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    Quote Originally Posted by p nut View Post
    Looks good. Though I think you're using Ardent front and FR3 rear.
    D'oh!
    Corrected, thanks for catching that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rottendan View Post
    here are some pics of mine running a 2 x10 shimano xt and 2.4 ralphs. I have the sliders pushed all the way back and there is a solid 25mm of room. I'd say you could get real close to the full forward position but, you'd have no room for debris clearance. sslos that puzzler course looks insane... nice job ss it!
    Thanks for that- it was a rough one!
    What rims are you using? I have good clearance with the FR-3 mounted on a Bontrager Duster, enough that I could easily run the sliders all the way forward with the right gearing. I actually did run them all the way forward with a 32x20 and a 2.4 Ardent for the Puzzler with no problems.
    Looks like you could run it all the way forward if you cut off the (unnecessary on this bike) bottom-pull routing on your front derailleur.
    Just a thought.
    You should post full shots of your bike. 'Cause I like 'em.
    Edit: I just noticed that you already did post some back on page 23. Maybe this thread has gotten a bit cumbersome?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sslos View Post
    Thanks for that- it was a rough one!
    What rims are you using? I have good clearance with the FR-3 mounted on a Bontrager Duster, enough that I could easily run the sliders all the way forward with the right gearing. I actually did run them all the way forward with a 32x20 and a 2.4 Ardent for the Puzzler with no problems.
    Looks like you could run it all the way forward if you cut off the (unnecessary on this bike) bottom-pull routing on your front derailleur.
    Just a thought.
    You should post full shots of your bike. 'Cause I like 'em.
    Edit: I just noticed that you already did post some back on page 23. Maybe this thread has gotten a bit cumbersome?

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    canfeilds C2 rim and hub. they are 27mm wide with a inner width of 22mm. gives my ralph 2.4s a casing width of 62mm.

    I would cut the bp routing off, but this drive train is headed for another bike after the local race season ends this fall, good call though. I'm going to fat front and single speed the nine for winter use.

    yes this thread is becoming a bit large...
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    Quote Originally Posted by uphiller View Post
    Thanks for the info. In your opinion, would clearance be better if there were an 83mm instead of a 73mm bb shell? Just wondering, for the sake of building a custom frame.
    For the Nimble, it wouldn't make any difference. The reason I had to put the sliders a few mm back from full front is to clear the FD swingarm on the seat tube.

    Also note that I live in a fairly dry climate, so I am not leaving much room for mud clearance. If you are in a mucky area, you might need a little more.

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    OK - here's my review, plagiarized from Los.
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    Strengths: Versatility, great ride quality, fit and finish.
    Short-stay/ slack HT geometry works well- for me.

    ...
    The frame is burly enough to handle some rough-and-tumble, but not so heavy it precludes it's use as a XC bike. *Some riders, especially those who ride geared, and climb in a fairly low gear while seated might have some issues with the front lifting due to the short rear end. ...
    While I have it set up somewhere between XC and AM light- it's actually my endurance racing all-'rounder. This is my only "regular" mountain bike-
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    I'll be honest- I'm really thrilled by this bike, ... confidence-inspiring ...

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    ^^^I think it is all spot-on.
    *The light front on steep climbs is not a handicap. It just requires that you get out of the saddle a little earlier than you might otherwise to get your weight up front.
    The slack front end also probably has me moving my weight forward more to dig in the front tire in corners, but it is confidence-inspiring when pointed down.
    I am still getting used to mine and have found myself a little bit "in the backseat" a few times on g-outs and jumps with lips (that sounds, er, odd). MCR9 is up for grabs.

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    edit: PS - I have a flat bar with 100mm stem set with no rise (horizontal) on a 2mm HS spacer. That's as low as I can go without a flipped riser bar, which would be unnecessary anyway.
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    I flipped my stem downward (+/-6 90mm) and got a bar with only 3/4" rise for my Nimble. With the stem upward and 40mm rise bar the front end wasnt weighted enough for me. Now its PERFECT. I'll flip the stem and put on higher rise bars for when I visit the mountains!


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    ^ That looks great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fleas View Post
    OK - here's my review, plagiarized from Los.

