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    It seems that most of my rides start with a brutal climb, so wondering if it's worthwhile to consider an adjustable travel fork if I pick up a YS or N9? 110-140 would be the plan. I spend more time going up than down, so want the best of both, of course.

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    @fishwrinkle yeah you're probably right re the EBB - I just recall the sliders having quite a heft when I took them out the box.

    It's no biggie to me, this is a frame for riders not weight weenies.

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    @GSPChilliwack I find my 140mm Pikes climb well, to my mind I doubt the complexity and added weight of travel adjustable forks give enough payback.

    I guess this comes down to how much you care about the climbs. If climbing performance is important to you, rather than just a means to get where you want to go, maybe the benefit would be more.

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    The NEW Canfield Brothers Nimble 9

    I've been looking at 29er hardtail for a while now. I'm stuck. I've looked at the Kona honzo, chromag surface and rootdown, and niner ros. I have a canfield Dj long and love it! So I'm definitely looking at a nimble 9 I'm 5'11 I'm very curious as to whether to get a medium or large, in most bikes I always seem to find my self in between. Looking at the numbers I'm thinking medium and using a 150 or 125mm ks lev and 50mm stem, but I could always go with a shorter dropper and a 35mm stem on the large. Just trying to get an idea. I currently ride a large Banshee rune v2 26" large. It feels good. I used to have a special Ed enduro Evo large and it always felt kinda big for me even with a 35 mm stem. My plan is to run a pike lowered to 120mm or 130mm. Are most people running flat bars on 29ers? Never owned one and I have only ridden one once. Looking at this for everyday riding, and especially for our local 6 hour and 24 hour races. I'm more of an am/e word type rider.


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    I'm just about 5'8" and on a medium, 780mm bars, 50mm stem. I could do with it perhaps being a tiny bit shorter when riding seated, when stood up (which is what's important to me from a handling point of view), it's fine.

    I'd say you could choose an M or an L maybe an L would be more versatile for you.

    Can you compare the geo charts to your current bikes? ETT etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pointerDixie214 View Post

    P.S.- Nice job on building it up with the dropouts slammed forward. You, sir, are doing it right.
    Hey, I had these two skinny, long, silver bolts left over.. the ones in the pic here on this page that I believe are Dropout Tension Bolts and nuts:

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    How do I use these?

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    Wind them in to the frame from the seat tube side, you'll see there are holes there, so the end contacts the upper slider bolt. They prevent your sliders being moved forwards as a result of pedalling forces. Perhaps you can do without them if you have the axle slammed forwards, but you may risk the bolts getting jammed into the slider hole where it rounds. Personally I regard the shortest position that actually uses the bolts, with enough bolt in the slider holes to hold the locknuts, as the shortest viable slider position but I'm open to correction on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghetto View Post
    Wind them in to the frame from the seat tube side, you'll see there are holes there, so the end contacts the upper slider bolt. They prevent your sliders being moved forwards as a result of pedalling forces. Perhaps you can do without them if you have the axle slammed forwards, but you may risk the bolts getting jammed into the slider hole where it rounds. Personally I regard the shortest position that actually uses the bolts, with enough bolt in the slider holes to hold the locknuts, as the shortest viable slider position but I'm open to correction on that.
    This... I believe they use a 1.5mm alan key and a 5mm bolt? They work really well and make it easier to center/straighten your wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghetto View Post
    Wind them in to the frame from the seat tube side, you'll see there are holes there, so the end contacts the upper slider bolt. They prevent your sliders being moved forwards as a result of pedalling forces. Perhaps you can do without them if you have the axle slammed forwards, but you may risk the bolts getting jammed into the slider hole where it rounds. Personally I regard the shortest position that actually uses the bolts, with enough bolt in the slider holes to hold the locknuts, as the shortest viable slider position but I'm open to correction on that.
    Quote Originally Posted by pointerDixie214 View Post
    This... I believe they use a 1.5mm alan key and a 5mm bolt? They work really well and make it easier to center/straighten your wheel.
    Thanks guys for the quick response! I can't think where this may be but I am sure when I get home and see the bike it will all make sense.

