2013 Full Suspension Preview
Merida 2013 MTB Full Suspension
2013 heralds a revolution for Merida’s Full Suspension bikes…… With more innovative engineering, design and construction than ever before. There are 4 completely new suspension platforms, and an all new and exclusive VPK suspension system, you can expect to see more than just our race winning 26” and 29er hardtails tearing up the trails this season. Whether it be the devastating One-Sixty VPK equipped bike, or the UK friendly One-Forty trailcentre destroyer, through to the all-new Big 99 FS bike. We have the perfect suspension system and a stunning complete full suspension bike for you. Our engineers have paired relevant suspension technologies for each travel category to optimise your riding experience and enjoyment and deliver more smiles per mile. At the end of the day that’s why we love this sport as much as you do.
Rapidly becoming the go-to option for those who like to ride the gnarl of the Scottish Highlands/ the Lakes, or the lift accessed trails of Alpine Europe. The all new One-Sixty VPK suspension platform pedals like a shorter travel bike even with the shock fully open, and then destroys everything in its path like a mini-downhill bike. ISCG mounts and internal routing for all cabling including Hydraulic dropper post plus post-mount rear disc mounts for 180mm rotors, and the obligatory tapered steerer headtube. Lightweight, pedalable and yet big-mountain capable – this is the new benchmark machine for the enduro/light free-ride set.
Full XT Group complimented by Mavic’s awesome Crossmax SX Trail Wheelset and benchmark Fox shocks front and rear plus the all new Rockshox Reverb Stealth Seatpost (routed internally for super clean lines). Gravity components round out the cockpit and Schwalbe Fat Albert tyres keep you rubber side down. A no -holds barred specification for a no-holds barred enduro weapon.
Frame: One Sixty-D-Single BSC VPP A-Link Size: 17-19 Shock: Float CTD BV SV - Performance Fork: 34 TALAS 26 CTD FIT-Performance 120-160 15mm taper Brakes F/R: Shimano XT-Fin 203 / 180 Chainwheel: Shimano XT 38-24 Chainguard: Truvativ ChainGuide Dereillieur F/R: Shimano XT H-Bar: FSA Gravity lite OS 740 R15 H-B Stem: FSA Gravity lite Hubs: Mavic CrossMax SX disc Rims: Mavic CrossMax SX disc INTL F15-R12 Saddle: Prologo Scratch X14 STN Seatpost: Rock Shox Reverb Stealth Shifters: Shimano XT Tyres: Schwalbe Flat Albert 2.4 Evo fold
Shares the same awesome One-Sixty chassis with its bigger brother the 3000D but this time with an SLX/ XT component spec to deliver maximum performance and enjoyment without unnecessarily straining your bank balance. 160mm of travel is tamed by a Fox Float Rear shock and SR’s top of the range Durolux model up front. Mountain taming performance in a stunning value for money package. Frame: One Sixty-D-Single BSC VPP A-Link Size: 17-19 Shock: Float CTD BV SV - Performance Fork: SR Durolux RC2 160 20mm taper Brakes F/R: Shimano M596 203 / 180 Chainwheel: Shimano SLX 38-24 Chainguard: Truvativ ChainGuide Dereillieur F/R: Shimano SLX / XT H-Bar: FSA Gravity lite OS 740 R15 H-B Stem: FSA Gravity lite Hubs: Shimano XT Rims: Alex ESD23 disc Saddle: Prologo Scratch X14 STN Seatpost: KS DropZone 31.6 Shifters: Shimano SLX Tyres: Schwalbe Flat Albert 2.4 Evo fold
The staple Merida full suspension model gets a make-over and then some………again we utilise our all new 2013 VPK suspension platform and again it is optimised to perform perfectly in this do-it-all suspension category. Pedalling performance is second to none as is small bump response/traction. Point the bike downhill having breezed the uphill, and this machine eats up technical trail features maintaining its composure in a way that belies its 140mm travel. The final platform in the all – new VPK category delivers what we expect to become benchmark suspension performance to perhaps the largest potential audience.
Go get the VPK performance edge – and rule the trails.
