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    2013 Nimble 9 Build Thread!

    Frame: Nimble 9 Large Chrome
    Fork: Manitou Tower Pro 120mm, tapered, 15mm thur axle
    Headset: CaneCreek 40 Series
    Crank: Shimano SLX
    Pedals: Time ATAC XS
    Bottom Bracket: Enduro Chromo
    Chainring: Surly 33T
    Cog: Chris King 17T
    Chain: Connex 8 spd
    Brakes: Shimano XT Silver
    Seatpost: Thomson Elite
    Seat: Velo (from a bikedirect bike, so comfy)
    Seatpost Clamp: Woodman
    Stem: Raceface Turbine 90mm +/- 6° (-6 position)
    Handlebar: Raceface Turbine 720mm
    Wheels: Hope Pro 2 EVO Singlespeed laced to Stans ArchEX with DT Comp spokes
    Tires: 2.4" Schwalbe Racing Ralph EVO

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    Dropouts arent an issue with Shimano brakes and Hope Bolt-on SS hub. I can undo the driveside bolt completely and install wheel without loosening caliper.

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    looks sweet. ps. your descriptions says slx brakes but you clearly have xt on there. don't sell yourself short!

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    Here's mine...waiting on parts so it hasn't really started but this is the lineup:

    Frame: Nimble 9 X-Large PNW Green
    Fork:Whiskey No. 9 carbon, 15mm Maxle
    Headset: CaneCreek 110 Series
    Crank: Truvativ AKA
    Pedals: Time ATAC Carbon
    Bottom Bracket: SRAM GPX for now, looking at a replacement soon
    Chainring: HBC Spiderless 32T
    Cog: SingleWorks, Surly, Chris King from 17T to 21T
    Chain: KMC Z610HX
    Brakes: <strike>Avid BB7 185mm/185mm</strike> Hope EVO M4 front, EVO X2 rear
    Seatpost: Thomson Elite
    Seat: Specialized Gel Avatar
    Seatpost Clamp: Chromag Quick Release
    Stem: Thomson X4 80mm for now, change as needed
    Handlebar: Crank Bros. Cobalt 1 XC Bar 700mm
    Wheels: Hope Pro 2 front, Chris King SS laced to MTx33 rims
    Tires: Maxxis Icon 2.2 rear, need new front (undecided)





    I'll update as the rest of the parts arrive and the bike gets built.



    Well, as it seems, BB7 brakes won't fit the frame. Not only can you not remove wheels with brakes installed without some headache, seems some brakes don't work at all

    So, one more part (two more really, might as well upgrade the front too) I need to order now, extending the time before I can ride unless I want to wait 5-6 weeks for the new improved dropouts to come out.

    On a good note, my fork came in today. Thing is so freakin' light, I'm almost afraid to ride it even though it has a 350 rider limit. Crazy light.


    ***Ordered new brakes. Hope EVO M4 183mm front, EVO X2 160mm rear. Hope I have them for this weekend. I'd really love to get a ride in on Sunday maybe if the weather cooperates.
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    I just threw mine together for NEMBA-Fest this weekend:



    Nothing special. New handlebar/stem set-up arriving next week, and wheels waiting to be built.

    BTW - If you're in the Northeast, and are going to be at Kingdom Trails this weekend, you can check out the frame at my booth

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron1017 View Post
    Frame: Nimble 9 Large Chrome
    Fork: Manitou Tower Pro 120mm, tapered, 15mm thur axle
    Headset: CaneCreek 40 Series
    Crank: Shimano SLX
    Pedals: Time ATAC XS
    Bottom Bracket: Enduro Chromo
    Chainring: Surly 33T
    Cog: Chris King 17T
    Chain: Connex 8 spd
    Brakes: Shimano XT Silver
    Seatpost: Thomson Elite
    Seat: Velo (from a bikedirect bike, so comfy)
    Seatpost Clamp: Woodman
    Stem: Raceface Turbine 90mm +/- 6° (-6 position)
    Handlebar: Raceface Turbine 720mm
    Wheels: Hope Pro 2 EVO Singlespeed laced to Stans ArchEX with DT Comp spokes
    Tires: 2.4" Schwalbe Racing Ralph EVO

