This is the first time I can say that I have ridden and loved an assisted version of a brand’s bike before riding the ‘pedal powered’ version, but with the Merida One-Sixty 8000 this is the case.
Words: Ieuan Williams Images: Steve Jones
After spending a large amount of time on the E One-Sixty last winter and the start of this year there was no doubting that this bike should be a goer.
One thing is for sure and that is the design team at Merida have been busy; there is a really clean and slick look to this bike compared to previous models.
Shape and fit
With the in house cockpit being the first point of engagement they have a good feel to the shape, not to much sweep or rise. But just a little on the narrow side at 760mm after riding most bikes with an 800mm.
There are just three sizes of the One-Sixty on offer – small medium and large. In this case the large was the only option for us.
The Merida sizing isn’t far off though. With a reach of 475mm it is not to far shy of some XL bikes such as the Production Privée that we’ve just tested and even with this it still felt a little short but super playful.