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The NINETY-SIX suspension bike uses a mix of all current techniques of carbon manufacturing: The front-part of the main triangle is made as a monocoque, the seat-tube including main-pivot and the lower section of the down-tube are made as tube-to tube and are bonded with the front – at the down-tube in a kind of internal joint. The seat-stay unit is made by tube-to tube and completely made of carbon, the chain-stays are made as a monocoque and even the right hand drop-out is made of carbon as well.
More important than the way the frame-segments are manufactured and bonded is the use of pre-compressed carbon prepregs (pre-impregnated materials), which have a very low percentage of resin. This combined with the usage of the best fibre quality available and the outstanding knowledge of our new manufacturing partner lets us produce this outstanding frame.
And finally the benefit of our NANO-MATRIX material, which improves the frames’ impact resistance about 40%, compared with carbon-frames made with regular epoxy matrix-material.
About MERIDA INDUSTRY CO., Ltd.
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…
MERIDA. MORE BIKE.