    ^^^I think it is all spot-on.
    *The light front on steep climbs is not a handicap. It just requires that you get out of the saddle a little earlier than you might otherwise to get your weight up front.
    The slack front end also probably has me moving my weight forward more to dig in the front tire in corners, but it is confidence-inspiring when pointed down.
    I am still getting used to mine and have found myself a little bit "in the backseat" a few times on g-outs and jumps with lips (that sounds, er, odd). MCR9 is up for grabs.

    -F

    edit: PS - I have a flat bar with 100mm stem set with no rise (horizontal) on a 2mm HS spacer. That's as low as I can go without a flipped riser bar, which would be unnecessary anyway.
    Thanks for the geared input on the review!

    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron1017 View Post
    I flipped my stem downward (+/-6 90mm) and got a bar with only 3/4" rise for my Nimble. With the stem upward and 40mm rise bar the front end wasnt weighted enough for me. Now its PERFECT. I'll flip the stem and put on higher rise bars for when I visit the mountains!
    Interesting, I was just thinking about flipping my stem (6 degree, 90mm Kore and flat Niner alloy bar) when I saw your post.
    I was considering it to stretch me out just a touch, but when I saw your pic, I realized how much faster that's gonna make me look!
    Hey, if you can't be fast, look fast...

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    What is the actual measured bottom bracket height of a Nimble with a 468-470mm fork?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nitrousjunky View Post
    What is the actual measured bottom bracket height of a Nimble with a 468-470mm fork?
    I posted it above.
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    I saw your measurement to the bottom of the bottom bracket shell, I want to the center of the bottom bracket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nitrousjunky View Post
    I saw your measurement to the bottom of the bottom bracket shell, I want to the center of the bottom bracket.
    A bb is approximately 34mm in diamter so just add half of that.
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    So 11.4", I would have thought a little higher.
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    I read this thread pretty often, and drool over many of the N9s. But, yours is probably the one to end all my dreaming. Beautiful.... (no offense to anyone else, I love your N9s as well...

    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron1017 View Post
    I flipped my stem downward (+/-6 90mm) and got a bar with only 3/4" rise for my Nimble. With the stem upward and 40mm rise bar the front end wasnt weighted enough for me. Now its PERFECT. I'll flip the stem and put on higher rise bars for when I visit the mountains!

    C'mon lets go for a whirl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nitrousjunky View Post
    So 11.4", I would have thought a little higher.
    I wish it was. It's a little low when traversing techy objects. I find it easier to get hung up on logs and whatnot. I just have to plan my attacks better. That said, I notice the lower center of gravity, and really dig it. It's easy to push into corners with my legs, and let the bike rip around them.
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    Just started to build my Nimble nine, geared, when I found the drop outs supplied were single speed only, were you supposed to get both types in the box ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by simonm View Post
    Just started to build my Nimble nine, geared, when I found the drop outs supplied were single speed only, were you supposed to get both types in the box ?
    There is only one set that I know of. Usable for ss or gears. Did you get two non-drive sides by chance, or just over look the hanger on the drive side?
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    Double checked..its Single speed only. Checked on Canfield website and there is two types available, geared or SS.

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    Just ordered a purple 2012!

    I do have some build questions though. I am new to 29ers and coming from a DH and aggressive trail riding background. A 120mm fork sounds so short compared to the 180 and 160's I usually run. I saw a couple people tried a 140 but haven't found too many on the yelli or nimble going that route. I was thinking of a Reba either way so I can use spacers to bring it down, but the 120mm Reba I found is lighter than the 140 Reba so if the 140 is unwarranted I would just get the 120.

    Can anyone give me a little more feedback on the 140 for a nimble? I'll be riding rocky trails in New England. Not many long climbs but lots of quick techy up and downs. Thanks!

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    gunna be pretty slack (for a 29er) at 140mm isnt it ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecibis View Post
    I do have some build questions though. I am new to 29ers and coming from a DH and aggressive trail riding background. A 120mm fork sounds so short compared to the 180 and 160's I usually run. I saw a couple people tried a 140 but haven't found too many on the yelli or nimble going that route. I was thinking of a Reba either way so I can use spacers to bring it down, but the 120mm Reba I found is lighter than the 140 Reba so if the 140 is unwarranted I would just get the 120.

    Can anyone give me a little more feedback on the 140 for a nimble? I'll be riding rocky trails in New England. Not many long climbs but lots of quick techy up and downs. Thanks!
    the frame was not designed for a 140mm fork.
    <50mm BB drop and a 67° HTA might feel funky.
    as far as the question of whether 5" or 6" is the travel you need... don't know.
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    Yeah...

