Wil takes us for a ride on the 2019 Merida One-Twenty test bike
Last year Merida unveiled the latest generation of its popular One-Twenty trail bike platform. Equipped with a brand new frame, carefully massaged geometry, and an updated suspension design, the One-Twenty nestles into the Merida lineup between the 96 (the XC race bike) and the One-Forty (the 150/140mm travel 27.5in trail bike).
Aiming to provide all-day pedalling efficiency in a competent chassis that’s ready for some pretty ugly terrain, the One-Twenty is equipped with 29in wheels, 120mm of rear travel, and a 120 or 130mm travel fork. It can also be had with 27.5in wheels, but only in Small and Medium frame sizes.
There are eight models in the One-Twenty lineup, kicking off with the One-Twenty 400 (£1,500 GBP / $1,999 AUD). The cheaper spec levels are built around a full alloy frame, while the top-end models feature a full carbon fibre frame.
The bike I’ve been testing over the past few weeks is the second-from-the-top model, creatively called the ‘8000’. It features a full carbon fibre frameset, carbon FSA wheels, a RockShox suspension package, and SRAM Code RSC disc brakes.
Merida One-Twenty Features
- CF3 carbon fibre frameset
- Float Link suspension design w/trunnion mounted shock
- Low average leverage ratio of 2.18:1
- 120mm rear travel
- Designed for 120-130mm travel forks
- Head angle: 67.3°
- Seat angle: 75.5°
- Chainstay length: 435mm
- Reach: 415mm (S), 435mm (M), 455mm (L) and 475mm (XL)
- PF92 bottom bracket shell
- Internal cable routing with bolt-up alloy ports
- Includes carbon side-entry bottle cage & front mudguard
- Claimed frame weight: 2779g (Medium size including rear shock & hardware)
- Also available with 27.5in wheels (Small & Medium sizes only)
I’ve got a little bit more testing to be done on this bike in the coming few weeks, but so far I’ve been thoroughly impressed.
Having spent a good few weeks on the bike so far, I’ve been steadily honing in on suspension setup. Rather than running 30% sag as recommended, I’ve been trying the RockShox Deluxe shock at 25%. Although the extra 10psi has reduced some of the small-bump sensitivity, I’m finding the bike to feel more sprightly as a result.
I’ve also been changing volume and pressures on the Pike fork, since it was too firm out of the box for my liking. Turns out the DebonAir spring came fitted with three Bottomless Tokens from the factory, which I’ve progressively removed over the course of 2-3 rides. Now I’m at zero Tokens, the fork is feeling much more active and better balanced with the lively rear suspension feel.
Got any questions for me about the Merida One-Twenty? Drop them into the comments section below, and I’ll get them answered ASAP!
2019 Merida One-Twenty 8000 Specs
- Frame // CF4 Carbon Fibre, 120mm Travel
- Fork // RockShox Pike RCT3, 130mm Travel
- Shock // RockShox Deluxe RT, 185x55mm, Trunnion Mount
- Hubs // FSA Gradient LTD, 110x15mm Front & 148x12mm Rear
- Rims // FSA Gradient LTD, 29mm Internal Width, Tubeless Ready
- Tyres // Maxxis DHR II 3C MaxxTerra EXO 2.4in WT Front & Forekaster EXO 2.35in Rear
- Crankset // SRAM Descendant, 32t X-Sync 2 Chainring
- Rear Mech // SRAM XO1 Eagle, 12-Speed
- Shifters // SRAM XO1 Eagle, 12-Speed
- Cassette // SRAM Eagle, 10-50t, 12-Speed
- Brakes // SRAM Code RSC, 180mm rotors
- Stem // Merida Expert TR, 60mm Length
- Bars // Merida Expert TR, 20mm Rise, 760mm Wide
- Grips // Merida Lock-On
- Seatpost // KS LEV Integra, 150mm Travel
- Saddle // ProLogo Nago X20
- Size Tested // Medium
- Sizes Available // Small, Medium, Large, X-Large
- Confirmed Weight // 12.69kg / 27.92lb
- RRP // £6,000 / $6,999 AUD