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    Care to share the build spec now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by syntheticreality View Post
    Care to share the build spec now?

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    Frame: Nimble 9, Red, M
    Fork: Manitou Tower Pro 120mm, 15mm thru axle
    Wheels: DT Swiss X1900
    Brakes: Formula RX
    Crankset: Deore LX
    Chainring: Race Face Narrow Wide 32T
    Rear Derailleur: SRAM X7
    Shifter: SRAM X7
    Cassette: SRAM PG 980
    Chain: Shimano XTR
    Stem: Crank Bros Iodine 2, 65mm
    Bars: Crank Bros Cobalt 2, 720mm
    Seatpost: Fizik Cyrano
    Saddle: WTB PureV
    Grips: Ergon GS-1
    Tires: Bontrager 29-3
    Pedals: Shimano M520

    The saddle, grips and drivetrain minus the chainring will be ripped directly off my old bike, and pretty much everything else is cheap/used ebay finds and lucky sales.

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    Sounds like a great all around setup. I'm going to switch my front fork to a voodoo 500 to mimic the geometry of a longer travel fork. I'm also going to move my racing Ralph to the rear and probably run a wtb wierwolf 2.55 front.

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    Yeah, I expect to fiddle with tires for a while. I've been running 2.1 Exiwolfs on my 26er (which are huge for 2.1s - more like a 2.25 or 2.3 I think), but they're a bit squirrely in the sandy patches for my taste. The Bontys were cheap ($50 for the pair) and I've heard that they're good all-around tires, so they got the nod as the starting tire, but wider rubber up front is probably in the future, along with a 10 speed upgrade.

    I'm most nervous about the wheels - from what I've read, DT Swiss can really be hit or miss, so I'm really hoping I got a good set.

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    Off topic, but relating to your comments. I had (still have but not using) a pair of xm490 rims. They're stiff and the quality is great. The overall ride was fine. They also set up easy tubeless. Where I was not impressed was the weight and width. A flow is lighter, cheaper, and wider. I know nothing about dt hubs.

    I assume your wheels are not the new "spline" version?

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    Quote Originally Posted by syntheticreality View Post
    I assume your wheels are not the new "spline" version?
    They are. Is that a bad thing? I got them for less than half the price of Stans though, if price is the biggest complaint about them.

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    No I think it's probably good if they are. I just assumed if it was a budget build they weren't. I just can't find any published rim width info or anything. My xm490 rims are only like 19mm internal. What width are your tires?

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    Tires are 2.3"

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    That's wider than they are rated for, I believe. You might be okay though. You might have to run tubes or sorta high pressure tubeless.

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    I'm going to start out running them tubed for sure. Haven't dealt with tubeless before and I don't want to introduce too many new things that can go wrong at the same time. I'm reasonably light (150 lbs geared up), so I don't think it'll be an issue. I've run my current bike as low as mid 20s tubed with no flats or lost tires.

    Edit: just looked it up, and the x1900s are rated for 2.25, so 2.3 might be a tiny bit sketchy. Worst comes to worst, I'll get some narrower tires.

    Edit 2: rim width is 24mm, according to the DT rep on the video I just watched. Didn't say if that was internal or external.

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    I am almost done building my N9 Gen2. Specs are as follows;

    Large G2 N9 frame, PNW green
    full SLX build
    Manitou Tower Pro 29" 140mm
    Thomson Elite Post
    Hope Pro2/Evo hubs laced to Stan's Flow EX rims.
    Bontrager Rhythm Pro Carbon bar in 750mm
    and a 60mm stem.

    I have not picked Tires yet. I hope to have it completed by mid next month or when the rest of my parts get here. I will post pics when it is complete.

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    2013 Nimble 9 Build Thread!

    Updated with Fox F34 140mm. This thing rocks. So stupid to have a 140mm single speed, but so much fun!!!!!



    Tonight the orange wheels are being swapped for blue I9 single speed enduros laced to ArchEX hoops.

    And possibly another N9 geared in my future. Funnest bike I have ever owned.

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    2013 Nimble 9 Build Thread!

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    Updated with Fox F34 140mm. This thing rocks. So stupid to have a 140mm single speed, but so much fun!!!!!



    Tonight the orange wheels are being swapped for blue I9 single speed enduros laced to ArchEX hoops.

    And possibly another N9 geared in my future. Funnest bike I have ever owned.
    That looks really good. What size? Weight?
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    2013 Nimble 9 Build Thread!

    Thanks! Medium. Probably 28 lbs in this pic will shed a pound or more with the new wheels

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    2013 Nimble 9 Build Thread!

    Went home for a busy lunch break. Tubeless Ardents on the blue I9s. Test ride after work.

