Updated: 6th March 2018
A properly capable and fun electric mountain bike, the Merida eOne Sixty is built to take on the most challenging descents, but also be easily ridden to the top of the climb. It’s an electric mountain bike that has geometry taken from enduro bikes, including a slack head angle, long reach and low bottom bracket.
The Merida eOne Sixty has 155mm travel out back and a 160mm fork, with either RockShox or Fox suspension. Both the 800 and 900E models use the powerful Shimano Steps e-bike system, offering smooth power delivery and a long-lasting battery. The eOne Sixty rolls on 27.5+ wheels, benefiting from the agile smaller wheels, while gaining traction and bump absorption from the wider tyres.
Merida uses their top alloy for the eOne Sixty frame. Prolite 66 is a 6066 alloy that is both triple butted for optimum strength-to-weight and hydroformed to get the ideal shapes. The eOne Sixty is an enduro electric bike, so sports geometry that’s fit for purpose. The reach is long, and the head angle is a relatively slack 66.5°, combining to help confidence and stability when descending. The steep 75° seat angle, meanwhile, puts you in a great position for climbing.
Like every other serious electric bike, the Merida eOne Sixty has a bottom bracket mounted motor. This placement allows smoother power delivery, yet also optimises the weight distribution, keeping the extra weight low and centred. The battery is placed on the downtube, and while isn’t fully integrated, allows easy access for removal and charging. Smart Entry cable routing keeps the cables and brake hoses neatly in the frame and quiet.
One of the main advantages of using the compact Shimano motor is that Merida can maintain a regular 441mm chain stay length and a similar suspension layout to its 160mm travel non-ebikes. –
The Fox 36 RC2 fork and Float X2 shock are perfect for a bike with a lot of mass to control but no need for the rider to stand up on climbs. -
The eOne Sixty is a long travel electric bike, boasting 155mm travel in the rear and 160mm travel up front on both models. The frame has a single pivot suspension design, using a rocker link to activate the rear shock. This makes for a simple and effective design and differs from the non-electric One-Sixty in that the shock is attached to the front triangle, instead of ‘floating’ on the chainstays.
Both models use trunnion mounted shocks, which have bearings instead of bushings for smoother action. The eOne Sixty 800 has RockShox shocks, with a Super Deluxe R in the rear and a Yari RC up front. The 900E has top of the range Fox shocks, with a downhill Float X2 Factory rear shock that has both high and low speed compression, as well as rebound adjustments. Up front is a Float 36 Factory, also featuring high and low speed compression. Both shocks get Fox’s super slippery, golden Kashima coating.
Being found on more and more bikes, the Shimano Steps E8000 e-bike system delivers 250W of power and 70Nm of torque. There are three riding modes to electronically assist you along the trails. Eco offers the least, and will conserve your battery the most, while trail is the middle setting and Boost will propel you up the most difficult ascents.
The 500Wh battery is also a Shimano Steps unit and is long lasting, though the distance you’ll get out of it will vary significantly based on the mode you ride in. The Switch Unit that allows you to toggle between modes is a Shimano Di2 left shifter, which is neat and ergonomic, and the display is also from Di2 drivetrains. The Display on the 900E will be used for both the Di2 drivetrain and the Steps electric system.
[Shimano Steps is] one of the most quiet systems on the market and even under extreme pressure never makes too much noise unlike some other motors. When riding, it’s pretty anonymous in sound and the compact system doesn’t protrude in any way. -
The Shimano XT Di2 electronic groupset uses the Shimano Steps battery for power, fully integrating the electronic systems.
Both models in the Merida eOne Sixty range feature Shimano drivetrains, matching the electric motor system. The eOne Sixty 800 has an XT/SLX 11 speed drivetrain that has a wide range cassette, giving gearing for both climbing and descending. By combining XT and SLX, Merida were able to keep the price reasonable, and offer smooth and reliable shifting.
The range-topping 900E gets Shimano’s electronic XT Di2 drivetrain. This integrates with the Steps system, using the same battery and display. It is super quick shifting and the performance doesn’t degrade like mechanical systems when the cable stretches. Both bikes have 200mm rotors front and back for their disc brakes, and the 900E gets Shimano’s full on downhill oriented Saint brakes.
Both bikes get dropper seat posts, with the 800 having a house brand Merida post, and the 900E has a RockShox Reverb hydraulic dropper post. These help get the seat out the way for descending, without needing to stop and lower it manually. The cockpit is made up of Merida brand components, which are quite well thought out, especially for house brand parts.
Because of their heavier weight, e bikes are often specced with wider tyres. The Merida eOne Sixty is no different, being based around 27.5+ wheels with 2.8” tyres. The smaller wheels allow the bike to remain nimble and agile, despite the extra weight of the motor and battery.
The eOne Sixty 800 features house brand Merida rims with Shimano and Formula hubs. These rims have a wide internal diameter, and this gives the tyres a large platform to rest on. This gives the bike greater stability, as the tyre can’t fold over the sides when run with lower tyre pressures. And lower tyre pressures are necessary to take advantage of the grip on the wider 2.8” tyres on the eOne Sixty.
The eOne Sixty 900E gets DT Swiss HX1501 Spline One35 wheels, which are strong enough for the toughest trails and are built specifically for electric bikes. On both eOne Sixty models, Maxxis Minion DHR tyres are used, complete with triple compound 3C rubber and EXO casing for extra protection.
The 40mm-wide DT Swiss XM 1501s are some of our favourite durable-but-dynamic plus wheels, and triple-compound Maxxis DHR II 2.8in tyres add huge grip while remaining stable at low speeds. -
The Merida eOne Sixty is an enduro electric bike that’s built for having fun. Non-electric enduro bikes have a great bias for going down, with ascending being possible but not much fun. That’s where the eOne Sixty is different, with the Shimano Steps electric system boosting your best efforts, getting you easily to the top of the most challenging climbs.
For tackling challenging trails and all-day adventures, the eOne Sixty is a great choice, bolstering not only your power, but also confidence and ride time. Both models have no compromise build kits, allowing you to focus on riding your bike, assured in the knowledge that you can rip up the trails with absolute confidence.