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    Now with powder coated No-Tubes Crest rims for a 1582grams wheelset build using American Classic hubs and fitted with Crow tyres.

    First ride this coming Thursday night.



    Yes, there's no front disc at the moment and I'm awaiting my new carbon Carnegie's Bars.

    I'm hoping for a 20lbs build, finger crossed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnclimber
    Now with powder coated No-Tubes Crest rims for a 1582grams wheelset build using American Classic hubs and fitted with Crow tyres.

    First ride this coming Thursday night.



    Yes, there's no front disc at the moment and I'm awaiting my new carbon Carnegie's Bars.

    I'm hoping for a 20lbs build, finger crossed
    Sweet build, John. I've got the Kermit AIR for my wife (arrived yesterday). How close is the color match of that carbon fork to the frame's green? Does anybody know how close the Niner steel fork's kermit green is to the AIR 9 for a match? I keep getting various shades of green in all the photographs I've been viewing. In some pictures, the carbon fork looks much lighter than the frame's green, and in others it doesn't. I can't find a bike build picture of the AIR 9 with the steel kermit fork.

    For some odd reason, the wife does not want a suspension fork on her AIR 9. She's been riding a Trek 26" wheeled bike with a rigid steel fork and wants rigid for her new 29"er.

    Anyway, your bike looks great. Just wondered how close that fork is to the frame in color match.

    Thanks.

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    Nice bike. Dig the effort you put in to standing out in the Niner crowd. Most of the niner bikes all look the same no matter how much ano color they put on them. But yours is sweet.

    and I thought all along most of you all hated the hipster fixie scene because of what we do to our bikes.....
    Why are there so many threads about cheap ass bikes?

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    Bruce Brown did you get my PM?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ike Turner
    Nice bike. Dig the effort you put in to standing out in the Niner crowd. Most of the niner bikes all look the same no matter how much ano color they put on them. But yours is sweet.
    Many thanks. Brant from Shedfire sent me a 2nd "sample" set of his new carbon Carniegie's Bars as Guitar Ted tested here http://twentynineinches.com/2010/01/...n-coming-soon/
    Making it now weigh in at 20.34lbs and altering it's look somewhat. It's original set of Carnegies will head over to my Gary Fisher Rumblefish.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/2565551...ephotoeveryday

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnclimber
    Bruce Brown did you get my PM?
    Yes, I did. Thanks. My color coordination of fork and frame is as close as I can get it.

    The carbon fork arrived yesterday from Niner and I'll probably have at it this weekend with the installation. Holding it in my hand, I am amazed how light it actually is. I'm starting to get jealous of my wife's bike.

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    I think a lot of the images we see are over-exposed so these bright colours show up lighter than they actually are.
    I think John Climbers pics have been taken with flash which emphasises this effect, the area that is giveng a direct reflection is showing up white.
    I wonder if alloy/steel/carbon that is all painted the same colour has different 'reflective properties' (for want of a better terminology.)
    Anyway JC I love your bike. I'd love to see more pics taken with less exposure.
    Velocity do a 'anti freeze' green that could be a good match for the kermit. Also there is a light blue option that is very similar to the blue air9 frames.
    The twenty-nine inch wheel.

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    For a colour match without a flash here are 2 shots from today.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnclimber
    For a colour match without a flash here are 2 shots from today
    Looking good, Johnclimber.

    I wrapped up the build on my wife's new "cutie" of a bike yesterday. New seatpost, pedals and saddle are in transit, but for now I went with parts bin goodies for those components.

    Wife is 5'3" and after several fittings for bar height, saddle height, handlebar width this is what she claims feels great.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/7166535@N05/4376903996/" title="GrandAIR9 by singingsingletracker, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2749/4376903996_f0b923268d_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="GrandAIR9" /></a>

    The fork is HAWT!!! I will probably have to do one more cut on the steerer tube once we can get outside and do some real riding to dial in the fit, but I left the full 40mm spacer stack (maximum allowed on the Carbon fork) for now.

    She chose the red headset....

