Redesigned for 2021, the new Merida Ninety-Six is a short travel full-suspension bike that appears to have some real potential as a bikepacking or ultra-endurance racing rig. Find all the details and their launch video here…

Everyone is demanding more from their bike these days. Gravel bikes look suspiciously like mountain bikes, head tube angles are getting super slackened, and cross country dual-suspension mountain bikes are being tweaked to handle rougher and steeper terrain. Germany-based Merida just announced an updated version of their carbon Ninety-Six short travel full-suspension bike, which they say combines “the climbing and sprinting ability of an XC race bike with a ‘trail-ability’ of a trail bike.”

  • Merida Ninety Six 2021
  • Merida Ninety Six 2021
  • Merida Ninety Six 2021
  • Merida Ninety Six 2021
  • Merida Ninety Six 2021

The Merida Ninety-Six is offered in two configurations: a more classic cross-country (NINETY-SIX RC) or a down-country (NINETY-SIX) setup. The RC models have a 100mm fork in the front, super-fast-rolling tires, and a lighter front brake. The (non-RC) NINETY-SIX models have 120mm in the front, more grippy tires, and a more powerful front brake. Find a summary of what’s new below, followed by a breakdown of the different builds and Merida’s product launch video.

2021 Merida Ninety-Six At a Glance

  • P-Flex flex pivot: To save weight and further improve the frame stiffness, Merida have removed the seat-/chainstay pivot point. Instead of a classic bearing, the material properties of the frame allow sufficient flex without having an impact on durability.
  • Flat Mount Rear Brake: Due to the lack of a rear pivot point, the Ninety-Six is now equipped with a smaller, and less bulky flat mount rear brake.
  • Two Bottle Mounts: Lower seat tube adapter provides room for two large water bottles, without affecting the ability to run long travel dropper posts.
  • Additional Mounts: Merida has added an additional mounting point under the top tube for attaching a spare tube, tool, or perhaps a bolt-in custom frame bag.
  • Threaded Bottom Bracket: Outbound threaded bottom bracket for easier maintenance.
  • Down Country Geometry: Head tube angle slackened by 1.5° (trail version 3°), longer reach, lower bottom bracket and standover height, steepened the seat angle by 1.5 – 2°.

Merida Ninety-Six RC 9000

  • Merida Ninety Six 2021
  • Merida Ninety Six 2021
  • Fork: Fox Factory 34 Float, 100mm
  • Shock: Fox Factory Float
  • Brakes: Shimano XTR
  • Drivetrain: Shimano XTR 1×12
  • Tires: Maxxis Rekon Race, 29×2.25″
  • Wheels: DT Swiss XRC
  • Weight: 10.29kg (medium)
  • Price: AU $9,999 / ~$7,263 USD

Merida Ninety-Six 8000

  • Merida Ninety Six 2021
  • Merida Ninety Six 2021
  • Fork: Rock Shox SID Ultimate, 120mm
  • Shock: Rock Shox SIDLuxe Ultimate
  • Brakes: Shimano XT
  • Drivetrain: Sram GX Eagle, 1×12
  • Tires: Maxxis Minion DHR II, 29×2.3″
  • Wheels: Reynolds TR 309
  • Weight: 11.57kg (medium)
  • Price: AU $8,699 / ~$6,318 USD

Merida Ninety-Six RC XT

  • Merida Ninety Six 2021
  • Merida Ninety Six 2021
  • Fork: Fox Performance 32 Float, 100mm
  • Shock: Fox Performance Elite Float
  • Brakes: Shimano XT
  • Drivetrain: Shimano XT, 1×12
  • Tires: Maxxis Rekon Race, 29×2.25″
  • Wheels: Merida Expert CC
  • Weight: 11.55kg (medium)
  • Price: AU $6,399 / ~$4,648 USD

Merida Ninety-Six RC 5000

  • Merida Ninety Six 2021
  • Merida Ninety Six 2021
  • Fork: Rock Shox Reba SL, 100mm
  • Shock: Rock Shox SIDLuxe Select+
  • Brakes: Shimano SLX
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Deore, 1×12
  • Tires: Maxxis Rekon Race, 29×2.25″
  • Wheels: Merida Expert CC
  • Weight: 12.07kg (medium)
  • Price: AU $5,599 / ~$4,067 USD

Find all the details and complete builds kits at Merida-Bikes.com.

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