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    sick ryan....just stumbled on this thread a few days ago, along w/scott forty g's thread. had no idea about these frames, everything looks just like something i want too. stoked to see your build and hear about your thoughts on the ride. it's nice to see some of these newer 29er geometries move towards slacker head angle/shorter chainstays, similar to a custom blackcat (to me). i'm gonna start sellin other bike stuff today so i can get one soon.

    as much as i'd want one of todd's bikes the price on these is too hard to refuse, built up how you want it, and have some scratch left over for other projects. guess i'm just real curious too if you'd really take a bike like this up to places like tahoe or even downieville with a front suspension fork and ride rockier stuff day to day without feelin beat up.

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    Not Ryan, but I'll try and answer your questions. Personally, I'd take my N9 to Downie, Tahoe, Moab, Iowa, Tangiers...wherever.
    I think that where you're willing and able to ride a hardtail has more to do with you than the bike. If you're used to chunk on a HT, this bike will make your happy parts even happier. But it won't let you ride that stuff the same way a squish bike will.
    I'm not trying to be a jerk about this, but it really comes down to riding style, skill, and experience. I still remember the first time I saw Pete Webber and Whit Johnson ride the drop into Horsethief in Fruita. Pete was on a single speed HT, Whit was on a rigid single. I was sketched riding it on my Bullitt, and those two rode it like it was nothing.
    If I were at the top of that drop right now, I would consider it on my Nimble, but I've grown as a rider, and most of the 11 years since that day have been spent on rigid fixed, rigid freewheel, or hardtail singles. Nah, I still would probably wuss out.
    So, after that overly long and disjointed response, a hardtail like the N9 will only beat you up on the long rough downhill if you ride it like a squish. Otherwise, it's the most capable HT I've ever ridden on the downs.

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    esku, where is your seatpost clamp?

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    Just ordered a big green frame! Gonna run it 2x9...what is the FD of choice for the geared riders out there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 29buzz View Post
    Just ordered a big green frame! Gonna run it 2x9...what is the FD of choice for the geared riders out there?
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    A couple posts by the Canfields:

    Looks like a Shimano D-M771
    http://forums.mtbr.com/29er-bikes/ye...ur#post7363011

    Cut it down for clearance
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    771D for $10.50
    Just ordered it so i dont know if there are any clearance issues

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    Glow in the dark?

    So, I rode to my office this morning, and brought the Nimble in to hang out in the locker room instead of out in the 100+ degree heat (for like the 50th day this summer....)
    I turned off the light, looked back, and it seemed my frame was glowing! Acid flashback? Is the paint called "Fukushima Daiiachi Blue? Is anyone else seeing this?!?

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    Glowing! I am gonna go nuts waiting for the brown truck! Green will glow better! I am going to try a SLX 9sp 665 E-Type...it comes off the BB mount...and I hope will work! I have one on another bike with a 34/22 combo and it has been flawless. Now...I have a Voodoo Zombie 500 fork and a Tower Expert120mm comming....I think the shock goes in the showroom and back to rigid I am till I find the perfect 120 fork! The Towers are leading...they fit a WTB Dissent on P-35's....
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    Quote Originally Posted by sslos View Post
    So, I rode to my office this morning, and brought the Nimble in to hang out in the locker room instead of out in the 100+ degree heat (for like the 50th day this summer....)
    I turned off the light, looked back, and it seemed my frame was glowing! Acid flashback? Is the paint called "Fukushima Daiiachi Blue? Is anyone else seeing this?!?

    Los
    Yup. I likes it in a goofy way. I was wondering if anyone would bring this up.. Does the black glow too??!

    What I really like is the handling of this rig. The 120 up front is perfectly pleasant on the tech-ups of swashbuckling-switchbackery in the rocks. On the dh, the bike has a quick plant-me/rail-me kinda feel to it. In the air you can toss it about easier than other 9r's I have ridden.

    Most 9'rs to me feel barge-ish so I went custom about 6 years ago and got the stays down to just below 17. I liked it plenty, but 16.5 is hella better and a slack head has surprised me pleasantly.

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    A little progress. Ordered the fork this weekend, so I should have it built in a few weeks.
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    BTW, just posted a review. I encourage others to post their reviews as well.

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    Here is the final product after cleaning up the spacers and brake cables.


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    Sharp! Lookin' good, now get it dirty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sslos View Post
    Sharp! Lookin' good, now get it dirty!

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    Its so dry here that all its going to get is dusty.

