A surprisingly progressive looking Plus bike from the racey German brand

Merida have just sent us some info about some of their new bike models. Amidst all the usual bling XC carbon hardtails was this intriguing Plus bike – the Big Trail.

This is a refreshing change. Normally we’re used to hearing about Merida’s XC race weapons. Even their trail bikes are often weighted more towards the steep-angled-climber end of the spectrum. The other exception to this was their One-Forty-B enduro bike.

The new Big Trail is very much a different animal to the usual Merida XC fare.

Ignoring the Plus sized tyres for moment… this bike has a 67.5 degree head angle. It runs a 130mm fork up front. It comes with 760mm wide handlebars. The stem on it is 35mm long. And yep, that’s an ISCG 05 mount down around the BB area.

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Looking at the general stance and side profile of the Big Trail it looks thoroughly modern. Long, slack and low. “Is this really a Merida?” you may well ask

Here’s how Merida describe the Big Trail: “The trail bike that ‘does without’ rear suspension. New addition to our hardtail line-up featuring a modern trail bike geometry (long – low – slag [sic]) based on a strong yet lightweight aluminium frame equipped with 130mm fork, dropper post and all rolling on supper grippy 650b+ wheels.”

We think they meant to put “slack” instead of “slag”! Maybe it was a Freudian slip.

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The Big Trail looks like it should be a really fun ride. A Plus-sized take on a downhill-focussed real trail hardtail.

Big Trail bulletpoints

  • Boost
  • 27.5 x 2.8 tyres
  • 67.5 degree head angle
  • ISCG 05
  • Impressive standover
  • Short 427.5mm chainstays
  • Merida Expert TP rims: 35mm internal width, hookless design
  • Frame weight 2,101g
  • Internally routed cables (exit in front of the BB)