MTB Team BikesBIG NINETY-NINE
Still a prototype at the time, the twentyniner full-suspension bike BIG NINETY-NINE was the highlight of 2012’s MERIDA Press Camp. It has made it to range production as a carbon and aluminium hybrid construction, and a year later the bike is ready for the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM in an ultra lightweight full-carbon variety. With Ondrej Cink and Thomas Litscher, the team’s two young talents who have achieved their biggest successes on full-suspension bikes. These two are predestined to score some strong results aboard the BIG NINETY-NINE during the first season riding MERIDA bikes.
Weighing less than 1900 grams*, the «Nano Matrix Carbon» frame of the BIG NINTEY-NINE is decidedly lightweight, but minimising the weight was not the sole objective when developing the carbon fibre version. The goal was to make the best possible use of the fundamental advantages of the larger wheels and to maximise those advantages. For example, MERIDA’s proprietary «Double Chamber Technology» increases the respective frame section’s stiffness significantly using a reinforcing centre brace that separates the carbon tube into two separate chambers.
One of the BIG NINETY-NINE’s most remarkable features is its rigidity bottom bracket. Thanks to the one-piece construction of the seat stays that pass the seat tube in a u-shape and the featherweight, one-piece full-carbon rocker arm no power is lost when accelerating. Not only does the BIG NINETY-NINE exceed the stiffness measured with its 26-inch predecessor NINETY-NINE, it even beats the hardtails!
Tapering from 1 1/8 to 1.5 inches in diameter («Tapered Steerer»), the head tube is critical for precise handling in technical sections. Add to that a 12mm thru axle in the rear and the possibility to lock the suspension hydraulically from the handlebar, the BIG NINETY-NINE is the perfect choice for XC courses with long, demanding climbs and descents. Apart from the SID XX suspension fork, RockShox also supplies an ultra lightweight, custom tuned Monarch XX shock for the BIG NINETY-NINE, and Sram’s XX1 drive train is a perfect match for the position of the frame’s main pivot. Prologo supplies the saddles for the season 2013, and their patented «Slide Control System» offers better grip and support for the riders when climbing.
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