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    New Air 9 - Raw Beauty

    Hey all,

    I just finished building my new Air 9 and I am blown away by this bike. I rode a Santa Cruz Superlight with full XTR for years and didn't think it could get any better - until I sold it and built this.

    Niner Air 9 - Raw (M)
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    XT hydro brakes, shifters, bb, crank, pedals, der's.
    Race Face Deus Headset
    Bontrager bars
    Titec stem
    Sette saddle, seatpost, grips

    This is my first 29er, and I am sold!









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    Looks great! I also came off a Superlight and went to the Air 9, for me it felt like someone turned the gas on. Enjoy that thing she sure is a beauty

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    Looks good, front brake line is on the wrong side of the fork but it still looks good.
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    Wow. For a first 29er, you really did it right. Enviable build.

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    the white fox for looks good with the raw.
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    No ano parts? Who builds a bike like that anymore?

    I keed. It looks good. Just loose the silly shifty bits and you'll be golden.
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    Great bike. You have seen the light... While others are fighting over suspension designs, you are going to be ripping the trails.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmooreboards
    Hey all,

    I just finished building my new Air 9 and I am blown away by this bike. I rode a Santa Cruz Superlight with full XTR for years and didn't think it could get any better - until I sold it and built this.

    Niner Air 9 - Raw (M)
    Fox F29
    Mavic Crossmax
    XT hydro brakes, shifters, bb, crank, pedals, der's.
    Race Face Deus Headset
    Bontrager bars
    Titec stem
    Sette saddle, seatpost, grips

    This is my first 29er, and I am sold!









    what does it weight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by the munts
    No ano parts? Who builds a bike like that anymore?

    I keed. It looks good. Just loose the silly shifty bits and you'll be golden.
    Silly singlespeeder, don't you know shifty bits are for adults?
    HA!
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    Now that's hot! Nice looking bike.

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    Wow! I was going to start a thread about building a Niner...but this is it! Nice Job

    You've pretty much used the same componets I was thinking of, have you put it on a scale?

    At 6-1.5 tall, I'm in between the med and large sizes recomendations for the air 9. How tall are you and what do you think about the fit of your bike? I'll get some advice from a dealer soon, but I was debating about the med frame w/ say a longer stem combo.

    In my dreams mine would be built with F-R1 brakes, and XX...reality sucks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DevDel
    Wow!
    At 6-1.5 tall, I'm in between the med and large sizes recomendations for the air 9. How tall are you and what do you think about the fit of your bike? I'll get some advice from a dealer soon, but I was debating about the med frame w/ say a longer stem combo.
    I think you better go with the L. I am 5'9.5" with 33" inseam and had a MED, which was pretty much perfect. you might be pushing the limits of a 400mm post, depending on your inseam.

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    6' even here riding a large Air 9

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    Very nice build.
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    6'2" on a L Air with 100mm 0º stem. The fit is perfect. I think you'd be pretty cramped on a M. It's the best fit and balance of any bike I've ever owned.

    OP - Nice looking build. The only thing better will be the ride. Those bikes are miles of smiles.

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    No doubt go with the Large.

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    nice

    polished stem, bar and wheels would have made it cool as well
    Why are there so many threads about cheap ass bikes?

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    scsamoyan - Great build, nothing overboard, solid!


    Quote Originally Posted by DevDel
    Wow!At 6-1.5 tall, I'm in between the med and large sizes recomendations for the air 9. How tall are you and what do you think about the fit of your bike? I'll get some advice from a dealer soon, but I was debating about the med frame w/ say a longer stem combo.
    My buddy just built a new One 9 in medium and he's out of seatpost. He's 5-10/5-11 tall. Thomson 410mm at the max line. Niner has short seat tubes.
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    great looking bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vtolds
    ...front brake line is on the wrong side of the fork...
    Vtolds, can you explain what you mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Typoman
    Vtolds, can you explain what you mean?
    It looks fine to me. That's how I always run my front brake cable/hose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Typoman
    Vtolds, can you explain what you mean?
    I under stand what he means by brake hose routing. I'm a motorcycle/dirtbike guy and you always wrap the hose inside the fork leg, not on the outside like you have. The main reason is to protect the hose from catching on something or on a dirtbike if you go down you don't want it to get rubbed through. I'd assume (I know) that the same reasoning would apply on a bicycle.


    That is a great looking bike too. I was at a shop looking at Niners yesterday, very very nice looking bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALS650L
    I under stand what he means by brake hose routing. I'm a motorcycle/dirtbike guy and you always wrap the hose inside the fork leg, not on the outside like you have. The main reason is to protect the hose from catching on something or on a dirtbike if you go down you don't want it to get rubbed through. I'd assume (I know) that the same reasoning would apply on a bicycle.


