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    Finished my build a few days ago and rode it for the first time today. My previous build was a custom steel rigid SS with ala Niner XC geo (71 deg HT, 73 deg ST, 445 mm CS) and after the first rides I can say that the Nimble feels different...in a good way

    It's nimble for sure. On the first ride I cleared logs and did jumps I've never done before. This bike will make you look for the roughest parts of the trail and likes to be ridden hard...

    I'm 5'11" / 165 lbs and the medium frame feels good with a 100 mm stem. CS are 426 mm with a 32/20 setup.

    The bike is build up with the following parts:

    - Manitou Tower Pro 100 mm
    - Hope Tech M4 brakes, 180/160
    - XTR cranks
    - CK hubs with Flow front and Arch rear and tubeless RoRo's
    - CK headset and BB
    - Salsa QR and seat post clamp
    - HbC ring and cog
    - Thomson stem
    - Sunline V-one carbon bar
    - Moots post
    - Fizik Gobi saddle

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativeson View Post
    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........
    Purple for my girl, please...

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    I am 6'2", 34" inseam, 210 geared up. I have been following this thread closely. Unfortunately, I am in the same boat as slocaus. I currently have a rigid Karate Monkey. With a tiny tire and the wheel pushed all the way forward in the dropouts, the bike had snap front end lift. The slightest pedal kick would lift the front end quickly but never throw me. Climbing on the bike was easy and there were very few situations when the front would wander but that was the shortest I would have ever wanted the chainstays. The bike was really fun in the twisties and the rear tire would stick like glue on climbs.

    I now run the gearing at 32x18 with a half link. This puts the chainstays at 17 1/2" which is stable but not at nimble as the wheel slammed forward. With the Nimble 9 chainstays between 16.25-16.9" on a large frame, I could imagine the bike ripping up twisty singletrack and downhills even better but also having some really bad climbing characteristics. A lot of folks on here claim that "it will just work out" but IMO, slocaus has a reason to be worried. I wouldn't want to drop $700 on a frame only to find out that I can't run the seat too high or the front will lift or that I need a 140mm stem to weight the front end enough to climb.

    Background information: I had a FS XL 26" bike. It had an incredibly long top tube with short chainstays (you might recognize the geometry). On fireroads, the bike was fast, on technical single track it was a nightmare. I changed the 105mm stem for a 90mm stem to reduce the cockpit and make the bike more nimble. The result was that the new geometry felt better but I could not climb the slightest incline without the front end lifting and wandering. The bike became useless on singletrack and I sold it not long after that. I wouldn't want to purchase a N9 and have the same thing happen.

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    Amazing builds here guys! I'll be picking up a N9 shortly and I'd like your opinion on sizing.

    5'8"
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    long torso and arms, short legs.
    Somewhat ape-like

    I've been on mediums for years and I'm leaning toward a medium N9. I'm reading short cockpit remarks and feel like the medium would be the best choice. What do current owners think? I generally like shorter stems as well FWIW.

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    I just built my Nimble 9 today. Im 5'11 and I went with a medium frame. I'll snap some pics and post soon. It came in at 22 lbs 9 oz with a Reba XX fork and set up as a single speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Click Click Boom View Post
    I just built my Nimble 9 today. Im 5'11 and I went with a medium frame. I'll snap some pics and post soon. It came in at 22 lbs 9 oz with a Reba XX fork and set up as a single speed.
    Damn. I assume you have some light wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GearTech View Post
    Amazing builds here guys! I'll be picking up a N9 shortly and I'd like your opinion on sizing.

    5'8"
    29" inseam
    long torso and arms, short legs.
    Somewhat ape-like

    I've been on mediums for years and I'm leaning toward a medium N9. I'm reading short cockpit remarks and feel like the medium would be the best choice. What do current owners think? I generally like shorter stems as well FWIW.
    Your dimensions are very similar to mine. I have a medium.

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    The wheels are Stans "Off the Shelf " with Arch Rims and Renagade S-Work Tires.

    The frame is borrowing my Noir 3.3 Cranks (singlespeed) and Eggbeater 11's until I get my HBC spirderless ring for the XO Crankset thats supposed to go on it.

    The brakes are the New XTR XC race with Hope rotors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dubthang View Post
    Your dimensions are very similar to mine. I have a medium.
    Nice, thanks man!
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    The Canfield Brothers got this 29er thing right. The bike climbs and turns like nothing I have been on before. I have the bike set up with a 90mm stem, Reba XX 100mm G2 offset fork, flat bars and a no set back seat post. This bike carves the corners without that twitch feel that Niners have. The bike has its first 20 miles on it.

    My only complaint..... Its a little heavy. If they only made the Nimble 9 in Ti!

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    I'm 6'1" weigh about 220 geared up and ride my 9 as SS w/ 32-18. Ride a L. frame w/ a 90mm stem and a Salsa bend2 bar that has 23deg. of backsweep.
    What I don't understand is when riding a SS, how does the front end lift when climbing?
    Any/almos all real climbs I do, I have to be standing as well as what I have noticed from the many SS riders that ride around my local trails.

