:18

Im loving it. Will have to find a way to motivate a new bike purhase with the missus as soon as they get launched locally

BSG, Oct 22 2020 09:07

I've said today for the 3rd or 4th or was it the 20th time that I can't wait for my daughter to grow tall enough so that I can pass on my current size M Merida TFS900 29er to her for me to have an excuse to buy myself a new bike. [emoji1787]

MajG, Oct 22 2020 09:25

I have 3 boys, so thats future bike excuses lined up.

All hand me downs as dad gets a new bike lol

Me rida my bicycle, Oct 23 2020 12:03

I've said today for the 3rd or 4th or was it the 20th time that I can't wait for my daughter to grow tall enough so that I can pass on my current size M Merida TFS900 29er to her for me to have an excuse to buy myself a new bike. [emoji1787]

buy another bike and tell your wife you bought it for her so she can join you as you want to spend more time with her.😁

Chadvdw67, Oct 23 2020 07:26

I have 3 boys, so thats future bike excuses lined up.
All hand me downs as dad gets a new bike lol


This makes me think of a picture my buddy sent me.... Screenshot_20201023_072456.jpg

MajG, Oct 23 2020 08:12

Hahhahaha

Thats me yeah

BSG, Oct 23 2020 09:02

buy another bike and tell your wife you bought it for her so she can join you as you want to spend more time with her.[emoji16]

Tried that, she hates cycling and it was a nice full suspension Merida.[emoji3061][emoji44][emoji3064][emoji1787]

PjT, Nov 20 2020 12:19

Anybody know anything about when these will be available in SA?

martinza, Nov 20 2020 08:15

From Merida:

 
The Big Trail range will arrive around MARCH next year (2021) and the 400 and 500 will be the models offered in SA….not the 200 sorry.