NINETY-SIX RC 10K

Our range-topping XC racer leaves no stone unturned in the pursuit of performance. Lightweight carbon frame paired with the best kit to deliver a race weapon so sharp it'll slice competition like sushi.
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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.

  • Lightweight CF4 carbon frame
  • FOX Float DPS Performance Elite shock and RockShox SID 120mm fork
  • Shimano Deore / SLX 1 x 12 transmission with Race Face Aeffect crank
  • Shimano SLX hydraulic disc brakes
  • Maxxis Minion DHR II tyres
  • Dropper post

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  • 100mm suspension travel
  • material: carbon
  • 29 wheelsize
  • 148x12mm axle standard
  • BSA bottom bracket standard
frame size M, L, XL
  • Air
  • 100mm suspension travel
  • Tapered
  • Remote lockout
  • 44mm fork offset
  • 29x2.4" max. wheelsize
  • 110x15mm width front hub
  • 148x12mm width rear hub
  • 30/28mm inner width
  • Centerlock
  • Shimano 12 Speed
  • material: carbon
  • Tubeless ready (tubeless tape and valves included)
  • Lifetime warranty
  • 29x2.35"
  • fold
  • TR EXO 120 TPI
  • 29x2.25"
  • fold
  • TR EXO 120 TPI
  • including removeable lever, 6/4mm allen key
crank size 170 mm-S, 175 mm-M up
bottom bracket BB DUB BSA 73 MTB
  • 10-52 teeth
  • 12 speed
chain Sram XX1 Eagle
shifters Shimano SL -MT800-IL / Sram AXS Rocker Paddle
rear derailleur Sram XX1 Eagle AXS
  • 2 piston
  • 2 piston
  • flat mount
headset MERIDA-8151 1-1/8"-1.5" cartridge bearing set
  • material: aluminium
  • 31.8mm diameter
  • -8° stem angle
  • S-60 mm, M/L/XL-70 mm
stem size S-60 mm, M/L/XL-70 mm
  • material: carbon
  • 760mm width
  • flat
grip Rock Shox TwistLoc grip
  • 30.9mm diameter
  • 0mm setback
  • S/M/L/XL: 100mm travel seatpost
remote lever Twistloc
saddle SCRATCH M5 PAS
seat clamp MERIDA EXPERT
bottle cage Carbon BS319
Bike Frame Geometry Image
Frame Size M L XL
Tyre Sizes 29" 29" 29"
St Seat Tubes mm 440 470 500
Tt Top Tubes mm 596 619 643
Cs Chain Stays mm 435 435 435
HTA head tube angle [°] 68.5 68.5 68.5
STA seat tube angle [°] 76.5 76 76
Bd Bottom Bracket Drops mm 45 45 45
Ht Head Tube Lengths mm 95 105 115
Fl Fork Lengths mm 503 503 503
R Reach mm 453 473 493
S Stacks mm 585 595 604
Wb Wheel Base mm 1146 1169 1193
Sh Stand Over Height mm 731 736 738

Technology

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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

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.

WIRE PORT