    Bike feels great to me w/ my set up and I have never noticed front end lift/wandering on any climbs.

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    And a 100mm fork

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    Quote Originally Posted by osty View Post
    I'm 6'1" weigh about 220 geared up and ride my 9 as SS w/ 32-18. Ride a L. frame w/ a 90mm stem and a Salsa bend2 bar that has 23deg. of backsweep.
    What I don't understand is when riding a SS, how does the front end lift when climbing?
    Any/almos all real climbs I do, I have to be standing as well as what I have noticed from the many SS riders that ride around my local trails.

    Bike feels great to me w/ my set up and I have never noticed front end lift/wandering on any climbs.
    I don't think it's possible to get front end lift on SS climbs, unless you're leaning waaaayyy back, so I have to assume the only ones who are having any kind of problem are geared guys.
    Well, i guess if someone is running a really low gear, say a 32x21 or 22, they might be able to stay seated on steep enough of a climb to lift the front. Of course, that's purely conjecture...

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    I've run 32x22 before and it's still a stand-only climbing gear. Maybe 30x28.

    I got my first ride coming up tomorrow. I wanted to get my Reba at 100mm, but haven't had a chance to do it. I'll be running 80mm. I'm expected some pedal strikes.

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    Get your Reba to 100mm as soon as you can!
    The only regrets I've had with this bike is not changing my Fox to 100mm sooner. Handling improvement was more noticeable than avoiding the occasional pedal strike for me.

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    80mm wasn't too bad. I need to take it up to 100mm, though. I'm also wondering how 120mm would feel. Either way, fun ride this morning.


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    Not that 80mm is bad, it' just that the bike felt even better at 100! I too have been thinking about 120mm... Bad, bad thoughts.

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    Don't know about you guys, but this bike continues to impress. I've put on maybe 60 miles or so. It's the funnest bike I've owned to date. Only gripe is the pedal strikes/low BB, but that'll be partially cured after I set up the fork to 100mm.

    Also, got 800mm bar put on there, which made the thing much more enjoyable. Highly suggested for SS'ers. (Kore Torsion bar @ Universal Cycles is $40).

    I've also ordered a half link (Gusset Slink) and some 3/32 master links to shorten up the stays a bit. Parts should be here next week (can't believe none of the bike shops around here have these in stock... including BMX shops).

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    Agreed, I have 3 rides on mine, 2 techy, rocky short climbs, climbing over boulders and a couple of 3'+ drops. Other ride was a 10 mile CC with some good chunk and climbs. I converted today from SS (32x22) to 1 x 9 w/ a 34 tooth chainring. I'm doing a 24-25 mile CC ride tomorrow with some awesome long climbs and fast singletrack....pretty excited to see how she performs.

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    Does anyone know the seat tube diameter? Wanted to try out Paul Components Chain Keeper and it comes in three sizes a 28.6, 31.8 and 35.0mm size.

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    Edited: To avoid confusion.
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    Seat post – 27.2mm OD
    Seat clamp – 29.8mm ID

    ^ from the website.

    There is a post in a thread about Nimble 9 (my searches cannot find it ) from on of the Candield Bros about a chain keeper on the Nimble. Something about what they recommend and some that did not work.
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    Glad you had the time to ferret that out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slocaus View Post
    There is a post in a thread about Nimble 9 (my searches cannot find it ) from on of the Candield Bros about a chain keeper on the Nimble. Something about what they recommend and some that did not work.
    No dice...

    From Canfield

    "The Paul is not going to work- because our seat tube is in front of the BB"

    So will stick with the 1.x direct mount, tried to keep it local.

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    You have also a chain keeper that is attached to the BB, maybe that works...

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    I had mine set up as a 1x9 using the E13 XCX BB mount guide and it worked perfectly.

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    Still enjoying my Nimble.

    On the first rides I had a lot of pedal strikes but after a few more rides it seems like a non issue.

    I still rub my heels on the chain- and seatstays a lot, maybe I ride with my toes pointing outwards but anyway the stays could have been curved a little to avoid this. After 10 rides the clearcoat and some of the paint is gone in a few places. Not a big deal and I don't notice hitting the stays while riding but anyway...

    The geo is spot on and it's a super fun bike to ride with 100 mm up front. In some ways it reminds me of the Yeti Asr-sl I had a few years ago. A Gen2 Nimble with re-worked stays and maybe lighter weight would make a great bike perfect...

    The Moots post has to return to my other bike so I'm trying to decide if I should get a Thomson or a Gravity Dropper...
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    Enjoying mine as well!!!
    I to had trouble with pedal strikes first few rides.
    Wish my Manitou converted to 120mm.

    Switching out the brown cables today for some green ones.
    Seatpost was from other bike... need a non-setback one.






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    ^WOW looks great without stickers.. is that large frame? whats your height?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vemeno View Post
    ^WOW looks great without stickers.. is that large frame? whats your height?
    I only removed the large Canfield downtube sticker. It is a large. I am 6 foot even with a 32 inseam.