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    Dropouts arent an issue with Shimano brakes and Hope Bolt-on SS hub. I can undo the driveside bolt completely and install wheel without loosening caliper.
    what size rotors are you using? I have Shimano Deore brakes with Hayes v cut 160mm rotors and a Woodman bolt on ss hub and cannot remove the wheel without loosening up the brakes? Are you using any caliper spacers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by djembe975 View Post
    what size rotors are you using? I have Shimano Deore brakes with Hayes v cut 160mm rotors and a Woodman bolt on ss hub and cannot remove the wheel without loosening up the brakes? Are you using any caliper spacers?
    Avid G2 160mm in back. No spacers at all on caliper. The side of the Hope SS hub has no notches when the drive side bolt is completely removed. If I did not undo the bolt completely I would not be able to install wheel.

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    I love how the first 3 builds in this thread are all SS!!!

    What kind of total weights are you guys seeing?

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    I don't own a scale (don't see a real mechanical advantage to having one in my home shop ) Comparing with my previous bike, and other bikes laying about that I know the weight of, I'd say my non-weight weenie, parts laying about, build is about 25 or 26.

    If I get sub-25, I'll be happy. New wheelset should get it close. Going carbon-fork will easily get it to 22-23 imo.

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    All 3 are nice builds.
    Aaron that thing is begging for a dropper post. I have one on my gen 1 N9, and it's a game changer.

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    Frame: Nimble 9 Med Matte Black
    Fork:Whiskey No. 9 carbon, 15mm Maxle
    Headset: Chris King Inset 7 Red
    Crank: RaceFace Atlas
    Pedals: Canfield Crampons Ultimate
    Bottom Bracket: RaceFace Turbine, going to a King or Hope BB next month
    Chainring: RaceFace Single 34
    Cog: Surly 22
    Chain: Sram 970
    Brakes: Hope M4 183 Front, Hope X2 160 Rear
    Seatpost: X-fusion Hilo, will be going to a Thompson Dropper next couple months
    Seat: WTB Rocket V Team
    Seatpost Clamp: Hope Red Quick Release
    Stem: Thomson X4 70mm for now
    Handlebar: RaceFace Atlas 785mm
    Wheels: Hope Pro 2 front, Hope SS laced to ZTR Arch EX rims
    Tires: Saguaro rear, Ardent front

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    What's the weight on a large (frame only), anyone know?
    Can you run a front derailleur with the wheel all the way forward in the dropouts?
    undefined Absolutely must have: Black Machine Tech Zeroflex brake levers (the ones with the rotating leverage adjuster)

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    I think around 6.5 pounds. Not sure about the FD with the wheel all the way up.

    ***I just weighed my XL frame on my bathroom scale and it showed 6.4 pounds.***

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    Thanks!
    undefined Absolutely must have: Black Machine Tech Zeroflex brake levers (the ones with the rotating leverage adjuster)

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    Holy Chrome!!!

    here is my build:
    Frame: Nimble 9 Large Chrome
    Fork: Manitou Tower Pro 120mm, straight steerer, 15mm thur axle
    Headset: Works Components 1.5 degree
    Crank: SRAM XX1 32T
    Pedals: Crank Bros Egg Beaters
    Bottom Bracket: Chris King Blue
    Shifter: XO 10 speed
    Cassette: 11-36 SRAM XX
    Chain: KMC Gold
    Brakes: Shimano XTR Race
    Rotors: Ice Tech 160mm
    Seatpost: X-Fusion Hi-Lo SL
    Seat: Fizik Antares Versus
    Seatpost Clamp: Salsa Flip Lock Blue
    Stem: Syntace 70mm +/- 6° (-6 position)
    Grips: ODI "Vans" lock ons with blue lock rings
    Handlebar: Black Market BadaBing Lo 31"
    Wheels: Hope Pro 2 EVO Blue laced to Stans ArchEX White with DT Comp spokes and Blue Alloy nipples
    Tires: 2.35 Nobby Nic and 2.25 Rocket Ron tubeless

    26 lbs, 12 ounces and a mean machine!