    I am leaning towards the 120 but want to make sure I am making the right choice before I pull the trigger. Some people on here seemed to like the forks in 140 settings.

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    I ride New England trails will a rigid fork. I'm sure a 120 Reba would be fine.
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    To me, a 100 29er feels like a 140 26er

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    120 it is then

    If a 100 feels enough the 120 will give me plenty of room. I may get a rigid too if I can pick one up on the cheap for some of the places I ride. I still have a rigid '95 kona I ride around and it's sweet at some of the places I go. Thanks

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    Doesn't look like an XL N9 is happening (although there was some talk about it), only S, M, and L 2012 frames are available for preorder.

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    Are the specs the same between the 2011-12 models?
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    "Doesn't look like an XL N9 is happening (although there was some talk about it), only S, M, and L 2012 frames are available for preorder."

    I don't think the Canfield website is updated with the latest info. I ordered an XL N9 about a month ago and my contact was Sean Gollub (sean at canfieldbrothers dot com)

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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    Are the specs the same between the 2011-12 models?
    Yes, from what I was told. Only difference is 3 bottle mounts instead of just 1.

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    Nice!

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    here is my Nimble 9 build. Built to take with me in our camper van this year, so doubles as a kid carrier as well as my trail bike on our camper holidays.
    Its a bit clutterd up front with Lock outs and shifters, tempted to run 1x10 in future. I've also got an x-fusion dropper seat to fit which will add even more clutter to the bars...
    Still to take her out for a ride but hope to this weekend.
    The Ardent 2.4's were a tight fit, had to move the drop outs back about 2/3rds down the slots to get about 5mm clearance to front mech.
    Only other change (before I've ridden) I really think needs making is getting some flat bars.. the front feels way to high.


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    Simon, is that a small N9?

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    yes it is wreckless...looks like a jump bike doesn't it !

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    Quote Originally Posted by simonm View Post
    yes it is wreckless...looks like a jump bike doesn't it !
    It looks good. I'm patiently waiting for my purple medium.

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    Some pretty smart builds shown here, can't wait for my Nimble to arrive in the UK, going to build with fox qr 15 set at 120mm
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    White industries crank with 122bb, although not so sure now reading some of the posts above?

    Should be a very versatile bike and a better all rounder that my singular swift.

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    XL Nimble 9

    Here's the new geo sheet with the XL Nimble 9.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeShopMonkey View Post
    sure it is, proof,

    most bikes with 70 degrees or slacker are:

    downhill bikes
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    beach cruisers
    and a select few of new short chainstay 29ers.

    now, your gonna tell me those bikes are known for quick steering?

    argue all you want, but when "you" are wrong, your just wrong.
    I have to say I agree with BikeShopMonkey on some level. I have a Trek EX8 with a slack HTA and I hate it in the tight twisty stuff. It feels like it wants to fold and fall in on itself when turning sharply because the wheel is so far out in front of me (due in part to the slack HTA and in part to the long XC race style ETT). I now ride a Pivot Mach 429 and it has made a world of difference. The Pivot has a shorter wheelbase, shorter ETT, and a steeper HTA (70.9). Now that being said I think that if you ran a 80mm fork (70mm HTA) with a 90mm or 100mm stem the Nimble9 would be perfect in the tight twisty single track (almost comparable to the 429). I love short wheelbase 29ers they carve like no other.

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    Your argument definitely has merit and brings in the pros/cons of changes to the head angle. I wouldn't debate that a steeper head angle has some advantages. It's the whole "there's no point in a bike with short chainstays and slackish head angle" argument that holds no water.

    Personally I couldn't get much riding on my Nimble before it got too icy to ride but I felt like at my weight (200) and the large frame, the front triangle was too flexy to really ride with the fork at its max travel. It was that combined with the floppiness you describe that made it a little unsettling for me. So you are not alone, my fork is now at 95 mm travel and 500 mm a-c (69* HA) and it feels pretty sweet. I also had to tweak the stem a lot to get it to feel right. Bottom line, you change frame geometry and you can expect to tweak a lot of other things before it feels better than what you had before. Doesn't mean a design is "wrong."

