Merida Big Trail 500 – Black/Grey 2021


29er aluminium hardcore hardtail with RockShox Recon Silver RL 140mm fork, Shimano Deore 1 x 11 transmission and a dropper post

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Merida Big Trail 500 – Black/Grey 2021

Merida may be one of the biggest manufacturers on the planet, but they know how to think global and act local.

The Big Trail was born out of conversations between a few UK bike shops and Rey the Merida MTB Product Manager

Over a few beers their wish list for a perfect UK trail bike was defined.

The modern trail bike geometry pairs a slack enduro inspired 65.5° head angle, steep seat angle, long reach and 140mm fork to deliver a fun confidence inspiring bike highly capable on technical descents.

The short seat tube delivers a very low standover height giving plenty of space to manoeuvre on the bike when the trail gets technical but still accommodates a long travel dropper post.

Rolling on chunky 29er wheels gives the Big Trail amazing cornering grip and plenty of comfort.

The geometry means most sizes work for most body sizes so riding style can be factored in, if you want to go crazy fast take the longer size, for agility take a shorter size.

The Big Trail has hidden talents, in addition to 2 sets of bottle bosses there’s a trail mount under the top tube giving the possibility to carry tools and extra gear on the bike. Despite the aggresive looks there’s even the possibility to fit mudguards and a rack if you want to trek further afield.


FrameTFS - 6061 double butted technoformed aluminium, smooth welding, Boost axle standard, tapered head tube, inboard disc mounts, internal cable routing, BSA BB standard, Max tyre clearance 29 x 2.5
ForkRockShox Recon Silver RL; 140mm travel; Tapered; 42mm fork offset. Max tyre clearance 29 x 2.8
HeadsetMerida M4455
StemMerida Expert TR; aluminium; 35mm diameter; 0 degree rise - Length : 50 mm all sizes
HandlebarMerida Expert TR; aluminium; 780mm wide; 20mm rise
GripsMerida Comp EC
Brake systemHydraulic disc
Brake leverShimano BR-MT200 (or Tektro HD-M275 if Shimano supply is delayed)
Brake calipersFront: Shimano BR-MT200; 2 piston hydraulic disc brake (or Tektro HD-M275) with Shimano RT10; 180mm rotor Rear: Shimano BR-MT200; 2 piston hydraulic disc brake (or Tektro HD-M275) with Shimano RT10; 180mm rotor
TyresFront: Maxxis Dissector; 29 x 2.4; Kevlar bead; folding; TR EXO Dual Rear: Maxxis Dissector; 29 x 2.4; Kevlar bead; folding; TR EXO Dual
Wheel size29
WheelsRims: Merida Comp TR; 29mm inner rim width; Material: aluminium; Tubeless ready (tubeless tape and valves not included) Spokes: Black stainless Front Hub: Shimano MT400-B; 110x15mm; 32 spokes; Centerlock Rear Hub: Shimano MT400-B; 148x12mm; 32 spokes; Centerlock; including removable lever with 6mm Allen key
Front derailleur
Rear derailleurShimano Deore M5100 Shadow+
Shifter/sShimano Deore M5100
CassetteShimano Deore M5100; 11-51 teeth; 11 speed
ChainsetShimano Deore M5100; 32 teeth chainwheel with 170mm - S, 175mm - M up length crank with Mr. Control CH-CM1 chain guide
Bottom bracketShimano Deore
PedalsVP Components, VPE-891
SaddleMerida Comp CC
SeatpostMerida Comp TR; 30.9mm diameter; in-line; S: 125mm drop - M/L/XL: 150mm drop with Shimano SL -MT500-IL lever
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