    I may have lost a pound. Don't really care though since its so much fun. Lol


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    2013 Nimble 9 Build Thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by pointerDixie214 View Post
    Went home for a busy lunch break. Tubeless Ardents on the blue I9s. Test ride after work.

    I may have lost a pound. Don't really care though since its so much fun. Lol

    Really like this bike. I was thinking of something similar and you basically just ran a proof of concept for me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Map204 View Post
    Really like this bike. I was thinking of something similar and you basically just ran a proof of concept for me!
    Thanks! I really enjoy it. Funnest bike I have ever owned. I would have to say though, I think 120mm is perfect for a single speed version of this bike, and 140mm would be perfect with gears. With the added weight and slacker HTA the 140mm gives, it would be a little better to at least be able to climb some of the time in the saddle.

    Once I build the Yelli, it'll be geared with this fork, and I'll be looking for a 120mm for this bike.

    It is pretty darn sexy this way though, gonna be hard to take that fork off.

    I'll also add that I noticed a huge difference in climbing last night now that I have the Ardents on, and the huge amount of POE on the I9 wheels is something I had never experienced before that made a HUGE difference. Especially in the technical, rocky terrain. If you're trails are similar to mine (rocky, some loose over hard, some hardpack, etc... ) this tire really shines.

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    How's the front end with a 120 fork going up steep stuff? Does the front wheel easily wonder/lift up or can you keep it reasonably planted with out sliding super far forward?

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    Finally finished!









    Full Specs:
    Frame: Nimble 9, Red, M
    Headset: Cane Creek 40
    Fork: Manitou Tower Pro 120mm, 15mm thru axle
    Wheels: DT Swiss Spline X1900
    Brakes: Formula RX
    Crankset: Deore LX
    Chainring: Race Face Narrow Wide 32T
    Rear Derailleur: SRAM X7
    Shifter: SRAM X7
    Cassette: SRAM PG 970
    Chain: KMC 10.93
    Stem: Crank Bros Iodine 2, 65mm
    Bars: Crank Bros Cobalt 2, 720mm
    Seatpost: Fizik Cyrano
    Saddle: WTB PureV
    Grips: Ergon GS-1
    Tires: Bontrager 29-3
    Pedals: Shimano M520

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    Sharp looking build! I cannot wait to finish up mine, still waiting on bars/stem/tires.

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    Lookin good! The candy apple red looks awesome.

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    Quick question for all you N9 second gen riders. I'm just a hair over 6 feet tall with monkey arms, long legs, and short-ish torso. What's everyones opinion of Frame size? Am I firmly in the Large frame or possibly a medium? My current 29er full-squish ride is a Yeti SB95c Large and I love the size on that frame. I'll be building the N9 as a single speed and a dedicated training and fun bike for shorter, after work rides.....not strong enough to pedal one gear around Colorado high country trails.

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    I'd go with a large, I'm 5'10" and the medium is pretty much spot on for me with a straight post, a 65mm stem and long bars. I think you'll limit your setup options by going with a medium at your height. The Nimble 9 is fantastic as a SS though, don't sell it short by relegating it to training and short ride duty. I've ridden mine all over CO including the high country, I've been on my 5" bike less than a handful of times in the last few months since getting the bike built up and I don't miss it, the Nimble 9 is way too much fun!

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    Im 5'11"-6'0" with a 34" inseam. My arms are also pretty long. I ride a large with a short stem and set back post and I think it's just right. I'd recommend wrenchscience for helping you fit. Have someone go through the measurements on the website with you. Pick the smallest frame you can that will allow you to run a 50-60mm stem and still get the correct overall reach. With your long legs and arms, I suspect your build will come out similar to mine. Again, large frame, set back post jacked up high, sorry stem, wide (riser) bars, and long fork will probably get you exactly where you want. If you're near upstate ny, send me a pm and you can come demo mine.

    Edit: just noticed you are in CO.

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    Thanks for the advice guys. Sounds like a Large is the ticket. Can you post pics of your builds? Just curious to see everyone's SS setups......

    Thanks!

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    Mine is post #42, but I've since swapped to a Voodoo zombie 500 fork, Answer enduro 20/20 carbon bars, a wtb wierwolf lt 2.55 front, and a RaRa 2.4 rear.

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    Thanks syntheticrealit. Sweet rig. What's the weight now with those modifications?

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    No idea, I'll weigh it again soon and get new pics.