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    Dry?!? Feh. We've had a bit over 6" of rain. This year.
    And we've had 44 100+ degree days, so far.
    If you ever make it across the desolate plains of I10 West, give me a shout. I'd be happy to show you around some of the rockfests we call trails in San Antonio.

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    I'll have to take you up on that at some point, only a small jaunt from Houston.

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    I wouldn't say that my green frame glows, but it does look badass in low light. The green really begins to pop as the sun goes down.
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    Milk - that turned out hawt! I'm leaning towards the blue on my hopeful soon to build!

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    Washers...?

    Got my green frame yesterday and will build it up over the next week or so if I can find the time.

    Just a small question:

    From the pics in this thread and on the Canfield site it looks like the two included washers go on the driveside dropout? So do I just bolt the disc-side dropout on with no washers...?

    Sorry for the noob question but it's my first bike with sliders...

    Will post some pics when the build is done

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    Quote Originally Posted by rasse1977 View Post
    Got my green frame yesterday and will build it up over the next week or so if I can find the time.

    Just a small question:

    From the pics in this thread and on the Canfield site it looks like the two included washers go on the driveside dropout? So do I just bolt the disc-side dropout on with no washers...?

    Sorry for the noob question but it's my first bike with sliders...

    Will post some pics when the build is done
    There are probably 4 washers, with two kinda stuck together. You may have to get your thumbnail in there to pry them apart. If you only got two, then by all means get another pair of lockwashers like these before you assemble your frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 29buzz View Post
    Glowing! I am gonna go nuts waiting for the brown truck! Green will glow better! I am going to try a SLX 9sp 665 E-Type...it comes off the BB mount...and I hope will work! I have one on another bike with a 34/22 combo and it has been flawless. Now...I have a Voodoo Zombie 500 fork and a Tower Expert120mm comming....I think the shock goes in the showroom and back to rigid I am till I find the perfect 120 fork! The Towers are leading...they fit a WTB Dissent on P-35's....
    A bb mount derailleur may work but will greatly reduce tire clearance. Just get a direct mount derailleur and cut the bottom pull arm off and your have the ability to run short stays with tire clearance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.A.M. View Post
    Here is another N9. I will post again when it is done.
    How's this build coming please? I am super excited to see the drop version of this bike completed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flymybike View Post
    A bb mount derailleur may work but will greatly reduce tire clearance. Just get a direct mount derailleur and cut the bottom pull arm off and your have the ability to run short stays with tire clearance.
    Yeah....I couldnt find a 9sp....I have heard you can take the drail off the BB mount and use as a direct mount. I have my fingers and toes crossed. If not-1x until i get one! Thanks for the reply!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 29buzz View Post
    Yeah....I couldnt find a 9sp....
    Really?
    Jenson has them for $10.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 29buzz View Post
    I have heard you can take the drail off the BB mount and use as a direct mount. I have my fingers and toes crossed. If not-1x until i get one!
    different mount... won't work. just get the $10 XT and be done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sslos View Post
    And we've had 44 100+ degree days, so far.
    today will make 70 in atx.
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    Time to stop believing the hype and start doing some science.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meltingfeather View Post
    today will make 70 in atx.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meltingfeather View Post
    Really?
    Jenson has them for $10.
    link (send beer)

    different mount... won't work. just get the $10 XT and be done.
    I own a shop...I would rather ride 26in than shop mailorder-LOL
    yea....I had a big order from a supply house together and threw it in...I want the short 2 gear SLX cage! Could not find any proof that it would come off and be a direct mount-or any that it would not.....so

    Have not had any direct mount bilds yet...we do from the frame up on all we sell...so,I experiment on my personal ride. Now-Im bummed...I gotta order again...and wait again! I will ride SS or something till i get one!
    OH.....If anyone has the BB mount and a dirrect mount frame-please take it apart and tell me!!!!
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    Thanks for the FD help...just did research.....there are a few "standards" for direct mount!!! The one on the BB mounts is not the same as the one on the frame! Crisis averted...new FD on the way! I think all will arive on the same day as the frame! Without y'alls help....I would have been disapointed! That is the charm of MTBR....people who help! Now to sit and wait for the build next Tue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 29buzz View Post
    I own a shop.
    How would I know that?
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    Could not find any proof that it would come off and be a direct mount-or any that it would not.....so
    a picture is worth a thousand words, i guess.

    take it off the bb mount:

    those bolt holes aren't gonna work with:


    Quote Originally Posted by 29buzz View Post
    Have not had any direct mount bilds yet...we do from the frame up on all we sell...so,I experiment on my personal ride. Now-Im bummed...I gotta order again...and wait again! I will ride SS or something till i get one!
    OH.....If anyone has the BB mount and a dirrect mount frame-please take it apart and tell me!!!!
    It won't work... look at the pictures.
    There are two direct mount standards.
    You need the one that looks like what I recommended.
    and I don't even own a shop.