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/7166535@N05/4376905144/" title="CarbonFork by singingsingletracker, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2801/4376905144_36011917a8_b.jpg" width="768" height="1024" alt="CarbonFork" /></a>

    And matching red seatpost collar....

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/7166535@N05/4376157663/" title="SeatpostCollar by singingsingletracker, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2517/4376157663_7a7e2f0a76_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="SeatpostCollar" /></a>

    2 x 9 drivetrain...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/7166535@N05/4376157149/" title="Drivetrain by singingsingletracker, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2723/4376157149_a64740a809_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Drivetrain" /></a>

    20.39 on the scale...(should drop to 19.61 with the new post, saddle and pedals)

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/7166535@N05/4376967458/" title="OnTheScale by singingsingletracker, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2723/4376967458_0dc8e63ec7_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="OnTheScale" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/7166535@N05/4376905552/" title="WeightB4FinalParts by singingsingletracker, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2682/4376905552_89020e3674_b.jpg" width="768" height="1024" alt="WeightB4FinalParts" /></a>

    Cockpit...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/7166535@N05/4376904480/" title="Cockpit by singingsingletracker, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4061/4376904480_766c39207e_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Cockpit" /></a>

    A bit more on paper probably due to it needed some more sealant in the tires. Again, 356g should be coming off once the new Thomson post, saddle and pedals arrive this week.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/7166535@N05/4376111767/" title="CurrentAir9 - B4 final parts arrive by singingsingletracker, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4007/4376111767_764315100c_o.jpg" width="529" height="512" alt="CurrentAir9 - B4 final parts arrive" /></a>

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    Built up my new Air 9 on Friday, got out for a good ride today to break it in. Good news, it rides just like my old one.





    Frame/Size/Color: '10 Niner Air 9-Large-Kermit Green
    Fork: '09 Rock Shox Reba SL Dual Air
    Headset: Chris King-Black
    Stem: Thomson X4 90mm-Black
    Bars: Easton Monkeylite XC
    Grips: Ergon GX1
    Brakes: Formula Bianco's-180mm-Fr-160mm-Rr w/ Formula Mixmaster Adapters
    Shifters: SRAM X9
    Crank/BB/Ring: Shimano XT(22-32) w/ Shimano Bashguard
    Chain: Shimano XTR
    Cassette: Shimano XT(11-34)
    Front Derailleur: Shimano XT
    Rear Derailleur: SRAM X9-Medium Cage
    Pedals: Shimano XT
    Seatpost: Thomson Elite 31.6x410mm
    Seatpost Collar: DKG
    Saddle: WTB Rocket V SLT
    Hubs: DT Swiss 240s Oversize Fr-DT Swiss 240s 10mm Thru Axle Rr
    Spokes/Nipples: DT Swiss Competition/DT Swiss Pro Lock Alloy
    Rims: Stan's Flow 32 Hole
    Skewers: DT Swiss RWS Fr/DT Swiss RWS 10mm Thru Axle Rr
    Tires: Maxxis Ignitor Fr/Rr

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    My Niner Air 9

    Just finished building my Air 9. Tried to do everything in black, silver and white.

    The build:
    Niner Air 9 Raw color
    Hope Pro 2 on ZTR355 rims with DT Swiss Super Comp spokes and Nevegal DTC 2.2
    Fox RP24 G2 fork (courtesy of NCJ. Thanks Nathan!)
    2010 Hope stem, Hope Grip Doctors, Niner Flat Top handle bars
    Hope Tech M4 brakes with braided hose and 7" floating rotors
    Sram X0 RD, Sram x9 shifters and XTR FD
    Stylo crankset
    Still waiting for Hope Eternity seatpost and Fizik Gobi white saddle (current is a take-off from my Intense Tracer)





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    Fresh 1x9 Niner Air Nine

    Ridden twice. No dirt yet just road.
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    My pics

    20.83 lbs.

    my race only rig
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    Drop Bars?

    Quote Originally Posted by zenboy99
    My different Air 9 setups
    Drop bars are for them shaved leg sissies.

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    updated. i think i posted my original early on in this thread.


