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    The NEW Canfield Brothers Nimble 9

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    The Canfield Brothers 29er revolution continues with the ALL NEW Nimble 9. From the start of the redesign of the current Nimble 9, we wanted to give the bike a distinctive look different from what is currently available in chromo hardtails. We wanted to incorporate a hydro formed toptube and a 44mm head tube. New innovations include a removable front derailleur block that allows the frame to look super clean when setting it up as single speed. We also designed new sliding dropouts that are reminiscent of something seen on a custom motorcycle. Lastly, we gave the new Nimble 9 the innovative Canfield Brothers 29er geometry.

    We will be releasing the new Nimble 9 in nine colors, Canfield Glow in the Dark Sparkle Blue, Sparkle Orange, Sparkle Green, Matte Black, Gloss Black, Deep Red, Midnight, Forest Green and Limited Edition Chrome.
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    The Nimble 9 is currently in production with an estimated ship date of May 2013.

    Features:
    • 4130 chromoly steel
    • 68° head angle with a 120mm fork
    • Adjustable 16.25“ - 16.9” chainstays
    • Lower toptube for increased stand over height
    • Custom sliding 135mm x 10mm rear dropouts for geared or single speed options
    • NEW hydroformed toptube
    • Removable direct mount front derailleur block
    • Improved chainstay heel clearance
    • Two water bottle bosses
    • 6.5 lbs (estimated)
    • $750 US retail, ($800 Limited Edition Chrome)



    Build Specs:
    • Recommend fork lengths – 100mm – 120mm
    • Headset – 44mm upper and lower cups
    • Front derailleur – Shimano direct mount – top pull, single bolt, or Sram HO series
    • Bottom bracket – 73mm
    • Seat post – 30.9mm
    • Seat clamp – 35mm
    • Rear dropout spacing – 135mm
    • Post brake mount



    Please call 801-548-2556 or email us at sales@canfieldbrothers.com for more details and pre-orders.

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    Holy crap that's hot sex right there. The wife will absolutely murder me if I order another frame...
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    i should start saving for this build

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    The NEW Canfield Brothers Nimble 9

    Oh my...that is what I'm talking about!

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    Hmmm... still see the recommended fork length is 100mm~120mm. So is the 2nd gen. Nimble9 strong enough for a 140mm fork given that the headtube is a 44mm which can(?) takes appropriate headsets for a tapered fork?

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    Super excited to get a new N9 built up! A bit more standover clearance, more heel clearance, new rear brake placement, snazzy sliders... Now I just have to figure out if I wanna stick with the glow-in-the-dark Blizzard Blue, or shift over to Midnight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KillingtonVT View Post
    ...and Limited Edition Chrome.
    F@ck - Now I need a new one.

    I gave them this idea!!
    If someone builds a chrome with red accents please send me a picture.

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    Measurements please !!! want to order...

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    Man, my old Jabberwocky SS is looking more and more dated...
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    Quote Originally Posted by PAmtbiker View Post
    Man, my old Jabberwocky SS is looking more and more dated...
    Man my old Nimble 9 is looking dated. My wife is going to kill me for what I'm about to do....

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    The NEW Nimble 9 Geo

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    I won't even try to explain to my wife. I love my yelli but i want to try steel and possibly run SS.

    SWEET ! head tube lengths same as the yelli. Everything swaps over.

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    That is honestly one of the sexiest steel frames I've ever seen. Dig the geo, too.

    You should send me one, so I can test it on these steep and rugged Idaho trails for you. You wanna be Gem State Certified, don't you?

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    6.5 lbs (estimated)


    And I thought my El Mariachi was heavy at 5.7 lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hdparrish View Post
    That is honestly one of the sexiest steel frames I've ever seen. Dig the geo, too.

    You should send me one, so I can test it on these steep and rugged Idaho trails for you. You wanna be Gem State Certified, don't you?
    If you ever get over to Boise (and will fit a medium,) you're welcome to try my v1.0 out any time!

    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbikej View Post
    6.5 lbs (estimated)


    And I thought my El Mariachi was heavy at 5.7 lbs.
    Certainly no featherweight, but keep in mind- this frame is built to handle far more abuse than the El Mar.