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    Specs:

    Frame: Large PNW Green
    Wheels: Hope Pro2 Evo, WTB Frequency i23 (mikesee built)
    Fork: Manitou Tower Pro 100, Tapered, 15 TA (prob should have gone 120 but got a screaming deal)
    Tires: WTB Wolverine, tubeless (likely putting a Bronson on the front soon)
    Brakes: Avid BB7, SD7 levers, Jagwire cables
    Cockpit: Protaper 720mm bar, Evolve 70mm stem, Ergon grips, Haven carbon post, SDG saddle
    Drivetrain: XT cranks 32x18, Time Atac Alium pedals

    This bike is exactly what I was looking for. Fast, fun, comfortable, stable. I just spent a long weekend at the FATS trails (near Augusta, GA) and I was literally laughing out loud. I have never been so confident at such high speeds. Weaving through the trees, getting air, even tight rooty switchbacks were so much fun.

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    Mine is in post #21.

    In the 2 months since, I've swapped the stem to a 65mm, stole my Reverb off of my Nickel and swapped out the Ground Controls for Fast Traks. I've put about 400 miles on it and couldn't be happier with it. It's sitting just a bit over 27 lbs now. I could drop a pound easily with a nice light carbon wheel set for it but it's nice not needing to worry about it as is when the trails get chunky and rough... I've been lusting after a fatbike now that snow is in the forecast again though, so the future upgrades may get put on hold for a bit.
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    I finally got my Nimble 9 built up and god is it a fun bike! It corners and wheelies and just plays so well! I didn't know a hardtail could be this much fun. I am just absolutely ecstatic with how this bike performs. Not to mention the looks. I went pretty much all out with this build.

    I have a few issues though.
    I can't seem to get the dropouts to stop creaking. They creak like CRAZY. No matter how tight they seem to creak when I pedal. Has anybody else had this problem, and if so what did you do to fix it?
    Also after the first ride I took the BB out (trying to locate the creaking) and notice lots of little tiny beads in the BB shell. They appear to be the glass beads from when ever the frame was sand blasted that were stuck in the frame tubes. I then took the fork out to check that as well and they were all over in the headtube. They actually had fallen down in and worked there way into my lower headset bearing along with gouging out a bit of the headset cup and steerer tube. I'm hoping they all worked themselves out and wont be anymore of a problem.

    Also, MY BLUE FRAME GLOWS IN THE DARK!!! I have not seen this advertised or anybody else mention it, but it REALLY glows in the dark. (There is a picture below) My bike stays in my room and the first time when I turned off the light to go to sleep I thought I was losing my mind. I do a lot of night rides too, I can't imagine how cool I look rolling through the woods on a glow in the dark bike!

    Anyways here is the build spec:
    Frame: Nimble 9, Blue, L
    Fork: Manitou Tower Pro 120mm, 15mm thru axle
    Wheels: Industry 9 Torch Trail, Pink
    Brakes: Shimano XT
    Crankset: Shimano Zee
    Chainring: e13 32t
    Rear Cog: Endless Kickass Cog, 20t, Pink
    Chain: KMC SS Stainless
    Stem: Chromag 70mm
    Bars: Chromag Fubar 780mm
    Seatpost: X-Fusion Hilo SL
    Saddle: SDG (don't remember specific model)
    Grips: ODI Ruffian
    Tires: Continental Mountain King 2.2
    Pedals: Shimano M540

    This build comes in right at 28lbs which is a bit heavier than I was hoping but considering everything is gravity oriented stuff but the wheels I'm okay with it. Also the fun factor is so high I could care less about weight.

    Pictures really don't do this bike justice, the blue and pink go together sooo well IMO.


    This is a picture of a picture, had to use a 30sec exposure on my DSLR to get this.
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    Never new that little sob glows in the dark!! Gonna have to check it out tonight.

    Had the same issues with the tiny beads, although mine were metal. They did start to penetrate my headset, and I used a magnet to pull them out. Brought them to the scrap yard and got $0.0000000005 for them. Maybe I will issue a check to Canfield?

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    Finally riding!

    First proper ride since being built months ago...
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    I love the silver and purple. Ride report?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedal/Paddle View Post
    Specs:

    Frame: Large PNW Green
    Wheels: Hope Pro2 Evo, WTB Frequency i23 (mikesee built)
    Fork: Manitou Tower Pro 100, Tapered, 15 TA (prob should have gone 120 but got a screaming deal)
    Tires: WTB Wolverine, tubeless (likely putting a Bronson on the front soon)
    Brakes: Avid BB7, SD7 levers, Jagwire cables
    Cockpit: Protaper 720mm bar, Evolve 70mm stem, Ergon grips, Haven carbon post, SDG saddle
    Drivetrain: XT cranks 32x18, Time Atac Alium pedals

    This bike is exactly what I was looking for. Fast, fun, comfortable, stable. I just spent a long weekend at the FATS trails (near Augusta, GA) and I was literally laughing out loud. I have never been so confident at such high speeds. Weaving through the trees, getting air, even tight rooty switchbacks were so much fun.