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    My new build 23.03lbs

    Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.

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    Stats please

    Quote Originally Posted by speedraceratl
    My new build 23.03lbs


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    Quote Originally Posted by UtahSpines
    Stats please
    Frame: 2009 Air9 Med
    Fork: 2008 Rockshox Reba Race 80mm
    Wheels: Industry Nine Ultralight
    Cranks: XTR 2x9 setup with 42/28 or 38/28
    Stem: Thomson 100mm
    Handlebars: Truvativ Noir Team Carbon
    Seatpost: Thomson Masterpiece
    Saddle: Fizik Tundra
    Brakes: Avid Elixir CR Mag 185/160
    Shifters: XTR
    Deraileurs: XT/XTR
    Cassette: XTR
    Headset: Cane Creek S8
    Skewers: Salsa Ti
    Pedals: Crankbrothers Eggbeaters SL
    Tires: Maxxis Ignitor/Crossmark
    Grips: Oury
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    New Air 9 - Thanks Mad Cat!

    Here is my first Niner. It came in at 22.12 pounds. This bike is much quicker than the Mojo SL that I just sold.

    Thanks Mike at Mad Cat for getting it built in time for the Prairie City Race Series.

    Frame: Air9 Med
    Fork: 2010 Fox F29 RLC 80mm
    Wheels: ZTR 355 with DT Swiss 240 hubs
    Cranks: XT 1x9
    Stem: Ibis 90mm
    Handlebars: 2010 Easton Monkey Lite SL
    Seatpost: 2010 Easton EC90
    Saddle: WTB Silverado Team
    Brakes: XT
    Rear Shifter: XTR
    Rear Deraileur: XTR medium
    Cassette: XTR 11-34
    Headset: Chris King
    Skewers: DT Swiss
    Pedals: Crankbrothers Eggbeaters Ti
    Tires: Bontrager XR1 Team Edition (510 grams)
    Grips: ODI Ruffian
    MRP chain guide
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    I gave up on my jet...
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    Heres mine, just finished my build. Just missing some xt pedals and im all good to go,


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    Nice builds andre and happy rabbit. Size and weight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by UtahSpines
    Nice builds andre and happy rabbit. Size and weight?

    Thanks!

    Its a medium frame, not sure about the weight since i dont have a scale. but im guessing somewhere between 22-24pounds or 10-11 kilos. Need to get a offical number soon!

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    24.8 Med 80mm Fork UST

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    just picked this up.... so it's only a start

    size Small Air 9 - Raw.... weighed it first thing... came in a little porky at 1554gr... oh well



    oddly, the chainstay doesn't have the funky cross-section shape like some above... there was only one other above that had the smoother looking chainstay like this... don't know if this is newer or older style... shipment of this frame came from Niner just 2 days ago (on Friday morning)... so ??? ...




    Wheels - picked these up for a steal at the same time...




    All i need now is a fork, which I'm in the process of locating... all other parts will transfer from my 26er... Looking forward to building it up!

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    Crappy pics, but you can get the idea. Looks so much better in person.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MI_canuck
    just picked this up.... so it's only a start

    size Small Air 9 - Raw.... weighed it first thing... came in a little porky at 1554gr... oh well



    oddly, the chainstay doesn't have the funky cross-section shape like some above... there was only one other above that had the smoother looking chainstay like this... don't know if this is newer or older style... shipment of this frame came from Niner just 2 days ago (on Friday morning)... so ??? ...




    Wheels - picked these up for a steal at the same time...




    All i need now is a fork, which I'm in the process of locating... all other parts will transfer from my 26er... Looking forward to building it up!
    When did you order yours? I placed an order with speedgoat for a small raw too in January and I'm still waiting.

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    I picked it up at a local-ish shop... they got a shipment in last Friday...

    I had called them on Thursday and they had no smalls and said wouldn't be for 3-4 weeks... then I got the call the next day as they had received a small kinda by surprise, they weren't expecting one... so I guess I just lucked out...

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    a few parts rolling in...


