Down-country oriented lightweight carbon full sus with 120 mm FOX 34 Float SC Performance Elite fork, Reynolds carbon wheelset, Shimano XT 1 x 12 transmission and Shimano XT hydraulic disc brakes.
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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 FOX 34 Float SC Performance Elite fork
  • Reynolds TR309/289 carbon wheelset with Maxxis Minion DHR II tyres
  • Shimano XT 1 x 12 drivetrain with Race Face Next R crank
  • Shimano XT hydraulic disc brakes
  • Dropper post

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model year 2022
  • 100mm suspension travel
  • material: carbon
  • 29x2.3" max. wheelsize
  • 148x12mm axle standard
  • BSA bottom bracket standard
  • SRAM-UDH Hanger
frame size M, L, XL
  • Air
  • 120mm 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
  • 29x2.3"
  • fold
  • TR EXO 3C MaxxTerra
  • 29x2.3"
  • fold
  • TR EXO 3C MaxxTerra
  • including removeable lever, 6/4mm allen key
  • 32 teeth
  • 170 mm-S, 175 mm-M up
bottom bracket BB, BSA 73mm– Ø30mm, Ext. Seal
  • 10-51 teeth
  • 12 speed
chain Shimano XT
  • 4 piston
  • 2 piston
  • flat mount
headset MERIDA 8151
  • material: aluminium
  • 31.8mm diameter
  • -8° stem angle
  • 60 mm
stem size 60 mm
  • material: aluminium
  • 760mm width
  • flat
grip Rock Shox TwistLoc grip
  • 30.9mm diameter
  • 0mm setback
  • S: 125mm travel seatpost - M 150mm travel seatpost - L/XL 170mm travel seatpost
remote lever Rock Shox Twistloc
seat clamp MERIDA EXPERT
  • V-mount
  • incl. MERIDA minitool
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 601 624 648
Cs Chain Stays mm 435 435 435
HTA head tube angle [°] 67 67 67
STA seat tube angle [°] 75 75 74.5
Bd Bottom Bracket Drops mm 36 36 36
Ht Head Tube Lengths mm 95 105 115
Fl Fork Lengths mm 530 530 530
R Reach mm 440 460 480
S Stacks mm 595 605 614
Wb Wheel Base mm 1156 1180 1203
Sh Stand Over Height mm 741 747 749
No. Item-No. Name Info Pieces Torque NM
1 A2191000227 HEAD SET Acros AIX-585 1
2 A2136000017 MOUNT for bottle cage 1
3 A2298000185 SCREW M5x0.8 L10mm 4 3~5
4 A2298000145 SCREW M5x0.8 L25mm 1 3~5
5 A2300000477 BOLT M10x1 OD15/17mm L65mm 1
6 A2300000476 SCREW M10x1 L15mm 1 14~16
7 A2221000040 BEARING 172607V-2RS OD26mm ID17mm W7mm 1
8 A2221000043 BEARING 3802V-2RS OD24mm ID15mm W7mm 1
9 A2294000102 WASHER OD21mm ID17.1mm H3mm 1
10 A2294000016 WASHER OD19mm ID15.1mm H3mm 1
11 A2300000577 SCREW M6x1 L13,5mm 3 6~8
12 A2300000471 BOLT M6x1 OD10mm L39mm 1
13 A2300000472 BOLT M6x1 OD10mm L34mm 1
14 A2300000473 BOLT M6x1 OD10mm L55mm 1
15 A2181000005 WASHER OD15mm ID10.1mm H27mm 1
16 A2221000034 BEARING 6800V-2RS OD19mm ID10mm W5mm 3
17 A2294000085 WASHER OD15.5mm ID10.1mm H2mm 3
18 A2300000578 SCREW M6x1 L13mm 1 6~8
19 A2300000475 BOLT M6x1 OD10/12mm L55mmM6x1 OD10/12mm L55mm 1
20 A2221000035 BEARING 6801V-2RS OD21mm ID12mm W5mm 1
21 A2294000105 WASHER OD17mm ID12.1mm H2mm 1
22 A2258000225 CABLE GUIDE for RD and rear brake 1
23 A2300000501 SCREW M4x0.7 L16mm 1 1,5~2
24 A2300000485 SCREW M4x0.7 L6mm 1 1,5~2
25 A2298000113 SCREW M6x1 L16mm 1 6~8
26 A2300000484 SCREW M4x0.7 L10mm 1 1,5~2
27 A2294000167 WASHER OD6.4mm ID12mm H0.5mm 1
28 A2232000030 MOUNT Mount for chain guide 1
29 A2232000028 CHAIN GUIDE for 30T-38T 1
30 A2258000079 CABLE PLUG for mechanical 1
31 A2258000052 BLIND PLUG for wireless RD 1
32 A2311000102 RD-HANGER UDH 1
33 A2298000059 SCREW M5x0.8 L15mm 2 3~5
34 A2002000135 THRU AXLE EXPERT TR; L=178.5mm M12x1 TL=13.5mm 1
35 A2358000113 PROTECTOR for down tube 1
36 A2352000066 PROTECTOR for chain stay 1
37 A2352000037 TUBE foam; ID6mm L450mm 1
38 A2352000037 TUBE foam; ID6mm L450mm 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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