    That is a great looking bike too. I was at a shop looking at Niners yesterday, very very nice looking bikes.
    Thats exactly what I meant. You can snag stuff as you brush by it and pull your brake hose/cable off. Proper Routing is on the inside of the fork to try and prevent that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cruso414
    No doubt go with the Large.
    Thanks (all of you), I agree. I looked up the geometry for my Cannondale, and the large Niner matches up.

    Now if I can get the OP to sound off on the weight...

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    Yes, weight please. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALS650L
    I under stand what he means by brake hose routing. I'm a motorcycle/dirtbike guy and you always wrap the hose inside the fork leg, not on the outside like you have. The main reason is to protect the hose from catching on something or on a dirtbike if you go down you don't want it to get rubbed through. I'd assume (I know) that the same reasoning would apply on a bicycle.


    That is a great looking bike too. I was at a shop looking at Niners yesterday, very very nice looking bikes.

    Okay, hands-up all those who just went out to look at how their own front brake line is wrapped around their fork. My hand is up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JungleBiker
    Okay, hands-up all those who just went out to look at how their own front brake line is wrapped around their fork. My hand is up!
    Well, what way was it?
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    I don't have any access to a scale (living in a college dorm) but I am guessing it comes in around 22 - 23 lbs. based on how my previous bikes felt when I picked them up. I could go lighter with carbon bars, stem, seatpost, and bottle cages, but a budget is a budget and I had to stick to it in order to be able to have a roof over my head and food on my plate.

    Thanks all for the kind remarks and I will hopefully find some way to give her a weigh soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmooreboards
    I don't have any access to a scale (living in a college dorm) but I am guessing it comes in around 22 - 23 lbs. based on how my previous bikes felt when I picked them up. I could go lighter with carbon bars, stem, seatpost, and bottle cages, but a budget is a budget and I had to stick to it in order to be able to have a roof over my head and food on my plate.

    Thanks all for the kind remarks and I will hopefully find some way to give her a weigh soon.
    No, normal scale? Like in a Gym or a Bathroom? Weigh yourself then weigh your self holding you bike. The difference is how much your bike weighs. Its not perfectly accurate, but it will be pretty close.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vtolds
    No, normal scale? Like in a Gym or a Bathroom? Weigh yourself then weigh your self holding you bike. The difference is how much your bike weighs. Its not perfectly accurate, but it will be pretty close.
    Yes, I know where to find a normal scale thanks. Our campus doesn't get excited when i take a bike into our weight room and our bathrooms don't have scales. Believe me when I say I am trying...
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    My buddy built a paragon with a similar build. I'm guessing she weighs about 24.5 lbs with pedals. That is lighter than most non budget builds...
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    Thats really nice looking

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__
    It looks fine to me. That's how I always run my front brake cable/hose.
    I agree. Running it on the inside is one way of doing it but I wouldn't go as afar as to say it's the proper way to route it.

    Heck, your pedals and ankles cut a considerably wider path and are at about the same height as your front brake line and how often do you hit or snag them on something stout enough to cause a problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stahr_Nut
    I agree. Running it on the inside is one way of doing it but I wouldn't go as afar as to say it's the proper way to route it.

    Heck, your pedals and ankles cut a considerably wider path and are at about the same height as your front brake line and how often do you hit or snag them on something stout enough to cause a problem?
    It is totally the proper way of doing it. Yeah the other way will work but, it could cause way more issues in the future. Pedals are out wider than the fork, but that reason alone doesnt mean that it is a good idea the run the line on the outside. If there is a branch or another obstacle you dont see not only will it rip your brake line clear off ruining you day but chances are its going to make contact with the bike launching you.

    Just to confirm which one of us is correct I made a poll Correct Brake line routing for front
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    Sweet build! The dream is over about the perfect bike, go ride her and give us a report.

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    Hey, nice bike, I have just ordered my raw Air 9 for delivery to Oz. Looking forward to building it up.

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    Anybody know if they plan on integrating the CYA bottom bracket from the Air 9 carbon in the alu version also?
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    Is the Niner logo on the frame painted on or is it just a sticker? If it is a sticker is it clear coated over so it won't rip/peel?

    Beautiful bike by the way.

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    Niners RAW bikes are clear coated.
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    Is there any photo of a air 9 raw with a rigid fork? I need one for my wallpaper...
    Maybe my next bike to make pair with my GF Hi-Fi Pro 29 FS.

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