For 2010, Merida releases two amazing bikes as an addition to their quality product line. The first one is a carbon hardtail and the other is a 120mm full suspension bike.
Aptly named One-Twenty, the 120mm bike was designed to carry the tag of a do-it-all bike for various types if riding. Merida is marketing the bike as the one ride you can use whether you want it for a 24-hour race event or simply for some backcountry trail riding.
The One-Twenty has an aluminium frame and other aluminium hardware to keep the weight light. It has Merida’s new 3D rocker linkage with a single pivot design.
The price range for the full suspension bike varies from £1,123.90 to £2,247.82. This is dependent on which fork, brakes and other parts you prefer to have. You can choose from having a Fox FRL 120mm fork, an SR Epicon LOD fork, X-Fusion 02RC shock, SLX brakes, RP2 shock, Shimano XT kit and and an FSA finishing kit.
The O.Nine hardtail is the carbon bike to get if you want to get ahead in a race. It is now used by the Multivan Merida Biking Team at World Cup races. The great news about the O.Nine is that it is over 200g lighter than the Carbon FLX hardtail. The new hardtail only weighs 930g.
The hardtail has an 80mm fork with the rear stays remain to be horizontally stiff and stable, allowing only a minute degree of vertical allowance. It also has a BB30 bottom bracket and the seat tube is butted. The width of the BB shell was tapered to 31.9mm at the clamp. A 10mm of flex is achieved when the seat is used with the new Ultralight seat post.
If you choose the high-end Team-D with a Manitou R7 MRD fork, Avid Elixir CR carbon brakes, and SRAM X-0, it will cost you over £4000. An affordable Shimano XT specced 3000-D version is available as well. You can also get the frame separately for £1788.03.