Merida have dropped the new EP8 Shimano eMTB system into their range, and the 2021 models look insane!
It's all go right now in the world of eMTB. With Shimano releasing the EP8 system being released over night, the flood gates are now open, with updated eMTBs and fresh new models coming from plenty of brands (trust us, there are heaps!). For 2021, Merida have updated their award-winning eOneSixty e-enduro bike, and it will be equipped with the all-new EP8 motor from Shimano as well as having the range extended thanks to a 630Wh internal battery.
The Shimano EP8 systems takes care of performance improvement thanks to greater battery capacity, increased torque, better efficiency, lighter weight and better heat dissipation as well. But some of the best improvements come via tuning options so you can customise your ride. You can read more about the EP8 system right here.
There are other updates to the 2021 Merida eOneSixty, including optimised and further integrated cable routing (applies to all integrated battery models), the upgraded ‘Energy Guard’ battery cover, the kick stand mount (so you can shred gnar and not have your bike fall over at the cafe) and the front light that mounts directly to the Merida stem.
What are my options for a new eOneSixty or other eMTB?
The 2021 Merida eOneSixty consists of three models featuring the carbon front end/aluminium rear end frame and three all aluminium models. This means there is a spread across a huge price range, from $5599 through to $13999. All models have the Shimano EP8 system, although the smallest sizes use the smaller and lighter 504Wh battery (and you save $200), and the cheapest model uses an external battery.
The top models come with Fox 38 eMTB forks, for bigger and burlier suspension performance. The Fox 38 isn't just stiffer, but other new features ensure the big forks bind less, and stay more consistent in a range of conditions.
You will also notice Shimano group sets are on every eOneSixty model. From XTR at the top, to 10-speed Deore for the entry level bike.
Everything else about the frame is pretty much the same from 2021. You get mixed wheel sizes with 29" front and 27.5" rear, and the geometry is the same.
Updates to the Merida eOneForty
The Shimano EP8 system also moves to the eOneForty range as well. The eOneForty has less travel and more agile handling, and really suits having the greater range with the EP8 system and larger battery. We tested the eOneForty 8000 and the eOneForty LTD this year, and while the handling of both bikes were great, seeing the jump in battery capacity is excellent.
The 8000 model is carbon, and sells for $8999 this year, and has an SLX and XT 12-speed parts mix with a Fox E34 fork and DPS rear shock.
The two alloy models sell for $6199 and $7999.
The eOneForty 700 at $7999 has a Deore/SLX/XT parts mix, with a Fox E34 fork and RockShox rear shock. It's good to see quality SLX brakes on board!
For the Merida eOneForty 400 at $6199, you'll be running 10-speed Shimano Deore, and using Suntour suspension on 34mm legs.