Merida eONE-TWENTY 500 Electric Mountain Bike
The eONE-TWENTY 500 from Merida is their entry level eMTB perfect for trail riding.
Powered by the new Shimano E8000 engine, the eONE-TWENTY 500 delivers extraordinary performance. Light and responsive, the E8000 marks a new era for eMTBs. Merida refer to their frames as having a ‘casting motorbracket’. This allows a more integrated look as well as improved motor performance. Frames are made of triple butted aluminium alloy and are extremely light and durable. They are manufactured with an optimised stiffness-to-weight ratio. A huge 500Wh battery ensures long rides, and fits seamlessly into the frame. The Fox Float Rhythm 34 forks with remote lockout and Boost axle are ultra responsive. Eating up all those bumps and hollows effortlessly. The ‘Boost’ thru axle widens the hub spacing by 6mm resulting in a flatter spoke angle. Wheels are stiffer and stronger. Chain stay length is shorter for greater agility. Rear suspension is provided via a very nice Rock Shox Super Deluxe R, and delivers ultimate compensation whenever required. A tapered headtube ensures superb stiffness and precise steering.
Gearing on the eONE-TWENTY 500 is provided by a Shimano Deore Shadow Plus and 10-speed 11-36T cassette. The perfect combination for trail riding, resulting is effortless, reliable and efficient gear changes. Wheels are tough, stable and reliable. Maxxis Rekon 2.8″ plus sized tyres with Kevlar beading for puncture resistance sit on Merida Expert TP rims for ultra strength and endurance. Braking comes in the form of Shimano M506 hydraulic disc brakes with matching levers. A set of 203mm/180mm rotors are more than up to the job, providing responsive and immediate braking.
A Merida Expert Dropper enables precise changes to seatpost height at the touch of a button.
The aesthetics of the eONE-TWENTY 500 are further enhanced in a number of ways. Internal cable routing has been perfected thanks to Merida’s ‘Smart Entry’ approach. Cables are indeed routed internally, but are clamped under tension eliminating cable rattle and noise even when the going gets tough. Special inlets and outlets ensure a clean and uncluttered look. For even greater strength and resilience, welding comprises a two-stage process. A second weld evens the connecting welding seam producing a ‘smooth-weld’ appearance for even more astonishing looks.
Merida have produced three superb eMTBs this season. The eONE-TWENTY 500 does a cracking job at a very affordable price.