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    MI_canuck,
    You are going to be stoked. I've had my small (raw) Air 9 for about a year now. It is my 4th 29er and my absolute favorite of the bunch. It's one of the lightest, the most comfortable, best handling bike I have ever ridden, and it climbs like a mofo. Enjoy.

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    Yay.. finally got my small built. weighed in at 22.08lb.
    Ordered the frame in january and just got it wednesday.
    Still not 100% finished, need to trim my brake lines and a few other things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tolleyman
    20.83 lbs.

    my race only rig
    Nice bike! Can you post the specs?

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    i want this bike...

    I want to build this bike! I love the GREEN! Does anybody know what kind of wheels it has? And where can I find that carbon seat?

    Here is what I know from the site...
    SRAM XO with twist shifters
    Foam grips
    Egg Beater Quad Ti pedals
    FSA Carbon 2×9 crankset
    Formula R1 hydraulic disc brakes
    ProLogo carbon seat
    Syntace carbon handlebar and seatpost
    Syntace alloy stem
    Stans NoTubes tires
    Nokon shift cable housing

    http://www.bikerumor.com/2009/04/26/...ket/#more-4440

    http://www.bikerumor.com/wp-content/...9-niner_01.jpg

    http://www.bikerumor.com/wp-content/...9-niner_03.jpg

    They say it's 17.4 lbs. I'm wondering why similar builds on this forum are coming in 3 to 4 pounds heavier. Where is this extra weight savings!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjaynel
    I want to build this bike! I love the GREEN! Does anybody know what kind of wheels it has? And where can I find that carbon seat?

    Here is what I know from the site...
    SRAM XO with twist shifters
    Foam grips
    Egg Beater Quad Ti pedals
    FSA Carbon 2×9 crankset
    Formula R1 hydraulic disc brakes
    ProLogo carbon seat
    Syntace carbon handlebar and seatpost
    Syntace alloy stem
    Stans NoTubes tires
    Nokon shift cable housing

    http://www.bikerumor.com/2009/04/26/...ket/#more-4440

    http://www.bikerumor.com/wp-content/...9-niner_01.jpg

    http://www.bikerumor.com/wp-content/...9-niner_03.jpg

    They say it's 17.4 lbs. I'm wondering why similar builds on this forum are coming in 3 to 4 pounds heavier. Where is this extra weight savings!?
    Wheels are one of the reasons it's such a light bike. I suspect the claimed weight is too low also but it sure is a nice rig!
    Wheels look like American Classic hubs, notubes race rims, I don't recognize the spokes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarzan
    Wheels are one of the reasons it's such a light bike. I suspect the claimed weight is too low also but it sure is a nice rig!
    Wheels look like American Classic hubs, notubes race rims, I don't recognize the spokes.
    Thanks Tarzan. I too am skeptical of the weight. But i'm sure it's still light as a mofo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MI_canuck
    just picked this up.... so it's only a start


    oddly, the chainstay doesn't have the funky cross-section shape like some above... there was only one other above that had the smoother looking chainstay like this... don't know if this is newer or older style... shipment of this frame came from Niner just 2 days ago (on Friday morning)... so ??? ...
    I think they did away with the "funky cross-section shape", received a medium Kermit Air 9 on Friday, same smooth chainstay.

    Wankelrx - I ordered my Medium from Speedgoat in March and got it last friday, might want to give them a call.

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    Air 9

    My new baby!


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    Hi all,
    New to this forum and a recent big wheel convert.
    Should have this mid next week.


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    And the finished product

    Still finishing the set up so excuse the odd saddle angle.

    Not that I give a toss about it but weighed in at 10.7kg (23.5lbs) with room to move but CBF'd not much of a weight weenie


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    Quote Originally Posted by FueLEX8
    My new baby!

    Nice! Where'd you find the grey Reba?? I wish they had made them in that colour on the Team 2010 models... would look great with my Raw Air 9...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjaynel
    Where is this extra weight savings!?
    It's the Nokon CF derailleur housing that accounts for that extra 3-4 lbs.

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    It's late and I'm tired - finished up the build tonight.... So just cutting and pasting what I put up in the 29er thread....