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    It would be nice to see some of the design features in the Kona Honzo incorporated into the Nimble9 like a 44mm HT and bends in the chain-stay for more crank/heel clearance. The Kona Honzo is looking more attractive at the moment other than the fact it is hard to get the Kona frame only. I have a feeling that my size 14 shoes would hit the chain-stays a lot? The only other thing that bothers me about the Kona is that it is designed for a short stem (60-80mm) because the ETT is so long. This means even more of your weight will be taken off the front end than with the Nimble9.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blk02 View Post
    It would be nice to see some of the design features in the Kona Honzo incorporated into the Nimble9 like a 44mm HT and bends in the chain-stay for more crank/heel clearance. The Kona Honzo is looking more attractive at the moment other than the fact it is hard to get the Kona frame only. I have a feeling that my size 14 shoes would hit the chain-stays a lot? The only other thing that bothers me about the Kona is that it is designed for a short stem (60-80mm) because the ETT is so long. This means even more of your weight will be taken off the front end than with the Nimble9.
    I agree with the 44mm HT. For some that's a deal breaker. I know it was for me.

    And seeing the XL N9 geo, it's pretty similar to the 20" Honzo frame, both have a 25" ETT, reach is shorter on the N9 by only .1" but overall wheelbase is shorter by over an inch as well.

    Edit:
    But it looks like the geo for the N9 provided is based on a 80mm fork, so the reach will be less with a 120mm fork which the Honzo geo is listed with, and ETT will be longer and so will wheelbase.
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    are these measurements static or sagged?

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    Anyone have a pic of the 2012 Bone White, Orange colors ? We've seen the Lime and Purple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chase1963 View Post
    Anyone have a pic of the 2012 Bone White, Orange colors ? We've seen the Lime and Purple.
    Wasn't there an orange in a pinkbike album, linked earlier in the thread?

    stoked about the XL geo, I'm gonna run some numbers to compare it to my current bikes' setups, but it looks good for me.

    As far as head angle, I went from a "slack" Gary Fisher G2 frame (69.6° + more offset) to a 72° bike and I've been over the bars more in 3 months than in the last 3 years. I'm thinking about trying the G2 offset fork @ 100mm on this frame. Anyone done that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chase1963 View Post
    Anyone have a pic of the 2012 Bone White, Orange colors ? We've seen the Lime and Purple.
    They should be in on Monday.
    I can't wait for the White, I think that will be my next rig for the summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blawson View Post
    Wasn't there an orange in a pinkbike album, linked earlier in the thread?

    stoked about the XL geo, I'm gonna run some numbers to compare it to my current bikes' setups, but it looks good for me.

    As far as head angle, I went from a "slack" Gary Fisher G2 frame (69.6° + more offset) to a 72° bike and I've been over the bars more in 3 months than in the last 3 years. I'm thinking about trying the G2 offset fork @ 100mm on this frame. Anyone done that?
    I remember someone posting that they are using a g2 fox a few pages back.

    I also have a g2 fox 100mm that's going on mine.

    Seems like it should be here in a week or so

    Thanks for the update cSquared

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    Crankset Conundrum

    I'm a little uncertain about what to do for cranks on this frame. I have a set of White Industries Eno 175mm, and a some Middleburn RS7 170mms. Not really sure which I should run. Saw a few posts about clearance issues and the White Industries. So I am a little hesitant to try them. As for the Middleburn, I have not run 170s on a singlespeed before. I've heard a lot of people claim they like them better than a long crank, so I might give them a try.


    Still haven't ordered it yet, gonna do that in the next few weeks. I do realize I can just experiment when the frame arrives, but my mind won't rest until I get some more feedback on this issue. Hopefully someone can answer this question.

    Thanks!

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    Placed my pre-order today, took a step out of my comfort zone and went with the purple. Super stoked that I'll be able to swap most of my parts from my Sir9 onto the N9. Can't wait.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blawson View Post

    As far as head angle, I went from a "slack" Gary Fisher G2 frame (69.6° + more offset) to a 72° bike and I've been over the bars more in 3 months than in the last 3 years. I'm thinking about trying the G2 offset fork @ 100mm on this frame. Anyone done that?
    I'm using a G2 Fox at 100mm, and I really love the way this bike handles.
    To be fair, it's the only suspension fork I've ridden on this frame, but I like the geometry better than with the Salsa rigid I used for a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raoul duke View Post
    I'm a little uncertain about what to do for cranks on this frame. I have a set of White Industries Eno 175mm, and a some Middleburn RS7 170mms. Not really sure which I should run. Saw a few posts about clearance issues and the White Industries. So I am a little hesitant to try them. As for the Middleburn, I have not run 170s on a singlespeed before. I've heard a lot of people claim they like them better than a long crank, so I might give them a try.


