Identical to the eSPRESSO 200 EQ but with the bigger capacity of the 504 Wh battery and equipped with an additional E6100 display. This bike comes with Continental Trekking tyres, Racktime carrier, fenders and a fixed mount light set which is powered by the Shimano battery.
The fourth generation of our eSPRESSO is dominated by an extensive list of new and improved features in comparison to its predecessor.
The biggest focus was on the integration of the battery in the down tube, followed by increased tyre width and the introduction of the hub gear slider dropout. The modern in-tube battery design in combination with the purposeful and hugely comfortable geometry as well as the seamless integration of the whole spectrum of Shimano’s powerful STePS motors sets the eSPRESSO apart from other e-bikes.
CERTIFIED SYSTEM WEIGHT The system weight of a bike is the combination of bike, rider and additional luggage. The allowed system weight for the eSPRESSO is 140kg. As an e-bike already has a higher weight than a regular bike, and also makes it easier to transport larger amounts of luggage, it is imperative to certify a higher overall system weight. All MERIDA e-bikes, as well as all used componentry, go through a rigorous and e-bike specific testing schedule which mimics the higher forces and strains to guarantee the rider the highest level of safety.
OPTIMISED CENTRE OF GRAVITY Based on the central position of the battery in the lower part of the down tube and the low position of the Shimano motor, we were able to achieve an optimum centre of gravity. The low and well-positioned centre of gravity provides the bike with outstanding riding characteristics which are extremely important in particular when fully loaded.
EXCELLENT FRAME STIFFNESS The outstanding frame stiffness also has a strong influence on the riding characteristics of bikes with an integrated battery. The tapered head tube, the large tube diameters, the change to 34.9mm seat post diameter, the cast motor bracket as well as the 142x12mm through rear axle (new 135x9mm slider dropouts) all contribute to achieving a safe and precise riding experience.
BATTERY INTEGRATION IN THE DOWN TUBE / SATELLITE CHARGING PORT Through the extensive use of hydroforming on the down tube and the precise CNC cutting of the tube opening for the battery, as well as the perfectly matching two-component plastic cover, we were able to integrate the battery seamlessly into the lower part of the down tube. This is consistent throughout the various frame sizes. Charging is easy through the neatly integrated charging port at the motor bracket. Also, the battery is perfectly integrated into the down tube, yet it is possible to easily remove it for charging or when in transport. A further advantage of the battery being integrated into the down tube is the perfect protection from an impact which can occur when the bike falls over or is involved in a crash.
INCREASED TYRE WIDTH Wider tyres have become more or less standard in modern e-bikes. The advantages are obvious, besides the better comfort, wider tyres provide more puncture protection and increase the riding stability due to the better ground contact. At the eSPRESSO, 50mm wide Continental CONTACT Cruiser tyres are fitted. These tyres use the ‘Safety System Breaker’ technology which is as Kevlar-reinforced, high-strength nylon fabric to provide excellent puncture and cut-resistance while at the same time being light, durable and offering good rolling resistance.
WAKE UP BOTTOM With the additional hole at the down tube, the battery can be turned on from deep sleep mode. That’s necessary when the bike has not been used for longer than 6 months, or when the battery of the on/off switch is empty (this battery is normally charged by the main battery). To wake the battery up again, just push a 4mm Allen key (best to use the lever of the MERIDA COMP TR axle) through the hole, pressing the hidden button underneath.
Lifetime warranty on all frames for the entire ownership of the original purchaser. This covers manufacturing and material defects. No exclusions for racing. Rider and equipment weight limit: 120kg for standard bikes; 140kg for e-Bikes.
Forks: Carbon and aluminium rigid forks are guaranteed for 5 years from the date of purchase
Suspension: Rear suspension components are guaranteed for 2 years from the date of purchase
All other Merida branded components, including paint and finish, are guaranteed for 1 year from the date of purchase.