Merida Ninety-Six RC 10K – MY22/23 2022/23


Range-topping XC racer leaves no stone unturned in the pursuit of performance. Lightweight carbon frame paired with the best kit to deliver a race weapon so sharp it’ll slice competition like sushi.

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Merida Ninety-Six RC 10K – 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.


FrameCF5 carbon - premium fibres for highest performance and lowest weight, 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
ForkFOX 34 Float SC Factory ; Air; 100mm travel; Tapered; Remote lockout; 44mm fork offset; Max. tyre size: 29 x 2.4
ShockFOX Float DPS Factory; 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 (S), 70mm (M/L/XL)
HandlebarMerida Team CC II; carbon; 760mm wide; 12.5mm rise
GripsRockShox TwistLoc grip
Brake systemHydraulic disc
Brake leverShimano XTR
Brake calipersFront: Shimano XTR; 2 piston hydraulic disc brake caliper with Shimano RT-MT900; 180mm rotor Rear: Shimano XTR; 2 piston; flat mount hydraulic disc brake caliper with Shimano RT-MT900; 160mm rotor
TyresFront: Maxxis Rekon Race; 29 x 2.35; Kevlar bead, folding; TR EXO 120 TPI Rear: Maxxis Rekon Race; 29 x 2.25; Kevlar bead, folding; TR EXO 120 TPI
Wheel size29
WheelsRims: Part of wheelset - Reynolds Black Label 309/289 XC; 30/28mm inner rim width; carbon; Tubeless ready (tubeless tape and valves included); Lifetime warranty Spokes: part of wheelset Front Hub: Part of wheelset - Reynolds Black Label 309/289 XC; 110x15mm; Center lock Rear Hub: Part of wheelset - Reynolds Black Label 309/289 XC; 148x12mm; Center lock; Shimano 12 Speed; Merida Expert TR axle with removable lever, 6/4mm allen key
Front derailleur
Rear derailleurSRAM XX1 Eagle AXS
Shifter/sSRAM AXS Rocker Paddle
ChainNext Gen SRAM XX1
CassetteSRAM Next gen XX1; 10-50 teeth; 12 speed
ChainsetSRAM XX1 Eagle; 34 tooth chainset; Powermeter. Crank length: 170mm (S), 175mm (M,L,XL)
Bottom bracketSRAM BB DUB PF MTB 92
PedalsNot included
SaddlePrologo Scratch M5 PAS
SeatpostFox Transfer SL; 30.9mm diameter; in-line; Drop: 100mm All sizes
Battery capacity