    Jus' tryin' to be helpful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meltingfeather View Post
    and I don't even own a shop.

    Jus' tryin' to be helpful.
    LOL love it, small little burn there. Sounds just like an email I got from a client today and he even commented on the fact he was "burning" me...

    "Joseph will be enough to handle all the users in my office (secret burn)? "

    Got to love it...

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    I take my well deserved smack down with grace! LOL
    But I has duct tape and a dremel....I can do it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 29buzz View Post
    I take my well deserved smack down with grace! LOL
    But I has duct tape and a dremel....I can do it!
    You may laugh. We've all seen the damage that can be done with a dremel, a roll of duct tape, and a sixer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 29buzz View Post
    I take my well deserved smack down with grace! LOL
    But I has duct tape and a dremel....I can do it!
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    FYI with a 36/24 2x10 setup the SLX derailleur does NOT work, can't get it mounted low enough.
    The X0 derailleur works fine, the slot is longer.

    Anyone want to buy a SLX derailleur? Will work fine on standard 3x9 cranks, has the bottom pull piece cut off for tire clearance. Not needed on this bike since it's top pull.

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    Good to know. I like that this thread is developing a knowledge base for stuff like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sslos View Post
    There are probably 4 washers, with two kinda stuck together.
    Correct Will start my build tonight...

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    Very interested in this frame. Also interested in the Salsa El Mariachi and Vassago Jabberwocky. Why should I go with the N9?

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    Because the 9 is better

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    Quote Originally Posted by noosa2 View Post
    I'm interested in this frame but I'm curious how wide the the frame is from the outside of one chainstay to the outside of the other as several people have mentioned their heals rubbing or catching their shoe on the chainstays. I have had lots of frames and never had this issue until I picked up a Knolly endorphin. The endorphin is 6 3/4" across at the point where my heals pass the chainstays and I get the occasional heal rub. My Jabbery on the other hand is 6" from chainstay to chainstay and I have tons of room.
    Frames that utilize this style of slider tend to (by design) have chain and seat stays that are wider than frames with standard dropouts because the slider mechanism has to sit inside the line of the stays.

    I have worn the paint off both seat and chain stays on my 2010 Kona Unit with the same style sliders. I run SLX cranks with short spindle Eggbeaters on it, and I am aware that my toes point outwards, probably from a tendancy for my hips to prefer a lower Q factor. I don't notice the rubbing when I'm riding though. The chain stays on the Unit bend outwards towards the sliders at about 2/3 along their length. The chain stays on the Nimble 9 seem to almost curve outwards from bottom bracket brace.
    I see hills.

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    The new bike on its first ride. Rode a few miles of pavement to the trail and back. I have the same heel rub as others have mentioned. I need to dial in the setup a bit but love it already.
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    J.A.M.- That thing looks wicked fun. Nice build.
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    can anyone recommend a retailer? PM me. not looking to pay msrp from canfield site. thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by chestercospinner View Post
    can anyone recommend a retailer? PM me. not looking to pay msrp from canfield site. thanks
    Yeah, don't be sucker like the rest of us. Wouldn't want to pay a reasonable price to a small company trying to offer a great, thoughtfully designed bike.
    What the he'll makes you think you're so special?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sslos View Post
    Yeah, don't be sucker like the rest of us. Wouldn't want to pay a reasonable price to a small company trying to offer a great, thoughtfully designed bike.
    What the he'll makes you think you're so special?

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    Yeah...they are clearly gouging! Hold your ground, and pay less than their cost FTW!


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    Quote Originally Posted by chestercospinner View Post
    can anyone recommend a retailer? PM me. not looking to pay msrp from canfield site. thanks
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    na I asked a legit question. I was under the impression this was a volume produced frame, hence there would be authorized Canfield Brothers dealers that can move new frames for less than msrp since they buy in bulk. everyone wins, canfield, the dealer and the consumer. hope to be a proud owner too someday, now carry on with the sweet build pics and frame Q&A.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.A.M. View Post
    The new bike on its first ride. Rode a few miles of pavement to the trail and back. I have the same heel rub as others have mentioned. I need to dial in the setup a bit but love it already.
    Sweet pic man. Ride info? Saddle to bar drop feels OK to you? I'm loving the potential versatility of this frame. Monster, adventure, cross, single, or just regular 29er...loving it.

