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 CF5 carbon frame
  • FOX Float DPS Factory shock and FOX 34 Float SC Factory fork
  • Sram XX1 Eagle AXS transmission with Sram XX1 Eagle Power Meter
  • Shimano XTR hydraulic disc brakes
  • Reynolds BLACKLABEL 309/289 XC carbon wheelset
  • FOX Transfer SLD 100mm dropper post

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model year 2022
  • 100mm suspension travel
  • material: carbon
  • 29 wheelsize
  • 148x12mm axle standard
  • BSA bottom bracket standard
  • SRAM-UDH Hanger
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 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
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
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

To reduce production and delivery times, we are sometimes forced to make last-minute specification changes. Please be aware that those changes might not be reflected on these product pages and images.



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Steering precision is vital to safe and confident handling, and the X-TAPER HEADTUBE allows us to significantly boost this precision. A larger headset diameter at the bottom paired with a smaller one at the top helps to deal with the strains modern riding and equipment can put on the headtube, all without adding unnecessary weight. It allows tapered forks to be fitted with ease and delivers precise and confidence-inspiring steering.

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On the majority of our frames, we run the gear and brake cables and hoses through the frame. The cables enter and exit the frame through smooth sockets, or we use one of our other systems like SMART ENTRY or WIRE PORT to be routed through. Running the cables inside the frame protects them from the elements, gives a clean and neat look and can offer aerodynamic advantages.

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NANO MATRIX CARBON is a special kind of carbon fibre where we add extremely tiny, nano-scale particles to the resin that binds the individual carbon fibres together. These then work on a molecular level to protect them from damage. It’s so effective that it can actually increase the finished carbon fibre’s impact resistance by up to 40%, allowing us to build stronger and lighter composite frames that result in a faster and tougher bike.

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This is a method we use to manufacture our carbon fibre frames. First, the carbon fibre that makes up the frame is laid around special formers. We then use a bladder to compress the layers against the outside of the frame mould, giving a smooth and wrinkle-free internal finish, removing any voids in between the layers of carbon that can cause potential weak points, resulting in a stronger, lighter frame.

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This system means you only need a single tool to tighten important bolts, making it easy to secure them while out on the trail and also making routine maintenance faster and simpler. The bolts have a specially shaped head on one end that fits into a matching recess in the frame, preventing rotation. That means there is no hardware bonded into the frame itself, so damaged threads or bolts can be easily replaced.

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A suspension design where the traditional pivot point on the seat stay is eliminated in favour of a flexstay design. This uses the compliance of the material and specific shaping of the tubes to allow for the seat and chain stays to move apart as the suspension moves through the travel. By removing this pivot point at the seat and chain stay junction, we save weight, reduce maintenance needs and add stiffness to the frame structure.

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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.

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