Epic Bike Check: Joaquim Rodriguez's Merida Ninety-Six

Joaquim Rodríguez had a successful career racing on the road with stage and classification wins in the Grand Tours. He is now a member of the Bahrain-Merida staff and an ambassador for the team. He is riding his second Absa Cape Epic with teammate José Hermida.

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Joaquim Rodríguez is riding Merida's Ninety-Six carbon marathon race bike with Shimano's XTR gearing and brakes (with the exception of the XT cassette).

 

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The pairing is riding Fox Factory Series suspension with a Float shock and 32 SC fork both using Fox's electronic lockout.

 


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There is a lot for Rodríguez to look at in the cockpit. A custom top cap message should he need some insipration, his SRM PC8 computer, as well as the Di2 display. The handlebar (720mm) and stem (70mm) are from FSA's carbon K-Force range.

 

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Both Rodríguez and Hermida ride with a carbon JBG 2 dropper seat post with 60 mm travel. The team have drilled a hole in the top tube of the Ninety-Six to route the cable to the handlebars (do not try this at home).

 

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The team have welded the spokes at the crossover. A trick from the old days, said to provide more stiffness and secure any broken spokes.

 


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A saddle bag and Sahmurai Sword in the crankshaft deal with the stowing of spares. The #RIDEFORCHARLIE sticker adds a human touch to the team's bike - its a British organisation seeking to help fund young riders in the memory of Charlie Craig, a promising young rider who died in his sleep.

 

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Old meets new with the juxtaposition of bar ends on a bike with a carbon dropper post.

 


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The team rides on Continental Race King Pro LTD tyres with Squirt sealant and foam inners to protect against snakebites.

 

Specifications


  • FrameMerida Ninety-Six, Medium Size
  • ForkFox Float 32 SC, Factory Series, FIT iRD
  • ShockFox Float DPS iRD
  • WheelsetFulcrum Red Passion 29
  • Front TyreContinental Race King Pro LTD 2.2 with Squirt sealant
  • Rear TyreContinental Race King Pro LTD 2.2 with Squirt sealant
  • HandlebarFSA K-Force 720mm
  • GripsESi Grips
  • BarendsProcraft
  • StemFSA K-Force Light 70mm
  • Headset + top capFSA
  • SeatpostJBG 2 60mm travel
  • SaddlePrologo Dimension
  • BrakesShimano XTR
  • Brake rotorShimano 160mm
  • ShiftersShimano XTR Di2
  • Rear derailleurShimano XTR Di2
  • CassetteShimano XT 11-46T
  • Crank armsShimano XTR
  • ChainringShimano XTR 36T
  • ChainShimano XTR
  • Bottom BracketShimano
  • PedalsShimano XTR
  • Bike computerSRM PC8
  • Bottle cagesKing Cage steel




5 Comments

Shebeen, Mar 20 2018 11:35

saddle bags and bar ends....the hub lynch mob will be here soon.

 

 

mygawd that is a lot of electronics on a mtb.

probably needs a hub dynamo to keep everything going

bradwentzel, Mar 20 2018 12:03

No Powermeter?

Nick, Mar 20 2018 12:46

No Powermeter?

 

He seemed to have every other electronic accessory but yes, no power meter.

Schnavel, Mar 20 2018 01:10

Foam inner tubes? That's an interesting concept.

TheJ, Mar 20 2018 08:47

XT gearing... with the exception of a XT cassette? Hey?