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Merida 0.Nine: World’s Lightest Mountain Bike Frame?

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merida 0.nine 0.9 carbon fiber hardtail team mountain bike may be the worlds lightest production off road frameThe Merida 0.Nine carbon fiber hardtail mountain bike may be the world’s lightest frame.

Weighing about 930g for an 18″ frame size, it’s at or below the weight of most mid- and high-level road bike frames.  What’s as impressive is they managed to shave almost 200g from the Carbon FLX frame this bike is replacing.

But, the frame’s not some wimpy lightweight flex monster…it’s the Multivan Merida team rig, so it must perform up to World Cup pro standards.  In fact, the Carbon FLX carried team riders to 5 European Championship titles, 15 Worldcup victories and 5 World Championship titles over the past couple of years. 

The 0.Nine features Merida’s Flex-Stay seat and chainstays, which are shaped like a flat spring and use Spectra and Vectran fibers mixed in with the carbon.  The design offers up to 40mm of “suspension” for the rider.  Combined with their redesigned seat tube that uses a thinner diameter seat tube (which offers more compliance than a thicker diameter one), the ride is more comfortable than comparable hardtail race bikes.

As for lateral flex, Merida claims the bike is 20% stiffer than the FLX, even with a regular bottom bracket. A BB30 frame will be offered, which adds 30g, but is supposedly 35% stiffer than the FLX.

The frame is guaranteed for five years for riders weighing under 260 lbs (seriously?  do you know any 260lb cross country racers?), even for racing.  Pricing is not set, but framesets should be available late Summer, and complete bikes later in the year.

Hit ‘more’ for additional pics and specs…

merida 0.nine 0.9 carbon fiber hardtail team mountain bike may be the worlds lightest production off road frame

The Multivan Merida team bike edition.

merida 0.nine 0.9 carbon fiber hardtail team mountain bike may be the worlds lightest production off road frame

The team bikes roll on Maxxix Larsen tires hooked to Alex Rims and DT Swiss hubs and skewers.  SRAM XO rear derailleur and PG-990 cassette link up to FSA K-Force Light carbon triple crankset.

merida 0.nine 0.9 carbon fiber hardtail team mountain bike may be the worlds lightest production off road frame

What?  VW kicked Trek to the curb and went with Merida?  That little sticker would lead us to believe it…  Anyway, check out the thick headtube with integrated FSA headset.  Going down from there is a Manitou R7 suspension fork.

merida 0.nine 0.9 carbon fiber hardtail team mountain bike may be the worlds lightest production off road frame

Notice how the downtube is virtually as wide as the bottom bracket shell where they meet, no doubt leading to the bike’s overall stiffness under World Cup-winning power.  Also notice the sculpted seat tube, which gets really narrow toward the top.

merida 0.nine 0.9 carbon fiber hardtail team mountain bike may be the worlds lightest production off road frame

Mmmm…. Carbon.

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JG
JG
14 years ago

I was totally thinking the same thing when I saw the VW logo.

wunnspeed
14 years ago

VW has sponsored Merida here in Europe for as long as I’ve been here (4 years). As far as I know, it’s predominantly a German/Austrian team so it makes a lot of sense because VW comes from Germany.

KTL
KTL
14 years ago

Is Merida available anywhere in the U.S. ? I’ve gotta ride one.

hopster
hopster
14 years ago

Sadly Merida’s are currently not available in the US due to the tie up with Specialized. We have should have a sample in the UK in about 2-3 weeks.

JC
JC
14 years ago

Yeah, VW’s been with Merida for quite a while now. And KTL, if you want a Merida; just go to your nearest Specialized dealer… 😀

Turn n Burn
Turn n Burn
14 years ago

I’ve had my hands on one of these, they’vre had a few show / test frames in the UK for the past 3 months or so.
Truly awesome piece of kit, with the 40mm of rear flex supposed to make suspension bikes obsolete on most Cross Country circuits.

Andre
Andre
14 years ago

Wow amazing cant wait to see it in South-Africa

Julian John
Julian John
2 years ago

I have one., amazing bike., light light beware of winds!!

Even other bikes saying carbon fibre frame is much heavier

Yup German shame it did not have Farrari., instead of VW !

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