    I may have to build one for myself.

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    Review

    Here is a quick first ride review of my all mountain Nimble Nine. This thing rules!

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    some sizing questions

    hey all just wondering if you could help me out. ready to order my nimble 9 today but was just makin sure i order the right size. i'm about 5'10" long torso, been ridin a small vassago bandersnatch w/a 600mm top tube & 90mm thomson stem, w/ hella seatpost showin. sometimes i wonder if i shoulda got the medium and ran a shorter stem, but wonder if the top tube would be too long, i think it's 615mm btw.

    will a medium nimble 9 fit me well? i've been noticing some folks sizing up and rollin shorter stem in the yelli screamy thread.

    i like the black and green color, don't know which one to get.....i keep scrollin through this thread and checkin out the builds. last thing, will a 30.0mm seat clamp work, or do i have to use a 29.8mm? thanks for any help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chestercospinner View Post
    na I asked a legit question. I was under the impression this was a volume produced frame, hence there would be authorized Canfield Brothers dealers that can move new frames for less than msrp since they buy in bulk. everyone wins, canfield, the dealer and the consumer. hope to be a proud owner too someday, now carry on with the sweet build pics and frame Q&A.
    Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought Canfield was going with the boutique style, Direct Market through the internet program with these 29'er frames. That is, unless you bump into him in person at the downhill races and get lucky enough to get a demo ride in. I was enjoying a Nimble Nine this weekend at the NorthStar at Tahoe downhill races while Chris was there. Must also try a Yelli Screamy demo too while scraping up the coin for one of these frames.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativeson View Post
    hey all just wondering if you could help me out. ready to order my nimble 9 today but was just makin sure i order the right size. i'm about 5'10" long torso, been ridin a small vassago bandersnatch w/a 600mm top tube & 90mm thomson stem, w/ hella seatpost showin. sometimes i wonder if i shoulda got the medium and ran a shorter stem, but wonder if the top tube would be too long, i think it's 615mm btw.

    will a medium nimble 9 fit me well? i've been noticing some folks sizing up and rollin shorter stem in the yelli screamy thread.

    i like the black and green color, don't know which one to get.....i keep scrollin through this thread and checkin out the builds. last thing, will a 30.0mm seat clamp work, or do i have to use a 29.8mm? thanks for any help.
    Native - not sure how much help I can be, but I was kinda in the same boat. I'm 5'-8", 30" inseam. I ride a small Jabberwocky and a medium Voodoo Canzo, both have a roughly 23" ETT. I just ordered a medium N9 and will be going with a 65mm Sunline stem.
    If you haven't seen it check out Scott Forty G's post on his medium build:Scott B Nimble, Scott G wannabe Quick, Scott jumped over the candlestick...

    Good luck on your build and be sure to post up when complete BTW, I went with the blue(Jabber is black, Canzo is green!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by chestercospinner View Post
    na I asked a legit question. I was under the impression this was a volume produced frame, hence there would be authorized Canfield Brothers dealers that can move new frames for less than msrp since they buy in bulk. everyone wins, canfield, the dealer and the consumer. hope to be a proud owner too someday, now carry on with the sweet build pics and frame Q&A.
    A few months back, I read one of the Canfield's post claiming they were only running a production of 150 Nimble 9 frames. Don't know if they ended up opting for more this first run, but they certainly aren't "mass producing" them. I'd buy one right away if I wanted one badly. Wouldn't be surprised if they sell out soon.

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    went with the electric lime size medium

    just placed my order after calling up canfield, chris set me straight w/a medium frame. went w/the lime color after some tough waffling on my end and some serious thread scrolling. he said it'll ship out today! still waiting to save up some dough to get a nice new fox front, for now i'll be rollin the rigid fork off my bandersnatch. hopefully i won't be too lazy and build it up this weekend. crappy cell phone pics in the next few days to follow.

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    I think you did 2 things right- talking to the Canfield boys, and going with the medium.
    I'm kinda biased against the green... a Kawasaki green Bullitt bucked me, costing me a kidney, then that same bike kacked my buddy's knee.