SLX based group mated with winning suspension performance from Fox tuned exclusively to complement our 140mm VPK suspension platform. A KS Dropper seat post clearly signals this bikes downhill aspirations/ capabilities. If you want a willing partner in crime to destroy technical trails either at a trail centre or out in the wilds. Or if you simply like the reassurance of having just over 6 inches of travel underneath you when the going gets rough – then this is the bike for you. Frame: One Forty-D-Single BSC VPP A-Link R12 Size: 17-19 Shock: Float CTD SV (No BV) - Evolution Fork: 32 Float 26 CTD O/C - Evolution 150 15mm Taper Brakes F/R: Shimano SLX 180 / 180 Chainwheel: Shimano SLX 42-32-24 Dereillieur F/R: Shimano SLX H-Bar: MERIDA pro OS 710 R15 H-B Stem: MERIDA pro E OS 7 Hubs: Shimano SLX Rims: Mavic EN321 disc Saddle: Prologo Scratch X14 STN Seatpost: KS DropZone 31.6 Shifters: Shimano SLX Tyres: Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.35 performance fold
Rockshox Sektor forks paired with a Fox Float rear shock and Shimano SLX based components make for a hard-charging specification all hung on the same stunning 140mm, Hydroformed, 6066 Alloy, Merida VPK frame. Primed and ready to give you all the ammunition you need to become top dog on your home trails. A svelte do-it-all full suspension machine that will be the go-to option for all that are lucky enough to own one. Frame: One Forty-D-Single BSC VPP A-Link R12 Size: 17-19 Shock: Float CTD SV (No BV) - Evolution Fork: Rock Shox Skector TK Q SA140 -taper Brakes F/R: Shimano M505 180 / 180 Chainwheel: Shimano M552-10 42-32-24 Dereillieur F/R: Shimano SLX / XT H-Bar: MERIDA pro OS 710 R15 H-B Stem: MERIDA pro E OS 7 Hubs: Shimano M435 / SLX Rims: Mavic EN321 disc Saddle: Prologo Scratch X14 STN Seatpost: MERIDA pro K SB0 31.6 Shifters: Shimano SLX Tyres: Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.35 performance fold
Light enough to race with enough travel to tame all but the gnarliest rock gardens, these bikes have proven to be hugely popular for keen MTB trail riders. Featuring, Merida Optimised Ride Engineering (M.O.R.E.) to optimise suspension performance frame size by frame size. The 120mm platform delivers full travel in a composed and supple way without harsh bottom out or undue influence from pedalling. Stunning sculptural lines and clever design have minimised frame weight to just 2.5kg and maximised suspension performance and durability.
Fox shocks front and rear plus a Mavic Crossride Wheelset deliver top-end performance at a winning price. XT components plus a smattering of highly rated SLX parts, ready to race, roost or just plain ride - straight out of the box.
Frame: One-Twenty Pro-D-Single BC A-Link Size: 16-18-20 Shock: Float CTD BV SV - Performance Fork: 32 Float 26 CTD O/C - Evolution 120 Taper Brakes F/R: Shimano SLX 180 / 180 Chainwheel: Shimano XT 42-32-24 Dereillieur F/R: Shimano XT H-Bar: MERIDA pro OS 680 R15 H-B Stem: MERIDA pro E OS 7 Hubs: Mavic Crossride disc cen Rims: Mavic Crossride disc Saddle: Prologo Kappa Evo Seatpost: MERIDA carbon K SB0 31.6 Shifters: Shimano XT Tyres: Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.25 Evo fold
Shimano SLX, Manitou, Avid and Schwalbe deliver a fully loaded specification on the same high-end frame shared by the XT-M model. Unbelievable value and performance from a UK trail classic, complete with 30 speed transmission and air shocks front and rear. Frame: One-Twenty comp-D BC A-Link Size: 16-18-20 Shock: SR Epicon LORP Fork: Manitou Minute Expert TS air 130 taper Brakes F/R: Avid Elixir 1 180 / 180 Chainwheel: Shimano M552-10 42-3224 Dereillieur F/R: Shimano SLX / XT H-Bar: MERIDA pro OS 680 R15 H-B Stem: MERIDA pro E OS 7 Hubs: Shimano M475 disc Rims: Merida XCD Lite Saddle: MERIDA Pro SI Seatpost: MERIDA pro K SB0 31.6 Shifters: Shimano SLX Tyres: Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.25 Performance fold
The replacement for the legendary Ninety-Six full suspension XC race bike and the first suspension platform to be optimised for modern 2x10 Transmissions. Uber-lightweight thanks to cutting edge carbon design and canny engineering features like a shared lower shock-mount and main pivot cunningly designed to remain in-situ even when the lower shock mount is de-coupled.
Ninety-Nine Carbon Team-D
It would take a mighty effort to unseat an undisputed world-beater like the Ninety-Six from its throne, but having ridden the Ninety-Nine I believe the Merida engineers may just have done it.