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    see the last but one pic here: Nimble 9 mountain bike frame for downhill or cross-country riding

    Though that shows the locknut inside the frame not inside the slider hole, so maybe I'm wrong. The locknut must be reversed to stop the bolt falling out.

    Shows what I know, on here dispensing advice and I have it set up wrong.

    Edit: Pics here also confirm I'm wrong! Canfield Brothers Nimble 9 Frame - Reviews, Comparisons, Specs - Mountain Bike Frames - Vital MTB

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    The NEW Canfield Brothers Nimble 9

    Just got my 2015 today

    Gonna build it up this weekend. Here is the build list:

    Size large LE Chrome

    RCT3 pike 140mm

    XO1 cranks with wolf tooth 32 guide ring.

    KS LEV 125 dropper black post

    WTB volt sadle

    Stan's Arch EX wheels

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    But will probably end up SS

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    ahhhhh, i remember when i had that moment. then i heli taped the **** outta her for hours, but well worth it. have fun

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    Just finished building it up. 30.1lb with 140mm rc pike, LB 1720g wheelset, dropper on its way. Shakedown tomorrow.

    Most of the parts came across from my 2011 One. Most are just place holders for now like the DH spec'd Renthal bars and 2010 Tech M4's. Once I pick up what I want for it should be close to the 28lb mark when all said and done
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    bigcrs..... Looks mean and ready to shred!!! Will probably throw a dropper on my 650b+ N9 shortly.... right now it is my winter bike...

    Any particular reason to run the wheel all the way back?

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    Looking good bigcrs. Digging that color! I'm also in the adding dropper to my N9 soon camp.

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    Yep, it's ready to rumble! At this stage I'm gonna keep the chainstays set long. It's just I can get a feel of how the bike handles with more familiar wheelbase. Ill definitely be experimenting, we have some real old (15-20years) school steep, tight tech trails here which I plan to be riding Big Red mostly. Its where the short chainstays will come into to play I imagine.

    The colour is hard to capture, looks so much better in person!

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    The NEW Canfield Brothers Nimble 9

    Here it is built up. Need to wait on my new dropper since I didn't pay attention to the fact that my old dropper was to big.


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    Yep, it's ready to rumble! At this stage I'm gonna keep the chainstays set long. It's just I can get a feel of how the bike handles with more familiar wheelbase. Ill definitely be experimenting, we have some real old (15-20years) school steep, tight tech trails here which I plan to be riding Big Red mostly. Its where the short chainstays will come into to play I imagine.

    The colour is hard to capture, looks so much better in person!
    Once you go shorter, you probably won't go back. The short stays are one of the best features of this frame.
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    And the diamond shaped top tube is one of the worst. Nothing sucks more than a top tube smack to the inside of the thigh.
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    Complete Now!

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    Canfield Nimble 9 Large Frame LE Chrome
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    Stans Arch EX
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    XT Ice Tech rotors
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    KS LEV DX 125mm Dropper
    WTB Volt Saddle
    Weight TBT Guessing around 25ish Lbs
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    My new nimble 9 build with the help of pointerdixie214<!-- END TEMPLATE: memberaction_dropdown --><!-- BEGIN TEMPLATE: postbit_onlinestatus --> since I didn't have all the tools. Thanks bro for helping me with the build!

    2013 Canfield Brothers Nimble 9
    Cane Creek 110
    Hope Pro 2 Evo 40t to Flox EX with Swiss comp spokes & brass nips
    Rockshox Reba RL 100 mm fork
    Avid Elixir S5 brakes
    KS i900 dropper
    Surly Cog
    E Thirteen chain ring
    32:17 gear ratio
    Shimano hollowtech cranks
    Deity Decoy pedals

    Next up is upgrading the bars, stem, and saddle.

