Merida’s light MTB Frame, just 930 grams

Merida have unveiled a new cabon hardtail, the 0.Nine which will be available in late 2009.

At last year’s event, the Ninety-Six full suspension bike was launched to  as one of the fastest, lightest and stiffest bikes available. But the Ninety-Six was not a one off, it is now joined by the brand new 0.Nine carbon hardtail.

The current Merida Carbon FLX hardtail was a very successful base to develop from, winning 5 World and 5 European Championship titles and 15 World Cup victories.

"I rode it at the team launch in Majorca and I’ve never ridden a bike like this before" said Michael Wilkens, in charge of marketing for Merida in the UK. "I had high expectations, because the FLX is a very compliant bike, but this is in a different league. Making a frame that’s light is one thing. It’s even harder to make something that’s light as well as compliant but at the same time stiff in the bottom bracket."

Merida O.nine

With a frame weight of close to 930g (for 18" with regular BB), the result is a frame 200g lighter and 20% stiffer than the already astonishing Carbon FLX frame. BB30 versions are available with a 35% increase in stiffness and a frame weight of 960g (18").

The comfort of the Carbon FLX is also surpassed, in addition to the patented Merida flex stays, the 0.Nine gets a tapered seat tube, starting at a massive 40mm cross section at the BB and topping out with a 27.2mm seat post, the seat tube and post can flex more than an oversize post.

"After riding the HFS XC Pro 3500-D the flex stays do make a difference, making the bike more comfortable and the difference between having a race bike underneath you."

Merida O.nine

Merida is distributed in Australia by Advance Traders.



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