A no expense spared team bike from its ultra light innertubes to its full SRAM XX group dripping with Carbon and Titanium fixings as standard. Pro-favoured features like a BB30 bottom bracket shell deliver a low Q-Factor and team sponsor PRC Components compliment this with their superlight carbon monorail seatpost design. There is no faster way to make rapid progress off-road. Frame: 99 carbon superlite-D BB30 Size: 18-20 Shock: Rock Shox Monarch XX X-lock MMX right Fork: Rock Shox SID XX 100 X-lock MMX left Taper Brakes F/R: Sram XX 180 / 160 Chainwheel: Sram XX 42-28 BB30 Dereillieur F/R: Sram XX H-Bar: PRC Team Rise bar 680 R15 H-B Stem: PRC Team OS 7 Hubs: DT Swiss 240s cen Rims: Alex XCR Supercom Saddle: Selle Italia SLR Monolink Seatpost: PRC monolink carbon superlite 27.2 Shifters: Sram XX Tyres: Maxxis Aspen Exception 2.1
Ninety-Nine Pro XT-Edition
A Privateer’s race/marathon bike par excellence. 2x10 Shimano XT transmission makes light work of your training or race day exploits and the rest of the components keep it good company, full carbon front triangle and stunningly formed 6066 alloy rear deliver scintillating race day performance.
Frame: 99 carbon-Hydra-D Size: 18-20 Shock: DT M212 38 ABS w/remote Fork: 32 Float 26 CTD O/C - Evolution 100 Taper Brakes F/R: Shimano M596 180 / 160 Chainwheel: Shimano XT 40-28 Dereillieur F/R: Shimano XT H-Bar: FSA Afterburner Rise R15 680 H-B Stem: MERIDA pro E OS 7 Hubs: Shimano M595 cen Rims: Merida XCD Lite Saddle: Selle Italia X1 Seatpost: MERIDA carbon K SB0 27.2 Shifters: Shimano XT Tyres: Schwalbe Racing Ralph performance 2.1 fold
Clearly inspired by the devastatingly effective Ninety-Nine model, but using totally new tube profiles custom engineered to deal with the unique stresses a 29er full suspension bike manages out on the trail. The result? 106mm of super smooth rear wheel travel with a super-stiff and playful frame design that urges you to go fast, and exhibits none of the shortcomings 29ers are alleged to suffer from (poor form in slow speed technical trails). Quite the opposite in fact – this bike airs and manuals with aplomb and encourages carving progress on even the most technical trails.
Click on the screen to watch the preview video of the Big 99 and the One-Sixty prototypes.
Big 99 Pro- XT-D
A Carbon front triangle designed from the ground up with cross-sections designed to enhance ride quality and torsional stiffness to reach “best-in-class” standing. A custom valved DT Swiss 212 rear shock plus the omnipresent Fox 32 front fork, deliver trail-taming traction and control in spades. Whilst the XT transmission, super-light Carbon Seat post and Maxxis Crossmark Tyres ensure comfortable, fast-rolling progress off-road.
Big 99 1000-D
Frame: Big 99 carbon/Hydra-D R12 Size: 17-19-21 Shock: DT M212 38 ABS w/remote Fork: 32 Float 29 CTD O/C- Evolution 100 Taper Brakes F/R: Shimano M596 180 / 180 Chainwheel: Shimano XT 42-32-24 Dereillieur F/R: Shimano XT H-Bar: MERIDA pro OS 680 Flat H-B Stem: MERIDA Pro K OS -16AD Hubs: Shimano SLX cen Rims: XCD lite Big29 D Saddle: Selle Italia X1 Seatpost: MERIDA carbon K SB0 31.6 Shifters: Shimano XT Tyres: Maxxis Crossmark 29er 2.1 fold
Shimano SLX gearing, Fox Fork, DT Swiss rear shock – it is almost a case of “why pay more”. Of course there are more expensive bikes in the range, but this machine is a more than capable race/marathon/trail bike at a price that will not see a Decree Nisi coming your way from the wife’s solicitor!
Frame: Big 99 comp Hydra-D-single R12 Size: 17-19-21 Shock: DT M212 38 ABS w/remote Fork: 32 Float 29 CTD O/C- Evolution 100 Taper Brakes F/R: Shimano M596 180 / 180 Chainwheel: Shimano M522 octa 42-32-24 Dereillieur F/R: Shimano SLX / XT H-Bar: MERIDA pro OS 680 Flat H-B Stem: MERIDA Pro K OS -16AD Hubs: Shimano SLX cen Rims: XCD lite Big29 D Saddle: MERIDA Pro SI Seatpost: MERIDA pro K SB0 31.6 Shifters: Shimano SLX Tyres: Maxxis Crossmark 29er 2.1 fold
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