    Finished 'er up tonight... Had to wait for the final parts

    Started about 5, hit some snags but was done by 11, and done done, with everything torqued, cables trimmed, clear patches installed, everything. Tomorrow I ride!

    A little over my expected target (which was <23 lbs)... but things like the seat (Rocket V Team on the way... in white too, so the white stem won't look so lonely ), and the seatpost clamp (some horrid anchor that I found - only 34.9 I could get my hands on in short notice... got a nice 17g one on the way)... Anyways... As is, sits at 10.65kg (23.47lbs)... My ultimate goal is to be right at 10kg (22 lbs) or a bit below (9.999kg will suffice )

    I may eventually get a 2011 Fox Terralogic front fork... but for now, this 2010 Reba Team should do fine. Never ridden a RockShox other than brief demos - so look forward to proving it out on the trails!

    I think my overkill chainstay protector didn't help (I hadn't factored that in my weight spreadsheet ) But make no mistake - there shall be not paint chips from a chain hit... I guarantee! Plus it will be quieter too.... Thanks to the freerider/downhillers for the idea.

    (it was dark obviously, and my berry doesn't take the best night shots... so apologies in advance for pic quality )






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    Some updated pics... Got my Rocket V Team saddle in white... Rode it on the trails for the first time yesterday... Pure bliss!!!! Man, I had a permagrin the whole ride!

    Ergos are PERFECT... and the Reba Team is an amazing fork!!










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    Quote Originally Posted by MI_canuck
    Nice! Where'd you find the grey Reba?? I wish they had made them in that colour on the Team 2010 models... would look great with my Raw Air 9...
    I got it from a classified... btw nice bike!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thesergeant
    Well, here's mine:

    I think this is the best looking Raw finish bike I've seen. Nice work.
    I'm about to build a raw One 9 and can't decide on the seatpost color or theme. That silver thompson really works well but the other bikes I've seen on this thread with silver posts don't move me as much. Maybe it is the white seat that makes this one work. I could do a white seat, maybe even with a black post? I already have a black fork so that part is fixed.

    Why does this bike works so well?

    Overall I've never been a silver part fan and I'd like to go black as there is a good deal on an easton carbon EC70 for $60 at Jenson that I think would be nice to take the edge off.
    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...atpost+08.aspx

    Any suggestions? I do have white crest rims, could go with White Esi grips but the bars will be black (gold is possible). The frame is a large, showing a fair amount of seatpost, the cranks can be silver or black.
    2 wheels

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitch66
    Here's my new toy. 22.4 pund / 10,17 kg.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotogal...7621992951301/

    Bloody brilliant bike mitch66, I love the Q'rings on my air nine, makes it climb with ease!!!

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    Newer pics... did away with the boat anchor temp seat clamp I was using... 13g KCNC came in...






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    First 29er

    Just built this as my first 29er, took a EMD for a demo ride and quickly realised it makes for a very good XC race bike as well as trail bike. Can't wait for the trails to dry out!

    20.34lbs (9.23 kg) and what I feel is 'sensible' for marathon racing.
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    Here is my Snowflake...

    8.8 kgs or if you prefer 19.40 lbs (without pedals)

    2011 frame in Vanna White (size L)

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    2011 Chainstays detail

    As you can see the chainstays are different from previous models.

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    I'm not usually a fan of white but it may be the best frame color here. Nice bike.
    2 wheels

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktm05
    As you can see the chainstays are different from previous models.

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    that's how the chainstays look on my raw Air 9... i bought maybe 4-6 weeks ago... so not sure its a 2010, or an early 2011... either way... great frame! you'll love it!!!

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    Just curious........

    where did you buy the frame in white? They don't show it on the website. I'd really like one in white.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happylandings
    where did you buy the frame in white? They don't show it on the website. I'd really like one in white.
    I bought it through the official distri channel in Italy. I have been told that Vanna White is the new color for 2011. Very few available, lucky me I needed a size L.