    Still haven't ordered it yet, gonna do that in the next few weeks. I do realize I can just experiment when the frame arrives, but my mind won't rest until I get some more feedback on this issue. Hopefully someone can answer this question.

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    I had a WI 170mm in mine when I first built it. I love the crank, but with the 122mm BB it needed to clear the chainstays I'd get enough flex to still rub the stay a bit under full torque.
    As to crankarm length, I'm now using a 175mm XT set, and don't think it's any discernible advantage over the 170s I've used for the last 10 years.

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    sslos- Do you notice if you rock strike more with the 175's over the 170's?
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    So I had some free time and my rigid fork from a monocog that I have been wanting to paint for a while now. I had this on my current SS and swapped it out for the for fox which lets me ride a little more reckless and get away with it. Anyways, I decided to use the rigid fork when I first build my purple N9 and go from there. I felt adding some purple and skulls would be appropriate for the Canfield.

    Let me know what you guys think? The specks in the pics are just dust and the paint finish is perfect. I had to try hard to get the ghost skulls to show up for the camera, with normal interior lighting the skulls hardly show up.




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    [QUOTE=WrecklessREX;9011085]So I had some free time and my rigid fork from a monocog that I have been wanting to paint for a while now. I had this on my current SS and swapped it out for the for fox which lets me ride a little more reckless and get away with it. Anyways, I decided to use the rigid fork when I first build my purple N9 and go from there. I felt adding some purple and skulls would be appropriate for the Canfield.

    Let me know what you guys think? The specks in the pics are just dust and the paint finish is perfect. I had to try hard to get the ghost skulls to show up for the camera, with normal interior lighting the skulls hardly show up.

    nice rex! I can't wait to see some of these purple builds.... I have a thing for purple bikes
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    That is hot! I've been thinking about a N9 and Enabler fork. Now I have an idea what to do with the fork paint.

    [QUOTE=WrecklessREX;9011085]So I had some free time and my rigid fork from a monocog that I have been wanting to paint for a while now. I had this on my current SS and swapped it out for the for fox which lets me ride a little more reckless and get away with it. Anyways, I decided to use the rigid fork when I first build my purple N9 and go from there. I felt adding some purple and skulls would be appropriate for the Canfield.

    Let me know what you guys think? The specks in the pics are just dust and the paint finish is perfect. I had to try hard to get the ghost skulls to show up for the camera, with normal interior lighting the skulls hardly show up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dubthang View Post
    sslos- Do you notice if you rock strike more with the 175's over the 170's?
    Ya know, I thought I would, but I honestly don't think do.
    I think getting used to the lower BB made a much bigger difference than the longer arms. 5mm just isn't that big a deal.

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    First ride of the season last weekend. Front fork set at 100mm is the biz. Wish the bb was higher, but the bike still rails. I had more pedal strikes compared to other bikes, so make sure to get a bash guard. Mine paid for itself several times over already (the purty HBC ring is ding free).

    I may have to try out some narrower bars. Mine's at 800mm and I think it may be too wide for some trails. Maybe 720-ish would be better.

    But my next purchase will be some Velocity P35's.
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    Thanks drc and Dan. The first pic really doesn't do the finish justice, its smooth and clear but to get those skulls to show through for the camera the sun had to hit it just right and that made it glare. I also had to smooth the old v-bake mounts off the fork before I start to airbrush it. The fork has an A2C of 473mm by the way, so I hope it works well with the N9.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p nut View Post
    First ride of the season last weekend. Front fork set at 100mm is the biz. Wish the bb was higher, but the bike still rails. I had more pedal strikes compared to other bikes, so make sure to get a bash guard. Mine paid for itself several times over already (the purty HBC ring is ding free).

    I may have to try out some narrower bars. Mine's at 800mm and I think it may be too wide for some trails. Maybe 720-ish would be better.

