In our test in Issue #009, an outstanding performance put the MERIDA eONE-SIXTY clearly ahead of its competitors. That’s why we couldn’t wait to find out how the more affordable version compares against its competitors.
What sort of compromises are we to expect with a price difference of € 1,400, when comparing the MERIDA eONE-SIXTY 800 with the high-end eONE-SIXTY? Component choice already speaks clearly; the 800-version sports an SLX drivetrain instead of the fancy XT Di2, a RockShox suspension-system instead of the FOX Factory, cheaper wheels and less powerful brakes. Thankfully, MERIDA decided not to downgrade the tires, keeping the excellent MAXXIS Minion DHR II with a 2,8″ width. Also the Shimano STEPS E8000-motor is the same as on the top-range version and can be configured via the App, or at least partially.
The sitting position on the MERIDA eONE SIXTY 800 combines a steep seat-angle (75°), long head-tube (140 mm) and long reach (460mm in an L), combined with a short 35 mm stem. The sitting position is very centred and upright. Optimal weight distribution between bars and saddle allows for long, pleasant hours of riding. In Trail-Mode, the Shimano motor delivers its power effectively and suits pretty much 90 % of all riding situations, which makes switching in between modes almost redundant. The MERIDA is great on the climbs as well as excelling on downhill sections too. With short 439 mm chainstays, the bike literally carves through corners and makes direction changes quick, easy and precise. The RockShox Super Deluxe-shock is indistinguishable from the FOX X2-Factory found on the high-end version and irons out trails it hits without fuss. Root-sections and rock-gardens simply disappear on this bike– no matter how fast you steam through them. Long-distance riders might want to consider swapping the super-short 35-mm stem for a slightly longer one.
The MERIDA eONE-SIXTY 800 in detail
Fork RockShox Yari RC 160 mm
Rear shock RockShox Super Deluxe R 155 mm
Motor / Battery Shimano Steps M8000 / 500 Wh
Brakes Shimano SLX
Drivetrain Shimano XT/SLX
Seatpost MERIDA Expert Dropper
Stem MERIDA Expert SS 45 45 mm
Handlebar MERIDA Expert 760 mm
Tires MAXXIS DHR2 2,8″
Rims / Hubs MERIDA Expert TP / Shimano Deore Boost
Exactly as its bigger sister did in the last test, the MERIDA eONE-SIXTY impressed with outstanding handling qualities and great component choice. Less experienced riders will appreciate the safe riding feel, while more experienced and aggressive riders will revel in the fantastic handling. At a very reasonable price of €4,199 the MERIDA eONE-SIXTY 800 will make everyone happy. A clear test winner!
– Outstanding downhill performance
– Carefully picked components
– Top price/performance ratio
– Stem a little too short for long rides
For more Information head to: merida-bikes.com
For an overview of the test fleet head to the main article: 11 E-MTBs under € 5,000 in Comparison
All bikes in test: Bergamont E-Trailster 8.0 | CENTURION No Pogo E2000 27+ | FOCUS JAM² 29 | Giant Full-E+0 Pro | Haibike SDURO AllMtn 7.0 | KTM MACINA Kapoho LT 273 | NOX Bike EDT 5.1 Hybrid | SCOTT E-Genius 720 Plus | Specialized Turbo Levo FSR 6FATTIE | Trek Powerfly 8 FS
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Words & Photos: Christoph Bayer