    Thinkin' the midnight blue might look pretty good with my current parts...The NEW Canfield Brothers Nimble 9-nimble9junkyard.jpg

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    Awesome but content

    The new design really does look amazing, much more stiff and burly and I love all the color options. I think for my purposes, longer XC/trail rides, the original version suits me better, still playful and nimble and a good pound lighter and a bit more compliant. I'm glad I got one of the few remaining 2012's, but I'm sure I'm in the minority here.

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    Privee Shan for the 29er crowd - nice..

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    Really nice looking frame but I'm personally never going to ride single speed so would be reluctant to buy a frame with sliding dropouts. That may just be perception but as the dropouts are replaceable I would like the option of using my 142 X 12mm. wheels. Any chance of other dropouts happening?
    The trouble with having an open mind is that people will insist on trying to put things in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TBMD9er View Post
    The new design really does look amazing, much more stiff and burly and I love all the color options. I think for my purposes, longer XC/trail rides, the original version suits me better, still playful and nimble and a good pound lighter and a bit more compliant. I'm glad I got one of the few remaining 2012's, but I'm sure I'm in the minority here.
    There's at least 2 of us who feel that way.
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    The NEW Canfield Brothers Nimble 9

    Quote Originally Posted by TBMD9er View Post
    The new design really does look amazing, much more stiff and burly and I love all the color options. I think for my purposes, longer XC/trail rides, the original version suits me better, still playful and nimble and a good pound lighter and a bit more compliant.
    Pretty much my thoughts exactly. I was hoping that the new version would offer 142x12 dropouts that I could retrofit to my v1 Nimble, but it doesn't look like that can happen with the new dropout design.

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    KillingtonVT: Why no ISCG tabs?

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    6.5 lbs frame weight for a hardtail?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PAmtbiker View Post
    Man, my old Jabberwocky SS is looking more and more dated...
    I am thinking about ditching my Jabber. I will hang the parts from the Jabber on my old N9, and I will take the parts off the current N9, and hang them on a new frame.

    I love the new frame.

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    The NEW Canfield Brothers Nimble 9

    Any idea if the frame would take a rabbit hole/Knard combo in the rear? Would consider this over the current frame I am running for my fat front setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1 View Post
    6.5 lbs frame weight for a hardtail?
    Nothing new for a cromoly frame in this segment. But what size is that the weight of?

    My 20" Long Kona Honzo (26" ETT) weighs in at 6 lbs 12 oz and full build just under 31 lbs. Doesn't ride like it though, while my TransAM 26er was much heavier at almost 33.5 lbs and rode like it too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trumpus View Post
    Any idea if the frame would take a rabbit hole/Knard combo in the rear? Would consider this over the current frame I am running for my fat front setup.
    I really doubt it would even be close. It's not tight back there, but certainly can't imagine there would be room for a RH/Knard. Would be awesome if it did fit, though.

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    The NEW Canfield Brothers Nimble 9

    I know that the newer versions if the misfit DiSSent will fit a Knard. This is why I ask.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trumpus View Post
    I know that the newer versions if the misfit DiSSent will fit a Knard. This is why I ask.
    According to GT, you need at least a 17.7" CS.

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    All you guys with older N9 frames...think of me when it comes time to let the old one go with the new purchase. I ain't particular
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    What a great looking bike, hope I get to try one.

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    Here's a quick image of the New Nimble 9 built up. I'll get her in the studio this weekend to have good quality hi-res images available. With the Kenda Small blocks there is plenty of tire clearance with the rear wheel slid all the way in. 16.25" chainstays in that position!
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    Quote Originally Posted by stremf View Post
    According to GT, you need at least a 17.7" CS.
    Pretty sure that isn't the case at all.

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    Boys, is it safe to assume they'll be a Yelli Screamy coming to? Cool bike.

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    OK, so you can claim your short 16.25" stays, but h9onestly doing that by saying you need to have on the likes of 2.1" SB8s, that defeats the whole purpose of this bike, or at least that's MY opinion. Tell where you can run them when you've got a 2.4" Ardent on a Flow rim, that I'll consider the "real" length.

    Quote Originally Posted by KillingtonVT View Post
    Here's a quick image of the New Nimble 9 built up. I'll get her in the studio this weekend to have good quality hi-res images available. With the Kenda Small blocks there is plenty of tire clearance with the rear wheel slid all the way in. 16.25" chainstays in that position!
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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1 View Post
    6.5 lbs frame weight for a hardtail?
    I don't think that is all that bad. Look at all the 4130 cromo tubes!

