MERIDA’s company founder Ike Tseng (1932–2012) was a very honour-able person and a real visionary. During a trip through the USA at the beginning of the 1970s, he discovered a note at the door of a bike shop stating that no bikes from Taiwan were accepted for repair due to bad quality.
This annoyed Ike Tseng – and shortly after, in September 1972, the first production plant of his company Merida Industry Co., Ltd. was opened in Yuanlin (Taiwan).
The man whose life motto was “move with passion and courage” chose the name “Merida” intentionally: The rough translation of the three syllables “Me-Ri-Da” means that the company’s intention was to manufacture only beautiful and high-quality products.
In 2013, MERIDA celebrates its 25th anniversary – and justifiably so, were very proud to live up to the expectations of their founder.
By combining an experienced German R&D centre with excellent Taiwanese production competence, MERIDA is able to satisfy demanding bikers with everything imaginable – models for children, e-bikes or high-end racing machines.
They are especially proud of the fact that MERIDA lives up to its ultimate athletic ambition every year by equipping the pro road racers a long list of selected MERIDA athletes with top-level “working tools” scoring highest athletic honours very regularly.