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2016 new products show for international media


2016 new products show for international media

At the end of May MERIDA made good use of the UCI Cross Country World Cup race held in Albstadt, Germany to present two of its mountain bike highlights for the 2016 season to a select group of international media. Not far from the European headquarters of Taiwan’s second-biggest bicycle manufacturer 56 journalists from 19 countries were given the exclusive opportunity to extensively test the new race full-suspension model NINETY-SIX and another new bike for the 2016 season, the carbon version of the already existing ONE-TWENTY trailbike platform, during two days. On top of that, the elite racers of the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM including legends such as José Hermida and Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå were available for questions and statements regarding their new working tool.

“The new NINETY-SIX, that does not only remind of one of our most successful full-suspension bikes of all times by name, has been developed in close cooperation with the pro riders of the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM”, explains Jürgen Falke, MERIDA’s Senior R&D Manager and Head of Products. While riders such as Thomas Litscher and Ondrej Cink have been successfully racing the company’s existing fully-suspended twentyniner racing platform NINETY-NINE, both José Hermida and Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå were asking for a better suiting concept to match their riding styles and to make the switch to a full-suspension model after all the years they have been exclusively racing on hardtails. “As a consequence, the inputs of Thomas and Ondrej were just as important for the development as those of Gunn-Rita and José”, Jürgen Falke reflects on the whole developing process that now has been concluded successfully. And he has some good reasons to be satisfied, as the new star in the ranks of full-suspension race bikes has already been put to use by three riders of the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM at the second race of the Cross Country World Cup season in Albstadt.

When compared to the NINETY-NINE, the new NINETY-SIX features a shorter wheelbase while still providing a longer reach. “One requirement by the riders was to get a decidedly agile bike that shines on modern World Cup courses while still providing a maximum of safety and control on fast descents”, Falke explains.

he frame of MERIDA’s mountain bike highlight for 2016 features a number of novelties such as new production techniques that help lowering the weight of the top-level “CF5” frame to as little as 1700 grams (size medium, without shock) and proprietary standards such as the “Smart Entry” technology. According to Head of Products Jürgen Falke “the new NINETY-SIX is perfectly prepared for the internal routing of all cables and hoses – including electronic drive trains, dropper posts or electronically controlled shocks thanks to the new ,Smart Entry’ technology.” As for the kinematics, the NINETY-SIX has been optimized for the use of 1x11 drivetrains, and depending on the respective national market the bike will be available by the end of 2015 as both a twentyniner with 96mm of travel or in a 27.5 inch-wheeled version with 109mm of travel. “Thanks to our ,Size Specific Wheeling’ concept, riders of all sizes and preferences will find a NINETY-SIX variety that perfectly fits their needs – and the new kinematics make sure that the characteristics of the rear suspension are consistent no matter what frame or wheel size you choose”, Jürgen Falke comments on MERIDA’s new sizing concept that offers some overlap.

“Size Specific Wheeling” is also being used for the new ONE-TWENTY CARBON platform that will complement MERIDA’s line-up of 130mm travel trailbikes. By using carbon fibers, the engineers managed to chop 400 grams off the main frame’s weight. As for the geometry and the kinematics, the new carbon version relies on the same advantages as its proven aluminium siblings. While with the NINETY-SIX only the medium frame size is offered with two different wheel sizes, MERIDA holds this choice for both the medium and the large sized frames of the trailbike available. “By doing so, we increase the adaptability of the bike to individual preferences and needs regarding various riding styles and intended kinds of use”, Senior R&D Manager Jürgen Falke explains. The ONE-TWENTY CARBON is scheduled to become available by the end of August, just in time for 2015’s EUROBIKE trade show.