    142x12 should be standard on this bike though IMHO. Great looking bike, different from the norm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx View Post
    OK, so you can claim your short 16.25" stays, but h9onestly doing that by saying you need to have on the likes of 2.1" SB8s, that defeats the whole purpose of this bike, or at least that's MY opinion. Tell where you can run them when you've got a 2.4" Ardent on a Flow rim, that I'll consider the "real" length.
    For what it's worth, I raced a very rocky 50 miler on my v1 N9 with a 2.4 Ardent on a Bontrager Duster (a mm or two narrower than the Flow) in back. I had the wheel maybe 5-6mm back for SS chain tensioning reasons, but had tire clearance with the sliders all the way forward.

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    I'll be riding the new N9 this weekend, look for a full ride report next week! We have a lot of tire combinations to try. You can't tell in the pics, but there is plenty of room for bigger tires. This bike has lots of standover for a large and feels quite stiff laterally! Pretty excited for the weekend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx View Post
    Tell where you can run them when you've got a 2.4" Ardent on a Flow rim, that I'll consider the "real" length.
    LyNx - We do agree that these tires are WAY lighter than what SHOULD be on our new bike for this build. They just happened to be the only set we had at the warehouse. We just ordered a set of 2.4 Ardent Exo's and will post images of where the minimum setting will be with the Ardents once we have them next week.

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    That's cool man, will definitely be keeping an eye out on this thread to see just how short you can go with good clearance and a 2.4" Ardent - not my fav tyre, but casing is awesomely huge. Know you won't ever have the 1/2" or so all around clearance I have on my pre-production Prime with the 2.4" Ardent, but hoping you'll at least have a 1/4" all around.

    You guys sure built a nice bike originally, but the revisions sure do add to it. If I had the scratch I think I'd like one, but my 2007 Monkey will have to suffice for the time being as my steel, rigid beast. If you guys are up for some fun would be interested to see if one of the new Surly KNARDs fit in the back. That's the next thing I'll be adding to the Monkey, is a new Rabbit Hole wheel with Knard tyre.


    Quote Originally Posted by KillingtonVT View Post
    LyNx - We do agree that these tires are WAY lighter than what SHOULD be on our new bike for this build. They just happened to be the only set we had at the warehouse. We just ordered a set of 2.4 Ardent Exo's and will post images of where the minimum setting will be with the Ardents once we have them next week.

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    A few more images of the NEW Nimble 9 Built. I included a chainstay image to show clearance in the shortest position. We have a set of Maxxis Ardent 2.4's on order and will post a comparison image as soon as we have them. We have also had a ton of questions as if a Gnard would fit... however, we pushed the limits as far as we could when designing the chainstays on this bike to be a short as possible, have as much tire clearance as possible AND still have it front derailleur compatible. Widening the stays to fit a Gnard 3.0 would have compromised our original design aspirations.
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    From that shot it looks like you just might be able to run it slammed with the Ardent, although I think you might run into issues with the ST and FD since the Ardent is such a high volume casing, but should be pretty close.
    Like the X-Fusion fork you guys have on, will they be what's offered in t he built kits? Think they're great value for $$. I've an X-Fusion Velvet on it's way to me to run a 650B on the front of my Trance, can't wait to get it and try it out after my 2 weeks on an X-Fusion 02 RL shock on the Prime - patiently waiting for the Trace to come in stock.

    Just looked over that last pic again and noticed something, the curve on the stays is very big and the back end of the stays come very far out, can easily see someone my height having heal rub issues.

    Quote Originally Posted by KillingtonVT View Post
    A few more images of the NEW Nimble 9 Built. I included a chainstay image to show clearance in the shortest position. We have a set of Maxxis Ardent 2.4's on order and will post a comparison image as soon as we have them. We have also had a ton of questions as if a Gnard would fit... however, we pushed the limits as far as we could when designing the chainstays on this bike to be a short as possible, have as much tire clearance as possible AND still have it front derailleur compatible. Widening the stays to fit a Gnard 3.0 would have compromised our original design aspirations.

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    2.4 Maxxis Ardent with the dropouts all the way forward.
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    So ~16.2 chainstay length with an Ardent and a front derailleur?