    But my next purchase will be some Velocity P35's.
    Holy Jeebus! 800mm?!?
    I ended up trimming 20mm from my Niner alloys because they felt a bit unwieldy, and those are only 710!
    I've banged my ring a couple of times, but not bad enough to do any damage.
    Glad you're having a good time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sslos View Post
    Holy Jeebus! 800mm?!?
    I ended up trimming 20mm from my Niner alloys because they felt a bit unwieldy, and those are only 710!
    I've banged my ring a couple of times, but not bad enough to do any damage.
    Glad you're having a good time!

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    I didn't think I'd like it, either, but the Canfield demo bike had one and it felt good. The only problem is a few trails have trees that I seem to clip once in a while. I'm going to try a narrower bar and see how it goes. I really do like the leverage of the 31-inchers for those steep climbs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sslos View Post
    Ya know, I thought I would, but I honestly don't think do.
    I think getting used to the lower BB made a much bigger difference than the longer arms. 5mm just isn't that big a deal.

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    Thanks. I was really thinking about getting a shorter crank, but perhaps I'll just start with a smaller ring for more clearance.

    Quote Originally Posted by p nut View Post
    I didn't think I'd like it, either, but the Canfield demo bike had one and it felt good. The only problem is a few trails have trees that I seem to clip once in a while. I'm going to try a narrower bar and see how it goes. I really do like the leverage of the 31-inchers for those steep climbs...
    I'd love to try 800's, but I ride to many trails were even 720's are difficult. I have 700's now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dubthang View Post
    I'd love to try 800's, but I ride to many trails were even 720's are difficult. I have 700's now.
    I started with 685's, which has moved to my 26er. Looks tiny now!

    Also, geared at 32x20, I initially had to put a half link on to get the drops as short as possible. But now (about 100 miles or so of chain stretch), they're pretty much slammed as far as they can go and the tension is perfect.

    EDIT: I meant slammed all the way forward without the half link.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WrecklessREX View Post
    So I had some free time and my rigid fork from a monocog that I have been wanting to paint for a while now. I had this on my current SS and swapped it out for the for fox which lets me ride a little more reckless and get away with it. Anyways, I decided to use the rigid fork when I first build my purple N9 and go from there. I felt adding some purple and skulls would be appropriate for the Canfield.

    Let me know what you guys think? The specks in the pics are just dust and the paint finish is perfect. I had to try hard to get the ghost skulls to show up for the camera, with normal interior lighting the skulls hardly show up.


    That IS way hot!

    I have some kinda skull theme going too:


    Here's the rest of it.
    I can hardly stop looking at it.


    Still have my old wheels. Nothing new is better so I'm keeping them. May make some cosmetic changes like red nips, but hardly required.



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    That looks great Fleas

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    Fleas, I think that's the first pair of toe clips I've seen outside the VRC forum in many years.

    You're tempting me into the N9, since we probably ride some similar Ohio trails I can gamble it's not just for wild west downhill cowboys (really, I'm not a stalker, I'm SS_Eric over on the OMBA forums)

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    That is sweet fleas! You have me anxiously waiting now, as if I wasn't already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rupps5 View Post
    That looks great Fleas
    Wow someone gave me neg rep for that comment!

    I guess I should have said "Fleas I like your bicycle very much, it is a nice build."

    I will try to be more clear in the future Mr. Anonymous

    Was just trying to give a buddy a compliment.

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    I got one too. Apparently we have a quote Nazi running around that doesn't like it when people don't do things his way.

    Quote Originally Posted by rupps5 View Post
    Wow someone gave me neg rep for that comment!

    I guess I should have said "Fleas I like your bicycle very much, it is a nice build."

    I will try to be more clear in the future Mr. Anonymous

    Was just trying to give a buddy a compliment.

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    Anyone here ride both a Nimble and a Jones? How do they compare? I'm interested more in handling, cornering, and manualability(that should be a word).

    I've ridden a Jones(fat front) in the past and though it was pretty awesome. It was more maneuverable than its numbers would lead you to believe. I imagine the Nimble would be just as nimble, or more so.

    I intend to ride this bike as a rigid. Jeff designs his bikes around a rigid front, the Canfield seems like it was built more for a 100-120mm suspension fork. This makes me a little hesitant to go with the Canfield, although it seems like most rigid riders in this thread are enjoying their bikes.

    Right now I am on a Misfit, which I like riding. But I am looking for something that feels a bit more playful like my dirt jumper. I ride on the East coast now, mix of trails with a lot of techy rock crawling.
    Any feedback you guys could give would be awesome. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rupps5 View Post
    Wow someone gave me neg rep for that comment!

