When Merida first introduced the Big.Trail, it served as the brand’s entry into the world of 27.5+. Recently though, in an effort to create a hardtail mountain bike worthy of more challenging terrain, Merida says that their R&D team met with some top UK retailers to discuss the future of the platform. Unsurprisingly, the result is an all new frame design that moves on from 27.5+ to 29″ wheels with meaty tires, a long travel fork, and modern trail geometry – plus a few other trick features.

Merida Big.Trail hardtail mountain bike complete

Starting with an aluminum frame, the Big.Trail is built for big trail fun on a budget. Designed around a 140mm travel suspension fork (though compatible with 120-150mm) and with clearance for 29 x 2.5″ tires, the frame sticks with Boost 148mm hub spacing and a 55mm chain line.

Merida Big.Trail hardtail mountain bike head tube Merida Big.Trail hardtail mountain bike bottom bracket

Frame details include internal cable routing, a BSA threaded 73mm bottom bracket, 30.9mm internally routed dropper post, and is specified as 1x only and includes a seat tube mounted chain guide.

Merida Big.Trail hardtail mountain bike SRAM UDH

It also features the SRAM Universal Derailleur Hanger (UDH), which we first saw at the end of last year. As a refresher, the design is pretty intriguing and is an attempt at a truly universal derailleur hanger standard. Even though the hanger is SRAM’s design, the Big.Trail will only come equipped with Shimano drivetrains.

Merida Big.Trail hardtail mountain bike bottle mount Merida Big.Trail hardtail mountain bike fender mount

The Big.Trail also includes a number of accessory mounts with a Double Bottle cage mount on the downtube, a Trail Mount under the top tube for accessory storage, plus hidden rack, fender, and even a kickstand mount. The high end Big.Trail also gets their multi-tool with saddle box which stashes the multi-tool under the back of the saddle.

Merida Big.Trail geometry

Designed with a low standover height, slack 65.5° head tube angle and steep 75.5° seat tube angle, the Big.Trail follows trail geometry trends with longer reach numbers and room for bigger droppers.

Merida Big.Trail 500 and 600 Merida Big.Trail 200 and 400

The Big.Trail will be offered in four builds with prices ranging from €849-€1,599.

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