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Merida Big Trail 500 – A Modern Trail Hardtail Developed For UK Riding – Now £929!

The Big Trail has been a hit with the UK mountain bike press and trail riders alike. For good reason…

When developing this bike, Merida consulted their UK retailers and customer base in defining and delivering exactly what riders wanted from a fun-packed, capable hardtail. The riding scene in the UK is renown for a passion for their hardtail riding. So who better to develop a hardtail that can be the perfect companion for exciting trail sessions and demanding all-day rides over rough terrain.

The result of this collaboration… a hardail perfectly suited to to the demands of UK riding, in terms of geometry, ride quality and component specification. Now available for under £1k!



  • Modern trail bike geometry with long reach, slack head angle and steep seat angle
  • 29er Specific
  • 140mm RockShox Recon fork
  • 1 x 11 Shimano Deore drivetrain
  • Extremely low standover height paired with long travel dropper post
  • Multiple fixing points for bottles, mudguards and other equipment
  • Internal cable routing

Modern Trail bike geometry. The Big Trail 500 has a slack enduro inspired 65.5° head angle, steep seat angle and a long reach. A short seat tube delivers a low standover height giving plenty of space to manoeuvre on the bike when the trail gets technical but still accommodates a long travel dropper post.


RockShox Recon Silver RL 140mm Fork and Maxxis Dissector 2.4 Tyres. 140mm of travel with adjustable spring rate and low speed compression gives the rider all the tunability the maximise grip from the aggressive tread of the 2.4 Maxxis Dissector tyre.


1 x 11 Shimano Deore drivetrain. The Big Trail 500 features wide range 11spd Shimano Deore Drivetrain. Delivering super dependable shifting with every click and gear ratios that will let you hammer the singletrack and breeze the climbs.


Shimano Deore Crankset. With plenty of stiffness, the Deore crankset provides great power transfer and a top mounted chain guide keeps everything in check when the trail gets rowdy.

11spd Shimano Deore Rear Derailleur. Utilizing the Shimano Shadow RD+ design, the rear derailleur delivers consistent and quiet shifting performance over rough terrain, whilst the low profile design avoids damage from rock debris.

Tektro HD-M275 2 piston hydraulic disc brakes. Rock-solid performance and predictable braking control to make the most of the Big Trail’s capability combined with easy adjustment and maintenance.