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

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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?

    edit: new photo




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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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