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    dub - it was just a street ride. But I instantly fell in love. Chris said it'd be like riding 26" wheels, and he was right. Turns and corners were on hit. I am going to take it out for a proper trail ride, but I pretty much have my mind made up--I'm getting one. Only questionable thing is steep climbs--headtube is definitely high. Hope the front end won't wander too much. But I guess since it'll be set up SS, that may not be an issue since I'll be standing anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p nut View Post
    dub - it was just a street ride. But I instantly fell in love. Chris said it'd be like riding 26" wheels, and he was right. Turns and corners were on hit. I am going to take it out for a proper trail ride, but I pretty much have my mind made up--I'm getting one. Only questionable thing is steep climbs--headtube is definitely high. Hope the front end won't wander too much. But I guess since it'll be set up SS, that may not be an issue since I'll be standing anyway.
    Gotta stand on the climbs. I'm gonna switch to a shorter stem to help tame the front wander a bit (and to get my weight back a bit.) Wait til you start hitting the bumps, and the jumps with this thing. The bike just floats underneath you.

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    My Nimble 9





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    I've had it for a couple of weeks and have been on 2 short (4ish miles) rides at my local haunt, La Costa, an 18 mile ride on mixed fireroad/mostly buff singletrack and another 14 mile ST ride up around Big Laguna.

    My most recent main bike is a 26" medium Stumpy. While the N9 is a hoot to ride I am gonna throw a 120mm suspension fork on it when I get the cash saved up. The rigid front is fun in an ascetic manner; with a squishy front end it's gonna rock. Compared to other 29ers that I've ridden (Specialized, Trek, Niner) the N9 lives up to its name.

    At 5'7", long inseam (31.5") and moderate ape index I was torn between the small and medium frames. I am glad I went with a medium. The reach of the N9 is fairly short. With the 65mm stem and 700mm wide bars I am most comfortable with my hands a little bit inside of the ends when I am just cruising. However, when pointed down or when I am up out of the saddle climbing the extra bit of bar to the outside is nice to have.

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    since the picture, the stem is right on top of the headset, as for the bar, easier and cheeper to replace the headset than a $140 carbon h-bar. moving the spacers helped but not enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by surly_an_instigator View Post
    since the picture, the stem is right on top of the headset, as for the bar, easier and cheeper to replace the headset than a $140 carbon h-bar. moving the spacers helped but not enough.
    Maybe find someone in the classifieds to swap with? Lower HS stack might help a bit, but you're not going to be able to get as much lower as with a flat bar.
    O.K., now don't take this the wrong way, and I'm really not one of those kooks, but how about flipping your current bar upside down? Just for a couple of rides, to see how the lower bars would affect your feel on the bike.

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    Hey, just saw you're in Boise. We got to spend July there, and my first rides on the N9 were in Idaho. Coming down Eastside on this bike is a blast! And the water bars on the foothill trails just let you float...

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    stem is a 0 deg 50mm, thinking of going 0 deg 65mm. Dont take THIS the wrong way , but flipping the bars is the silliest thing I have heard in a long while, and I have been doing this a LONG while. with the 8 back and the 4 upsweep that thing would ride like crap. sorry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by surly_an_instigator View Post
    stem is a 0 deg 50mm, thinking of going 0 deg 65mm. Dont take THIS the wrong way , but flipping the bars is the silliest thing I have heard in a long while, and I have been doing this a LONG while. with the 8 back and the 4 upsweep that thing would ride like crap. sorry.
    C'mon- that's the silliest thing you've heard?!? I know, it sound ludicrous, and if you are not amenable to changing out bars (which, considering a $140 bar I don't blame you,) it's moot.
    I suggested it just for the sake of experimentation. You are looking for weight distribution with this- hand position can be taken care of later. With the 4 degrees of "downsweep," you'd have a bit of cafe racer style to go with it!
    How's the toptube length for you? 65-70mm stem will get more weight on the front wheel, which may help your issue. If you have a good relationship with your LBS, see if they'll let you play around with some different stems. Perhaps even try a 5-10 degree stem run flipped.
    Trying to offer helpful, low budget suggestions, which comes from 20 years of wrenching and helping people fit on their bikes. Does that count as a long time?

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    Just went for a trail ride. I love this bike. Climbs awesome, and solid on descents. Only issue was the low BB. Also, I'm about 5'11" and the medium felt a little too small. Not sure if I should spring for a large.

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    I am the bike shop and, 16 years helping people find and size bikes. Good to see that not all bike shop workers are 18yo downhillers from Tahoe bra! Installed a headset today that dropped me another 7.5mm and put on a 65mm stem. Test ride today if I can keep the gerital and viagra down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by surly_an_instigator View Post
    I am the bike shop and, 16 years helping people find and size bikes. Good to see that not all bike shop workers are 18yo downhillers from Tahoe bra! Installed a headset today that dropped me another 7.5mm and put on a 65mm stem. Test ride today if I can keep the gerital and viagra down.
    Hope that takes care of it for ya, enjoy yer ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by p nut View Post
    Just went for a trail ride. I love this bike. Climbs awesome, and solid on descents. Only issue was the low BB. Also, I'm about 5'11" and the medium felt a little too small. Not sure if I should spring for a large.
    I'm 5'8.5" and I think the medium is perfect for me. Not a whole lot of standover, but good effective top tube length. The ett isn't very long on these frames so you may want to try a large to see how it measures up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dubthang View Post
    I'm 5'8.5" and I think the medium is perfect for me. Not a whole lot of standover, but good effective top tube length. The ett isn't very long on these frames so you may want to try a large to see how it measures up.
    I sat on the large. I think I'm going to stick with the medium. The bike I rode had the fork set at 80mm and 70mm stem. I'll have mine set up with a 100mm fork and 80mm stem. That should be about spot on. That would also resolve the low bb issue.