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    hey ktm05 - did you weigh your frame before building?

    my small Air 9 frame weighed 1554g (3.42lbs) - heavier than older Air 9 smalls, but I have the beefier chainstays... I'm curious if that is the reason... to satisfy my curiousity, I'm going to email Niner with my serial # to find out if I have a '10 or '11 frame...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MI_canuck
    hey ktm05 - did you weigh your frame before building?

    my small Air 9 frame weighed 1554g (3.42lbs) - heavier than older Air 9 smalls, but I have the beefier chainstays... I'm curious if that is the reason... to satisfy my curiousity, I'm going to email Niner with my serial # to find out if I have a '10 or '11 frame...

    cheers
    No I didn't weight it before build. Sorry.
    IMHO, if you have the new chainstays it is the new type of frame... color is another story.

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    Yeah I got a reply back from Niner... I have the latest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedraceratl
    My new build 23.03lbs

    I saw this bike at Bump & Grind yesterday & thought "I've seen that bike before!"

    The standing eight count & three knockdown rules are in effect on this trail.

    http://compvelo.com/content/

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    nice to see the number plate on there!

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    That white Air 9 is SO SICK!!!

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    I am happy you like the bike and the exclusive (for now) color...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MI_canuck
    just picked this up.... so it's only a start

    size Small Air 9 - Raw.... weighed it first thing... came in a little porky at 1554gr... oh well



    oddly, the chainstay doesn't have the funky cross-section shape like some above... there was only one other above that had the smoother looking chainstay like this... don't know if this is newer or older style... shipment of this frame came from Niner just 2 days ago (on Friday morning)... so ??? ...




    Wheels - picked these up for a steal at the same time...




    All i need now is a fork, which I'm in the process of locating... all other parts will transfer from my 26er... Looking forward to building it up!
    Thats the new "updated" XX compatible Air 9 frame. I just got mine 2 days ago and got her together yesterday.

    Of note: I ran a 24/36 on my old Air 9, with the clover leaf chain stays and am now running a 24/34/42 and there is a TON more room for your chainring flavor of choice.

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    I'm running 22/34 right now, and yeah - ample space. Glad I at least got the latest revision.

    I just hope it doesn't crack (Air 9 Warranty?)

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    Well, one thing I can say is that Niner has taken care of me. I chainsucked my first frame really bad and wrecked the stay. They took care of me with a crash replacement, even though it was totally my fault. This is my 3rd frame, as the one I got on crash replacement developed a small crack by the BB. They had a frame out to me the same week and handled it very professionally (as I would expect). Ive been in this game for a long time- long enough to know everyone has their problems and ultimately what you can hope for is a company that stands behind their product and takes care of the customer, and in my situation they have- which is AWESOME!

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    Just got home with it. I don't name bikes EVER, but this bike was mostly bought online, with the exception of the wheels that were hand-built by Derik Archibald at JoyRide Bikes, the crank and the rest of the hope stuff was bought there as well but all the X.0 and other stuff, including the frame and fork were bought online. So, I present, Judas.



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    Flow rims

    What made you go Flow rims on a light HT? I am considering the same.

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    I thought I made a response to this thread but apparently I didn't......

    I am currently real overweight so I went with a more bomb-proof wheelset to start with. Once I drop some weight then I will start taking weight off the bike
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    Just added a few new things, lightened up the bike a bit, but now i'm onto a new wheelset, which the eventual goal to replace the frame last. The frame is beat to hell, with scratches everywhere. Any idea if I could get it powdercoated and get my hands on new stickers?

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    Some updated pics... Running S-Works Captain 2.0 in front, and S-Works Fast Trak LK 2.0 out back... AMAZING tire combo!!! I don't miss my 2.25 Ralphs one bit!!




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    bankds1983... how you liking the Reba? LOVING mine... so plush yet responsive... perfect damping... and nice adjustability...

    how you liking that Fast Trak rear? pretty grippy eh? I ran mine for a ride with the Fast Trak rear while still having a Ralph up front... I found the rear to have way more grip, so much that I just went with the Captain up front... much more confidence inspiring, especially when the conditions get slick... very progressive when or even if they let go... Captain up front is like a Nev, but that rolls way better...