    I had a 2012 N9 and loved it but if memory serves me right the seat angle on this one is a bit more forward which really lets it shine on the uphills in conjunction with the 66.8 degree HA
    Rode a local XC race course in the am then drove up to Snow Summit and let it run, had a blast!
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    Hi Guys
    great looking bikes here
    How tall are all you guys with the large frames
    I'm trying to work out if I want a large or medium I'm currently leaning toward large with 24" TT it seems to be what fits me best on other bikes ( inbred & scandal) I'm 5'10"
    Cheers

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    6 foot even on my Large.

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    almost done

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    90% done. Need to cut the steerer and resize the chain. Adjust the brakes and run the front brake line and do a couple shake down rides around town. Went together without issues. I was happy that the rear brake went on pretty easily but I don't think I can move the wheel any further back even though I probably won't want to.

    Frame: Nimble 9 X-Large PNW Green
    Fork:Whiskey No. 9 carbon, 15mm Maxle
    Headset: CaneCreek 110 Series
    Crank: Truvativ AKA
    Pedals: Time ATAC Carbon
    Bottom Bracket: SRAM GPX for now, looking at a replacement soon
    Chainring: HBC Spiderless 32T
    Cog: SingleWorks, Surly, Chris King from 17T to 21T
    Chain: KMC Z610HX
    Brakes: Hope EVO M4 front, EVO X2 rear
    Seatpost: Thomson Elite
    Seat: Specialized Gel Avatar
    Seatpost Clamp: Chromag Quick Release
    Stem: Thomson X4 80mm for now, change as needed
    Handlebar: Crank Bros. Cobalt 1 XC Bar 700mm
    Wheels: Hope Pro 2 front, Chris King SS laced to MTx33 rims
    Tires: Maxxis Icon 2.2 rear, need new front (undecided)








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    Stoked to see all the build pics coming in. I've added these to our photo gallery and I will periodically update as more images are available.
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    Finished the built up last night and just took it out for a quick shake down...too much fun!!!

    My first 29er and first singlespeed so it's going to take minute for the legs and the lungs to catch up with the brain but so far so good, really diggin' the ride so far.

    Frame: Nimble 9 Med - Sparkle Blue
    Fork: White Bros Loop 120mm
    Headset: CaneCreek 40 Series
    Crank: Sram XX1
    Bottom Bracket: SRAM GPX
    Chainring: MRP Bling Ring 32T
    Pedals: Shimano XT M780
    Cog: Kick-Ass-Cog 20T
    Chain: KMC K710SL
    Brakes: Elixr R - 185F/160R (Soon to be replaced with a Hope Evo M4/X2 combo)
    Seatpost: Cheapo Giant
    Seat: WTB Silverado
    Stem: Sunline V-one 50mm
    Handlebar: Race Face SixC Carbon 785mm
    Grips: ODI Rogue lock-ons
    Wheels: WTB Frequency i23, Hope Pro 2 evos, DT Comp spokes
    Tires: Specialized Ground Control 2.3 F&R (May swap the rear out for something a little smaller and faster)
    Weight: A little over 26 lbs on my finely calibrated bathroom scale. I was hoping for 25, but opted for a burlier wheelset/tire combo to better suit the Front Range trails that I like to ride.




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    Here's mine, a flat black 18"

    Fork is a 140mm revelation
    wheels flow front, arch ex rear
    R1 brakes
    Reverb seat post
    Gravity light flat bars
    Thomson 50mm stem
    tires- Ikon 2.35 EXO

    This is probably the most fun bike I've had yet... 26, 27.5 or 29er! Ive been putting a lot of miles on it and it does everything I want out of it, I'm at well over 100 miles on it this week alone! It was built up as a budget bike with leftover parts, but I'm thinking some carbon wheels and XX1 drivetrain are in the very near future... then it will be perfect!