    I guess I should have said "Fleas I like your bicycle very much, it is a nice build."

    I will try to be more clear in the future Mr. Anonymous

    Was just trying to give a buddy a compliment.
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    I got one too. Apparently we have a quote Nazi running around that doesn't like it when people don't do things his way.
    Thanks guys!

    ...but I bet if you had quoted me, you woulda been neg. repped for cluttering the forum with re-posted pictures anyway.

    To SS_Eric: I know a stalker when I see one.
    But seriously, I built up my N9 to deal with most everything East of the Mississippi - not just Ohio. It should clamor over PA rocks, it should corner well in OH tree mazes (although those 30" bars might suggest otherwise), it should descend with confidence on TN and GA red clay or NC slopes, slow drop at Moraine, fast drop at Ray's, jump, climb like the proverbial goat, and pull a loaded trailer if I want it to. It may not work out West over 5500ft. elevation, though. Maybe some day I'll find out.

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    Looks like all of the 2011 nimbles are sold out. I can't wait to see pictures of the new colors for 2012. Have pictures surfaced anywhere on the net yet?

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    I know of a Large black 9 brand new never ridden for 500.00.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dfiler View Post
    Looks like all of the 2011 nimbles are sold out. I can't wait to see pictures of the new colors for 2012. Have pictures surfaced anywhere on the net yet?
    Some pics can be found here - 29ers Photo Album - Page 1 - Pinkbike.com

    I spoke with Canfield today and was told quality pics should be up on their site on Friday. Or early next week at the latest.

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    White looks very sleek... But I've owned enough white bikes

    Here is my Blizzard Blue Nimble, I've had it for a few months now but only now can I say I've got it dialled in. The bike is fantastic and I feel like I made almost all the right choices on components. If I were going to change anything on the build it would be Arch EX rims (didn't exist when I built the bike), because they are a lot lighter and with the symmetric spoke angles strength is less of an issue, and I could run more XC-ish 2.1 tires if I chose to use the bike a lot on smooth fast trails and pavement, without compromising the tire profile. And for cosmetic purposes I wish the logo on the bars wasn't facing forward at 0 degrees (it always points down because I have the bars angled up a bit). I also wish I had gotten a crank with a removeable spider, so I could put smaller cogs on, front and rear... for clearance over log crossings, which is considerably tighter than I'm used to with the low bottom bracket. Where I brushed an obstacle on other bikes I slam the bash into it with this one, but the rear tire follows so closely behind the bashguard, control isn't compromised much if any. There is such a small delay between the contact of the bashguard and the contact of the tire. As far as pedal strikes I am happy with the compromise of awesome handling over easier pedaling around obstacles. I think I will get used to it and be happier in the end.

    My Fuel EX was stolen so I was on a tight budget and built this bike for about $1800.

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    Grips: ODI Rogue lockon (w/blue clamps)
    Brakes: Shimano XT M780
    Rotors: Shimano RT67 (SLX) Icetech, 180mm frt, 160mm rear
    Crankset: Shimano SLX, 32t Salsa ring, 32t BBG drilled bashguard
    Front wheel: Stan's Flow/Wheelsmith DB14/Shimano Saint
    Rear wheel: Stan's Flow/Wheelsmith DB14/DT Swiss 240s Singlespeed Centerlock
    Rear Skewer: Shimano XT
    Cog: Surly 21t (DT Swiss spacers)
    Chain: KMC X8.93 (w/half link)
    Tires: Maxxis Ardent 2.25 Maxxpro front and rear w/Stans sealant
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    Hi everyone! 2012 Nimble 9's are in stock and on the web store. More pics to follow ! All the colors look mint !

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    First real ride for me last Wednesday, it was warm but really damp and wet...ardents were maybe not the best tyre choice in all the gloop.
    Bike felt good, the usual stone (1878) steps felt better on the 29er than 26er but the front is just way to high. I've got flat bars and a 50mm 9 degree rise stem. So i'm either going to flip it upside down OR get a flat stem. Either way its just way to high to get weight over the front and I'm only running 100mm Rebas. More sag next time aswell I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek View Post

    Does this belong to you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshM View Post
    Does this belong to you?
    Cross-posting off Canfield's FB page. They're a little slow at updating this thread.