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    hey MI, if you wanna save some more weight off your build, pull that tube off your chain-stay and go to a craft store or hardware store and buy a strip of 1" wide industrial strength velcro with the sticky back on it. Peel and stick the "fuzzy" side to your chain-stay, light-weight, quiet and it protects your stays.
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    well I halved the tube, so it's not that bad... but that's a neat idea... i'll keep in mind... for now gonna keep it... it's saved me some damage already... had one incident of chain suck is some very muddy condition a couple weeks back... (btw the chain suck was a combination of muddy condition ie. dirty chain and some shitty lube I was using... since cleaned thoroughly and back to good old trusty T9 Boeshield).

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    updated: Built those wheels myself to replace the old ones.

    21.9 lbs as you see it.

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    Ok one of my riding friends has been after me to post a few pictures of ‘blue’ as he dubbed it.

    As the title suggest the build is an interesting fusion of old and new and what happens when a bike is customized specifically for its rider. The only compromises are with the new stuff. The really old stuff (shifter, Crank set, headset and saddle) I wouldn’t trade for the newest available stuff.


    First the new stuff…

    • AIR 9 frame… atomic blue because that’s the only Small frame Niner had.
    • Stan’s Crest wheels (ZTR Hubs, Revolution Spokes, Crest Rims)
    • Hutchison Pythons
    • KCNC Ti Pro Seat Post
    • Avid Mag CL Brakes
    • 2011 Fox F29 with 15mm through axle
    • KNC Chain


    Sorta new stuff from the 26er

    • Forte low rise CF bar 25.4
    • Dimension 70mm stem 25.4
    • Shimano XT front derailleur
    • 12-34 XT Cassette
    • XO rear derailleur
    • Stainless steel Egg Beaters
    • M952 Octalink bottom bracket… It’s a 2000 model but it was new last year.


    Definitely old stuff and the year I got it.

    • Old Grip shifters… . I’ve had XOs but these are better.
    • M952 XTR crank with a 5 bolt spider, new in 1999, got it used last year. Steel 20 tooth small ring.
    • Head Set… Chris King, circa 1995. This is the 5th frame for that headset.
    • Saddle… Supergo brand. When Performance bought out Supergo they sold these for $15 each. I bought three. I should have bough 6. 175 grams and it fits my arse like they were designed for each other.








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    Picked it up Monday night... rode it for the first time yesterday... a.m.a.z.i.n.g


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    Air9 raw small


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    Looks good drecasto! I like the red. I just finished mine but still adding goodies. Will post up some pics soon.

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    My new (to me) Tang Air9. Finally got the brakes sorted out this week. I originally intended to build it as a 1x9 and it still may end up that way. Needs some newer pedals, althought the old 535's have been with me through thick and thin and always function well.



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    I made a couple changes. I like it a lot better. Found out I need the set back seatpost, I don't need a large chain ring, and I like polished aluminum better than black.






    Quote Originally Posted by rideandshoot
    Ok one of my riding friends has been after me to post a few pictures of ‘blue’ as he dubbed it.

    As the title suggest the build is an interesting fusion of old and new and what happens when a bike is customized specifically for its rider. The only compromises are with the new stuff. The really old stuff (shifter, Crank set, headset and saddle) I wouldn’t trade for the newest available stuff.


    First the new stuff…

    • AIR 9 frame… atomic blue because that’s the only Small frame Niner had.
    • Stan’s Crest wheels (ZTR Hubs, Revolution Spokes, Crest Rims)
    • Hutchison Pythons
    • Thomson Masterpiece Seat Post
    • Avid Mag CL Brakes
    • 2011 Fox F29 with 15mm through axle
    • KNC Chain


    Sorta new stuff from the 26er

    • Forte low rise CF bar 25.4
    • Dimension 70mm stem 25.4
    • Shimano XT front derailleur
    • 12-34 XT Cassette
    • XO rear derailleur
    • Stainless steel Egg Beaters
    • M952 Octalink bottom bracket… It’s a 2000 model but it was new last year.


    Definitely old stuff and the year I got it.