    Great job on the frame, it is dialed!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Wankel View Post
    That is gorgeous!!!

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    Frame: Nimble 9 XL
    Fork: Manitou Tower Pro 120mm, straight, 20mm thru axle
    Headset: CaneCreek 40 Series
    Crank: Shimano SLX
    Bottom Bracket: Shimano SLX
    Chainring: E13 Guide Ring 32T
    Pedals: Hope F-20
    Cassette: Shimano SLX 11/36 10spd
    Chain: KMC X10L
    Rear Derailieur: Shimano Zee with Zee shifter
    Chain Guide: Hope 1x
    Chain Tensioner: MRP LRP modified w/ angle grinder and Blackspire roller
    Bashguard: BBG
    Brakes: Elixir XO 160mm f/r w/ braided Goodridge hoses
    Seatpost: Race Face Ride
    Seatpost Clamp: Hope QR
    Seat: Charge Spoon
    Stem: Nukeproof Warhead 50mm
    Handlebar: Nukeproof Warhead 740mm
    Grips: Yeti Hardcore lock ons
    Wheels: Velocity P-35, Hope Pro 2 Evo rear and currently American Classic front (pro 2 waiting on a lacing)
    Tires: Panaracer Rampage 2.35
    Weight: 32 lbs (want to hit 26ish)

    edit: i now am a SS rider with this bike and friggin love it. also added new 30" bars w/ 2" rise

    weird i posted 4 pics but this is the only one that will load
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    The replacement Nimble 9 dropouts are in! We will start shipping these today to all of our new Nimble 9 owners and should have them all out by Friday.

    All new orders will ship with these installed on the frames, with the original chainstay dropouts included for customers running current model Elixers. Thank you for your patience on this!

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    Frame: Nimble 9 Large Chrome
    Fork: Fox Talas 100mm or 120mm (set at 120mm travel)
    Headset: CaneCreek 40 Series
    Crank: Heavy Holzfeller DH cranks
    Pedals: Shimano M540
    Bottom Bracket: Works
    Chainring: Raceface 32T blue
    Cog: Surly 20T
    Chain: SS something i had
    Brakes: Shimano hydro w/ ICE rotos
    Seatpost: 30.9 easton
    Seat: Parts bin special WTB somthing
    Seatpost Clamp: Salsa Liplock
    Stem: Ritchey Carbon Matrix 90mm +/- 6° (-6 position)
    Handlebar: Salsa 740mm flatbar
    Wheels: Blue Chris King SS hubs, DT spokes, Stans wheels
    Tires: 2.2 Racing Ralph tubeless

    Being a broke college kid i had to scrounge to build this, but riding without a SS is missing out. This is the most fun Hardtail i ever had the pleasure to ride

    On to the PICS!!!!

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    Nice, thanks! Be here just in time so I can put that on with my ss conversion. Still in love with this bike

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    Took my Nimble out for the first time this morning. Absolutely loved it! Still have to make some tweaks and get it dialed in.2013 Nimble 9 Build Thread!-20130817_070729.jpg

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    Just a little confused on the Nimble:

    1. Does it require a special headset to run a tapered steerer?

    2. Can I run a 140mm fork?

    Gracias!!

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    All of that into is on the Canfield website.

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    Earthpig, while we recommend a 100mm to 120mm fork on our site, we see no issues running a 140mm on the N9. We have actually been running our in house demo this way over the last month and LOVE it!
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    Here is our Headset Guide:

    You will need to know if you are running a straight or tapered steerer fork. If you are running a straight, you will need the 30mm crown race. If you are running a tapered, you will need the 40mm crown race. The easiest thing do to is to order the upper and lower cups separately. (Cane Creek calls this their headset solutions.) Below are examples of Cane Creek 110 headsets from BTI-USA.com:

    Upper:
    DC-1602 ZS44/28.6 upper 8mm black 53g
    DC-1603 ZS44/28.6 upper 15mm black 60g (The second option has a taller stack height)

    External Stack Lower:
    DC-1616 EC44/30 lower 12mm black 61g (Straight steerer)
    DC-1617 EC44/40 lower 12mm black 59g (Tapered steerer)

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    Well, this is the "beta build" for this bike. Harvest some parts off another bike just to get this one rolling until the new wheels and fork arrive. It will end up having blue I9 wheels laced to Stan's hoops, and a 120mm Fox F34 fork. Beefy.

