It has only been through extended use that the shortcomings of many e-mtb’s have been recognised. Such things as poor rubber, dainty displays which are only really fit for purpose on tarmac rather than upside down in the woods, and clogging sprockets that lead to malfunction and wear.
Words and Images: S Jones
There’s a real race on with e-mtb manufacturers attempting to create the the perfect bike and this one from Merida has a lot going for it. We’ve just taken delivery of the One Sixty, it comes with Shimano Steps E 8000 series motor, full alloy frame, DT Swiss wheelset and Shimano Di2 gearing. Finishing the 160mm build are Shimano Saint brakes and Maxxis Minion 2.8 tyres giving the bike some serious clout on which to tackle some big challenges.