    • Old Grip shifters… . I’ve had XOs but these are better.
    • M952 XTR crank with a 5 bolt TNT spider, new in 1999, got it used last year. Polished and converted to 2x9. Steel 20 tooth small ring
    • Head Set… Chris King, circa 1995. This is the 5th frame for that headset.
    • Saddle… Supergo brand. When Performance bought out Supergo they sold these for $15 each. I bought three. I should have bough 6. 175 grams and it fits my arse like they were designed for each other.

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    Here is my new Air9 Carbon. This is the Sweetest bike ever!
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    My Air 9




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    I got to demo an Air 9 on a business trip out in Ohio last week. I spent about 6 hours on the bike during the time I had it and loved it. It's still a hardtail, which I'm not used to at all, but it was quick and the handling was outstanding! Here's one picture and there's more and a write up here: http://claassenmtb.blogspot.com/2010/09/ohio-trip.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by texsurf21
    Here is my new Air9 Carbon. This is the Sweetest bike ever!
    nice!! is that a size Small frame? just curious what sizes are shipping these days... I know Niner has had HUGE problems shipping the Air 9 Carbons...

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    It's a medium frame.

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    my air 9 build

    just built up my large air 9 and love it, its the best riding hard tail i've ever been on

    running 1x9 setup, weighs in at 24 lbs but will change when i lose the heavy blunts. these pics are from my first ride on the bike and i really had a blast

    still a few things to do like shorting the brake lines and new wheels.
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    Joe Dunnz,
    How did you get the 1x9 to work with an MRP? What tooth ring are you running in the front? I just tried a 36 tooth and it scrapes the chainstay.

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    I'm running a 36T on the middle position of an XTR crank on the new style Air9 with no problems. If it is close, you can always put like a 1mm or 2mm spacer on the crank spindle of the drive side crank arm. 1" headset shims/spacers work nice for this.

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    I'm just using a 34t blackspire downhill chainring, im not using any spacers between the bb cups but you can to get the proper fit, I've used the mrp on all my builds and havn't had any issue's yet

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    Here's my Niner Air at pier 29 in Copenhagen!
    Size medium with a decent mix of XT, X9, RS Reba and WTB wheelset - weighs aprox 11kg as is

    It's my first step into 29erness and I'm going for the first offroad trip tomorrow. Right after work! Wuhu





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    Quote Originally Posted by Kasper
    Here's my Niner Air at pier 29 in Copenhagen!
    Size medium with a decent mix of XT, X9, RS Reba and WTB wheelset - weighs aprox 11kg as is

    It's my first step into 29erness and I'm going for the first offroad trip tomorrow. Right after work! Wuhu





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    Very nice looking bike! mine will get here on wed! cant wait! glad i went with raw.
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    good work guys, personally i dont own a niner but this thread gives me wood!

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    Here is one of mine.


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    bringing this thread back to life...

    2010 Med Air 9 Raw. All XTR and XT components. with cheap avid brakes. I9 wheelset, thomson post, fsa f99 stem and ec90 handle bar with ergon GX1 grips... 22 lbs... not too chubby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2melow
    Here are some shots of our friend Wagner's AIR9 in Brazil.
    Nice build but that has to be the ugliest job of wrapping a chain stay that I have ever seen. haha

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    22.10 lbs with pedals.




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    Here is mine. I think she weighs 25 and some change. " width="549">

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    Another one

    I built her up using parts from my SIR9 and my old Blur XC I sold. She will be my winter bike, play bike, and back up rig for 24 hour solo's... She sits at 19.8lbs right now. I've always wanted an AIR.
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    Raw AIR 9

    This is my entry into the 29er world. I still need to trim the bars, replace the large sprocket with a bashguard and remove the small sprocket. I also have a REBA 29SL to install if I don't like the full rigid ride.

    Built with new and used parts for approx $1100.








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    My latest build. About 21 lbs. Few things to be completed. Stem will be made silver of course. Home made chain guide (jump stop) to be mounted. Seat post clamp to be changed to a more sexy model.
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    That is my new one!!!


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