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    The NEW Canfield Brothers Nimble 9

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    My new nimble 9 build with the help of this guy since I didn't have all the tools. Thanks bro for helping me with the build!

    2013 Canfield Brothers Nimble 9
    Cane Creek 110
    Hope Pro 2 Evo 40t to Flox EX with Swiss comp spokes & brass nips
    Rockshox Reba RL 100 mm fork
    Avid Elixir S5 brakes
    KS i900 dropper
    Surly Cog
    E Thirteen chain ring
    32:17 gear ratio
    Shimano hollowtech cranks
    Deity Decoy pedals

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    Looks awesome and glad you like it!!!

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    good work y'all

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    Just picked up my nimble 9 in blue. It's truly an amazing color. Frame weighed in at 6 1/4 lbs frame only. No sliders or bolts. I have a buddy that works at a bike shop and I had the opportunity to refaced the bottom bracket.
    Build so far :
    Wheels: dt Swiss 240s w/xr400 rims
    Tires: maxxis ardent rear high Roller 2 front
    Stem: syntace 70mm
    Brakes: shimano xtr race m9000
    Crank: shimano slx w/RF NW 32t
    Fork, rear cog and handlebar still deciding.
    This build will be SS.
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    Nice looking bikes! Good to see Brozar's bike since hearing so much about it. Where's Pooh-Bah's playground?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jem7sk View Post
    Nice looking bikes! Good to see Brozar's bike since hearing so much about it. Where's Pooh-Bah's playground?
    Thanks! Pooh-Bah's playground is a series of optional trails off of Ridgeline at Balm Boyette Scrub Preserve in Lithia, Florida. Hell of a fun trail to ride, probably my favorite I have ridden so far. Killer work out on single speed too.

    That blue color is awesome! Nice looking bike, excited to see the finished product.

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    I've got a '15 XL Chrome for sale if anyone wants to save a few bucks off new. With CC40 tapered headset and Thomson seat post clamp.

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    Blatant sending PM about your frame
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    Nice Bike!
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    2015 Nimble 9

    I finished building my 2015 Nimble 9. The frame is very well made and the build fit perfectly. I put a 120 on this build, had a 140 on my 2013I'm looking forward to riding.

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    I like the build. Sweet looking.

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    Thanks! The new black is very nice, works well with the Rock Shox black.

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    Nice! First of the new black I've seen...I have the old matte black.

    Finally got around to putting a dropper on mine (and really digging it).

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    Finally got to ride my new N9 for the first time since I built it a month ago. Everything worked perfectly. It rode like a dream. I had to get back to get under a very low hanging branch. Had no problem dragging my shorts on the tire without a dropper post. I'd say this is a perfect fitting bike. I really felt like I was riding high ( my first 29er) but it felt nice. I liked it. Great bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jem7sk View Post
    Finally got to ride my new N9 for the first time since I built it a month ago. Everything worked perfectly. It rode like a dream. I had to get back to get under a very low hanging branch. Had no problem dragging my shorts on the tire without a dropper post. I'd say this is a perfect fitting bike. I really felt like I was riding high ( my first 29er) but it felt nice. I liked it. Great bike.

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    Sorry.. Forgot to mention, this is the quietist bike ever... No chain slap, no creaks, no anything... Just quiet

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    a month before the virgin ride? whaaaat?!!! joking aside, glad you enjoyed it that much. once you get to learn the bike it only gets better. 2000 miles north of you i was learning the limits of her drifting in the snow today and how it's hard as fvk to ride skinnies . oh by the way you might wanna blur the license plate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brozar View Post
    Thanks! Pooh-Bah's playground is a series of optional trails off of Ridgeline at Balm Boyette Scrub Preserve in Lithia, Florida. Hell of a fun trail to ride, probably my favorite I have ridden so far. Killer work out on single speed too.

    That blue color is awesome! Nice looking bike, excited to see the finished product.
    As soon as I saw that bike sitting in that box , I knew where it was..rode there last weekend , trails are in excellent shape.

    kickass bike btw.