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    Got the lrg in green in my sweaty hands! Very nice for a non-custom! The details are crisp-and the paint perfect! Have it mostly built(have some flu bug-torture with a new bike!-dont even feel like building-much less go out for a ride-DOH) 120mm Manitou tower expert/mix of my odd parts-SLX 666 brakes(how could I not get 666) 34/22-12/36 9sp twistshifters and xt/slx derails...P35 frt and 36h Blunt rear on Slx hubs with Dissent ft and Ardent 2.4 rear....this is a monster bike...finished with orange cables and a green FSA head set...for now a ST Thudbuster...waiting on a dropper post! Just sitting on the 1/2 built...this thing is giant compared to my Bandersnatch...13in BB height...will take some getting used to! And I went from rigid....i am gonna smack the ground and trees at 1st...I know this will fly! Weight is 33lb with the steer tube,etc uncut. That is good for me-i'm 250lb 6'3'.I will post some show off pics when done and dirty! Thanks Canfield Bros and all y'all for help and inspiration! Now to finish the build and back to bed...late summer sick is the worst!
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    Got the lrg in green in my sweaty hands! Very nice for a non-custom! The details are crisp-and the paint perfect! Have it mostly built(have some flu bug-torture with a new bike!-dont even feel like building-much less go out for a ride-DOH) 120mm Manitou tower expert/mix of my odd parts-SLX 666 brakes(how could I not get 666) 34/22-12/36 9sp twistshifters and xt/slx derails...P35 frt and 36h Blunt rear on Slx hubs with Dissent ft and Ardent 2.4 rear....this is a monster bike...finished with orange cables and a green FSA head set...for now a ST Thudbuster...waiting on a dropper post! Just sitting on the 1/2 built...this thing is giant compared to my Bandersnatch...13in BB height...will take some getting used to! And I went from rigid....i am gonna smack the ground and trees at 1st...I know this will fly! Weight is 33lb with the steer tube,etc uncut. That is good for me-i'm 250lb 6'3'.I will post some show off pics when done and dirty! Thanks Canfield Bros and all y'all for help and inspiration! Now to finish the build and back to bed...late summer sick is the worst!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sslos View Post
    Yeah, don't be sucker like the rest of us. Wouldn't want to pay a reasonable price to a small company trying to offer a great, thoughtfully designed bike.
    What the he'll makes you think you're so special?
    Hilarious. You guys apparently don't know that they do work with shops and if the shop wants to give a discount its up to them. I paid a little less than retail for my incoming yelli. I didn't really seek it out but it came up in conversation after i bought something else from the guy. Why not save $50 if someone just offers it to you ? Guess I'm special

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    Quote Originally Posted by 92gli View Post
    Hilarious. You guys apparently don't know that they do work with shops and if the shop wants to give a discount its up to them. I paid a little less than retail for my incoming yelli. I didn't really seek it out but it came up in conversation after i bought something else from the guy. Why not save $50 if someone just offers it to you ? Guess I'm special
    mine is in the mail, neither ordered direct or at msrp. just had to ask around but I guess that makes me "lame" or "special" (I prefer the later). But in all seriousness I take no offense, it seems to be an active & loyal fan base, which normally spells good things for the owner collective. will post pics once in, something special in mind for this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 92gli View Post
    Hilarious. You guys apparently don't know that they do work with shops and if the shop wants to give a discount its up to them. I paid a little less than retail for my incoming yelli. I didn't really seek it out but it came up in conversation after i bought something else from the guy. Why not save $50 if someone just offers it to you ? Guess I'm special
    Yeah, 20 years in the bike industry, including a couple of years working for one of the biggest bike parts distributors in the country. I have no clue that the wholesale/retail concept exists. I'm glad you got your discount. Perhaps what makes you so special is that you actually went to a shop and received the discount from them, instead of poking around the internet for a discount with no basis. Ususally, a discount from a shop is a reward for loyalty.
    chestercospinner- I am happy you have your's coming, and am glad that you were also able to save a few bucks.
    My issue is this concept that everyone "deserves" a discount. Believe it or not, but even though this small company has put in a couple of years of R&D, then ordered a small production batch, then ships them out- they're not making a fortune off of them. If a retailer is willing to take the hit, that's their decision. Looking around the innerwebs for a deal undermines the relationship that local shops depend on.
    I would have had absolutely no problem had the question had been, "I live in _____, and I'd like to find a Canfield dealer in the area, think they'll give a discount?"
    But maybe that's me. Maybe I just never thought that I got my discounts because I'm special.
    Seriously, congrats to both of you, and I look forward to seeing your builds on this thread!

