Merida Ninety-Six 6000 – MY22/23 2022/23


Down-country oriented lightweight carbon full suspension frame with 120mm RockShox SID fork, Shimano Deore / SLX 1 x 12 drivetrain and Shimano SLX hydraulic disc brakes.

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Merida Ninety-Six 6000 – MY22/23 2022/23

Merida’s mountain biking history is long and illustrious, the Multivan Merida Biking Team dominated XC and marathon racing for many years.

Pro racer Ralph Naef spearheaded the original Ninety-Six project; a lightweight full suspension bike and rode it to a silver medal at the World Champs at Fort William a week after it was launched.

Today’s XC, marathon and stage race courses have become much more demanding. There’s also a growing number of riders looking for Down-country bikes combining the climbing and sprinting ability of a lightweight XC race bike with the ‘trail-ability’ of a trail bike.

So the new Ninety-Six is a super modern cross country race bike. Modern, in this case, means that it is much more downhill capable than its predecessors. Available in 2 variants; RC for full on XC racing and for down-country riders non RC models have 120mm front forks, grippier tyres and more powerful front brake.

To improve the downhill performance, the head angle is slacker, the reach longer and the bb and stand over height are lower. All these changes make the bike more stable and there is more space to manoeuvre on the bike. The seat angle is made steeper to allow greater pressure on the pedals.

The new Ninety-Six leverage ratio is more progressive. The higher ratio at the beginning of the travel makes the suspension sensitive to small impacts, and the progression gives it great support in the mid-travel.

The new P-FLEX system means there is no seat / chainstay pivot point, which saves weight, improves stiffness. The properties of carbon and the leaf-spring-like frame design allow sufficient flex without having an impact on durability.


FrameCF4 carbon - down country geometry, internal cable routing, long seat post insert depth. Boost axles standard, threaded BB, 2 bottle mounts and trail mount, max tyre width 29 x 2.3
ForkRockShox SID; Air; 120mm travel; Tapered; lockout; 44mm fork offset; Max. tyre size: 29 x 2.6
ShockFOX DPS Performance Elite; remote lockout
HeadsetMerida 8151 1-1/8-1.5 cartridge bearing
StemMerida Team CC II; aluminium; 31.8mm diameter; -8 degree rise. Stem length: 60mm (all sizes)
HandlebarMerida Expert CC; aluminium; 760mm wide; flat
GripsRockShox TwistLoc grip
Brake systemHydraulic disc
Brake leverShimano SLX M7120
Brake calipersFront: Shimano SLX M7120; 4 piston hydraulic disc brake caliper with Shimano RT54; 180mm rotor Rear: Shimano SLX M7110; 2 piston; flat mount hydraulic disc brake caliper with Shimano RT54; 160mm rotor
TyresFront: Maxxis Minion DHR II; 29 x 2.3; Kevlar bead, folding; TR EXO 3C MaxxTerra Rear: Maxxis Minion DHR II; 29 x 2.3; Kevlar bead, folding; TR EXO 3C MaxxTerra
Wheel size29
WheelsRims: Merida Expert TR; 29mm inner rim width; Aluminium; Tubeless ready (tubeless tape and valves not included) Spokes: Double Butted Black stainless Front Hub: Shimano SLX; 110x15mm; 32 spokes; Center lock Rear Hub: Shimano SLX; 148x12mm, 32 spokes; Center lock. With Merida Expert TR axle including removable lever, 6/4mm allen key
Front derailleur
Rear derailleurShimano SLX M7100 Shadow+; SGS
Shifter/sShimano XT; Multi Release
ChainKMC X12
CassetteShimano Deore M6100; 10-51 teeth; 12 speed
ChainsetRace Face Aeffect; 32 tooth chainset. Crank length: 170mm (S), 175mm (M,L,XL)
Bottom bracketRace Face BSA 68/73 – 24mm
PedalsNot included
SaddleMerida Comp SL; V-mount; including Merida minitool
SeatpostMerida Comp TR; 30.9mm diameter; in-line; Drop 125mm (S), 150mm (M/L), 175mm (XL/XXL)
Battery capacity