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    Questions on Nimble 9

    I'm looking at a used Nimble 9, it's the chrome LE version in a size medium. The owner is saying that it has a 27.2mm seatpost. I thought all Gen 2 model's have 30.9mm. Can someone confirm?

    Also, I'm 5-10 with a 33 inch inseam. I have a short torso and ride mediums, but I can ride a large. Is anyone with a 33 inseam riding a medium? How much post is showing, or more importantly, can I find a dropper that works?

    Thanks!

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    2014 has the 27.2.. I've got one in medium. I'm 32" with a short stem... 50mm and a wide 820mm bar. Seems perfect for me but there is a lot of room to change it up. I can get past the seat without a dropper in this configuration.

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    XFusion HiLo. I'm the same dimensions as Jem.
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    Thanks for the responses guys. ghetto, is that a 140mm Pike? How does it ride?

    The bike I'm looking at has a 140mm Pike.

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    Yes. Previously had a 120mm Reba, the difference is night & day. The big wins are stiffness, geometry and fork quality (travel is actually less of an issue). Do it.

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    You'll definitely be able to fit a dropper. I'm 5'7.5" with a 30" inseam on a medium and there's just enough room for me to fit a 100mm Reverb. With an extra 3" of inseam, you'll be able to fit a 125mm Reverb no problem and without too much extra post showing.

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    built up a 2014 model last year....fun ride (also had the original frame which was nice)

    medium frame, 120mm Fox

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    Was in the mood for a color change. .... went from the 2013 orange to the 2015 Fire red. .....such a cool color. This was a parts swap. .. with the addition of another set of Canfield cranks.

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    how you liking that b+ setup, is bb ~the same height as 29? last question, how do those trailblazers grip, especially up front?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishwrinkle View Post
    how you liking that b+ setup, is bb ~the same height as 29? last question, how do those trailblazers grip, especially up front?
    Really like the extra volume.. quiets down the rear end thru the roots and ruff frozen tundra. Feels like a Fatbike on a diet!!!
    As built using a 150mm 27.5 Fox Talas the BB height is 12.25" running 170mm crank arms. Plans are to put a 3.1" tire on front and leave the 2.8" tire on the rear..

    The TrailBlazers are ok... suck in the mud but most tires don't do well in mud. Looking to do the VEE Trax Fatty on the front for a little more bite. But for now these will do.

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    thx for the info. can you squeeze a trax fatty in that fork or do you have another plan? i have plans of building up some 650 dually's but i smacked a deer last month and that took my wheel fund away. got the hubs sitting here collecting dust, hope pro 2 40t. i also am getting bored with the scheme of my bike so my plan is to have everything silver on a chrome frame. kinda like a reverse murdered out bike. the idea came to me as i was overhauling my fork and noticed how the lowers need new paint. i'm in the process of buffing them to a mirror finish.

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    The NEW Canfield Brothers Nimble 9

    Is anybody running 180mm rotors with a Rockshox sektor? I need to know what adapter to get to run 180mm rotors front and rear with XT brakes.

    Thanks

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    Here's my 2015 N9
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    Stem: Syntace 50mm
    Bar: syntace high 5* 12* bend 760mm
    Grips: esi race
    Seat post:Thomson 370mm uncut
    Saddle: Bontrager evoke carbon
    Brakes: shimano xtr m9000 race
    Disc: shimano xt centerlock
    Fork: manitou tower pro~have a pike 120mm on now.
    Wheelset: used dt Swiss 240 with xm490 rims swapping rims to nox in near future
    Tires: Fr Maxxis HR2, Rr Ardent LUST
    Cranset: SLX single speed set up with 32t RF NW with AL chainring bolts
    Rear cog: endless cog 20t with velospeed spacer kit and far and near cassette lockring
    Weight 26..17 lbs. haven't weighed the bike with pike.

