To come to the point: The Merida does a good job, the fittings and the lighting system are appropriately and thanks to the disc brakes braking in the rain and on wet roads is no problem for the pedelec. The conclusion after about 5,000 kilometres is a positive one. At the beginning the chain sometimes dropped off the chainring when riding over bumpy field tracks. With a guide plate made of aluminium offered as accessory this annoyance could, however, be remedied. The new motor generation from Bosch has eliminated this problem. After that there was only one unplanned stop and that was due to a flat.
The hard service with stop and go in urban traffic, luggage transport and parking at the train station required a lot of servicing and care. The fastening ring of the front chainring had to be retightened twice. Two sets of brake pads were worn down in the front and rear and the second chain has also already reached wear limit. During maintenance work a defect of the freewheel body and a cut in the side wall of the front tyre was found. In addition, bad-weather cyclists replace the very flatly designed and too short front mudguard by a long one which reaches wider around the tyre.
Very commendable is the low wear of tyres and the range of the pedelec. After two years the ranges from 70 to a maximum of 110 kilometres in the mixed operation from the touring mode with occasional use of the turbo mode are still possible.
Author: Dirk Zedler