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    on the way.....

    ups tracking has my frame scheduled for delivery friday. looks like my labor day weekend will include some bike building and a test ride in the santa cruz mountains. next week we're rolin up to oregon for wedding in portland. gonna stop at either the north umpqua trail or in oakridge, still tryin to decide.

    sslos are you runnin a 9mm front on your fox fork? i don't really wanna build up or pay for a new front wheel, and i wanna get a new fork soon. just don't know if i need all the extra stiffness too, still a fan of some flex. does anyone else know if i can run a 30.0mm seat clamp instead of a 29.8mm?

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    NATIVESON, you can run a 30.0mm seat post clamp. Theres not a huge difference there

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativeson View Post
    ups tracking has my frame scheduled for delivery friday. looks like my labor day weekend will include some bike building and a test ride in the santa cruz mountains. next week we're rolin up to oregon for wedding in portland. gonna stop at either the north umpqua trail or in oakridge, still tryin to decide.

    sslos are you runnin a 9mm front on your fox fork? i don't really wanna build up or pay for a new front wheel, and i wanna get a new fork soon. just don't know if i need all the extra stiffness too, still a fan of some flex. does anyone else know if i can run a 30.0mm seat clamp instead of a 29.8mm?
    Nice! I know the excitement, enjoy the build and inaugural ride!
    9mm fork. I would love to try a Maxle or QR15, but neither option is financially available to me right now. There are occasions that I can get the rotor to rub a touch, but keep in mind that it's also a wider than normal (2mm vs. 1.5mm) Magura rotor in a Shimano M755 caliper.
    And as Sean said, if it's a decent quality seatpost clamp, 30mm will be fine. At most, you might need to throw a small beer can shim in, but I doubt it.

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    a few low quality cell pics from a test ride...

    first shakedown cruise @ ft ord, site of the sleaze otter classic. fork's a little short but still handles great. i'll add more comments later........
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    Ok, lets hear some peoples thought and suggestions on new Nimble 9 frame colors. I kinda want purple and fire engine red. What do you all think ? Sun Yellow ?

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    cream & red
    raw
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    british racing green
    Sun yellow sounds good

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    Sun yellow & the orange used on the new Yelli

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    I'm not a fan of bright red, but that's not to say it won't look good. I'd be down with a satin dark red.

    I wouldn't mind seeing,
    -Yelli orange
    -purple
    -mint
    -perhaps some satin/matte colors like dark gray or off white
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    I rode Bradbury State Park this past Monday in Pownal, ME. The N9 was a blast there. Hit the summit in no time, rode the Boundary Trail down, and then went straight to the 'O' trail. The O Trail is a true test of one's abilities as it is one of the techiest pieces of single track around. I have yet to meet somebody that can ride it without dabbing. The N9 cut down my number of dabs greatly. Rode the rest of the trails there after, and had a great time railing corners, and whatnot.
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    Things to note so far.
    -If you ride with your heels in, you're gonna hit the stays. My heels are slightly in, and I only have issues when using a lot of body english to move the bike around.
    -With a Niner fork on the front, there will be pedal strikes. I just try to time my pedalling the best I can.
    -I'm currently using a 100mm stem, but I think a 90 or an 80 will only increase the fun factor of this rig.
    -The bike makes me run my seat lower than normal. I don't know why, but that is what feels best.
    -In order for me to run my e13 crank, I need to put any spacers and washers on the drive side to get enough space to clear the chainstay. That said, my 34t Rotor ring just barely clears when mounted on the inside.
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    I just ordered a medium Nimble 9 in glass black.........

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    Wife wants one so something in a bright color that's not green or the blizzard blue would be awesome.

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    Thanks for the ride reports from everyone who has a N9. I'm in the process of building up a Medium Blizzard Blue....cant wait! Trying to decide on 120mm or 100mm fork, looking at either a Marz or Manipoo Tower....input requested. There are a lot of rocky,chunky,techy trails around where I live(check out posts from our local tech ninja Enel). Like most everyone else a freakin budget was established by the "Minister of Finance"(I stole that from a fellow MTBR'!). Just got a set of white Flows/ZTR's, Maxxis Ardents(2.25 front & 2.4 rear) for a good price. Gonna run 2 x10 on this one. Picking up some blingy parts from Chainlove and other sites as well. I think SS would be awesome on this frame, I'm still pretty happy with my Jabber rigid SS. Yeah, yeah, I know....this post is worthless w/o pics. I will post up as soon as I get stuff going. Just keep the ride reports coming in!

