Our mountain biking history is long and illustrious, the Multivan Merida Biking Team dominated XC and marathon racing for many years.
Pro racer Ralph Naef spearheaded the original Ninety-Six project; a lightweight full suspension bike and rode it to a silver medal at the World Champs at Fort William a week after it was launched.
Today’s XC, marathon and stage racecourses have become much more demanding. A growing number of riders are seeking down-country bikes combining the climbing and sprinting ability of a lightweight XC race bike with the ‘trail-ability’ of a trail bike.
The new Ninety-Six is a super modern cross country race bike. Modern, in this case, means that it is much more downhill capable than its predecessors. Available in two variants; RC for full on XC racing and for down-country riders non-RC models have 120mm front forks, grippier tyres and a more powerful front brake.
To improve the downhill performance, the head angle is slacker, the reach longer and the bb and stand over height are lower. All these changes make the bike more stable and there is more space to manoeuvre on the bike. The seat angle is made steeper to allow greater pressure on the pedals.
The new Ninety-Six leverage ratio is more progressive. The higher ratio at the beginning of the travel makes the suspension sensitive to small impacts, and the progression gives it great support in the mid-travel.
The new P-FLEX system means there is no seat / chainstay pivot point, which saves weight, improves stiffness. The properties of carbon and the leaf-spring-like frame design allow sufficient flex without having an impact on durability.
FRAME NINETY-SIX RC CF5 III
FRAME SIZE M, L, XL
SHOCK Fox Float DPS Factory
FORK Fox 34 Float SC Factory
WHEELSET Reynolds BLACKLABEL 309/289 XC
FRONT TYRE Maxxis Rekon Race
REAR TYRE Maxxis Rekon Race
HUBS MERIDA EXPERT TR
CHAINWHEEL SRAM XX1 Eagle Power MeterSram XX1 Eagle Power Meter
CRANK 170 mm-S, 175 mm-M up
BOTTOM BRACKET BB DUB BSA 73 MTB
CASSETTE Sram XG-1299 Eagle
CHAIN Sram XX1 Eagle
SHIFTERS Shimano SL -MT800-IL / Sram AXS Rocker Paddle
REAR DERAILLEUR Sram XX1 Eagle AXS
BRAKES Shimano XTR
ROTORS Shimano RT-MT900
HEADSET MERIDA-8151 1-1/8"-1.5" cartridge bearing set
STEM MERIDA TEAM CC II
STEM SIZE S-60 mm, M/L/XL-70 mm
HANDLEBAR MERIDA TEAM CC
GRIP Rock Shox TwistLoc grip
SEAT POST Fox Transfer SL
REMOTE LEVER Twistloc
SADDLE SCRATCH M5 PAS
SEAT CLAMP MERIDA EXPERT
BOTTLE CAGE Carbon BS319