At only 9kg, Merida have produced the lightest full-suspension bike ever made
"There's increasing competition among the bike manufacturers for rights to the lightest production bike, and with its latest full susser Merida has decided to enter the fray.
The all-new Ninety Six (named for the XC-friendly 96mm of rear travel) range is built around a 1.9kg (4.2lb) carbon fibre frame, with the top Team model dusting the scales at 9kg (19.8lb) complete.
The frame is all-carbon, right down to the rocker linkage and drive-side dropout. Not everything can be made of carbon, and the Ninety Six features titanium shock mounting hardware - all three bikes in the range run a DT Swiss XR Carbon shock with remote lockout lever.
Merida has chucked a load of the currently in-vogue carbon nanotubes into its carbon fibre mix, boosting the material's strength-to-weight ratio and thus allowing them to use less of it to achieve that impressively low frame weight." (taken from BikeMagic.com)
Ninety-Six Full Carbon Disc
Manitou R7 MRD 100mm TPC Remote Lockout
DT Swiss XR Carbon 50 Remote Lockout
Sram X.9/Sram X.O
Sram X.O Twister
Avid Huicy Ultimate Carbon
Avid Juicy Ultimate 160/160mm
FSA K-Force Lite 44-32-22 Mega
DT Swiss 240 disc
DT XCR Carbon Disc
Shimano CS-M970 11-34
Maxxis Maxxlite 310
Selle Italia SLR kit Carbon
FSA K-Force Lite SB25 31.6
CrankBrothers EGG Beater Ti
PRICE: about MYR36000
Official Merida NINETY-SIX TEAM-D
"Simply a superb cross-country race rig for serious (and wealthy) competitors"
Quoted from BikeRadar.com
Posted by Andy Lo