NINETY-SIX RC XT

This bike delivers top-level performance without blowing the budget, just like the privateer cross-country racers it's aimed at. The sweet spot between outright speed and excess spend? You got it.
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  • The life of the privateer cross-country racer is the hardest one on the grid

    delivering top-level performance but without top-level resources. That's where the NINETY-SIX XT RC comes in with a race-ready package of a lightweight CF4 carbon frame married to components that hit that sweet spot between performance and cost. Shimano's benchmark 12-speed XT drivetrain needs no introduction, while Fox' proven 32SC fork and float shock serve up their 100 mm of travel, lap after lap. Your rivals will get bored of seeing the back of you.

    The NINETY-SIX is the new and exciting reincarnation of our former World Cup proven XC and marathon machine. It inherits the forward-surging race genes of the old NINETY-SIX and combines it with a new readiness and ability to tackle today’s demanding XC and marathon courses. The carbon fibre frame platform and P-FLEX suspension is the perfect basis for a fun-packed, fast and trail loving short travel full suspension machine that helps define what a modern cross country race bike should be. It's able to take on the rougher than ever world-class race tracks as well as the trail riders who want hyper-speed climbing with the ability to descent like never before. For those that want a cross-country bike for race duties rather than high-speed trail fun, the RC models deliver a short travel punch with a 100 mm fork in the front, super fast rolling tyres and a lighter front brake.

    • Lightweight CF4 carbon frame with 100 mm of travel and P-FLEX technology
    • Shimano's proven 12-speed XT drivetrain
    • Modern aggressive geometry with dropper seatpost
    • Fox Performance 32SC fork and Float suspension hits the bang for buck sweet spot
    • Fast rolling Maxxis tyres
    • Dual remote lockouts for maximum efficiency

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    • 100mm suspension travel
    • material: carbon
    • 29 wheelsize
    • 148x12mm axle standard
    • BSA bottom bracket standard
    frame size S, M, L, XL
    color DARK SILVER (BLACK/SILVER)
    • Air
    • 100mm suspension travel
    • Tapered
    • Remote lockout
    • 44mm fork offset
    derailleur (r) Shimano XT M8100 Shadow+
    shifter front Shimano SL -MT500-IL
    • 2 piston
    • flat mount
    • 32 teeth
    • 170 mm-S, 175 mm-M up
    chain Shimano SLX
    crank size 170 mm-S, 175 mm-M up
    • 110x15mm width front hub
    • 32 spoke holes
    • Centerlock
    • 148x12mm width rear hub, 32 spoke holes
    • Centerlock
    • 22.8mm inner width
    • material: aluminium
    • Tubeless ready (tubeless tape and valves not included)
    • 10-51 teeth
    • 12 speed
    • 29x2.25"
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    • TR EXO 120 TPI
    • 29x2.25"
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    • TR EXO 120 TPI
    spokes Double Butted Black stainless
    • material: aluminium
    • 31.8mm diameter
    • -8° stem angle
    • S-60 mm, M/L/XL-70 mm
    • material: aluminium
    • 760mm width
    • flat
    headset MERIDA-8151 1-1/8"-1.5" cartridge bearing set
    • 30.9mm diameter
    • 0mm setback
    • S/M/L/XL: 100mm travel seatpost
    • incl. MERIDA minitool
    max. weight 135 kg
    Bike Frame Geometry Image
    Frame Size S M L XL
    Tyre Sizes 29" 29" 29" 29"
    ST seat tube [mm] 400 440 470 500
    TT top tube [mm] 576 596 619 643
    CS chain stay length [mm] 435 435 435 435
    HTA head tube angle [°] 68.5 68.5 68.5 68.5
    STA seat tube angle [°] 76.5 76.5 76 76
    BD bottom bracked drop [mm] 45 45 45 45
    HT head tube [mm] 95 95 105 115
    FL fork length [mm] 503 503 503 503
    R reach [mm] 433 453 473 493
    S stack [mm] 585 585 595 604
    WB wheel base [mm] 1126 1146 1169 1193
    SH stand over height [mm] 730 731 736 738
    No. Item-No. Name Info Pieces Torque NM
    2 2136001371 BC - MOUNT 1
    3 2298012187 SCREW 4 5
    4 2298011164 SCREW 1 5
    5 2300015847 BOLT 1
    6 2300015836 SCREW 1 16
    7 2221002340 BEARING 3803V-2RS 26D*17D*7W 1
    8 2221002395 BEARING 3802V-2RS 24D*15D*7W 1
    9 2294004882 WASHER 1
    10 2294001180 WASHER 1
    11 2300015773 SCREW 3 8
    12 2300015784 BOLT 1
    13 2300015795 BOLT 1
    14 2300015803 BOLT 1
    15 2181000342 SPACER 1
    16 2221002254 BEARING 6800V-2RS 19D*10D*5W 3
    17 2294004451 WASHER 3
    18 2300015814 SCREW 1 8
    19 2300015825 BOLT 1
    20 2221002265 BEARING 6801V-2RS 21D*12D*5W 1
    21 2294004956 WASHER 1
    22 2258005740 CABLE GUIDE 1
    23 2300012509 SCREW 1 2,5
    24 2300015922 LOCKING SCREW 1 2,5
    25 2298010442 SCREW 1 8
    26 2300015911 SCREW 1 2,5
    27 2294005816 WASHER 1
    28 2232002398 BASE PLATE 1
    29 2232002376 CHAIN GUARD 1
    30 2258004471 CABLE GUIDE 1
    31 2311005673 DROPOUT SRAM UDH 1

    Technologies

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    X-TAPER HEADTUBE

    Our X-Tapered headtube offers the space for a tapered fork to be fitted. Tapered forks offer superb stiffness and precise and deliver confidence-inspiring steering.

    X-TAPER HEADTUBE
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    INTERNAL CABLE ROUTING

    Cables are routed through the frame, entering and exiting through smooth sockets. The bike looks neat, whilst the cables are protected from moisture and dirt.

    INTERNAL CABLE ROUTING
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    NANO MATRIX CARBON

    To protect the integrity of carbon frames, the fibres are bonded together with an epoxy resin with added nano particles, increasing impact resistance by up to 40%.

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    AWS

    When creating the individual carbon elements, an inflatable bladder is used to ensure there are no wrinkles inside the tube as these can add weight and create weakness. This results in a lighter, stiffer and stronger frame.

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    NON-SLIP TIGHTENING

    Selected 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.

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    P-FLEX

    The compliance of the material and the specific shaping of the tubes, allows the frame to flex near the seat and chainstay junction, making a pivot point obsolete. By not fitting a pivot point at the seat and chainstay junction, we save weight as well as add stiffness.

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    WIRE PORT

    MERIDA designed headsets that allow all control cables to enter the frame through the headset, creating a clean and uncluttered look, without making structural changes to the frame. Depending on the model, the cables are run completely internally (including bar and stem) or semi-integrated where the cables enter the frame underneath the stem. 

    WIRE PORT