Mountain biking – one of the most varied cycling disciplines and probably the most demanding when it comes to equipment. Our 48 years of manufacturing experience, creating some of the most technically advanced and award-winning mountain bikes in the world gives us the confidence to offer a Lifetime Frame Warranty. We produce everything from super-light carbon hardtails, via lightning-fast XC/marathon full suspension machines, all the way to EWS proven and test-winning enduro bikes. Being out in the open is a benefit of all forms of cycling but being able to take your bike off the road is a very special experience.
New for 2021 and the exciting reincarnation of our former World Cup winning XC and marathon machine. The new feature-loaded NINETY-SIX inherits the forward-searching race genes of the old NINETY-SIX and combines it with readiness and ability to tackle today's demanding XC and marathon courses. It also satisfies the growing demand for lightweight trail weapons that combine the climbing and sprinting ability of an XC race bike with a ‘trail-ability’ of a trail bike. The hugely capable 2021 frame platform is the perfect basis for a fun-packed, fast and trail loving short travel full suspension machine.
CF4 III CF4 main and CF5 rear triangle. Rear triangle featuring 'P-Flex Pivot' technology. A CF4 level takes less time to simulate and test the layup in comparison to the CF5 level. It is also less complicated in the carbon layup, resulting in a slightly heavier frame but with identical stiffness and stability numbers. Full carbon with ‘Nano Matrix’ for additional impact resistance. Super stiff power transfer and agile handling provided by the tapered head tube and Boost axle standard. All hardware bolts can be tightened via a TORX 30 key from just one side.
P-FLEX PIVOT - To save weight and further improve the frame stiffness, we have removed the seat-/chainstay pivot point. Instead of a classic bearing, the material properties of the frame allow sufficient flex without having an impact on durability.
WIRE PORT - All control cables like gear, brake and dropper post cable enter the frame
through a specifically shaped headset cap, cleaning up the cockpit area while also keeping them out of harm's way. Only the internally routed cable for the rear shock lockout enters the frame directly into the top tube for extra smooth lockout action.
MODERN DOWN COUNTRY GEOMETRY - In line with today's more demanding and aggressive XC course as well as the rising interest in light yet capable short-travel bikes of the 'down country' segment, we have slackened the head angle by 1.5° (trail version even 3°), increased the reach, lowered the bottom bracket and standover height and steepened the seat angle by 1.5 - 2°.
NON-SLIP TIGHTENING - All hardware bolts can be tightened via a TORX 30 key from just one side, without running the risk that the opposite side slips or turns, allowing faster and more straightforward tightening of important hardware components.
DOUBLE BOTTLE - Ability to fit two big water bottles into the frame without affecting the suspension action or making the bottles difficult to reach. Perfect for long marathon races and extended trail sessions.
TRAIL MOUNT - An additional fixing point behind the head tube offers the option to attach a spare tube, tool or small spare parts safely and securely.
FRAME - NINETY-SIX RC CF4 III, 100mm suspension travel, material: carbon, 29x2.3" max. wheelsize, 148x12mm axle standard, BSA bottom bracket standard
FRAME - SIZE S, M, L, XL
FORK - Fox Performance 32 Float SC, Air, 100mm suspension travel, Tapered, Remote lockout, 44mm fork offset, 29x2.3" max. wheelsize
SHOCK - Fox Performance Elite Float, remote lockout
BRAKES - Shimano XT / Shimano XT M8110
ROTORS - Shimano RT54
HEADSET - MERIDA-8151 1-1/8"-1.5" cartridge bearing set
HANDLEBAR - MERIDA EXPERT CC, material: aluminium, 740mm width, flat
HANDLEBAR - STEM MERIDA TEAM CC II, material: aluminium, 31.8mm diameter, -20° stem angle
GRIP - Rock Shox TwistLoc grip
DERAILLEUR - (R) Shimano XT M8100 Shadow+, SGS
SHIFTERS - Shimano SL -MT500-IL / Shimano XT
SEAT POST - MERIDA EXPERT TR LIGHT, 30.9mm diameter, 0mm setback, S/M/L/XL: 100mm travel seatpost
SEAT CLAMP - MERIDA EXPERT
SADDLE - MERIDA EXPERT CC, MERIDA EXPERT
CHAIN - Shimano SLX
CHAINWHEEL - Shimano XT, 32 teeth
FREEWHEEL - Shimano XT, 10-51 teeth, 12 speed
BOTTOM BRAKET - Shimano SM-BB52
RIM - MERIDA EXPERT CC, 22.8mm inner width, material: aluminium, Tubeless ready (tubeless tape and valves not included)
HUBS - Shimano SLX
AXLES - MERIDA EXPERT TR
SPOKES - Double Butted Black stainless
TYRES - Maxxis Rekon Race