    So no, not mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    Looks good. That is the color that is on its way to me...

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    Help! 29er sizing for Nimble vs. 26

    I have a Large purple about to ship out to me and chose the large based on Canfields recommendation so I would put a lot of trust in their choice but I am a little worried it will be too big. I am 6'0" with a 32.5" measured inseam. I checked out any sizing threads I could find but people were either 5'10 or 6'2. My 26ers were short in the cockpit with a short stem(all full suspension if that matters) and they felt good at a 23.5 eff. top tube which is the same as a size M Nimble. Also when I look at Transitions trans am 29er their geometry for me is closer to a M Nimble and after several of their 26ers I trust their sizing for me.-edit-their 29er is actually 23.9 eff top tube, I was looking at their covert I had ridden which is 23.0 eff top tube)

    Is there something I should know about 29ers that would make a slightly longer top tube better? I'll be running a 60mm stem most likely and a 120mm fork.
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    Didn't I read somewhere that the '12 models were supposed to have three bottle cage mounts? Looks like there's still only one on the pics so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecibis View Post
    I have a Large purple about to ship out to me and chose the large based on Canfields recommendation so I would put a lot of trust in their choice but I am a little worried it will be too big. I am 6'0" with a 32.5" measured inseam.
    I'm 5'8.5" and I have a medium. You should be more than happy with the large.
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    Thanks

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    I'm 5'8.5" and I have a medium. You should be more than happy with the large.
    Thanks, I think I just had the new bike jitters. Since the seat tube angle (non-eff) is 70.6 when the seat is lowered the seat ends up going forward quite a bit which I didn't take into consideration. I almost never ride with the seat post up towards full extension......

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    ecibis- Chris and I are both 6 foot tall and ride larges. I run a 70mm stem with a 120 Marz fork but I think a 60 would be good too, just a little more upright seating. The seat tube angle on a large is figured off of 30" seat height and I run about 28" high seat. When you move it from top to bottom, it moves about 1/4" more forward than it would with the eff seat tube angle. Thats about 10" up and down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seat_boy View Post
    Didn't I read somewhere that the '12 models were supposed to have three bottle cage mounts? Looks like there's still only one on the pics so far.
    That is what I was told. I sure hope they have three as my plan is to use it for bikepacking and unsupported endurance races.

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    Thanks for the sizing info

    I appreciate the sizing info. I will stick with the large.

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    Medium bone white arrived today! Can't wait to build it up this weekend.
    I'll post some pics when it's done. This thread needs more build pictures.
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    Looks like only one set of bottle mounts. My orange got here yesterday and only has one - a bit disappointed. Zapped an email off to see why this is different than what I was told when ordering.

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    I put 30 miles in on its first outing and had a smile on my face the whole time. Its exactly what I wanted and everything I expected.

    Medium Nimble9
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    Nice build, the purple looks awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ferros View Post
    Medium bone white arrived today! Can't wait to build it up this weekend.
    I'll post some pics when it's done. This thread needs more build pictures.
    That's my next build, thanks for posting.

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    I ordered up a Orange one yesterday. I cant wait till it comes in!!

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    I ordered up a Orange one yesterday. I cant wait till it comes in!!
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    Can anyone tell me where the Nimble 9 frame is made. USA - China?
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    Quote Originally Posted by seat_boy View Post
    Didn't I read somewhere that the '12 models were supposed to have three bottle cage mounts? Looks like there's still only one on the pics so far.
    Got an email back and am a bit bummed. Only one set of mounts. One of the main reasons I waited for a 2012...

    I guess if I like it I will strip it down to weld some bosses on and re-powdercoat.

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    [QUOTE=WrecklessREX;9058362]I put 30 miles in on its first outing and had a smile on my face the whole time. Its exactly what I wanted and everything I expected.

    nice rex! lovin' that purple! almost wish i waited.
    coastin' along

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    Thanks Dub and Dan, I really need to get some proper pictures with everything cleaned up. I swapped parts from the old frame and didn't even wipe anything down except for the chain and gears. The purple came out a little different than I had thought it would be but I like it. I didn't want a "loud" color and I didn't want black so purple fit the bill.

    I only thing I think it needs is some 2.4 ardents and play with the bar and stem to get it dialed.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Logover View Post
    Can anyone tell me where the Nimble 9 frame is made. USA - China?

    Taiwan.

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