Merida Has A Brand New One-Twenty Trail Bike For 2019

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Merida has a brand new One-Twenty trail bike for 2019, and with a raft of frame and suspension updates, this one promises to be even more the versatile and capable all-rounder.

Like the previous version, this one sticks with 120mm of rear suspension travel (the clue’s in the name), a 130mm travel fork up front, and it’ll come in both 27.5in and 29in wheelsize options. It’s the bike in Merida’s range that has perhaps the widest range of intended uses, designed to go the distance, efficiently as well being confidence inspiring on more technically demanding terrain, both on the ups and the downs. With trail riding becoming more demanding and riders asking for more from their bikes, that’s quite a tall order! What has Merida done to strike this balance?

Whilst there are strong visual similarities with the outgoing version this has been a ground up re-design. There have been changes and tweaks throughout and some are easier to spot than others. Looking at Merida’s mountain bike range it’s clear to see a family resemblance – the One-Twenty has a similar look to both the One-Forty & One-Sixty platforms, and shares some features of the XC race bike, the 96.

The Merida One-Twenty returns for 2019 with a completely new frame and fresh geometry.

2019 Merida One-Twenty Features

  • New 120mm travel trail bike
  • Available with 29in wheels (S, M, L, XL) or 27.5in wheels (S, M)
  • Carbon, Carbon/Alloy, and Alloy frame options available
  • Two-piece Aluminium rocker
  • Float Link suspension design with lower leverage, and increased progression
  • Metric rear shock with trunnion mount
  • 120mm rear travel
  • 130mm fork travel
  • Head angle: 67.3° (29in), 66.8° (27.5in)
  • Seat angle: 75.5° (29in), 75° (27.5in)
  • Chainstay length: 435mm (29in), 430mm (27.5in)
  • Boost axle spacing for front & rear wheels.
  • Increased tyre clearance: room for 2.35in wide tyres
  • Water bottle mount inside the front triangle
  • Frame protection for impact protection & noise reduction
  • Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large
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There’s room for a water bottle inside the mainframe, even with the dropped top tube.

Key Updates

There’s an been an eye to detail and consideration given to ease of servicing.

The geometry has been changed with a focus on increasing performance in technical sections of trail. Standover has been reduced and reach increased. Head angles have slackened for more confidence and stability in more demanding terrain whilst chainstay length has reduced by 10mm for improved agility and a playful ride characteristic.

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Frame geometry for the 2019 Merida One-Twenty.

Tyre clearance has been opened up, with room for 2.35in rubber across all sizes. The One-Twenty will be offered in four sizes with 29in wheels, though like other mountain bike brands, Merida is offering the One-Twenty with 27.5in wheels for the smaller sizes too, so Small and Medium riders will have their choice of wheelsize.

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The rear shock ‘floats’ between the rocker link and the chainstay.
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The chainstay has been beefed up for added stiffness, and is 10mm shorter too.

With suspension, it’s a case of if it ain’t broke, then no need to reinvent. The Float Link suspension is the same system as before but changes to a lower leverage ratio. In addition it’s been engineered to have a more supportive mid-stroke and more progression towards the end, partially because modern air shocks like the RockShox Deluxe have gotten bigger and more linear. Bearing sizes have grown, and the rear shock is now of a metric variety, while relying on a trunnion mount with the rocker link – just like the One-Forty and One-Sixty models.

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Up front is a 130mm travel fork.
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Aggressive Minion DHR II Wide Trail tyres come on the front of select models.

Frame Options

The One-Twenty is offered in three different material options;

  • CF4 – Carbon main frame and rear triangle (9000 and 8000 models)
  • CFA – Carbon main frame and aluminium rear triangle (6000 model)
  • LITE – Aluminium main frame and aluminium rear triangle (800, XT edition, 600, 500 and 400 models)

The new CF4 carbon frame is claimed to be 400g lighter than the previous One-Twenty, while the LITE alloy frame remains at a similar weight. Both the CF4 and CFA models are 1x drivetrain specific whilst the LITE alloy models work with 2x drivetrains. All share the same two piece aluminium rocker, and new oversized chainstays that increase the back end’s stiffness and durability.

Other details for the new One-Twenty frame include a BB92 bottom bracket, post mount rear brake tabs for a 180mm rotor, and a heavily kinked top tube that provides more standover clearance. All frames come with new rubber armouring around the chainstay, seatstay and underside of the downtube.

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Spot the rubber armour inside the drive-side chainstay and seatstay.
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Neatly mounted rear brake calliper.

Build Kits

There will be no fewer than eight different specification levels and 29er/27.5er wheel size options for the XT edition, 600, 500 and 400.

The top spec 9000 model is built with a long distance/ride all day focus and as such has a specification focused on maximum weight saving and lightweight fast rolling Continental Mountain King tyres. The XT edition is also built to go far. It features a 2x drivetrain and tyres with a low profile fast rolling tread pattern also, this time Maxxis Forekaster’s.

There’s different specifications offered with key components fitted to better align with either long distance/trail use. One-Twenty trail specification models feature shorter stems, wide rims and wide ‘n’ grippy front tyres.

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Short stem and wide bars come as standard on all models.