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    Looks good, but can you do a shot(s) looking directly down so we can see both sides clearance, similar to the ones attached of my Prime's stay clearance?
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    Just a quick little plea to you guys (and all other manufacturers if you're reading). Would be very cool if you could do the geo chart like you did for the first gen Nimble with drawings so you know exactly how your size will look and do not get a surprise when it arrives if it's not a popular, pictured size - especially with what looks to be a big ST/TT brace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eMcK View Post
    So ~16.2 chainstay length with an Ardent and a front derailleur?
    We designed the new Nimble to have as much clearance as possible, to run the largest tire possible AND to still have the frame front derailleur compatible. In the shortest chainstay setting, the FD clearance with the 2.4 Ardent is definitely tight, however it is possible to run this setup:
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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx View Post
    Just a quick little plea to you guys (and all other manufacturers if you're reading). Would be very cool if you could do the geo chart like you did for the first gen Nimble with drawings so you know exactly how your size will look and do not get a surprise when it arrives if it's not a popular, pictured size - especially with what looks to be a big ST/TT brace.
    LyNx - Thanks for the idea... On our new Geo page will will feature a reference drawing, a traditional geo chart and at the bottom of the page, we will post images of all the sizes for comparison.
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    No worries, it was one of the big things that I noticed when you launched the V1 and really appreciated it. I so vividly remember getting my Giant Trance XL 8 years ago when I pretty much just started MTBing and being totally flabbergasted at how it did not resemble the photo on the site, only to find out that the photo was of a SM frame and this was a common practice. If I had the scratch I'd have one of these new Nimble's in a heart beat.


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    LyNx - Thanks for the idea... On our new Geo page will will feature a reference drawing, a traditional geo chart and at the bottom of the page, we will post images of all the sizes for comparison.
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    KillingtonVT- Where is the standover measured on the frame and what length fork is used for that measurement on the geo chart? Trying to figure out if my wife would be okay on the small, but the geo chart isn't looking good.
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    Thanks for posting up the frame sizes / CAD drawings !
    And FINALLY an XL hardtail that has low standover ! yippe !!!!
    How many chrome XL frames are spoken for on the 1st shipment ?????

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    '13 N9 ride

    I have had more than a few rides on the NEW Nimble 9. I thought I would fill people in on my riding impressions!

    First off! HOLY fun! Being very used to the Yelli geo, I was quite surprised to find this bike rails corners even better than before! The new tubes really help give it the laterally stiffness in corners we were looking for, while still having that classic 4130 steel ride!

    The frame does ride stiffer than the G1, but this is a good thing if its ridden aggressively. It is by no means harsh, but it isn't a steel noodle either. Its right in between agressive and efficient! It provides more consistent steering out of hard bermed corners due to the stiffer front end! Being very accustomed to the Yelli frame weight, I was also quite surprised to notice the added frame weight did not slow down the bike on the climbs. Its weight is very balanced across the whole build. No clearance issues even with the 2.4 maxxis tires. Plenty of heel clearance ( I know that is a concern for some).

    Everyone comments how "crazy" the tube shapes are for steel, its certainly a cool frame with its own unique look. This bike is very playful on the trail due to the geo. It can change direction and weave around trail features or just plow straight through like a dual suspension! Bermed corners and jump lines are too much fun on this frame! I always say to people, if you are not a strong cornerer, you need to ride a bike with geo like this, you find the sweet spot of the corners almost instantly! I have been riding at 120mm, with this new geo, I would love to try 140mm. I think I have found my new favorite 29er! Ask away....

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    Would've been good if the comparison was with a Gen 1 N9 with identical fork, wheels, and tires, instead of with a Yelli.
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    Hi Bob- The comparsion was about both frames as they share VERY similar geo! The biggest attributes to the new N9 frame is the 44mm headtube, lower stand over height, stiffer mid-frame for better (accurate) cornering and shorter chainstays! Yes, this bike is silly fun!

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    just want to check BB height. Drop is now listed as 2.48......is this with a 120 fork? If so, BB height should be right at 12in with a 120 fork correct?

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    Kind of a dumb Q here, but the sPecial edition "chrome" version - is that powder coat or a true chrome plate? Any photos? I rode a chrome Webco BMX as a kid, this sounds like the adult version.

