Roc d’Azur offers the opportunity each year to watch pro bikes, to meet people from the brands and sometimes riders during autograph sessions. We spotted this sweet Merida One-Sixty below the booth of Hayes Components in the sea side area of the show. But…
… Philippe from Axoreo – the company in charge of Hayes brands in France – had a better offer for us than a classic bike photo shooting.
We spent a little time with Tanja – it’s her mountain bike. She’s 26, comes from Germany and rides bicycle for a while. From BMX to 4X with some great podiums on the european scenes, she decides to move to enduro races this year and participates to European and German Series. This is why we find her sweet yellow-blue enduro frame one month ago on the Roc.
Merida sounds XC for most of us but the brands proposes this platform for mid-travel full suspension bikes. We had a call with Sherlock Holmes and he confirmed the One Sixty refers to the 160mm rear travel of the bike… The suspension is based on virtual pivot points design that reminds the DW link of Turner or Ibis bicycles.
For a change, excepted the 11-speed drivetrain from SRAM, the bike is equipped with original components. Tanja is supported by Hayes group and it explains the build.
When you think Hayes, you think first brakes and you are right. This enduro is equipped with Hayes Prime Pro brakes with 2×180 rotors.
Manitou is also part of Hayes group and the Mattoc enduro fork fits the program of the one-sixty. The 34mm stanchions works 160mm of adjustable travel and the fork includes all the modern settings to have an efficient control (air, low and high speed compression, rebound). The HBO (Hydraulic Bottom-Out) adds a hydraulic system to manage last centimeters of the travel.
We knew before this meeting that the One-Sixty moves to 650B for 2015.. Wheelsize is part of the mountain bike pleasure theory but this bikecheck is the proof that it’s a very small part of the deal. And we have won a new occupation for 2015: to follow the results of Tanja and her bike life in her FB athlet page.