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Ninety Six
Industry type:Transportation
Product model number:Ninety Six Team/9000/7000/XT/6000/800/600
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Is it mere respect that raises the hair on your neck? Or could it be awe? No doubt about it: like hardly any other full-suspension racer, our NINETY-SIX has influenced an entire era, inspiring bike engineers and helping racers achieve peak performance since its debut in 2009. The NINETY-SIX, which was provisionally put to pasture in 2012, still ranks among the most successful racing bikes off all time. So the best bit of news for the 2016 MERIDA season is this: the legend is coming home!
No full-suspension concept is lighter, no design is sleeker, and nowhere else do power transfer and lockout control work so perfectly. The second generation NINE TY-SIX has been kinematically optimized for the 1x11 drivetrain that now dominates the XC circus – thanks to “M.O.R.E.” technology, it always works perfectly right away, regardless of frame size. Our engineers followed this focus of development along with the goal of simultaneously implementing the new NINETY-SIX as 27.5” and 29er options. Thanks to the manufacturing technology with an EPS core, which is used here for the first time, the NINETY-SIX – which was developed in close cooperation with our XC pros – has a frame weight of less than 2 kg as well as continued super-high stiffness. This makes it a winner even before the race starts.



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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