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    black & blue

    Finally finished up the build. One ride so far & it was a blast!

    I played around with the 95 / 120mm settings on the fork and I think I prefer 120. Seems to fit the bike better. I am running the sliders as far forward as I can and still have clearance for the FD. Even with the 120mm fork, this bike is every bit as nimble (duh!) as my other quick handling 29ers.
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    Blue is Better than I thought

    Just finished my full build of my long awaited nimble 9. Was forced into buying the blue color (due to lack of stock for 5 MONTHS) instead of the desired green, but happy to say that the blue and black color scheme has turned into one sexy machine. Built fully rigid with white bros fork, wheels are stans arch 29er (w/blue nipples), thomson stem/seatpost and collar, easton 70 XC bar, truvativ stylo cranks, WTB wolverine tires (1st pair of tubeless) gold KMC chain. And very happy to say that the blue glows in the dark too!

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    DUDE ! who vomited on your fork?!?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron1017 View Post
    Enjoying mine as well!!!
    I to had trouble with pedal strikes first few rides.
    Wish my Manitou converted to 120mm.

    Switching out the brown cables today for some green ones.
    Seatpost was from other bike... need a non-setback one.






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    Quote Originally Posted by wasfast View Post
    DUDE ! who vomited on your fork?!?
    Who you gonna call?



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    Quote Originally Posted by fullystiff View Post
    Built fully rigid
    I'm just glad you didn't build it partially rigid. That would have been inappropriate.
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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
    I'm just glad you didn't build it partially rigid. That would have been inappropriate.
    Yeah, no one likes a flaccid bike...........
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    Little mechanical help.

    I'm installing a Race Face Ride crankset with X-Type BB and 32T MRP chainring on the Nimble 9. Comes with three 2.5mm BB cup spacers. Installation guide states for a 73mm BB shell and using a chainguide use 0 spacers for both non-drive side and drive side. For a clamp-on front der. use 0 spacers for non-drive side and 1 for drive side.

    Using the FD mount MRP 1.x so I am assuming that I would use the 1 spacer on the drive side since this isn't a chainguide, which would normally be BB mounted. Any thoughts?

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    Yup, a BB mount FD or chainguide would preclude the spacer, direct mount requires the spacer.

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    Nimble in action

    Here is a riding pic of my nimble. This is a great AM hardtail!
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    Nice pic Capslayer!

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    Just got my Nimble built up today. Took her for the first shakedown ride and I must say that I am impressed. It rides sweet!
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    Nice build. Does your fork crown hit the down tube? Why the pad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dubthang View Post
    Nice build. Does your fork crown hit the down tube? Why the pad?
    Appreciate the compliment on the build. No issues with the fork hitting the down tube. The black looking pad is actually a velcro square stuck to the downtube. I use it with my lighting system. I attached a few pics of what it looks like when it is hooked up.
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    Sweet light, an Amoeba? Lots of cabling going on

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan G. View Post
    Sweet light, an Amoeba? Lots of cabling going on
    Good eye. It is an Amoeba. They work great. I would definitely recommend them to anybody looking for lights.

    There is a lot of cabling going on. Looking to set up the bike SS at some point. That will help clear up some of the chaos.

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    What bash you running on those SLX cranks? I kinda like it.
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    I know I keep posting this in this and other threads, but I love my N9.
    I just swapped my 170mm Ritchey WCS cranks to my wife's Karate Monkey, and put her 175mm XT M760s on the N9. Mostly did it to give her some appropriate length cranks, but wanted some stiffer cranks on my bike as I would still hit the DS chainstay when I'd really crank to pop the front wheel up.
    Major, noticeable difference in stiffness! I opted to not ride our local rocky trail that has some steeps (Gov't Canyon,) because I felt a bit off, but will get a chance next weekend.
    I did crank out some wheelies, and no contact- just a great handling bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EVERYUSERNAMEISTAKEN View Post
    Good eye. It is an Amoeba. They work great. I would definitely recommend them to anybody looking for lights.

    There is a lot of cabling going on. Looking to set up the bike SS at some point. That will help clear up some of the chaos.
    I have heard nothing but great things about Amoeba lights...gonna have to look into some of those.
    And yes, get those shifty bits off. Simplify and set yourself free!!!
    Enjoy the bike. I like your no-nonsense build.

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    After much debate (which involved building and tearing down a small and a medium several times) I settled on the medium. I'm 5'5" but I felt cramped on the cockpit and had a 410mm seatpost exposed to the limit. Standover was great on the small and the bike was super easy to flick around.

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    Only have a handful of rides so far, but I'm really enjoying this setup. I'm amazed how easy this thing turns even with a 120mm fork. It just destroys twisty singletrack.

    Only gripes so far is the standover on the med. frame (irrelevant while riding), and that the bike is harder to hop than my Waltworks. Probably due to a combination of the lower bb, having to overcome 120mm of travel and the higher weight. I'm sure I'll adjust.

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    Looks great!

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