Bike Check: Johann Rabie's Merida Ninety-Six Team

Johann Rabie does it all. He's a former road professional, now riding as mountain biker for Team Telkom, and in between being a pro he owns a successful bike shop in Malmesbury. There is much we could talk to Johann about but for this feature it's all about his bike, a Merida Ninety-Six Team.

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The Ninety-Six Team is Merida's full carbon professional level marathon and cross-country 29er race weapon.

 

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Johann's cockpit is a touch on the busy side. He likes to have control over the fork and shock lockouts separately meaning he runs two remote lockout levers. The cable clutter is short lived as the Merida's internal routing cleans it up as soon as it reaches the frame. Johann's brake lever position is fairly aggressive, pointing them almost directly towards the ground. The stock stem was a bit too slammed for Johann's preference, so he has fitted a KCNC stem that better suits his riding position.

 


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Johann has an rather extreme position for his Fizik Aliante saddle. He says it helps him get a more aggressive position over the pedals.

 

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Johann's Merida is kitted out with a full suite of SRAM products. A RS-1 fork and Monarch XX shock from RockShox do suspension duty. The drivetrain is full SRAM XX1 with Johann preferring a 34 tooth chainring. He uses a Stages power meter that feeds data to his Garmin computer. Stopping is covered by a pair of SRAM Guide Ultimate brakes.

 


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For his wheels, Johann trusts local carbon rim manufacturer South Industries, paired with DT Swiss hubs. In races, he usually rides with a Continental X-King (front) and Race King (rear) tyre combination which provides a level of reliability instead of going full weight weenie. After all, you have to finish the race to win it.

 

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Full specifications:


  • FrameMerida Nintey-Six Team
  • ForkRockShox RS-1
  • ShockRockShox Monarch XX
  • RimsSouth Industries
  • Hubs and SpokesDT Swiss
  • TyresContinental X-King 2.2
  • HandlebarPRC 720 mm
  • Stem KCNC 6 degree
  • HeadsetMerida / FSA
  • BrakesSRAM Guide Ultimate
  • ShiftersSRAM XX1
  • DerailleurSRAM XX1
  • CassetteSRAM XX1
  • CranksSRAM XX1 with Stages Power crank
  • ChainringSRAM XX1 34T
  • ChainSRAM XX1
  • Bottom BracketSRAM
  • PedalsLook S-Track
  • SeatpostPRC
  • SaddleFizik Aliante
  • ComputerGarmin
  • Bottle CagesLezyne
  • GripsESI Extra Chunky




12 Comments

CASSIE1975, Sep 30 2016 08:17

:thumbup: WOW...Johan, once you have enjoyed this beaut to it's limit...PLEASE PASS IT ON TO ME  :clap:

 

Thank you  :drool:  :drool:  :drool:

xcd, Sep 30 2016 08:29

What does this baby cost ???

Popit, Sep 30 2016 08:37

Don't think you get much change from R100k ....

 

I wonder what the weight is ..... Looks light and fast .

Pure Savage, Sep 30 2016 09:49

Looks stunning! I spent a minute trying to work out how I would grab the brakes!

Lighthouse, Sep 30 2016 10:11

Pwhoaar....what a sexy bike.

Nick, Sep 30 2016 10:27

Looks stunning! I spent a minute trying to work out how I would grab the brakes!

 

With your thumbs?

NicoBoshoff, Sep 30 2016 10:36

Ja, jeez, what's the idea with those brake levers?  Out of the saddle riding all the time?

CASSIE1975, Sep 30 2016 10:51

Ja, jeez, what's the idea with those brake levers?  Out of the saddle riding all the time?

 

Also the reason for the aggressive saddle position...Just B@lls to the wall from start to finish  :eek:

BIKE ADDICT, Sep 30 2016 01:59

The XL hanging here in the shop with Look S-Track pedals on is 10,9 kg.

R 75 000

Sitting slip, Oct 01 2016 03:49

professional level bike.. new kind of grading?

Patchelicious, Oct 01 2016 04:30

Can you buy a Merida in a Sworks version?

MEYER1, Oct 01 2016 07:23

Worth visiting his shop in Malmesbury. You will be surprise with the amount of stock there is.