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    Without digging through the thread, can someone with a small frame and 100mm fork measure standover about the front of the chainrings??

    Thanks in advance
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    pics of helium guide
    works fine even though it is offset
    hasn't dropped the chain in choppy roots


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    So after doing some digging I discovered that my X9 rear derailer is actually a type 2, I suspect this is why I haven't suffered from chain slap problems or despite not having a chain guide dropped chain! I think for now I'm going to go to change guide less and see what happens. Great info folks thanks!
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    Is there anyone running SS that wants to sell me their front derailleur adapter? Canfield has been back ordered on these since August!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodgerdodger View Post
    Is there anyone running SS that wants to sell me their front derailleur adapter? Canfield has been back ordered on these since August!
    PM me your address. I will mail you one on Monday

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    I'm in the same boat as Rodger Dodger.

    I'm converting mine from a SS to a 1x9, but Sean at Canfield said they are out of stock of the FD adapter for the Nimble 9.

    Let me know if anyone has one, too.

    Thanks!

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    why do you need a front derailleur if you are doing 1x9 ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan GSR View Post
    why do you need a front derailleur if you are doing 1x9 ?
    To keep your chain from falling off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan GSR View Post
    why do you need a front derailleur if you are doing 1x9 ?

    I have a direct mount MRP 1.x chain guide that I want to use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain_America1976 View Post
    PM me your address. I will mail you one on Monday
    Captain America,

    Thank you for offering me your second one.

    Let me know what you want to cover the cost of shipping and the FD mount adapter.

    PM sent to you back with addy.

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    I picked up a white Brothers Rock Solid fork in the 490mm axle to crown length for my N9, just need to get a post mount adapter to finish it up. With my cheesy angle finder, it looks like head angle is 69.5 degrees or so.
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    2nd ride, seems like it's going to be a helluva woods bike

    Hey I just noticed I put my bash on wrong too!
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    Nice! I love the orange!! I like the pedals that is going to be the ones I buy for the big bike but they are so spendy!!

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    Yeah the pedals were a hit but I'm liking that they seem to want to spin and spin and spin ... I have MG-1s on other bikes and they seem to have a dead spot where you have to roll the blocky pedal body over. Could be psychological too
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    Hey Bob, glad you like it. Were there lots of trees down up there? There were tons at KSF.

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    We were lucky here, no trees down at the Park at all. I heard the Kanawha Trace trails had problems with it though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain_America1976 View Post
    PM me your address. I will mail you one on Monday
    Thanks Captain, PM sent!

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    Just got my Nimble 9 frame yesterday and setting up SS

    What are you guys using for torque spec on the drop out bolts? If any?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by scfreak View Post
    Just got my Nimble 9 frame yesterday and setting up SS

    What are you guys using for torque spec on the drop out bolts? If any?

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    I just crank them tight.

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    That will work

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    Quote Originally Posted by scfreak View Post
    What are you guys using for torque spec on the drop out bolts? If any?
    I emailed Sean to ask that and he basically said tight, then a little tighter. They can't slip forward with the screws in the dropout, and mine haven't slid back either.

    His words follow:
    The drop out bolts should be tightened VERY firmly. Pretty much
    tighten the bolt all the way and go back and give each 1 a 1/8-1/4 turn.
    Once these are tight, you will have no issues with rear wheel coming out
    of adjustment.
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    FWIW, working on rigging up an N-gear jump stop to work so I can set up 1x9 when cables show up tomorrow. Pretty simple, I just welded two nuts to the end of a piece of 5/16" fuel line go offset it back from the seat post, The blobs shown in the photo are spot welds that I'll grind down on the final version. I'm not sure I've got it set back far enough yet though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nitrousjunky View Post
    Without digging through the thread, can someone with a small frame and 100mm fork measure standover about the front of the chainrings??
    I finally remembered to measure this ... Small frame, Manitou Minute 100mm, 2.3 tires, about 29" at the front of the chainring. Hopefully you already got this info before now though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wv_bob View Post
    I finally remembered to measure this ... Small frame, Manitou Minute 100mm, 2.3 tires, about 29" at the front of the chainring. Hopefully you already got this info before now though.
    Awesome, it will work for my wife then. Time to start saving for her an upgrade.
    Thanks wv_bob!
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    Great bike



    Brings a smile to my face every time I ride her

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    Quote Originally Posted by natepac View Post


    Brings a smile to my face every time I ride her
    I recognize that one - when I finally got the ok from the wife to pull the trigger it was spoken for. Glad you're loving it.
    eh?

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    Give her a good home.
    She was my daily ride for the last few years.
    and has a one-of-kind 29" wide flat DH Edge(enve) bar that was made for Mitch Ropelato.
    Sorry about the heavy gearing- I liked to sprint the ups for DH training.

    Ride her hard- she likes it.

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    So I got my maiden voyage yesterday on the Nimble and coming off a aluminum HT 29 Niner One 9 this thing rides twice as smooth as a aluminum frame. It absorbs the bumps like crazy The slacker HS with a 100mm fork made descending much more controlled than than the steeper 71 HS of the Niner. The short chain stay made the technical climbing great and you could lift the front end over anything without much thought, this was a little concerning coming up to a steep climb but I stood up and it dug into the hillside and flew up without any hesitation I had no heal strikes the entire ride so I was stoked on that and the sliding dropouts never moved out of position(another concern I had)

    Over all I'm totally stoked about the Nimble 9 and can't wait to ride it again
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    Great to see another white Nimble 9 and nice to hear that you like it! I really like the white fork which I didn't think i would. Looks like you have room to remove a chain link and shorten the stays even more if you want. The rear triangle is really compliant. I was afraid it would be harsh being so short but on the hard hits it feels like a it gives a little suspension.

