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 32 SC 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 latest incarnation 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 descend 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 32 SC fork and Float suspension hits the bang for buck sweet spot
  • Fast rolling Maxxis tyres
  • Dual remote lockouts for maximum efficiency
  • 100 mm suspension travel
  • material: carbon
  • 29x2.35" max. wheelsize
  • 148x12 mm axle standard
  • BSA bottom bracket standard
frame size S, M, L, XL
  • Air
  • 100 mm suspension travel
  • Tapered
  • Remote lockout
  • 44 mm fork offset
  • 180 mm
  • 160 mm
  • Upper and lower IPS sealing
  • material: aluminium
  • 760 mm width
  • flat
  • material: aluminium
  • 31.8 mm diameter
  • -6° stem angle
  • S:60 mm, M/L/XL:70 mm
grip Rock Shox TwistLoc grip
  • 30.9 mm diameter
  • 0 mm setback
  • S/M/L/XL: 100 mm travel seatpost
seat clamp MERIDA EXPERT
  • V-mount
  • incl. MERIDA minitool
chain KMC X12
  • 32 teeth
  • 170 mm-S, 175 mm-M up
  • 10-51 teeth
  • 12 speed
  • 110x15 mm width front hub
  • 32 spoke holes
  • Centerlock
  • 148x12 mm width rear hub, 32 spoke holes
  • Centerlock
  • 22.8 mm inner width
  • material: aluminium
  • Tubeless ready (tubeless tape and valves not included)
  • 29x2.25"
  • fold
  • TR EXO 120 TPI
  • 29x2.25"
  • fold
  • TR EXO 120 TPI
  • including removeable lever, 6/4 mm allen key
spokes Double Butted Black stainless
  • weighed at frame size M
  • Weight may vary depending on bike size, finish or possible specification changes due to supply chain issues.
  • Total weight of bike, rider and luggage
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 bracket 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

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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MERIDA designed headsets that enable all control cables from the handlebar to enter the frame through the headset cover, creating a clean and uncluttered look, allowing for a lighter, stronger and more aerodynamic frame structure than with conventional cable ports. Depending on the model, the cables are run completely internally (including the bar and stem) or semi-integrated, where the cables enter the frame underneath the stem.

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