The One-Forty 7. 900 sits at the top of Merida’s trail range. It’s wedged into the crammed 140mm (5.5in) travel trail bike market, where it faces some stiff competition. But its £3,000 price tag and Merida’s extensive UK dealer network help give it some serious clout.

Frame and equipment

Merida’s 140mm frame has remained largely unchanged for the past few years but small updates have ensured the geometry is up to date. The One-Forty has all the features you’d expect of a nippy trail bike, including 650b wheels, internal cable and dropper post routing, a tapered head tube and a 142mm rear axle. The hydroformed 6066 aluminium tubes are triple butted in a bid to balance weight and strength, and smooth welded for a super-clean finish.