|Fork||Manitou Machete Comp 100mm travel air fork with tapered steerer, 15mm bolt through axle with remote lockout|
|Derailleur Rear||Shimano SLX Shadow|
|Shifters||Shimano SLX 11 speed rapid fire|
|Brake Lever||Shimano M315|
|Brakes||Shimano M315 hydraulic disc, 180mm / 160mm rotors|
|Chainwheel||Shimano SLX 30 teeth|
|Hubs||Boost standard, Sealed bearing 15mm front and Shimano Deore 12mm rear bolt through axles, centerlock|
|Rims||MERIDA Big Nine Comp CC|
|Freewheel||Sunrace CSMX80, 11 speed, 11-50 teeth|
|Tyres||Maxxis Ikon 29er 2.2" folding|
|Handlebar Stem||MERIDA Expert 3d forged 6061 aluminium, oversize clamp -6 degree|
|Handlebar||MERIDA Expert CC 720mm wide flat|
|Seat Post||MERIDA Comp in line 30.9mm|
|Head Tube Angle||70||70||70||70||70|
|Seat Tube Angle||73.5||73.5||73.5||73.5||73.5|
|Bottom Bracket Drop||65||65||65||65||65|
|Head Tube Length||95||100||110||125||145|
|Stand Over Height||681||744||778||819||842|
To protect the integrity of carbon frames, the fibres are bonded together with an epoxy resin with added nano particles, increasing impact resistance by up to 40%.
When creating the individual carbon elements, an inflatable bladder is used to ensure there are no wrinkles inside the tube as these can add weight and create weakness. This results in a lighter, stiffer and stronger frame.
The seat and chainstay profile and carbon lay-up schedule are adapted to work like a flat leaf spring, absorbing surface bumps and reducing vibrations.
Using a tapered head tube with 1 1/8" bearings in the top and 1 1/4" or 1 1/2" in the bottom creates superb stiffness and precise, confidence inspiring steering.
Cables are routed through the frame, entering and exiting through smooth sockets. The bike looks neat, whilst the cables are protected from moisture and dirt.
Cables, housings and brake hoses are clamped under tension to prevent rattling when the trail gets rough. All inlets are completely interchangeable to deal with Di2, hydraulic hoses, brake cable and gear cable housings etc.
Bikes/frames with the symbol ‘Di2 Ready’ are prepared for the installation of Di2 technology with battery mounting in the seat post or within the fork steerer.
The suspension fork and/or rear shock can be locked, either directly or via a ‘remote control’ lever on the handlebar.
Post mount disc brake calipers fit directly onto the seat stay for a strong and light connection whilst a chainstay post mount positions the caliper on the chainstay within the rear triangle for extra protection and better distribution of braking forces. Another benefit is that internal cable routing is also easier and neater via the chainstay.
New Boost standard – wider axle widths; 110 mm front and 148 mm rear, allowing a shallower spoke angle for stiffer wheels, especially beneficial in 29ers.
Selected front forks use a 100 mm wide through axle 12 or 15 mm in diameter to increase lateral stiffness. A 142 mm wide 12 mm rear axle fixed directly into the frame increases rear end stiffness whilst simplifying wheel removal and replacement.