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    Is there an ideal fork offset for this bike? I have a Fox from a Fisher frame that has the G2 51mm offset crown. Is there a benefit to having a lower offset fork on this frame like a standard Fox? I like the way the G2 works on the Fishers.

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    Well, the greater the offset, the faster the handling, so if you like fast/twitchy handling then you'd probably like it. As ofr me, I think 48mm offset is ideal for a bike like this running a fork of 100-120mm,but if you switch to a longer fork like a 140mm, then the 51mm offset would help negate the slower handling the taller fork and slacker geo would produce.

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    Is there an ideal fork offset for this bike? I have a Fox from a Fisher frame that has the G2 51mm offset crown. Is there a benefit to having a lower offset fork on this frame like a standard Fox? I like the way the G2 works on the Fishers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AllRounder View Post
    Kind of a dumb Q here, but the sPecial edition "chrome" version - is that powder coat or a true chrome plate? Any photos? I rode a chrome Webco BMX as a kid, this sounds like the adult version.
    It will be actual chrome plating. We will have images as soon as production is completed next month.

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    It will be actual chrome plating. We will have images as soon as production is completed next month.
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    more on the '13 N9

    Hope everyone had a great weekend wherever you are! I put some more time in the '13 Nimble, I know.....someone has to do it! I am at home! Riding the N9 and the Yelli back to back proves the 4130 is a bit more compliant even though the frame is quite a bit stiffer! Its loses a bit of softness compared to the gen 1 N9, but gives you in return a more solid feeling bike. (I am 165 lbs, I think the bigger riders are gonna benefit even more from the new, stiffer frame).

    I rode a bunch of mud, even with the 2.4 ardents, I had plenty of mud clearance. No issues with climbing even after the bike was caked. There are a few smooth but,tight jumps on a couple of the trails I rode. Being a litte muddy, it was a lot harder making the speed to clear all the sections, the manualing ability of this bike shined when just floating the front end through whoops instead of casing all the them!

    Here's a couple of shot's (forgive the Apple camera)....sorry no action...solo info gathering...


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    Pre order in!

    Geez there was some hand wringing over the ltd chrome option, but matt black won the day.

    Now to drop some coin on a new fork and wheels...

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    I won't be able to get one, and I think the first edition is about as heavy as I'd like to go, but damn, chrome looks cool!

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    The thought crossed my mind to lace up some 27.5" wheels and use them on this frame. I realize it will drop my BB by 3/4" and make the steering a little more squirrelly but I'm not sure either of these are a bad thing....

    Anybody every experimented with this or put any thought into the ramifications?

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    A little more LE Chrome bling for you guys! Only two more weeks until these are here!

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    Those are going to make some bling builds!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Myrtle View Post
    The thought crossed my mind to lace up some 27.5" wheels and use them on this frame. I realize it will drop my BB by 3/4" and make the steering a little more squirrelly but I'm not sure either of these are a bad thing....

    Anybody every experimented with this or put any thought into the ramifications?
    There is a thread by Jeff-13w or something like that. Its in the Can field sub forum. He is really liking how his Yelli rides as a 650. The 2 bikes are very close in geo.

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    Can't wait to get my N9II. Will be throwing on Revelation at 130mm to start and go up or down 10mm depending on how it feels.

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    After a long day on Friday, the frames are sitting in the warehouse!!! Seeing as how Sean has been spending his weekend printing out UPS labels, I figured I do a quick shoot to post up the color shots that everyone has been asking for! ENJOY!

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    Stunning frames.

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    chrome is hawt!

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    NICE! Hopefully mine made it out already

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    N9 Brake Rotor Clearance

    We have noticed a clearance issue when installing or removing the rear wheel on the New Nimble 9. Depending on the brake and rotor combination being used, the rotor may contact the caliper when installing or removing the rear wheel, preventing the wheel to move in and out of the dropout properly. With MOST brake/rotor combinations, the brake mounting hardware will need to be loosened for rear wheel installation and removal.

    As we completely understand this is not an ideal scenario, we are producing new dropouts for the Nimble 9 that will correct this issue. The new dropouts will mount the brake, via a post mount, above the seat stay for added clearance and will allow the use of a brakes and rotors 160mm and up. Production time is typically about a month, so we should have them in stock and shipping in about 5-6 weeks. In the meantime, please loosen your rear brake mounting hardware to install or remove your rear wheel.

