In the Saddle: Merida's Martin Pounder

New recruit to the Merida sales force talks about his new territory, social media and some strong 2015 product
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Having recently joined Merida as a sales agent for the south west, we catch up with Martin Pounder:

What bikes do you own and where's your fave place to ride 'em?

I currently own a big 7 CF3000, Merida's intelligent 27.5 carbon hardtail, and a team issue 0.nine in old school 26. I am, however, currently without a road bike as we’re waiting for the 2015 launch.

As for places to ride them it has to be Afan, and Cwmcarn.

Tell us about your new role at Merida?

I have taken on the role of Area Manager for the South West covering everything from Swindon down to Lands end, with the initial priority on building the area, and offering dealers

the best service we can provide. With the role at some point hopefully turning into a technical training role on a national basis.

Anything in particular in the catalogue that dealers should look out for this year?

An honest answer would be everything, the 2015 range is stronger again than 2014, with quite a few shocks in place for people who have never heard of Merida.

You seem to be a big fan of social media - is it simply a case of promoting the products you love?

I have been a huge fan of social media from Facebook to Instagram, and Twitter, it’s a great way to get your product out, dealers to see what you do and a bit of what you can offer.

Having great content has always been a bonus. You’ll always find me under MLP1963 across each social platform.

How can a retailer get an appointment with you?

Anyone interested in Merida can contact me either via the office on 0115 981 7788, via email on martinpounder@meridaUK.com, or call me on 07790 322341.

Any particular territories in need of a Merida presence?

The brand is always interested in expanding, and growing its presence here in the UK. Just give us a call.

Can we expect any big developments from Merida over the course of Eurobike and Interbike?

Lots to expect from Eurobike, including a Reacto team bike in alloy at a cycle to work friendly £1000.00, a One Twenty in 650b, and a Ride Carbon Disc.

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