Officially debuted a year ago as a 2020 e-bike model, Merida worked closely with Shimano to refine their e-enduro bike with a EP8 upgrade to the eOne-Sixty, promising boosted performance across the board. Now the popular race-ready carbon e-bike gets all the benefits of the more powerful and longer lasting EP8 e-bike powertrain

2021 Merida eOne-Sixty gets powerful Shimano EP8 upgrade

2021 Merida eOne-Sixty gets powerful Shimano EP8 upgrade trailside
c. Merida

Apparently the eOne-Sixty has been “the most decorated, tested and awarded bike in Merida’s history”. We came away impressed with the carbon mullet eMTB’s capabilities, versatility & fun riding style from last spring’s launch.

Shimano EP8 e-MTB system, lighter stronger upgraded e-bike eMTB powertrain sysetm

So can only imagine that a lighter, more powerful, and longer range update paired with the new Shimano EP8 system can only make for an even better e-bike.

So what all is new for the eOne-Sixty?

2021 Merida eOne-Sixty gets powerful Shimano EP8 drive unit upgrade

For the 2021 model year, the e-enduro e-bike moves to the all-new, lighter & more powerful 85Nm Shimano EP8 motor with its improved efficiency, quieter running & reduced drag.

2021 Merida eOne-Sixty gets powerful Shimano EP8 upgrade e-bike climbing

Of course, range is also boosted with the bigger capacity 630Wh internal battery, and the refined software with improved Trail mode efficiency.

2021 Merida eOne-Sixty gets powerful Shimano EP8 upgrade
2021 Merida eOne-Sixty 500

But the MY21 Merida eOne-Sixty also gets a few other tweaks. The new eOne-Sixties also get further optimized internal cable routing, an improved Energy Guard battery cover to protect the longer-range internal battery, and a new kickstand mount.

2021 Merida eOne-Sixty gets powerful Shimano EP8 upgrade headlight mount

Plus, a new direct stem mounted font Lezyne light means round the clock visibility with a super clean setup.

2021 Merida eOne-Sixty gets powerful Shimano EP8 upgrade
2021 Merida eOne-Sixty 10K

There are also several different bike specs available within the e160 platform (and the shorter travel 140mm variants, too). Three top eOne-Sixty models feature the carbon main triangle with the alloy rear end, then three more get full alloy frames to bring the cost down a bit, even with the latest EP8 tech – starting from just £3800 / 4200€. Merida also will have EP8-equipped eBig.Nine e-hardtails from just £3200 / 3500€, and will even offer some EP8 builds of their eSpresso city commuter and eBig.Tour hybrid.

2021 Merida eOne-Sixty gets powerful Shimano EP8 upgrade
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