    Might get rid of pike for a sid. I don't like how the lock out is not like the manitou.
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    i am looking for a medium size frame...if anyone selling do pm me..

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    I just ordered my XL blue frame yesterday! Can't wait for it to get here so I can start building it up!

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    What are you building?

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    A single speed N9 is the plan for now

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    The N9 make a very nice SS!

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    Drivetrain Update

    Upgraded my XT 2x to XTR 1x today... No FD means shortest stays possible

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRedMantra View Post
    Upgraded my XT 2x to XTR 1x today... No FD means shortest stays possible

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRedMantra View Post
    Upgraded my XT 2x to XTR 1x today... No FD means shortest stays possible

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    Good lookin'! Glad you posted pics, I'd like to run my XT 2x cranks with a 30T WT NW chainring and was wondering about chainstay clearance with the chainring. Any issues? Did you have to do any shimming with the BB cups to move the chainring outboard? What size chainring are you running? It looks to be a 30T. Thanks in advance!

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    What size frame should I get at 5'10" with about a 31.5 inseam?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronJobe View Post
    What size frame should I get at 5'10" with about a 31.5 inseam?
    Medium if you like small bikes. Otherwise a large should be great.

    I find the N9 to run a little smaller than the yelli screamy. Even tho the look the same on paper


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    i agree... I can run a shorter stem on my Yelli and it still feels about the same reach as the Nimble9 with a 20mm longer stem....

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    Those are pretty much my numbers, and I love my medium. But I tend to like my bikes on the small side, I'm showing a lot of post, and I've got a couple centimeters of spacers under my 80mm stem. The cockpit is snug but comfortable, and it sure is easy to get off the back of the saddle. That was really apparent the first time I tried to manual into the driveway at the end of a ride. Thinking it was going to take a little extra leverage to lighten the front end with that big rear wheel (my first 29er), I sure was surprised when I looped it out right there in front of my house. And yes, the neighbors were watching. No, thankfully, there is no video.

    So go with the medium if you really want to emphasize the nimble part of the bike's name. While I haven't tried a large, I have no doubt I could ride that comfortably as well, and I bet it would be easier to set up for efficient pedaling. At our size we're right at the threshold between medium and large.

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    ^^^^^Very Nice Build!!!^^^^^^

    Can't wait to see the ride report.

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    Lookin' good MostChillin! Quite similar to my '13 matte black build. You are going to love it when the trails dry out...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MostChillin View Post
    The trails dried out enough so I got my first ride under my belt.


    My ride report - this bike is absolutely bada$$. I cannot offer anything new that hasn't already been said. It is the perfect trail bike I was seeking for the way I ride and where I ride.

    I will get a few more rides in but I think I will have to go from a 50mm stem to a 60mm or more likely 70mm. I have really short inseam with a long torso.

    A couple of comments on components that I do not have experience with:

    Maxxis Icon 2.35 - First experience with Maxxis tires and I'm beyond pleased. These tires (as most know) have some serious volume and worked perfectly. And they roll really fast.

    SRAM Guide brakes - I've always used Shimano brakes prior to these. I'm a convert. Yes, I know, they take a few more minutes to bleed and the process is bit more complex. There is no comparison in modulation between the two from my perspective. I may go to a 180 in the rear.

    A couple of days before receiving my N9, the Brothers released the EPO. I always wanted a carbon N9 and feared that the N9 wouldn't now live up to my expectations. Wrong. Very wrong. The EPO will have to be something really special to get me to consider it.

    And finally, as everyone already knows, the Canfield customer service is second to none. Sean has been very responsive when I contacted him with questions. A stark contrast to my recent experiences with another Bellingham bike company. The Brothers have a stoked and extremely satisfied customer. I look forward to giving you more of my money in the future!
    Same here , long torso short legs 5'10 , I ride a 60 mm stem.
    Good to know about the brakes. Thanks for the update. Enjoy the sled !

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    I'm very happy with my N9, good to hear you're liking yours. Yeah it's a very capable bike, more than this rider.

