E-MTBs are becoming hugely popular. And Merida Australia might be the best place to start looking at one.
The irresistable Merida eOne-Sixty
This is the poster child for Merida's range, and the eOne-Sixty 900e that we tested sells for $6999. Considering the bike comes with a Shimano XT Di2 group set, Fox Factory 36 forks and Facotry Float X2 shock, plus Dt Swiss XM1501 wheels and RockShox Reverb Stealth post... this is stunning value when it has a Shimano STePS E8000 system attached too!
The E8000 systems push up to 75Nm of torque, and like any pedal-assist bike they max out at 250W of assistance, or stop helping above 25km/h. On the trail, this means you're moving quicker uphill, but you're hardly a motorbike on the downhill and flats.
And that's where bikes with 160/150mm of travel, like this one, sit. It's your shuttle rig and all-mountain/enduro bike rolled into one.
Merida also have the eONe-Sixty 800, which uses the same frame but runs a RockSHox Yari RC, and RockShox Super Deluxe R shock, plus a switch to an XT/SLX mechanical combo to trim $1000 off the price. Still, coming in at $5999 (not a small chunk of change!) this is incredible value for a hard-hitting pedal-assist bike.
The Shimano E8000 STePS head unit looks just like a Di2 head unit - which also means it's more discreet than many on the market.
The control for the three modes with Shimano STePS is just like a Di2 shifter. It does sit pretty close to the dropper post lever. But given you'll use that more than the adjuster - maybe you can set up your cockpit to suit.
If you're not sure about pedal-assist bikes, you should keep an eye out for a demo day. Try one, then judge.