Merida Big Trail 500 Mountain Bike Glossy Black/Matt Cool Grey (2021)
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Merida Big Trail 500
- Alloy Frame
- 1x11 Speed Shimano Deore Drivetrain (11-51 cassette)
- Merida Comp TR Dropper Seat Post
- Shimano MT-200 Hydraulic Disc Brakes
- RockShox Recon Silver RL Fork with 42 mm offset - 140mm Travel
"The Merida Big.Trail is going to be a lot of fun for someone getting their first proper mountain bike, or a rider looking for a trail hardtail without breaking the bank."
- Mike Blewitt
The Merida Big Trail 500 is a burly hardtail beast which is at home on the trails. The Big Trail reignites a bike with modern trail geometry, big 29er wheels and long travel for grip and comfort. This bike is all about bringing the most out of a hardtail which is easy to set up, maintain, affordable and can be just as fun as a full suspension mountain bike.
The lightweight alloy frame with internally routed cables is paired with a RockShox Recon Silver RL Fork with 140mm travel and lockout for versatile trail capabilities. The modern trail geometry ensures that this bike can descend with speed even on technical trails and still climb with ease thanks to the central seating position over the bottom bracket. Ride aggressively on trails all day long with the 1x11 speed Shimano Deore drivetrain which is efficient and smooth. Add in the Shimano Hydraulic Disc brakes for powerful braking and this bike is flat out fun, ready to corner with aggression and confidence. Spend all day riding with fixing points for two bottles and hidden rack, fender and kickstand mounts for anyone that wants to make this bike a capable commuter.
The 500 takes it up a notch from the Big Trail 400, moving from 10 speed to 11 speed with the excellent RockShox Fork. Move up the to Big Trail 600 and you get a Marzocchi Z2 fork and a 12 speed Shimano drivetrain with M4100 Hydraulic Disc Brakes. However the Big Trail 500 is more than capable for the rider looking to rip it up on the trails on a big and modern trail bike.
Modern Trail Geometry
A long reach, paired with a slack 65.5° head angle and a steep seat angle make the BIG.TRAIL a solid descender even when the trail is full of roots and rocks, maintaining impressive climbing abilities, due to the central seating position over the bottom bracket. The extra short seat tube and low stand over height help create lots of space to manoeuvre the bike when the trail is tough but also allow for long travel dropper posts.
The entire BIG.TRAIL range offers Boost technology at the front and rear. The shallower axle standard of 110 mm (front) and 148 mm (rear) allows for a wider spoke angle, resulting in a stiffer and stronger wheel, hugely beneficial on trail hardtails with 29er wheels.
Our BIG.TRAIL rolls on 29er wheels and has tyre clearance for up to 2.5“ trail tyres. The combination of 29er wheels and 2.5“ tyres offer plenty or corner and climbing grip, while the big tyre volume and the 29er’ rolling over ability’ give our trail hardtail extra comfort and stability.
|Cassette Type||11 Speed|
|Brake Type||Hydraulic Disc Brake|
|Bottom Bracket||Shimano BSA 68/73 – 24mm|
|Brakes||Tektro M275; 2 piston|
|Cassette||Shimano Deore M5100; 11-51 ATC; 11 Speed|
|Chain||Shimano Deore HG601|
|Crankset||Shimano Deore M5100; 32 ATC|
|Derailleur Rear||Shimano Deore M5100 Shadow+|
|Fork||Rock Shox Recon Silver RL; 140 STR; Tapered; 42mm fork offset|
|Frame||BIG.TRAIL TFS; MAT aluminium; 29 WHS; 148x12 AST; BSA BBR|
|Grips||MERIDA COMP EC|
|Handlebar||MERIDA EXPERT TR; MAT aluminium; 780 Wide; 20 Rise|
|Hubs||Shimano MT400-B; 148x12 WHR; 32 Spokes; Centerlock|
|Rims||MERIDA COMP TR; 29 IWR; MAT aluminium; Tubeless ready (tubeless tape and valves not included)|
|Saddle||MERIDA COMP CC|
|Seatpost||MERIDA COMP TR; 30.9 Diameter; 0 Setback; S: 125 SPT - M/L/XL: 150 SPT|
|Stem||MERIDA EXPERT TR; MAT aluminium; 35 Diameter; 0 Angle|
|Shifters||Shimano Deore M5100|
|Tyres||Maxxis Dissector; 29x2.4"; fold; TR EXO Dual|
|Speeds||1 x 11|
|Sizing SKUs||SM:MEHP2181827, MD:MEHP2181838, LG:MEHP2181849, XL:MEHP2181850|
ST Seat Tube
TT Top Tube
CS Chain Stay Length
HTA Head Tube Angle
STA Seat Tube Angle
BD Bottom bracket Drop
HT Head Tube
FL Fork Length
WB Wheel Base
|SM||MD||LG||XL||Wheel Size||29"||29"||29"||29"||Frame Size||38||41||43||45||ST Seat Tube (mm)||380.0||410.0||430.0||450.0||TT Top Tube (mm)||579.0||600.0||622.0||645.0||CS Chain Stay Length (mm)||435.0||435.0||435.0||435.0||HTA Head Tube Angle (°)||65.5||65.5||65.5||65.5||STA Seat Tube Angle (°)||75.5||75.5||75.5||75.5||HT Head Tube (mm)||95.0||100.0||110.0||120.0||R Reach (mm)||415.0||435.0||455.0||475.0||S Stack (mm)||636.0||641.0||650.0||659.0||WB Wheel Base (mm)||1150.0||1172.0||1196.0||1220.0|
In September 1972, Ike Tseng (1932–2012) a brilliant engineer and visionary founded MERIDA. While visiting the USA, Ike saw a sign in a bike shop that stated refusal to repair any Taiwanese bikes, due to the unfavourable quality. As a result of this he set out to fulfil his dream of high quality bikes made in Taiwan and formed the MERIDA Industry Company Ltd.
The MERIDA name has three syllables Me-Ri-Da and it is the company’s intention to manufacture beautiful, high quality bikes that enables everyone to reach their destination enjoyably. MERIDA created a world-leading bike factory but Ike still wasn’t satisfied, so in 1988 the MERIDA brand was launched. Ike’s vision is still very much a part of MERIDA, manufacturing all kinds of bikes from children’s bikes to world-class professional road and mountain bikes for the Bahrain- MERIDA team riders. Everybody has a different journey, and everyone can benefit from a MERIDA.
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