The 2016 cycling season is going to be exciting! So grab your handlebars, step on the pedals and discover MERIDA’s upcoming product news. Not only do we present with the SCULTURA the currently lightest carbon production road bike in the world, but also several highlights for mountain bikers, cyclo-crossers, female riders and pedelec fans. Our MTB-range gets a boost with the return of the newly developed cross country full suspension NINETY-SIX, which will be available in both 29er and 27.5” (650B) versions. Just like our established ONE-TWENTY, which we have also refined with a new carbon frame.
The super sporty CYCLO CROSS CARBON adds serious ambitions to our CX-range, while female riders can look forward to improvements on our women’s specific JULIET hardtails with 100mm of travel – the latter’s revised geometry again increases confidence and comfort. Moreover, 2016 brings with it the introduction of e-bikes with Shimano’s STePS centerdrive system. The on-road leisure pedelec eSPRESSO and the electric mountain bike BIG.SEVEN eLITE benefit from the extremely long ranges which are made possible by the new motor and battery by drivetrain-specialist Shimano.
Innovations 2016MERIDA NINETY-SIX
This is the return of a legend. Our first generation NINETY-SIX was one of the most successful XC racing full suspensions of its time but had to make way for its successors NINETY-NINE and BIG NINETY-NINE. For 2016, it is back stronger than ever. With a frame weight of just below 1800 g and developed in close collaboration with the pros of our MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM, it is ideally equipped for the hardest XC race tracks. This marvel of engineering is nothing less than the most innovative full suspension we have ever built. With to our “Size Specific Wheeling” concept (new for 2016), the NINETY-SIX will be optionally available in 27.5 (650B) or as a 29er, depending on frame size and riding preferences.
All frame levels share not only the same race-oriented geometry, but also a lightweight carbon rocker. This is the heart of the brilliantly pedal-neutral “Race Link” suspension, which we have optimized for the world of 1x drivetrains. With approximately 100mm of rear travel, which can be locked out for the hardest sprints, and 100mm forks, the NINETY-SIX sings to sporty riders and passionate XC racers. The high end TEAM-version even features the fantastic RockShox RS-1 of World Cup fame! Moreover, the new “Smart Entry” internal cable system enables the smart and rattle-free routing of all currently available mechanical cables and hydraulic hoses.
Innovations 2016MERIDA SCULTURA
The “sculpture“ pushes the limits of what is technically possible and redefines the boundaries for super light carbon road bikes. With a weigh of only 690 g, the top-level “CF5” carbon frame enables the frameset (together with the also new carbon fork) to come in at the magical value of just below 1000 g. And that’s not all: comfort and aerodynamics are on a whole new level too. “NACA Fastback” tube profiles, which are based on NASA research and our own tests in the wind tunnel, were featured first on our time trial bike. But why not have other cyclists profit from these sleek tube profiles with their brilliant cut-off teardrop shape? Another aero-optimization is the relocation of the rear brake to behind the bottom bracket.
Both features let the SCULTURA come “dangerously” close to our aero-racer REACTO. The new position of the brake also brings with it a great side effect: improved comfort. The omission of the small bridge between the seat stays (where the brake is usually mounted) results in a greater amount of horizontal flex, which in return enhances the already brilliantly performing SCULTURA’s comfort aspects – together with up to 28mm wide tires. Extremely stiff head tube and bottom bracket areas ensure that this bike nevertheless rides like a lightning. All in all, the 2016 SCULTURA represents the incredibly high “engineered in Germany” development objectives of our R&D team.
Innovations 2016ONE-TWENTY CARBON
More than 400 g are saved with the new 2016 carbon models of the ONE-TWENTY, our established 120+ mm full suspension for trail riders. This is made possible by a new carbon main frame, while the rear end – ever in the line of fire – continues to be made of robust but light aluminum. This way, the ONE-TWENTY keeps the aggressive characteristics of the all-aluminum version, which have made this bike one that pushes the limits of what can be done on a bike with this travel. Just like the also new NINETY-SIX, it features our new “Size Specific Wheeling” concept to make the bike optionally
available in 27.5 (650B) or as a 29er, depending on frame size and riding preferences. Smaller wheels make it more playful through twisty singletrack or more stable while big wheels have it lean more to endurance oriented riding. Another new for 2016 highlight is the carbon version’s “Smart Entry” internal cable system, MERIDA’s positive answer to the question if there can be an intelligent, rattle-free routing of all possible mechanical cables and hydraulic hoses on a full-suspension mtb – including the dropper seatpost’s.
Innovations 2016CYCLO CROSS CARBON
This bike will be the most coveted and feared one at the startling lines of upcoming cyclo cross races. With its new 1050 g full carbon frame, our CYCLO CROSS CARBON is not only exceptionally light but also extraordinarily easy to accelerate on challenging CX-tracks. Super stiff bottom bracket and head tube areas (together with a tapered steerer) result in brilliant tracking and responsiveness. This is supported by the also new carbon fork with a 15mm trough axle and internal routing of the front brake’s hose.
On the rear you will also find a 12mm through axle for superb stiffness and an always unproblematic, perfect alignment of the brake system. No need to worry anymore about maximally tough conditions and frequent wheel changes during races! Other highlights on the 2016 CYCLO CROSS CARBON include fully internal cable routing, compatibility with race ready 1x11 drivetrains, and, on the top-of-the-line model, tubular tires.
Aside from their independent design and thought through specs, our women’s specific JULIET hardtails are loved because of a special detail: their geometry. Which female rider would not like a bike that makes her more comfortable on a 100mm mountain bike? Confidence is the magic word, and the JULIET inspires lots of it with its low standover height, which has been reduced for 2016 even more.
All in all, the striking swoop of the top tube not only gives a JULIET-mtb its unique sporty looks but also enhances the feeling of freedom on the rider’s side. Finally, 26 and 27.5 inch (650B) variants make this model line accessible and versatile.