Merida is a Taiwanese Bicycle brand with German R&D and engineering behind it. The Big series of MTB’s from Merida come in various models aimed at different types of trail riders, from beginners to professionals. We got the opportunity to test ride the Merida Big Seven 300 (2019) and here is what we thought.
Weight: 13.26 kgs
The Merida Big Seven 300 (2019) is built on a 6061 double butted and Techno formed Aluminium frame. This frame comes with a relaxed geometry, which is because of its shorter top tube and higher head tube. This made sure the rider gets better visibility of the trail which in-turn makes the ride safer.
The Suntour XCR front suspension fork with a 100mm travel was smooth in functioning during the test ride. The suspension lock out was easy to operate and made the fork fully rigid and helped ride faster on flatter surfaces. At this price a Remote suspension lock out feature was expected.
The bicycle which I test rode came in a full Red frame colour with Black graphics at various places. The bright gloss paint job was shiny and top notch in quality. The internal cable routing along with clamps for cables, housings and brake hoses prevent rattling on trails and protect them from dirt.
This Big Seven 300 is a performance focused trail bicycle and is meant for fast paced rides on the dirt. This purpose requires an equally high-end drivetrain. Shimano XT at the rear and Deore at the front as derailleurs were quick and precise in shifting during the test ride. The 2x10 Speed drivetrain had enough range for both accelerations as well as for climbing those steep rocks on trails. The Rapid Fire Deore shifters had easy and fast spring action for smooth gear changes.
Shimano’s MT-200 Hydraulic Disc brakes on the Big Seven 300 were not just powerful but also balanced when used extensively during the test ride. The transfer of action from the brake levers to the brake pads is precise, which gives the rider control over the braking power required.
The Merida Expert CC MTB handlebar was 720mm in length which is wide enough for total control over the bicycle on fast and bumpy trails. The handlebar grips could have been better to absorb vibrations of the trails, which would have made it easy on the palms and wrists.
The Merida Big Seven 300 (2019) rolls on a pair of Maxxis Ikon 27.5” x 2.2” MTB tires. The dual compound technologies on these tires make the rubber in the center long-lasting and gripper rubber on the sides for cornering. These tires with spaced out treads make them fast rolling.
The Merida Comp CC Saddle is ergonomically designed keeping the trail rider in mind it ensures that the sit bones are placed comfortably to provide comfort on the roughest of trail rides.
This hardtail MTB is packed with performance components including the Shimano Deore/XT 20-Speed drivetrain and the Shimano MT-200 Hydraulic Disc brakes. These components along with a slightly relaxed frame geometry make for a comfortable ride on the trail and urban roads. Priced at Rs.69,990 (as on 24th January 2019) the Merida Big Seven 300 (2019) is the ideal choice for anyone looking to buy an MTB for riding on fast/rugged trails and urban roads as well.
Prices are subject to change by the brand, without due notice.