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    That all white looks killer!
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    Its funny, I thought the N9 was pretty stiff....until I got onto my buddies Soul Cycles Hooligan! Granted, its not an apples to apples comparison, but after about 5 miles on the Hooligan, the Canfield felt like a Cadillac!

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    WVJon75 I was wondering on how the wheel positioning would feel?
    How close did you move it inward?
    Yeah the white came out pretty good but shows everything

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    Not to answer for Jon, but my wheel is as far forward as I could get it. Had to use a half-link to get it there though (32x22). When I put gears on it I'll shove it all the way up. I've noticed nothing but good comparing it to my long 29ers.
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    To add to what Bob said basically it will just increase all the positive attributes of the shorted stayed bike. It will be even easier to loft the front and wheelie, plus you may notice a difference in the handling. It will probably be a little, well.....more Nimble.

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    Cool I'll give it a try. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob1035 View Post
    Its funny, I thought the N9 was pretty stiff....until I got onto my buddies Soul Cycles Hooligan! Granted, its not an apples to apples comparison, but after about 5 miles on the Hooligan, the Canfield felt like a Cadillac!
    In my opinion, the N9 is anything but stiff. It is actually the most flexy frame I have ever owned. The reason is obvious, it is made of small diameter steel tube and is relatively light weight. Compared to my last frame, a transAM, it is like riding a trampoline.

    This isn't a criticism. Stiffness can be good or bad depending on rider preference, riding style and terrain. For my local parks, the flexibility is good. I would only want stiffer if doing larger all mountain on a regular basis, maybe. Currently i am looking to stiffen up my ride with tougher handlebars. At 740mm wide, carbon whisky7 bars flex like mad. This scares me while the frame flexibility does not.

    My only criticism after riding the frame for a few months is that the straight 1.25" head tube limits us to 32mm stanchion forks. I would prefer 34mm but those are only offered with tapered steer tubes. The nimble9 really deserves a 44mm head tube. While frame flex is preferable at times, fork twisting and bowing is not. 120mm 29er forks are a bit tall for 32mm and flex noticeably. It wouldn't surprise me if a larger head tube is found on the n9 in the next year or two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dfiler View Post
    It wouldn't surprise me if a larger head tube is found on the n9 in the next year or two.
    Word is that Canfield is working on a new 29" Chromo HT with the ability to run a tapered steerer. Unfortunately I don't know much more than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshM View Post
    Word is that Canfield is working on a new 29" Chromo HT with the ability to run a tapered steerer. Unfortunately I don't know much more than that.
    My bank account hates this. But that would be all kinds of awesome.

    A friend just picked up a kona honzo frame yesterday. If the n9 accepted tapered forks, he would have bought a Canfield instead.

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    Yep, my stable now includes a N9 and a Honzo - the N9 feels a little undergunned against the Honzo but what it looses in muscle it picks up in the weigh stakes. I wouldn't say the N9 is flexy, it's just flexy compared to the tank that is a Honzo. Compared to my El Mariachi, the N9 is pretty solid indeed.

    I'm keen to see what the Brothers have for 2013 - love my N9 but would jump at something that could accommodate a tapered steerer (150mm rear option too please boys if you're listening).

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    Finally a pic of my Nimble 9 from today. Adding some blue accents but not sure how much to add and where. I'm thinking maybe the bashgaurd should be black and go with blue handlebars? What do you think?
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    Wvjon75 the fork looks sick black! Liking the blue as well

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    Looks good Jon

    Blue pedals FTW
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    Yeah, I want to get the crampon pedals. I really want to give up the clipless thing. I feel better on steep chunky stuff and I think my knees like it better too. I thought my bunny hopping would suffer with the flats but not really so.
    I ordered some Blue raceface turbine bars. I'm afraid it might be too much blue. I'll see when the dust settles. I swear I think I like these bikes as an art piece in my living room as much as riding them...lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WVJon75 View Post
    Finally a pic of my Nimble 9 from today. Adding some blue accents but not sure how much to add and where. I'm thinking maybe the bashgaurd should be black and go with blue handlebars? What do you think?
    Definitely leave the bashguard blue. Remove sloppy looking chainstay protector, replace with a slice of mousepad or a bike tube (your choice, mousepad is lighter) cleanly wrapped with blue electrical tape. Then a blue headset (because the headset should match the seat clamp), and if you really want to go crazy throw on some blue grip clamps, and call it good. Failure to follow these instructions will result in an arrest by the fashion police leading to a sentence of 10 years in Detroit.

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    Anybody running Middleburn square tapers on their N9? I have a set to transfer from another bike, but have some spindle length & offset issues. Currently using external BB XT's, but prefer the Middleburns.

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    First 29er

    Took the picture before my first ride. Weights in at about 23 pounds. Couldn't be happier. Also my first single speed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hockeyplaya1616 View Post
    Took the picture before my first ride. Weights in at about 23 pounds. Couldn't be happier. Also my first single speed.
    Nice Misfit, but this is a Canfield N9 thread.

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    2013 Nimble9 coming with a 44mm headtube, say it ain't so?

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    If I could ask a favor, could anyone with an XL N9 measure their top tube and down tube diameters for me? I'm trying to get a ballpark stiffness feel for this bike, since they're pretty rare around these parts. I'm a little worried it will be too rigid for my supple steel loving self.

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    2013 Nimble9 coming with a 44mm headtube, say it ain't so?

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater
    If that is true, looks like I will need to pick up a new frame and fork........Thanks canfield

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