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    nice ride, SPARTY ON!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by syntheticreality View Post
    Mine is post #42, but I've since swapped to a Voodoo zombie 500 fork, Answer enduro 20/20 carbon bars, a wtb wierwolf lt 2.55 front, and a RaRa 2.4 rear.

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    i just mounted the VD500 & if i recall u were complaining about a twist in the legs? mine do it too, left to right looking down the fork. drives me nuts as i thought i was too drunk when i initially set it up, lol.

    edit: looked at post #42 & you're not it. it's this guy post #340 The NEW Canfield Brothers Nimble 9

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    I do notice some twist myself, as the brake rotor rubs the caliper in turns. I'm not sure if there is a remedy. I would go back to my carbon fork, but it's only 480mm a2c.

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    yeah i'm having probs with brakes also, but its when VD500 is on my XC frame w/ bb7's. whole new ball o wax.

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    I think I just need to add a spacer and the rubbing will cease, but from a handling perspective, the flex could prove problematic.

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    i've had the fork for months but haven't rode it yet as i'm having troubles with the bb7's, front & rear. don't know how it flexes, but would imagine it does as its 500 a/c cheapo steel

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    Found the creaking! Wasn't actually the dropouts, it was the quick release. I had to tighten it much more than I would normally, to the point where I could barely force it closed with all my strength. It stopped the noise though.

    Ride report:
    This bike is amazing! It took me a while to remember how to ride a hardtail but once I did it was incredible. I got a proper Pisgah ride in today and except for when it get really rough I was hardly slower on the Nimble than my 6 inch bike. In some cases I even felt faster, which I'm sure has to do with the bigger wheels. Essentially it rides like my 6 inch bike but more playful. It jumps and corners sooo well.

    In short, I did not know a hardtail could be so capable. If I wasn't racing enduro for a team next year I would probably have no desire to keep a full suspension bike short of a dh bike.

    I could not be happier with this bike. :-)

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    erikrc10, your build spec suggests that you have a 1:1 single speed gear ratio. Is that a typo?

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    Oops, yes that was a typo. Fixed now. Just for the record I'm running 32x20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pointerDixie214 View Post
    Updated with Fox F34 140mm. This thing rocks. So stupid to have a 140mm single speed, but so much fun!!!!!

    This had to be my favorite Nimble 9 V2, looks so right with the 34 and the orange bits. Hotness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ast View Post
    First proper ride since being built months ago...
    i like this ride. couldn't help but notice someone is taking a deuce behind that tree, lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishwrinkle View Post
    i like this ride. couldn't help but notice someone is taking a deuce behind that tree, lol
    Thanks. Good spotting, That's actually my wife sitting on a low tree stump lol!!

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    Ride report

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    I love the silver and purple. Ride report?

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    Thanks.
    Quick ride report:
    Rode in a forest bike park with a mostly hard pack sand base and a scattering of deep loose sand patches. Very rooty trails.

    Basically, the bike is awesome! Really really awesome.

    Climbing: I have the fork set at 130mm but the bike still climbs fine. No wandering and no lifting.
    I'm using 1 x 10 drivetrain, 11-36 cassette, 32 front ring. Bike has gone from 28lbs to just under 30lbs after changing some components from the original build.
    I'm a little bit unfit but managed to get up all the hills with the 32t front ring. I'll probably switch to a 30T narrow-wide chain ring and ditch the chain guide soon.

    Descending: Too much fun...
    A clutch type derailleur is a must if running gears. It's silent. Completely silent. Jumps to flat are silent.
    130mm travel on the front feels great. I'm sure it would easily handle 140mm without compromising handling.

    Cornering: freakishly nimble! I'm carving corners like I've never been able to before.
    I have brand new High Roller II's front and rear, they are super grippy and seem to roll along without much drag. (Originally built bike with Nobby Nics but they kept exploding off the rims so took them back to the shop and swapped them).

    Other notes: Chromag trailmaster Ltd is super comfy
    Chromag Fubar OSX is uncut at 785mm. I'm 5'10" and the width felt ok so far.
    I was using canfield Crampon Ultimates and size 10 Fiveten Impact Low. I was getting a lot of heel strike on the drive side chain stay. Could be the chunky shoes, crooked legs or duck footedness but just kinda adjusted to it and eventually wasn't happening much by he end of the ride.

    Summing up, the bike is an absolute blast to ride.

    I won't be using my 6" full sus for a while now.

    Thanks Canfield Brothers!!!

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    That doesn't look so brief now that I've posted it!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    This had to be my favorite Nimble 9 V2, looks so right with the 34 and the orange bits. Hotness.
    Thanks!!! Although she has had a makeover since then due to getting some purple I9 single speed wheels. Lol.

    No worries though, orange bits are all going on my new blue Yelli when it arrives.

    Here she is today.


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