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Purpose: Real off-road bike with electric pedalling support; the electric engine increases the width of application especially for riders with lower levels of performance:
Features: Mountain-Bike using a BOSCH central engine, where the integrated gear-box is turned upwards inside the frame, to gain additional ground-clearance.
A custom-made 3D alloy protector-plate underneath the BOSCH gear-box avoids damages of the engine in case of ground-contact during high steps or obstacles.
The powerful electric engine supports the rider with 250 Watt power–output during pedalling and enables even weaker riders, to climb-up long and/or steep uphill sections without pain.
Thanks to the proved mountain-bike-geometry with 29” wheels - lent from the MERIDA BIG.NINE race MTBs, winner of world-championships and official team-bike of the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM, the E-LITE rides and handles like a real sports off-road-bike, not as a heavy E-bike.
Innovalue: Up to today, Pedelecs are almost “soft-touring” bikes for commuting and touring.
The few Mountain-Bike solutions are either just “MTB-looking”, or face disadvantages due to inhomogeneous weight-proportion (when using rear-hub engines), or geometries being affected by central-engine space demands.
Central engine systems – such as BOSCH - face limited ground clearance due to the integrated gearbox underneath the bottom-bracket.
Result of the complete package of perfect centre of gravity is a very neutral handling – during off-road descents, the additional weight of engine and battery is not realized being some disadvantage, and during flat sections or climbs, the electric engine makes the MERIDA Big.Nine E-LITE flying uphill.
Couples with different individual fitness can enjoy common off-road touring without stressing one party.
The combination of real high-level sports MTB with race-proven 29er geometry and the usage of the most powerful and popular central engine for sporty applications.
About MERIDA INDUSTRY CO., Ltd.
Merida is founded in 1972 and is a Taiwan-based company that designs, manufactures and markets high-end bicycles and electric assisted bicycles globally to over 80 countries. After being an OE manufacturer for many years, Merida started to sell its own Merida-brand bicycles in late 1980s. Merida became a publicly traded company on the Taiwanese Stock Exchange since 1992. With an annual consolidated sales revenue of USD860 million in 2018, Merida has been ranked Best Taiwan Global Brands Top 20 for years with a brand value of approximately USD328 million in 2018.
Whenever we create a bike, it means much more than working on a particular project or suspension platform: we tell a story. Because also in 2015, each of our numerous models is packed with thousands of thoughts and ideas, countless discussions and hours of concentration and refinementM
began in 1972. The founding of Merida Industry Co., Ltd., dates back as far as to that year. Equally far back reaches the tradition that we feel obliged to the three Chinese syllables “Me-Ri-Da”. They mean nothing less than each of our bikes has to be an equally beautiful and sustainably valuable bike which carries it’s riders to her/his destinations as pleasantly as possible – in the narrower as well as in the wider literal sense. Many steps lie between then and today. But with each single bike, we once again start with the first step…
MERIDA. MORE BIKE.