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    I will keep you all in the loop as we have more information and updates. If you have any questions, feel free to contact either myself or Sean on this solution.

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    Will these new drop outs be shipped at no cost to current owners or will there be a fee?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KillingtonVT View Post
    We have noticed a clearance issue when installing or removing the rear wheel on the New Nimble 9. Depending on the brake and rotor combination being used, the rotor may contact the caliper when installing or removing the rear wheel, preventing the wheel to move in and out of the dropout properly. With MOST brake/rotor combinations, the brake mounting hardware will need to be loosened for rear wheel installation and removal.

    As we completely understand this is not an ideal scenario, we are producing new dropouts for the Nimble 9 that will correct this issue. The new dropouts will mount the brake, via a post mount, above the seat stay for added clearance and will allow the use of a brakes and rotors 160mm and up. Production time is typically about a month, so we should have them in stock and shipping in about 5-6 weeks. In the meantime, please loosen your rear brake mounting hardware to install or remove your rear wheel.

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    I will keep you all in the loop as we have more information and updates. If you have any questions, feel free to contact either myself or Sean on this solution.

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    Our Nimble 9 promo vid
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    I love my orange Yelli, and have ridden it as single speed since building it. I liked the nimble 9, and the redesign really, really caught my eye...but... Why so many cable ties? Such a beautiful chrome frame, and all I see are cable ties on the top tube, down tube, chain stay, seat stay, bottle mounts under the down tube are a waste.
    "Less is more", I would happily pay for a cleaned up version of this frame.

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    What's the word on the brake issue? It's now Nov and I am waiting to see a change on the site. The sliders look the same as they did day one. No seat stay mount.
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    I can confirm the frame comes with 2 drop outs. The original that places the caliper on the chain stay and the modified one that places it on the seat stay. I used the chain stay dropout option, as it looks pretty clean and I really do not take my rear wheel off.

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    So its been a little over a month since the last post on this thread. I had to bring it back because this bike is so sexy. I am trying to plot how I can get one even though I just built me up a brand new Chameleon.
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    Well, I've been spending a bit more time on my Chrome Gen II - a I just can't believe how good this thing is to ride!

    In case anyone is wondering, a 140mm fork, 50mm stem and a nice wide riser bar suits the Gen II perfectly.

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    Wondering if I can get some advice on sizing. I'm currently riding a medium Niner EMD and a medium Yeti 95c. From an ETT standpoint, it seems the large Nimble would be a better fit.

    I'm 5'10" with a 30" inseam. Anyone have a recommendation or experience with medium vs. large frames?

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    I'm 6'1.5" with a 32" inseam and I'm on an XL frame. Fits me well. If that helps any.

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    Call or email the Bros. Outstanding customer service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trumpus View Post
    Wondering if I can get some advice on sizing. I'm currently riding a medium Niner EMD and a medium Yeti 95c. From an ETT standpoint, it seems the large Nimble would be a better fit.

    I'm 5'10" with a 30" inseam. Anyone have a recommendation or experience with medium vs. large frames?
    I am also 5'10" with a 30" inseam. I have found that medium frames always fit me. I have just completed building my medium 18" N9. I have a 70mm stem on the bike. I love the way the medium N9 feels.

    I also agonized over which size to get. Sean Gollub of Canfield Brothers Bikes was very helpful in determining which size bike I would like. He said it depends how you want to ride the bike. Send a note to Canfield Bros.

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    Here is my Sparkle Blue Nimble 9. I really like this bike. On my first ride I could have sworn the bike had grown a rear suspension.

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    Finally got to ride my new N9 the other day. Loved it. Fears of truckish 29er handling dispelled! I imagine my appreciation of the bike will only grow.

    I was hoping for some advice: I'm 210 pounds, riding fairly rocky east-coast trails. I have the Light Bicycles carbon rims with a 31.6mm internal width plus Maxxis Ardent tires. I'm new to the wide rim, low air pressure scene. Could anyone suggest a starting point for air pressure? I have about 20 lbs in front and rear and it felt pretty good, if a bit bouncy on the rear over logs and rocks, though that might be the inherent nature of a hardtail.

