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Industry type:Transportation
Product model number:NINETY-SIX
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When the terrain gets more and more technical in modern MTB racing, the challenge is so demanding for bike brands to require quite contrary features for the racer’s bike. That is to unify a superlight pure XC-bike for fast climbing as well as lots of features relating to additional weight for the demanding downhill sections.

To develop a super bike capable of winning World Cup races, a "cross & down-country" MTB as we define it, Merida teams up with former world champion Jose Hermida to design the state of the art NINETY-SIX. Under the striking appearance, it is full carbon frame with “P-Flex” rear-stays integrating the rear pivot to the carbon structure. The frame geometry is designed around a remote activated long travel dropper seat-post as a key feature for excellent downhill performance.

Other features: all cables & hoses for remotes, shifting and rear-brake are routed inside the frame; two water-bottles find their place inside the frame’s front triangle; & more..



Founded in 1972, Merida is a well-known high-end bicycle brand and manufacturer from Taiwan. Merida achieved lots of “the first” records over its 40+ years history. For example, the first bicycle company in Taiwan went public(since1992); the first Taiwanese bike manufacturer with ISO certified(since 1996); Merida MTB racing team 6-time ranked the world’s yearly top 1; the first Taiwanese bike brand co-title sponsoring World-Tour road bike race team(2013). Ranked as Best Taiwan Global Brands Top 20 for years, Merida reached its global sales of US$940 million in 2019.


Whenever we create a bike, it means much more than working on a particular project or suspension platform: we tell a story. Because also in 2015, each of our numerous models is packed with thousands of thoughts and ideas, countless discussions and hours of concentration and refinementM
began in 1972. The founding of Merida Industry Co., Ltd., dates back as far as to that year. Equally far back reaches the tradition that we feel obliged to the three Chinese syllables “Me-Ri-Da”. They mean nothing less than each of our bikes has to be an equally beautiful and sustainably valuable bike which carries it’s riders to her/his destinations as pleasantly as possible – in the narrower as well as in the wider literal sense. Many steps lie between then and today. But with each single bike, we once again start with the first step…

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