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    Ok, so I almost (*almost*) hate to post this, since all the this vs that from the indecisive hordes drive me crazy. But I guess I have to humble myself.

    I am "this close" to getting a N9. My consideration is odd body proportions, if no one has seen my blather about it before, 6'3" tall, 37" inseam, 38" sleeve, extremely short torso (been told by pro bike fitters that my torso should be on someone about 5'6" or so).

    An ETT of 24-24.5" is perfect, but that usually means a smaller frame, long post, high seat position, and my hips are farther back, so my CoG is high and back. The result, I struggle on steep climbs to keep the front end weighted and tracking; suspension squat makes this worse, so I think it is time for an HT. I climb fine on an SS, but am old enough and have enough health issues that I need gears for long 30+ mile 5000 foot climbing rides, so seated climbing is the issue here.

    You all who have the bike say it climbs great. If anyone who is tall and / or long legged rides with a GPS, can you either attach to PM or a link to an online GPS aggregation site is fine. I want to see what you climb relative to my steep climbs here in central coastal CA.

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    ^Short seat stays might not be the best for you then. Maybe test ride one or look towards the Salsa hardtail with longer stays.
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    Quote Originally Posted by appleSSeed View Post
    ^Short seat stays might not be the best for you then.
    why is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vemeno View Post
    why is that?
    Long legs on a smaller frame means seat jacked up.
    Short CS bike like the Nimble has already got the rear wheel tucked more up under you, so your center of gravity is further towards the rear axle.
    Make a design compromise like you have to to make the ultra-short CS work and you end up with a seat tube that is much slacker than the effective seat angle (angle between contact point and center of BB), which means that as you jack your seat up it goes even further back.
    The COG thing can be a problem for tall/leggy riders even on a bike without the ultra-short CS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slocaus View Post
    An ETT of 24-24.5" is perfect, but that usually means a smaller frame, long post, high seat position, and my hips are farther back, so my CoG is high and back. The result, I struggle on steep climbs to keep the front end weighted and tracking; suspension squat makes this worse, so I think it is time for an HT. I climb fine on an SS, but am old enough and have enough health issues that I need gears for long 30+ mile 5000 foot climbing rides, so seated climbing is the issue here.
    I'm guessing that if you have issues keeping the front end weighted and tracking on a bike with more normal chainstays and seat tube, a shorter CS bike like the N9 will significantly exacerbate the problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meltingfeather View Post
    Long legs on a smaller frame means seat jacked up.
    Short CS bike like the Nimble has already got the rear wheel tucked more up under you, so your center of gravity is further towards the rear axle.
    Make a design compromise like you have to to make the ultra-short CS work and you end up with a seat tube that is much slacker than the effective seat angle (angle between contact point and center of BB), which means that as you jack your seat up it goes even further back.
    The COG thing can be a problem for tall/leggy riders even on a bike without the ultra-short CS.
    thanks! that makes sense...I'm leggy myself and nimble 9 is high on my list, i've never considered this effective seat angle problem.. seems that search for ideal "do it all" frame might not be over

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    Quote Originally Posted by appleSSeed View Post
    ^Short seat stays might not be the best for you then. Maybe test ride one or look towards the Salsa hardtail with longer stays.
    In the back of my mind, I wondered. I've ridden or am riding bikes with 17" to 18.5" stays, and some are better than others, but the problem remains to some extent. Thanks.

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    Yeah, but imagine the wheelies!
    Lotta flippin' help you are! I have been trying to learn to ride 30 mile wheelies for 30 years with no luck, I must be a retard.

    Quote Originally Posted by meltingfeather View Post
    I'm guessing that if you have issues keeping the front end weighted and tracking on a bike with more normal chainstays and seat tube, a shorter CS bike like the N9 will significantly exacerbate the problem.
    Yeah, as I said, in the back of my mind, I wondered about that. Just all the excitement and great reports of the N9 got me way too interested I guess. I am thinking now that a steeper seat angle and a longer front center is what I need. With my long arms, I can have 2 - 3" drop from saddle to bars and hit helps climbing, but then makes steep descents sphincter traumas. Wondering also if a longer ETT and really short stem to push out the front center. Anyway, I'll just drool over the lime green N9 shoots here. Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by vemeno View Post
    thanks! that makes sense...I'm leggy myself and nimble 9 is high on my list, i've never considered this effective seat angle problem.. seems that search for ideal "do it all" frame might not be over
    Yeah, I probably need a custom frame, but that is not going to happen in the foreseeable future if ever. Good luck.
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    I'm not sure if the N9 is right for you long legged guys, but the cs length is adjustable. You could always run a zero offset, or a reversed offset seatpost to compensate for the seat tube angle as well.
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    My new Nimble 9. Just built her tonight. Heading to Warrior Creek in NC to break her in in the morning.

