MTB Team BikesBIG NINETY-NINE
With Ondrej Cink and Thomas Litscher, the team’s “Young guns” beat up the XC world-cup at their ultra lightweight full-carbon variety of the BIG NINETY-NINE dual-suspension bike.
Especially the Czech talent Ondrej Cink, who races under all conditions with his BIG NINETY-NINE benefits from the forgiving character of his fully during technical descents and proved this successful package with a 5th rank overall at the 2013 XC World-Cup.
Weighing less than 1900 grams*, the «Nano Matrix Carbon» frame of the BIG NINTEY-NINE is decidedly lightweight, but minimizing the weight was not the sole objective when developing the carbon fibre version. Much rather the goal was to make the best possible use of the fundamental advantages of the larger wheels and to maximize those advantages. For example, MERIDA’s proprietary «Double Chamber Technology» increases the respective frame section’s stiffness significantly using a reinforcing centre brace that separates the carbon down-tube into two separate chambers.
One of the BIG NINETY-NINE’s most remarkable features is its high bottom bracket rigidity. Thanks to the one-piece construction of the seat stays that pass the seat tube in a u-shape and the featherweight, one-piece fullcarbon rocker arm no power is lost when accelerating.
Not only does the BIG NINETY-NINE exceed the stiffness measures of comparable dual-suspension frames, it even beats our superior hardtails regarding this matter!
Tapering from 1 1 / 8 to 1.5 inches in diameter («Tapered Steerer»), the head tube is critical for precise handling in technical sections. Add to that a 12 mm thru axle in the rear and the possibility to lock the suspension hydraulically from the handlebar, and you know why the BIG NINETY-NINE is the perfect choice for XC courses with long, demanding climbs and hard descents – but also for stage races such as the Cape Epic. Apart from the SID XX suspension fork, RockShox also supplies an ultra lightweight, custom tuned Monarch XX shock for the BIG NINETY-NINE, and Sram’s XX1 drive train is a perfect match for the position of the frame’s main pivot.
Prologo supplies the saddles since the last season, and their patented «Slide Control System» offers better grip and support for the riders when climbing.
* Weighed frame size 19 inch, without shock