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    cool beans !

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    Question for all you SS N9'ers: What is the "magic" gear for the wheel position all the way up front or "slammed"?? I was hoping for something around 32-20. Any input would be appreciated!!!
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    I didn't find one. One time I had a magic gear on my Yelli but it only lasted a couple of rides until the chain stretched. I think magic gears are a myth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robtre View Post
    Question for all you SS N9'ers: What is the "magic" gear for the wheel position all the way up front or "slammed"?? I was hoping for something around 32-20. Any input would be appreciated!!!
    I am running a 32t WI eno w/ trails 20t freewheel, about 95% slammed (V2 frame)

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    I run 34-18 with do's 3/8" from slammed. I too believe magic gear is a myth.

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    I've got a 32t raceface NW and 20t wolf tooth cog. REALLY close to being slammed. Less than 1/8" I would say.


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    Chainstays are the same I assume on V2?
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    Chainstays are the same on all versions of N9.

    Here's a link to the "magic gear" myth buster. It can take chain stretch into account.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robtre View Post
    Question for all you SS N9'ers: What is the "magic" gear for the wheel position all the way up front or "slammed"?? I was hoping for something around 32-20. Any input would be appreciated!!!
    32-20 on my 2015 xl is basically slammed. Go for it.

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    Well Gents after months of deliberation I finally am joining your gang. Still working out a few details on parts but here is the list of what I know:

    PIKE 140
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    Good: Pike & XT works well for me.

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    Bought a 50mm Stem, not sure how I feel about that. I figured I would start at the "nimble-est" option and I have a 70mm if the 50mm makes the steering too "twitchy".
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    I run 50mm (780mm bars) on 140mm forks, I wouldn't go longer myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robtre View Post
    Bought a 50mm Stem, not sure how I feel about that. I figured I would start at the "nimble-est" option and I have a 70mm if the 50mm makes the steering too "twitchy".
    I used a 50mm on my build, as well. It doesn't feel twitchy to me at all. My issue is more the feeling of a cramped cockpit and feeling like my weight can shift too far over the bars too easily. I'll be going to a 70mm soon.

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    I up sized to an XL frame just so I could run short stems. I've run 35,40 & 50. Settled on the 50 with 31" bars on a 120 fork. I'm 6'-2" with a 34" inseam and I am in the cockpit

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    The NEW Canfield Brothers Nimble 9-image.jpg
    It's kind of starting to look like a bicycle... This is my first build, so I didn't have any spare parts laying around. It's been a test of patience having to wait for money to buy parts. Planning on building up my wheels next! Super stoked!

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    Anyone get any sort of creak from their rear thru-axle? I am getting a noise that I can't figure out. All the bolts are tight. Cassette is tight. Hub bearings are tight. Crank bearings are tight.
    It creaks one way when I pedal hard, then creaks back when I brake hard. Something is moving a tiny bit but I can't isolate it.

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    The trick I do to find a creak is place your finger on both parts and try to recreate the creak. Touch every part connection and wiggle it back and forth until you feel a "tick". Common creaks are seats, BB's, headsets, pedals and anything left slightly loose. It helps to figure out if it happens when standing or seated, coasting or pedaling or braking. Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robtre View Post
    Question for all you SS N9'ers: What is the "magic" gear for the wheel position all the way up front or "slammed"?? I was hoping for something around 32-20. Any input would be appreciated!!!
    Don't be afraid to play around with the slider position either. For me I find that the sweet spot is actually with the sliders pulled back about 3/8 - 1/2" from being fully slammed. With the sliders fully slammed the back end seems to get hung up more on a few particularly rough trails that I have in my area. On smoother trails it's not an issue but I do notice a difference on the rough and chunky stuff.

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    Seat all the way rear-ward? I have a 2014 nimble 9 and I have the seat all the way back on the rails, even farther than recommend causing my seat rails to bend, for it to feel comfortable. Even with an offset seatpost. Now I upgraded to a KS lev that is not offset and with the seat all the way back, to me it feels like it still needs to go back more. It just feels like the center line of the cranks is to far to the rear when pedaling.

