Merida Ninety Six.9 Team is a professional level dual suspension mountain bike for cross country racing. Merida Ninety Six.9 is the weapon of choice for Multivan Merida Biking Team in the cross country world championships. The Ninety Six series uses Merida's M.O.R.E technology, whereby the bike is available in 27.5 (650B) or as a 29er, depending on frame size and riding preferences. This aims to match the size of the bike and rider with an optimal wheel size in order to provide riders of different sizes with ideal weight distribution and handling.
A key feature is the RockShox RS1 fork, which is a new innovation to race level mountain bikes. The RS1 fork is inverted, similar to the fork design favoured by motorcycles. This means that on impact, the wheel and staunchion absorb impact by moving up into the fork, rather than traditional suspensions where the bike pushes down into the fork. This design allows for bigger, stiffer fork design which aids steering, smoother absorption of bumps, an increased durability as fork remains better protected at the seals and more constantly lubricated.
Other high end components include DT Swiss wheels, and SRAM XX1 shifting. Simple, lightweight and durable, SRAM XX1 has only 1 chainring, eliminating the front derailleur and other associated weight. It offers a more efficient gear selection, and eliminates redundant gear ratios that are repeated in 2x and 3x drivetrains. XX1 is also less prone to chain dropping, increasing overall reliability.
Merida’s NANO Matrix carbon technology uses NANO-particles to reinforce the matrix structure of the carbon fibre which offers up to 40% more strength and impact resistance than commonly used methods.
Overall the Merida Ninety Six.9 Team is a bike featuring the very best in mountain bike technology, designed specifcally to ride fast in the world's biggest racers.
|COLOURS||matt UD Carbon (green/white)|
|FORK||Factory Fox 32 Float air fork with 100mm travel, 15mm bolt through axle, Kashima coating and 2 stage remote lockout|
|SHOCK||Fox Factory Float Remote|
|DERAILLEUR REAR||Sram XX1|
|SHIFTERS||Sram XX1 Eagle 12 speed trigger with Sram MMX clamp|
|BRAKE LEVER||Sram Level Ultimate|
|BRAKES||Sram Level Ultimate hydraulic disc, 180mm / 160mm rotors|
|CHAINWHEEL||Sram XX1 34 teeth|
|CHAIN||Sram X01 Eagle|
|FREEWHEEL||Sram XG 1299 Eagle, 12 speed, 10-50 teeth|
|TYRES||Maxxis Ikon Exception 2.2" 3C|
|HANDLEBAR STEM||MERIDA Team 3d forged 6061-T6 aluminium, titanium bolts, oversize clamp CC -17 degree|
|HANDLEBAR||MERIDA Team CC 720mm wide flat|
|SEAT POST||Kindshock Zeta 50mm dropper, 30.9mm|
|SADDLE||Prologo Scratch 2 Tirox|