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Thread: Air 9 vs MCR

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    I'll second that. I currently have a niner air 9 hydroformed and the ride is very harsh compared to my 2 old steel framed bikes(Zion 737 and Gary Fisher Ferrous). I think the 2lb weight penalty of a steel frame is totally worth the added comfort and good looks.

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    I'm with these guys. ^^^

    Go with the steel frame for comfort. Funny, I'm the one who started this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by golden boy View Post
    I went ahead and ordered a medium MCR and the Niner carbon fork.
    golden boy - thanks for chiming in to this thread. How'd that Niner carbon fork work out for you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shinbone View Post
    (Bumping this older thread back up)

    Anyone got any additional input to offer on the differences between the AIR and the MCR?

    --shinbone
    I just cracked my four year old lightly used Air 9 frame. While I haven't ridden the MCR specifically I have two SIR9's, one now set up geared for commuting.

    As everyone is saying for a 200lb social rider (sounds a lot like me) just go the rock solid reliable steel frame and go and have fun on the bike.

    I only have one aluminium framed bike (amongst ummm quite a few now) and that is a Banshee Paradox because the ROS9 wasn't being built a couple of years ago. Steel, titanium and if you are a racer or like the look and feel carbon are the best frame materials for hardtail mtb's in my opinion. Aluminium gets a look in for dual suspension (again in my opinion).

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    Shinbone: The Niner carbon fork was an experiment in riding rigid. Rode it that way for a month or so and decided it wasn't for me. Too harsh. Not the fork's fault. I had no trouble finding an eager buyer on eBay.

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