2019 Merida One-Twenty 9000

  • Frame // CF4 Carbon Fibre Frame, 120mm Travel
  • Fork // Fox 34 Float Step-Cast, Factory Series, 130mm Travel
  • Shock // Fox Float DPS, Factory Series
  • Wheels // DT Swiss XCM 1200 Carbon, 30mm Internal Width
  • Tyres // Continental Mountain King
  • Drivetrain // Shimano XTR 1×12
  • Brakes // Shimano XTR
  • Seatpost // KS LEV Integra Dropper, 125mm (Small), 150mm (Medium and up)
  • RRP // £7,200
merida one-twenty 8000
The One-Twenty 8000 comes in this bold acid green colour and features carbon wheels from FSA.

2019 Merida One-Twenty 8000

  • Frame // CF4 Carbon Fibre Frame, 120mm Travel
  • Fork // RockShox Pike RCT3, 130mm Travel
  • Shock // RockShox Deluxe
  • Wheels // FSA Gradient LTD Carbon, 29mm Internal Width
  • Tyres // Maxxis Minion DHR II 2.4in WT Front & Forekaster 2.35in Rear
  • Drivetrain // SRAM X01 Eagle 1×12
  • Brakes // SRAM Code RSC
  • Seatpost // KS LEV Integra Dropper, 125mm (Small), 150mm (Medium and up)
  • RRP // £6,000
merida one-twenty 6000
The 6000 uses a carbon mainframe with an alloy back end.

2019 Merida One-Twenty 6000

  • Frame // CFA Carbon Fibre Mainframe & Alloy Swingarm, 120mm Travel
  • Fork // RockShox Revelation RC, 130mm Travel
  • Shock // RockShox Deluxe
  • Wheels // Merida Expert TR Rims, 29mm Internal Width
  • Tyres // Maxxis Minion DHR II 2.4in WT Front & Forekaster 2.35in Rear
  • Drivetrain // SRAM GX Eagle 1×12
  • Brakes // Shimano MT500
  • Seatpost // KS LEV Integra Dropper, 125mm (Small), 150mm (Medium and up)
  • RRP // £3,300
merida one-twenty 800
The 800 is the top-spec with the full alloy LITE frameset.

2019 Merida One-Twenty 800

  • Frame // LITE Alloy, 120mm Travel
  • Fork // RockShox Revelation RC, 130mm Travel
  • Shock // RockShox Deluxe
  • Wheels //Merida Expert TR Rims, 29mm Internal Width
  • Tyres // Maxxis Minion DHR II 2.4in WT Front & Forekaster 2.35in Rear
  • Drivetrain // SRAM GX Eagle 1×12
  • Brakes // Shimano MT500
  • Seatpost // KS LEV Integra Dropper, 125mm (Small), 150mm (Medium and up)
  • RRP // £2,600
merida one-twenty xt edition
Merida has also created an ‘XT Edition’ spec, which comes with a 2×11 drivetrain and Maxxis Forekaster tyres front and rear.

2019 Merida One-Twenty XT Edition

  • Frame // LITE Alloy, 120mm Travel
  • Fork // RockShox Revelation RC, 130mm Travel
  • Shock // RockShox Deluxe
  • Wheels // Merida Expert CC Rims, 22.8mm Internal Width
  • Tyres // Maxxis Forekaster EXO 2.35in Front & Rear
  • Drivetrain // Shimano Deore XT 2×11
  • Brakes // Shimano MT500
  • Seatpost // Merida Expert TR Dropper
  • RRP // £2,400
merida one-twenty 600
The deep red One-Twenty 600 still gets a 12-speed drivetrain and RockShox suspension.

2019 Merida One-Twenty 600

  • Frame // LITE Alloy, 120mm Travel
  • Fork // RockShox Sektor, 130mm Travel
  • Shock // RockShox Deluxe
  • Wheels // Merida Expert CC Rims, 22.8mm Internal Width
  • Tyres // Maxxis Forekaster EXO 2.35in Front & Rear
  • Drivetrain // SRAM NX Eagle 1×12
  • Brakes // Shimano MT500
  • Seatpost // Merida Expert TR Dropper
  • RRP // £2,000
merida one-twenty 500
A new Suntour fork and rear shock adorn the 2019 Merida One Twenty 500.

2019 Merida One-Twenty 500

  • Frame // LITE Alloy, 120mm Travel
  • Fork // Suntour Raidon, 130mm Travel
  • Shock // Suntour UNAir
  • Wheels // Merida Comp CC Rims, 22.8mm Internal Width
  • Tyres // Maxxis Forekaster EXO 2.35in Front & Rear
  • Drivetrain // Shimano Deore 2×10
  • Brakes // Shimano
  • Seatpost // Merida Expert TR Dropper
  • RRP // £1,750
merida one-twenty 400
And kicking off the 2019 One-Twenty range is the entry-level 400, which still features hydraulic disc brakes and an air-adjustable Suntour rear shock.

2019 Merida One-Twenty 400

  • Frame // LITE Alloy, 120mm Travel
  • Fork // Suntour XCR, 130mm Travel
  • Shock // Suntour UNAir
  • Wheels // Merida Comp CC Rims, 22.8mm Internal Width
  • Tyres // Maxxis Forekaster EXO 2.35in Front & Rear
  • Drivetrain // Shimano SLX 1×11 w/SunRace 11-46t Cassette
  • Brakes // Shimano
  • Seatpost // Merida Twin-Bolt
  • RRP // £1,500

So what do you guys think of the new Merida One-Twenty? Is this a trail bike with the right ingredients? Or is it not quite your style?

Our man James is currently on the ground at the 2019 Merida press launch, where he’s cutting laps aboard the brand new One-Twenty. Stay tuned for an interview with the design team behind the new bike, along with his first ride report, coming soon!

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