The MERIDA eONE-SIXTY 900E is one of the best eMTB to be released in recent years. It’s managed to secure itself several titles in our group tests and left the competition behind. But the competition hasn’t slept and so we were particularly excited to see whether the almost unchanged MERIDA can still hold its own.

For more information on the group test head to: The best eMTB you can buy

MERIDA eONE-SIXTY 900E | 22.28 kg | € 7,499

“Don’t change a winning team”, is probably what MERIDA thought when they left the eONE-SIXTY unchanged, except for an update to the decals and the cockpit. They really had no reason to make any changes, since there was nothing for us to fault with regards to the build spec of the € 6,499 bike. It comes with FOX Factory suspension with 160 mm travel, a Shimano XT Di2 drivetrain with an 11-46 cassette and a sturdy DT Swiss HX1501 wheelset.

Still a powerhouse – in terms of trail performance, the MERIDA doesn’t have to hide from the competition

The 22.16 kg bike is powered by a Shimano STEPS E8000 motor, which receives its power from an external 504 Wh battery positioned on the down tube. Unfortunately, there is no room left for a bottle cage. While many other eMTBs now come with mixed wheel sizes, MERIDA continues to use 2.8″ wide, 27.5″ MAXXIS tires – nothing wrong with that.

MERIDA eONE-SIXTY 900E in Detail

Fork FOX 36 Factory GRIP2 160 mm
Rear shock FOX FLOAT Factory DPX2 155 mm
Motor/Battery Shimano STEPS E 8000 504 Wh
Drivetrain Shimano XT Di2 11-speed
Brakes Shimano Saint 200/200 mm
Seat post RockShox Reverb Stealth 150 mm
Stem MERIDA Expert eTR 44 mm
Handlebar MERIDA Expert eTR 780 mm
Wheels DT Swiss HX1501 SPLINE
Tires MAXXIS Minion DHRII 27.5×2.8″

The position of the external battery on the down tube doesn’t look nicely integrated. But this shaves off some weight and allows for a lower centre of gravity. On top of that, carrying a spare is much easier seeing as the battery is more compact than the integrated version.
Target practice
You have to aim carefully to hit the right lever. The RockShox Reverb remote is particularly difficult to reach.
Very balanced
The rear suspension of the MERIDA is convincing throughout, responding sensitively and offering good feedback.
Very long
The 140 cm head tube of the MERIDA is much longer than most of its competitors’, providing an upright seating position and lots of confidence on steep terrain.

Geometry of the MERIDA eONE-SIXTY 900E

Size S M L XL
Seat tube 410 mm 430 mm 470 mm 510 mm
Top tube 583 mm 608 mm 634 mm 658 mm
Head tube 100 mm 120 mm 140 mm 160 mm
Head angle 66.5° 66.5° 66.5° 66.5°
Seat angle 75° 75° 75° 75°
Chainstay 440 mm 440 mm 440 mm 440 mm
BB Drop 13 mm 13 mm 13 mm 13 mm
Wheelbase 1,174 mm 1,202 mm 1,230 mm 1,258 mm
Reach 420 mm 440 mm 460 mm 480 mm
Stack 608 mm 626 mm 644 mm 663 mm

MERIDA eONE-SIXTY 900E in Review

Helmetet MET Roam | Backpack EVOC STAGE 12L | Jersey Nukeproof Blackline SS | Shorts Nukeproof Blackline Short | Shoes ION Rascal

Since MERIDA has left the bike unchanged, the seating position for a 180 cm tall rider on the size L bike is as upright as before and plenty comfortable. This is the result of the long head tube and the short stem. But if you think that makes the bike bad at climbing, you’d be wrong. Overall, the MERIDA climbs efficiently and the front wheel doesn’t feel like it wants to topple over despite the 35 mm stem. It is the stem, among other things, that makes the bike handle so well on the descents. As the rider you feel securely integrated between the wheels, providing you with the confidence to charge down any trail. The bike conveys huge amounts of composure and stability, even on steep terrain.

Tuning tip: Less active riders can swap the short stem for a 50mm model

Nevertheless, the MERIDA never feels sedate. It changes direction quickly and without lots of physical effort. However, in very tight spots, it needs a bit more input than the best bikes in the test field. The performance of the suspension is top class – it is sensitive while remaining high in its travel, which allows for an active riding style. If you like popping off ledges or pumping through rollers, this bike is sure to put a smile on your face. Less experienced riders benefit too with the bike always giving enough feedback about what is going on beneath it.

Riding Characteristics



  1. sluggish
  2. playful


  1. nervous
  2. stable


  1. demanding
  2. balanced

Riding fun

  1. boring
  2. lively

Motor feeling

  1. digital
  2. natural

Motor power

  1. weak
  2. strong

Value for money

  1. poor
  2. top

Technical Data

Size: S M L XL
Weight: 22.16 kg
Perm. total weight: 140 kg
Max. payload (rider/equipment): 117 kg
Motor torque: 70 Nm
Battery Capacity: 504 Wh
Travel (f/r): 160/160 mm
Wheel Size: 27.5"
Price: € 6,499

Rider type

Touring Rider 1
Trail rider 2
Extreme rider 3


The MERIDA eONE-SIXTY remains an excellent and very versatile eMTB, the handling is nicely balanced and the spec is spot on too. There are no real weaknesses to speak of and it’s still able to leave a large part of the competition behind. However, you do notice that it’s starting to get long in the tooth, and we missed the technical sophistication on offer from the best bikes in the test field.


  • confidence inspiring in demanding terrain
  • easy, intuitive handling
  • great spec


  • no space for a bottle cage in the front triangle
  • Reverb lever difficult to reach

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For more information on the group test head to: The best eMTB you can buy

All Bikes in Test

Canyon Spectral:ON 9.0 | Focus JAM² 9.8 DRIFTERGHOST HYBRIDE SL AMR X S 7.7+ LCGiant Trance E+ 0 Pro | Haibike XDURO AllMtn 8.0 FLYON | Husqvarna HC 9.0 | Intense TazerLapierre eZesty AM LTD Ultimate | MERIDA eONE-SIXTY 900E | Mondraker Level RRScott Genius eRIDE 900 TUNED | Specialized S-Works Turbo Levo FSRThömus Lightrider E1 | Trek Powerfly LT 9.9

This article is from E-MOUNTAINBIKE issue #016

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Words: Photos: Trev Worsey