    Had the maiden ride this morning and I am in love.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KillingtonVT View Post
    The replacement Nimble 9 dropouts are in! We will start shipping these today to all of our new Nimble 9 owners and should have them all out by Friday.

    All new orders will ship with these installed on the frames, with the original chainstay dropouts included for customers running current model Elixers. Thank you for your patience on this!

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    So what's the word on these? I've not received one yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nubster View Post
    So what's the word on these? I've not received one yet.
    Mine showed up a week and a half...maybe 2 weeks ago.

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    Any red frame builds???
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    I too haven't received the DO yet. Not that it really matters as I'm not going to drop $45 to re-do the rear hose (goodridge) just yet. I would also like to see a red build. Anyone with a chrome frame experiencing any rust at the welds? I've noticed several spots on various welds where the chrome is thin. I noticed the thin chrome, copper peeking out, the day I took it outta the box. The main problem area is at the seat tube/chain stay junction. Very seldom do I ever leave water or mud to sit on the frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonkota View Post
    Any red frame builds???
    Give it a month or so!

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    Re: 2013 Nimble 9 Build Thread!

    My build:



    Frame: Large Nimble 9 - limited edition chrome
    Headset: Chris King InSet7 - limited edition purple
    Fork: LT-FK023 fork - matte 3k carbon
    Stem: Syntace FlatForce 55mm
    Bars: Crank brothers cobalt 11 carbon flat bars - 740mm uncut
    Brakes: Shimano XT
    Rotors: Ashima Ai2
    Grips: ESI chunky - black
    Bottom bracket: Chris King ceramic GXP - limited edition purple
    Crankset: Truvativ X0
    Chainring: MRP Bling Ring - 28t
    Cog: Chris King stainless 17t
    Hubs: Chris King single speed - limited edition purple w/ fun bolts
    Spokes: DT Swiss competition 2.0/1.8
    Rims: Light Bicycle (chinese) carbon - "wider all mountain" version - set up tubeless
    Rim strips: Bontrager TLR strips
    Chain: KMCX10SL
    Front skewer: Halo bolt on
    Seat post: Thomson masterpiece layback - silver
    Clamp: Salsa 35mm - purple
    Saddle: Selle Italia SLK Gel Flow
    Pedals: Shimano XT
    Other accents: Purple anno bottle cage bolts
    Cage: Chinese carbon
    Rear tire: Geax Barro Race
    Front tire: Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.4

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    nice build, whats the weight? funny lighting or did you use a filter? frame looks bronze

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishwrinkle View Post
    funny lighting or did you use a filter? frame looks bronze
    Looks like it was taken at night with a flash. The glare is what's causing the weird coloring on the frame I think.

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    thx

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    Re: 2013 Nimble 9 Build Thread!

    The weight is 21.9 lbs with pedals and the cage, ready to ride.

    Here are more pictures in better light.













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    thats light, 7.5#'s lighter than mine.

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    No gears, springs, or air chambers to weigh me down!

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    Quote Originally Posted by syntheticreality View Post
    No gears, springs, or air chambers to weigh me down!

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    Also, carbon rims, carbon bars, carbon fork. Yay for carbon (not that I can afford it...)!

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    Don't forget carbon cranks!

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    lol, i realize why it's lighter, jus saying.

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    Teaser shot!



    Build won't be finished until the beginning of October since some parts are taking the slow boat, but here's a little taste to tide you guys (and me!) over until it's all here.

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    ahhh red. what color are your accents, if that's not top secret?

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    Mainly black, but this is a parts bin/used bits build, so there's some white and silver in there too.

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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!

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    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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