2012 Merida Big Nine Carbon 29″ 3000 review

The official photo by Merida, it's pretty.

As we speculated two years ago, twenty-niners are here to stay and we are glad that they are. We had the opportunity to test ride some new Merida bikes coming to the market this year, one of them was the best non-team model 29″ Big Nine Carbon 3000-D from the 2012 range and four hours in… Continue reading 2012 Merida Big Nine Carbon 29″ 3000 review

Project 29er: Budget build

Ever since we rode those 29ers in the forest, I have wanted one. Luckily, we are more of a lo-fi kind of blog and we do like rather having several bikes instead of expensive Italian superbikes. The photo you see above is very probably becoming my next all-arounder and single speed singletrack machine. An aluminium… Continue reading Project 29er: Budget build

December wins November

Finally that dreadful November has given up and we’re steamrolling towards Christmas. I also got my steel-commutin’ Surly to my local bike shop to get the frame and wheels straightened and while at it, get the winter tires changed as well. The riding weather is pretty good here now, it’s not too cold and it’s… Continue reading December wins November

Project 29er: Losing that 29er virginity

The bike During our visit in Hanko last week we were delighted to see the 2011 Merida bike range on display and at our disposal for some fun in the woods. Difficult choices were be made on arrival: Should we test ride the new One Twenty carbon full-suspension or the 29er 1000SL hardtail? Keeping Project… Continue reading Project 29er: Losing that 29er virginity

2011 Review: Merida Twenty-Nine Lite 1000D

We started our Merida review row two days ago, first on the road with the Reacto 907 and then headed towards the forest with the Cyclo Cross 4 Disc. Now we head deep in to the bush, where you need bigger tires and larger suspension to make it alive, also the first Merida review to… Continue reading 2011 Review: Merida Twenty-Nine Lite 1000D

Bike factories, forest rides and 2011 Merida models

Whew, What a weekend! We spent it in a small town of about 5000 people (during the winters) called Hanko. It’s a coastal town by the Baltic sea and it has a brilliant climate and more central European type forests. It also houses Helkama Velox, one of the oldest bike manufacturers and importers in Finland… Continue reading Bike factories, forest rides and 2011 Merida models