    Many thanks in advance!
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    Well, I'd say the rear is too low, at least for what I like and extrapolating it to your weight, think you should bump it up about 4-5 PSI since most of your weight is normally on the rear and the rear normally takes the real impacts while the front get more attention and care not to. FYI I weigh about 175-180lbs geared to ride and on my normal i25s like 20ish front/24-26 rear, on my Dually45s with 2.4" Ardent rear I still don't run below 20 PSI, stick to about 15 PSi front on a Chronicle.

    Quote Originally Posted by SeB-66 View Post
    Finally got to ride my new N9 the other day. Loved it. Fears of truckish 29er handling dispelled! I imagine my appreciation of the bike will only grow.

    I was hoping for some advice: I'm 210 pounds, riding fairly rocky east-coast trails. I have the Light Bicycles carbon rims with a 31.6mm internal width plus Maxxis Ardent tires. I'm new to the wide rim, low air pressure scene. Could anyone suggest a starting point for air pressure? I have about 20 lbs in front and rear and it felt pretty good, if a bit bouncy on the rear over logs and rocks, though that might be the inherent nature of a hardtail.

    Many thanks in advance!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx View Post
    Well, I'd say the rear is too low, at least for what I like and extrapolating it to your weight, think you should bump it up about 4-5 PSI since most of your weight is normally on the rear and the rear normally takes the real impacts while the front get more attention and care not to. FYI I weigh about 175-180lbs geared to ride and on my normal i25s like 20ish front/24-26 rear, on my Dually45s with 2.4" Ardent rear I still don't run below 20 PSI, stick to about 15 PSi front on a Chronicle.
    Thanks. I'll pump up the rear tire a bit. I'll also get a digital pressure gauge because I doubt the accuracy of the gauge on my crappy floor pump

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx View Post
    Well, I'd say the rear is too low, at least for what I like and extrapolating it to your weight, think you should bump it up about 4-5 PSI since most of your weight is normally on the rear and the rear normally takes the real impacts while the front get more attention and care not to. FYI I weigh about 175-180lbs geared to ride and on my normal i25s like 20ish front/24-26 rear, on my Dually45s with 2.4" Ardent rear I still don't run below 20 PSI, stick to about 15 PSi front on a Chronicle.
    I agree with LyNx. I'm also about 210lbs. and ride a Banshee Paradox, similar style bike and I pump my tyres to 24psi. front and 28psi. rear.
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    Other than aesthetics, I can't think of a reason. Bring the rear wheel up a little more, closer to the seat post? I only ask, because it seems like that bend compromises the structural integrity of the "triangle". Not saying you'd ever bend the steel frame, but it would seem like that would make it more likely.
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    Other than aesthetics, I can't think of a reason. Bring the rear wheel up a little more, closer to the seat post? I only ask, because it seems like that bend compromises the structural integrity of the "triangle". Not saying you'd ever bend the steel frame, but it would seem like that would make it more likely.
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    Other than aesthetics, I can't think of a reason. Bring the rear wheel up a little more, closer to the seat post? I only ask, because it seems like that bend compromises the structural integrity of the "triangle". Not saying you'd ever bend the steel frame, but it would seem like that would make it more likely.
    I have several thousand miles on my N9 and have not seen any signs of fatigue in that area, no stress cracking of the paint, or any other issues to speak of. I would think the bend may help add a little bit of vertical compliance to the rear end of the frame but who knows. Aside from that I think it's nice from an aesthetic standpoint as the bend allows the seat stay to carry the same line of the top tube and then bend to meet the dropout nicely (especially true on the small and medium frames).

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    When frames fail, they nearly always crack at a weld. The bend in the seatstay is not an issue at all. If your n9 frame ever breaks, it will likely be at the downtube/headtube weld.

    As for why the bend exists, theoretically it could be for wankel said, vertical compliance. I agree though, it's largely just for aesthetics.

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    My Paradox, although aluminum has a similar bend in the seat stays. When the frame first came out there was talk from the manufacturer that it is a design feature to increase vertical compliance.

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    The bends on the seat stays are a classic frame building technique, "radial bent stays", and they are supposed to give better vertical compliance however the N9 is build so tough, you don't really get much out of it. You do get some out of a seat post though. For me it was something I really liked from a aesthetic standpoint.
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    Beautiful frame! A friend of mine recently built one up for a crazy around the world trip via mtb and scooter!?!!?!
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