MERIDA are clearly a dab hand at producing bikes, and the Taiwanese brand are one of the industry’s biggest frame producers. We’ve put the MERIDA ONE SIXTY 5000 on test to see just how good its own R&D department is.
With its lithe carbon frame and internal cable routing, the MERIDA’s design alone is enough to make you putty in its hands. Right now, the bike only comes in three sizes (S, M, L), but MERIDA have stated that an XL version will drop this fall/winter. The rear is built around a floating link design with a trunnion-mounted RockShox Super Deluxe and 160 mm of travel. Up front, there’s a RockShox Yari fork with 170 mm of travel. The rest of the spec is fairly price point, but it all performs well. However, the spec isn’t perfect: the dropper post is limited to 100 mm of drop, and the Shimano M506 brakes lacked strength and consistency on long descents. MERIDA have paired the entry-level NX drivetrain with a 10-42 cassette, which widens its gearing so you won’t feel compromised.
With a comfy position and efficient pedaling, climbing is quick whatever the gradient. With a 35 mm stem, you might be wishing for a little more length while descending so that you can shift your weight more centrally and get more weight over the front wheel. Steering is responsive at all speeds, and it’s more rapid than a hare through tight turns. The high bottom bracket isn’t ideal when trying to pitch the bike into corners and berms at speed; lower would be better.
The slack 65.3° head angle on the ONE-SIXTY gives the goods when the trail steepens. Packing so much travel, the suspension works well together and even though the rear isn’t the plushest, it does give sufficient mid-stroke support, plus good feedback and traction while braking.
The MERIDA ONE SIXTY 5000 in detail
Fork Rock Shox Yari RC 170 mm
Shock Rock Shox Super Deluxe R 165 mm
Brakes Shimano M506
Drivetrain Sram NX
Seatpost MERIDA Expert Dropper 100 mm
Stem MERIDA Expert TR 35
Handlebar MERIDA Expert TR 760 mm
Tires Maxxis Minion DHR II TR EXO 3C / Minion DHR II TR EXO Dual
Wheelset MERIDA Expert TR
The geometry of the MERIDA ONE SIXTY 5000
|Seat Tube||400 mm||430 mm||470 mm|
|Top Tube [A]||563 mm||597 mm||632 mm|
|Head Angle [D]||65.3 °||65.3 °||65.3 °|
|Seat Angle [B]||68.5 °||68.5 °||68.5 °|
|Chainstays [C]||430 mm||430 mm||430 mm|
|BB Drop [J]||6 mm||6 mm||6 mm|
|Wheelsbase [E]||1166 mm||1201 mm||1237 mm|
|Reach [G]||415 mm||445 mm||475 mm|
|Stack [H]||592 mm||601 mm||614 mm|
|Wheel Size [F]||27.5″||27.5″||27.5″|
With a frame and geometry that are wholly on point, the MERIDA ONE-SIXTY 5000 serves up a great option for those looking for a versatile, fun bike. Keep your budget in mind though, as you’ll have to shell out for a longer dropper post and more powerful brakes.
– Fun, balanced handling
– Amazing-looking frame
– Potent rear suspension
– Short dropper post
– Braking power
For more info head to: merida-bikes.com!
The test fleet
For an overview of the test fleet head to the main article: SOOOOO F#%$&NG ENDURO: 11 Enduro Bikes under € 4,000 in Review
All bikes in test: Bergamont ENCORE 9.0 | Canyon Strive CF 7.0 Race | Giant Reign 1.5 LTD | Propain Tyee CF Free | Radon SWOOP 170 10.0 | Rose UNCLE JIMBO 3 | Specialized Enduro Comp 29 | Trek Remedy 9 Race Shop Limited | VOTEC VE ELITE 2017 | YT CAPRA CF PRO
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