Five years in development, one goal:
The fastest MERIDA-race bike of all times.
After five years successfully hunting titles and podium positions the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM team bike is reborn. Decorated with World Cup victories, European and World Championships and benefitting from the experience and knowledge of our race team the BIG.NINE embodies modern hardtail mountain biking. Available in aluminium and carbon fibre versions, the carbon models represent the highest technological competence of our designers and engineers. Our top level CF5 frame weighs just 900g dropping below its predecessor’s weight whilst also improving on stiffness. Many new technologies are incorporated to improve the BIG.NINE in other areas. Boost-Standard provides greater wheel stiffness. An aerodynamic downtube profile provides the potential for more speed. New chain stays with an even lower profile and carefully shaped seat stays improve comfort. ‘Smart Entry’ keeps cables and hoses neat and rattle free. The new modern geometry and drivetrain options are perfectly tailored towards its intended purpose as our new race hardtail.
Our newly developed ‘S-Flex’ comfort seat post with its Cobra-head in combination with the ‘Flex-Stay’ seat stays gives our BIG.NINE incredible comfort. Also new is the seatpost diameter: Now in 30.9mm the seat tube is dropper seatpost ready and internal cable routing is possible.
Flex stay seat stays
Only 10mm thin and slightly curved: The new ‘Flex Stay’ seat stays on the BIG.NINE offer a noticeable reduction of surface induced vibrations and impacts. Flax fibers (‘Bio Fiber Damping Compound’) that are woven into the carbon matrix improve the vibration damping even further.
Boost 148 rear hub
The new hub standard of 148mm (‘Boost) adds 6mm width in comparison to conventional rear hubs. In particular 29ers benefit from this new standard: A flatter spoke angle increases stiffness, furthermore shorter chain stays become possible which improve the agility of the bike further.
The BB92 bottom bracket allows an extremely wide contact point with the down tube improving stiffness and acceleration.
Sub 900g frame
Less than 900g frame weight! The CF5 frame of the BIG.NINE in size M even undercuts the weight benchmark of our legendary 26" rocket 0.NINE.
Modern XC geometry
In comparison to its predecessor, a noticeably longer reach of 422mm in size M, combined with a steeper seat angle (73,5°), a slacker head angle (70°) and the only 80mm long stem give the new BIG.NINE a next generation XC-geometry. The rider is perfectly integrated in the bike, aggressive agility meats stable calmness – perfect for today’s demanding courses.
Aero tube profile
Fast forward! Seat and down tube closely follow the example of the aerodynamically optimized road bikes REACTO and SCULTURA. The truncated ‘NACA Fastback’ tube profile gives the new BIG.NINE noticeably and measurably reduced air resistance.