The NewNinety-six team
It is nothing less than the homecoming of a legend. With the new NINETY-SIX, MERIDA proudly presents the second generation of one of the most successful XC full suspensions of all time.
Originally launched for the 2007 season, already the prototype of the first NINETY-SIX showed of what it would be capable. Shortly before serial production, one of the last test versions was pedaled by the MULATIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM to a spectacular second place at the Cross Country World Championships – simply the perfect accolade. Later it received numerous recommendations and awards worldwide, among them the prestigious “Milestone Award” from renowned German magazine “BIKE” – before passing the torch to its successor NINETY-NINE in 2011.
The backdrop to the switch to a new model at that time was that double-chainring drivetrains started to dominate especially the XC World Cup racing circuit. With the NINETY-SIX kinematically being a child of the triple-chainring era, its successor was developed around the new system. One year later, MERIDA responded to the increasing use of big wheels on the international racing tracks and presented a state-of-the-art 29er.
But the world of mountain biking kept on changing, and just like our MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM, we also like to keep moving. Another chainring has vanished from XC racing by now, and 1x11 drivetrains are radically changing how we build mountain bikes in general. With the brand-new NINETY-SIX, the future is already here. Geometrically and kinematically optimized for single chainring set ups, this bike is ready to face the challenges of elite XC racing head on.
Its stellar weight and superb pedaling efficiency are accompanied by the relocation of the rear shock to below the top tube, which makes for a very direct linkage. This position also allows for the remote lockout to be used perfectly. With new technologies like the “Smart Entry” clamped internal routing of all cables (also Di2) and “Race Link” suspension, the name NINETY-SIX again stands for one of the most exiting bikes in the XC World Cup. Thanks to 29er and 27.5” wheel size options for different frame sizes, it also stands for incredible versatility.
The NINETY-SIX will be available in November 2015.
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