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New ONE-FORTY breaks cover
Our new mid travel bike – the ONE-FORTY – that fills the gap in our ‘Float Link’ suspension line-up between the ONE-TWENTY and ONE-SIXTY has broken cover. The international cycling press had the opportunity to view as well as test ride the new bike at the Eurobike Media days, and it started to attract attention from the likes of Pinkebike (story here), BIKE Germany (story here) and Off-Road.cc (intro video here).
The test crew from UK online powerhouse Singletrackworld.com took it one step further as they combined a recent visit to our R&D offices in Magstadt (Germany) with some testing miles on the local trails of the MERIDA R&D team to see what the ONE-FORTY is all about.
Here a few out-takes from their very comprehensive article:
‘Progression to the rear travel is excellent. Despite using full travel on several occasions, I never once felt the rear shock bottom out. Much of this has to do with the Float Link suspension design, which sees the lower shock mount rotate away from the rocker link as it passes through the travel, therefore making the most of those last few mm’s of travel.’
‘It’s got a great fun-loving attitude that makes you want to carve into the corners and pop out of the exit, and because it isn’t massively long or burdened with larger diameter hoops, it’s quite happy changing direction when you need to bank it from a left to a right-handed corner.’
‘…early signs are very positive, and it’s clear that Merida has invested a lot of time and R&D into making this bike capable in a way that’s both practical and progressive at the same time.’
Read the full story here and keep an eye out for some more comprehensive testing and reviews by the leading MTB magazines and websites.