    Build list:
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    Another sweet looking N9! Post a ride report when you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dubthang View Post


    Things to note so far.
    -If you ride with your heels in, you're gonna hit the stays. My heels are slightly in, and I only have issues when using a lot of body english to move the bike around.

    Lots of comments about heal rub on these frames. Anyone know the measurement from the outside of one CS to the outside of the other where the heal rub is occurring?

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    I had a little heel rub with a pair of older shoes with a wide heel area, but my other two pairs seem to not rub at all. I do notice how close the rear end of the frame feels to my feet while descending. I am already used to it after 5 rides so it is a non issue. I put some clear frame stickers over that part just in case, so the paint doesn't get rubbed off.
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    I just found out that Canfield's main headquarters is a hop/skip/jump from me. Would this bike compliment my current El Mariachi? Both will probably be kept SS, but may go 1x9/10 on the Canfield.

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    Got a few sick test rides on my nimble 9 and it's all that. First in Santa cruz on the local trails, tore it up. these pics are from oakridge, Oregon, the alpine trail. I think it's about a 13-15 mile downhill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nativeson View Post
    Got a few sick test rides on my nimble 9 and it's all that. First in Santa cruz on the local trails, tore it up. these pics are from oakridge, Oregon, the alpine trail. I think it's about a 13-15 mile downhill.
    Great pics, nativeson... I want to add that ride you did to my "bucket list" of rides.. Oakridge, OR. You have a link to your GPS file of that ride? Looks wonderful!

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    Dilemma... I've been letting the wife ride my rig the last few family sessions at the park as I cannot haul the trailer with it (Hitch mount doesn't fit on the sliders). Conversation started out last weekend about getting her a mtb bike and this weekend the conversation ended with I'll just keep yours and you can build another one!

    So the dilemma begins, another Nimble or maybe a Yelli? Im not ashamed to say I spent 2,400 on the Nimble altogether, I just don't know how I feel about another 2-3k. You guys think I should go another round on the Nimble or maybe look at the Yelli? I wish the Nimble had some additional color choices. Not hot on the blue.

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    question for you guys running ~470mm rigid fork.. what would be the effective seat angle for someone with 36" inseam (saddle way up high )?

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    nimble?

    Yes. Turns out to be a great ride. Climbs great. my .02 ? headtube is way too tall, hard to get "down over the bike". Looking into a diff headset with less stack. 27.02 lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vemeno View Post
    question for you guys running ~470mm rigid fork.. what would be the effective seat angle for someone with 36" inseam (saddle way up high )?
    I get ~73.3
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    Quote Originally Posted by surly_an_instigator View Post
    Yes. Turns out to be a great ride. Climbs great. my .02 ? headtube is way too tall, hard to get "down over the bike". Looking into a diff headset with less stack. 27.02 lbs.
    Wouldn't it be easier to move the spacer you've got in there from under to over the stem? That is likely going to get you more (and cost you less) than any difference in stack you'd get from a new headset.
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    ^^ Also a flat bar?

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    Not to gang up, but definitely go with the stem all the way down first, then try a flat bar. If neither of those get the front down enough, you could try flipping the stem to a negative rise position.
    Those will all get you better results, and less hassle, than changing headsets.

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    Some pic from Fort Rock in Exeter, NH. Not the greatest shots since we were using an old digital camera, but better than nothing.
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    Here's one of the front, and one of the chainstay to show clearance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyBoy View Post
    Here is a Nimble Nine build Chris just finished up at the Northstar at Tahoe races on Saturday. I did get to take it on a demo ride. It was so freshly built that I terrorized both Chris and myself when I found out the brakes weren't even bedded in yet and grabbing. What I really like about this set up is the non XC feeling in the cockpit, with a more upright positioning, and the wiiiide handlebars, don't know if they were 30 inches or what.

    I just took that exact bike for a spin a few hours ago. Sick bike!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by p nut View Post
    I just took that exact bike for a spin a few hours ago. Sick bike!!
    What were your thoughts on it? Were you able to get a good test ride in?
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