Merida Big Trail 500
- Lightweight Alloy Frame
- 11 Speed Shimano Deore Drivetrain with Clutch
- Tektro M275 Hydraulic Disc Brakes
- RockShox Recon Silver SL Air Fork – 140mm Travel
“Overall, the BIG.TRAIL has to be one of the most capable, fun to ride and impressive bikes for this kind of money…An immensely capable bike across a huge range of trail types for not much cash in the grand scheme of things. On Steeper or gnarlier descents, the MERIDA rides similarly to a short-travel trail bike…”
The Merida Big.Trail 500 is a nice upgrade from the impressive Merida Big.Trail 400. It’s still incredibly fun, combining the simplicity of a hardtail with long travel excitement to create an All Mountain Bike that’s as at home on technical descents as it is climbing. The Big.Trail offers modern trail geometry, big 29″ wheels and long travel for a grippy, yet comfortable ride. Merida has designed the Big.Trail 500 to get the most out of a hardtail that is easy to set up, maintain and affordable. With the Big.Trail 500, you get an All Mountain Hardtail perfect for a one-bike garage – it completely replaces the need for a dual-suspension mountain bike, offering unparalleled fun and versatility!
The Big.Trail 500s lightweight alloy frame has a clean and simple look thanks to the internally routed cables and is perfectly paired with the upgraded RockShox Recon Silver SL Air Fork that offers 140mm travel. Indeed, the upgraded fork offers better mid-stroke and low-speed compression, while still maintaining the adjustable rebound and lockout riders desire. Not only does this truly mean you can customise your ride to suit your style, it’ll increase your confidence, helping you to push your boundaries ever further! Before you know it, you’ll be bombing down technical trails and sending it over huge gaps as you chase personal records! With the included Merida-branded long travel dropper post, standover height can be reduced allowing you to manoeuvre more easily as the trail gets more technical. While the modern trail geometry ensures that you can maintain control even when pushing your limit and yet still climb with ease thanks to the central seating position over the bottom bracket.
Merida has taken the liberty of upgrading the Big.Trail 500 to an 11 speed Shimano Deore drivetrain with remote actuated clutch, enabling you to climb faster and harder without getting so tired – you can now spend hours in your local bike park perfecting your cornering ability. When you factor in the Tektro Hydraulic Disc brakes which are powerful enough to quickly bring you to a stop, and won’t fade after repeated braking, you’ll be confident to really send it and aggressively attack corners as you chase Q/KOM status. Finally, the neat inclusion of multiple mounting points for bottles and hidden rack, fender and kickstand mounts means the Big.Trail 500 is just as capable out on the trails, as it is bike-packing or commuting.
The Big.Trail 500 is the perfect bike for riders wanting a single bike garage – it’s a fantastic All Mountain Hardtail capable of conquering demanding technical trails that normally only Dual Suspension models would expect to be seen on. If you’re looking for a model that offers a smoother trail ride that keeps your arms and shoulders fresh day-in, day-out, then you should really consider the Big.Trail 600 with its’ Marzocchi Z2 Bomber Fork. It offers better damping resulting in a significantly smoother and more plush ride. It also has the added bonus of an additional rear sprocket increasing mid-range efficiency. The Merida Big.Trail 500 is a fantastic All Mountain Hardtail offering a fantastic mix of efficiency, comfort and fun whether you’re out on the trails or commuting to work.
MODERN TRAIL GEOMETRY
The long reach, slack 65.5° head angle and steep seat angle place you directly over the bottom bracket. This results in a lower centre of gravity and ensures the BIG.TRAIL does exactly what you ask when you descend even when the trail is gnarly! Equally, this ensures that it maintains its impressive climbing ability.
Long travel ensures the Big.Trail 500 is comfortable in all situations! The fork’s adjustable damping, lockout and frame’s hidden rack, fender and kickstand mounts ensure the Big.Trail 500 has endless uses – no more need for multiple bikes!
MERIDA DROPPER POST
Merida long travel dropper posts allow for a low standover height when you’re full send – keep your centre of gravity low and bomb down the trail.
|Rear Gears||11 Speed|
|Brake Type||Hydraulic Disc Brake|
|Bottom Bracket||BSA BBR|
|Cassette||Shimano Deore M5100 11 Speed, 11-51T|
|Crankset||170mm (SM), 175mm (MD,LG,XL)|
|Derailleur Rear||Shimano Deore M5100 Shadow+, SGS|
|Fork||Rock Shox Recon Silver RL|
|Handlebar||Merida Expert CC, 780mm x 20mm|
|Hubs||F: MT400-B; 100x15mm; 32H; CL / R: MT400-B; 148x12mm; 32H; CL|
|Rims||Merida COMP TR; Alloy; 29mm IW|
|Saddle||Merida COMP SL|
|Seatpost||Merida COMP TR: 125mm Travel (SM); 150mm Travel (MD, LG); 175mm Travel (XL, XXL)|
|Stem||Merida Expert TR, 50mm, 0-deg|
|Shifters||Shimano Deore M5100 (Rear)|
|Tyres||Maxxis Dissector TR EXO Dual; 29 x 2.4″|
|Speeds||1 x 11|
|Sizing SKUs||SM: MEHP2233241, MD: MEHP2233252, LG: MEHP2233263, XL: MEHP2233274|