    Is this just something I need to get used to with the geometry of the bike?

    I have a 14 XL Nimble 9, 65mm stem, 750mm low rise bars, 170mm cranks, I'm 6'3" 260lbs.

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    2013 Nimble 9 Large for sale

    Hi guys,

    The time has come for me to pare down my bike collection and go back to a one-bike garage. Terrible, I know. Fortunately for someone, one of the bikes I've decided to get rid of is my Nimble 9. A very fun bike, but I just don't have much use for a hard tail anymore.

    Here's all of the particulars:

    First of all, it's the super cool glow-in-the-dark canfield Blue.

    The frame and all components are in great shape with the usual small blemishes from normal use. There are two dime-sized blemishes, one on each chain stay from heal rub. They are pictured below. Everything else is very light, usual wear. The sale would also include the chainring (Surly 20t), chain (Gusset Bling Slink gold half link chain), and Gusset hub conversion kit so you can go single speed with ease. This bike has been set up both geared and single speed and does both well.

    Build Highlights:

    2013 Canfield Brothers Nimble 9 Size Large, Canfield Blue (good for approx 59-61) Im 60 and like the fit with a 75mm stem.

    -Brand new 2015 SRAM X9 1x10 drivetrain (shifter, derailleur, cassette) with wolftooth 42t extended range chainring, RaceFace 30t NW front chainring, Truvativ Stylo 1x cranks/bottom bracket.

    -Wheelset: 2013 Hope Evo pro 2 hubs front and rear with Stans Arch EX rims, set up tubeless. Includes the burly DT Swiss 10mm solid rear axle.

    -Fork: 2013 X-fusion Slide 29 RL2, 15mm thru axle

    -Brakes: 2013 Shimano SLX with trick XLC floating rotors 180mm front/ 160mm rear.

    -Dropper post: KS Lev 125mm

    -Stem: Easton EA50 75mm

    -Cane Creek 40 headset

    -Handle Bars: KORE OCD-20 cut to 30

    Ive been listing at $2000 and I will entertain serious offers. So if you are interested in this bike, send me a PM.
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    "It just feels like the center line of the cranks is to far to the rear when pedaling. Is this just something I need to get used to with the geometry of the bike?"


    I have a similar feeling with my saddle all the way back on my Thomson post; I'm planning to get a post with some offset as well. So, yes, I'd agree it's a Nimble 9 characteristic.

    But you might also consider changing cranks--170s are short for a 6' 3" rider. You should be on at least 175s, and you might even like 180s. That will put your pedal forward.

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    I never post pics but love this bike so much I think it deserves to be shared.

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    Derelikt - Sweet Ride and great pic!!

    Pedalmore - Thanks for the reply, I will try some 175 cranks and see. My buddy pointed out that as thin as the crampon pedals are this will kinda be like adding some extra lenght as well.

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    Well, sold a bike to fund a fork upgrade for the N9. Went from a pre-CTD 100mm Fox Float 32 with a 70mm Stem to a 2016 Fox 34 120mm FIT4 fork and a 50mm stem. Should have done this awhile ago. Steering is spot on and the fork is much mo bettah. Love it!


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    Dream bike complete

    Finally done, started buying parts 6 months ago.

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    Ardent 2.4's, slammed dropouts, muddy conditions.. and all clean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IntenseSense View Post
    Finally done, started buying parts 6 months ago.

    XX1
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    27lbs
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    Congrats , that's a sick ride !!

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    sweet build there intense.

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    Finally got around to posting this!!! THE HORNET

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    MAXXIS IKONS

    Why Purple and Turquoise ? Charlotte Hornets Colors. Love this bike so damn much!
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    Sik build! the wheels set it off, love the hornets scheme.. just curious, have you tried canfields crampon pedals?

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