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    p nut- I'm also 5'11" and ride a medium with a 100mm fork, but run a 90mm stem. Compared to my bikes over the last decade since leaving the DH world, the top tube feels pretty short. After a couple of rides, I almost completely adapted. My only concern is long (5 hour and up) rides, but I guess I'll find out in due time.
    I think the only reason to go up to a large would be to use a teeny stem (50-70mm,) and I don't see much advantage there.

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    Thanks, sslos. I actually ended up placing an order for a medium this morning. The bike I was on was set up with a 70mm stem and 80mm fork. So with an 80-90mm stem and 100mm fork, I should be good. If not, I can always get a set back post or a longer stem.

    Regarding endurance rides, my thoughts are this bike would be even more comfortable than my El Mariachi. I did about a 2-hour ride yesterday and felt good.

    I can't wait to build this thing up.

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    Congrats on your upcoming build!
    I have a set back Thomson post on mine. I guess I'm just so used to being more stretched out that it feels a bit cramped. I just haven't done longer than a 3 hour ride on it yet, but that'll happen soon.
    What color did you decide on?

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    I'm not a green kinda guy, and already have a black bike, so went with the blue. GITD feature won me over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p nut View Post
    I'm not a green kinda guy, and already have a black bike, so went with the blue. GITD feature won me over.
    Good thing not green, or I would rally the troops to neg rep you RED for being normal proportioned. Speaking of green that is me - green with ENVY - I want one really really really bad, but the gurus here tell me not for my long legs / short torso. I'm looking for a surgeon to take 2-3 inches out of my legs and add them to my torso, no more than a two week recovery. Know anyone?

    I'm also trying to unsubscribe from this thread and end the torture, but I don't have the will power.
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    I'm 5'11 with a 29.5 inch bare foot inseam and I went with a medium. I called Canfield Brothers and went over the sizes. at 5'11 they told me I was in the middle. With my intended fork would put the ETT at 600mm. I pan on running a 90mm stem with a 0 set back seat post or a set back seat post with a 80mm stem.

    The frame is sitting here with some of the parts. I cant decide weather I should strip down one of my other bikes to build it up or just wait until I can get the needed bits.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by slocaus View Post
    Good thing not green, or I would rally the troops to neg rep you RED for being normal proportioned. Speaking of green that is me - green with ENVY - I want one really really really bad, but the gurus here tell me not for my long legs / short torso. I'm looking for a surgeon to take 2-3 inches out of my legs and add them to my torso, no more than a two week recovery. Know anyone?

    I'm also trying to unsubscribe from this thread and end the torture, but I don't have the will power.
    You shouldn't give up hope until you ride one. Chris @ Canfield rides a Large. You should call him up and see if he'll be in your area in the near future. He says he'll be traveling quite a bit.

    I'm willing to bet you can make it work.
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    I saw that in an earlier post, thanks for the plug for our trails, I have been riding those trails for 26 some odd years, just somthing about them. Great trails for 29ers, hardtails are perfect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slocaus View Post
    Good thing not green, or I would rally the troops to neg rep you RED for being normal proportioned. Speaking of green that is me - green with ENVY - I want one really really really bad, but the gurus here tell me not for my long legs / short torso. I'm looking for a surgeon to take 2-3 inches out of my legs and add them to my torso, no more than a two week recovery. Know anyone?

    I'm also trying to unsubscribe from this thread and end the torture, but I don't have the will power.
    I think this bike would be rather comfortable with your body proportions. The lower bb will give you more leg room, and the tt seems shorter to me than to more xc styled frames.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dubthang View Post
    I think this bike would be rather comfortable with your body proportions. The lower bb will give you more leg room, and the tt seems shorter to me than to more xc styled frames.
    what gives you the impression that it has a lower BB and shorter TT than most XC bikes?
    it doesn't. look at some numbers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meltingfeather View Post
    what gives you the impression that it has a lower BB and shorter TT than most XC bikes?
    it doesn't. look at some numbers.
    My impression was based on the fact that I own a Nimble, and before I purchased the frame, I made a lovely chart that compared all similar 29er's that I have ridden. My chart was based on the bikes being run rigid which lengthens the top tube and lowers the bb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dubthang View Post
    bikes being run rigid which lengthens the top tube
    using rigid (=shorter) fork actually shortens effective top tube. this is the main reason i'm still debating whether to get nimble or not.. at 6'2" with 35" inseam and long hands it is hair to small

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