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    Any ROS 9's out there yet?

    Would be good to see some build pics (especially SS!)
    Thinking this may be my next frame.

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    Any ROS 9's out there yet?

    I'm wondering the same thing. Obviously the first one goes to the guy/girl who named it, but I haven't seen any builds otherwise. I'm trying to decide between the Nimble 9, ROS9, or possibly the 2011 RIP9 frames on jenson. I'm coming from a SC chameleon.
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    Ordered mine maybe 2 months ago at my LBS. Niner thinks the first shipment should be hitting the pre order people the last 2 weeks of August (which is now so I'm hoping) I'll be doing the RS Rev 140mm 2013 with SS. Maybe XX1 on the crank or Saint cranks with a wolftooth chainring and a Niner cog. Not sure on Saddle or seatpost yet. Really want to test an Ergon saddle but can't find a place to try before I buy. Most likely going with KS Supernatural 150mm but jury is still out.

    Once I have mine I'll post pics for ya all.

    for me it was between this Nimble9 and Honzo. Honzo is out until at best Oct. and that is only if you preorder. Nimble9 is a wicked frame but only design flaw as lack of thru-axle on rear at 280Lbs and 6' 3" naked. I don't ride off road on anything execpt thru-axles in fact that is why I'm using last years Rev shock cause its the old 20mm instead of the newer 15mm. With my weight I put some punishment on my axles when I land. If the Nimble had the thru on the rear I was going to buy it. I even called the Can. Bros. and talked to them about it. they said a few of their people had converted to 9mm thru bolts but that just isn't enough for us clyde's who like to have some fun with their bikes

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    Any ROS 9's out there yet?

    Can't wait to see it. More and more I'm leaning towards the ROS9. I think it has the geometry I'm looking for. The difference between the transition transAM 29 and the ros9 isn't much, but I think it's worth waiting for the Niner to come out. I want to see the RS Rev 140 too.

    Did you pre-order the rally blue or the forge grey? Either way I think it looks good.
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    Hot blue all the way.

    I looked at the trans too. But I figured I'd have a better chance of a good quality machine from Niner instead. Trans doesn't work with LBS in the Bay Area and I like having someone local to support and go to if I need help.

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    Any ROS 9's out there yet?

    See, now you've got me doubting Transition's build quality. It just takes one, right?

    Really what I want is a Chromag Surface, but who's got the money? This blog entry by Seb Kemp and the pictures of his gorgeous bike are a big part of the reason I keep coming back to a steel hardtail 29er. Ill have to do without the carbon rims and Fox 34 though.
    http://www.bikemag.com/blog/friday-f...il/?mobile=off
    I want to try to get something close to the Surface's geometry. The Transition is actually closest and almost half the price of a Chromag.

    I have red bars and I'm getting a white fork. If I got the blue ROS9 it would just be a captain America themed bike! Grey for me if i go that route. If I get the transition ill go for the neutral white. This needs to last a long time.
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    Ya that is a very sweet looking bike but for me the plan is to try to keep this thing SS and just hammer up the hills for weight loss and then bomb down the back side fast and crazy with that sick geo. The Chromag doesn't do SS. how much more is the Surface frame cost?

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    Any ROS 9's out there yet?

    I don't have specifics, but around $1500... I mean, its kind of a boutique item, so you're paying for high quality. Is it better than the quality of a made-in-the-US Niner? Yes, but i don't think 1.5x as much. Its gorgeous though and you can get it custom painted/ graphics. Ever seen the black/rainbow metallic one? If I had the money I would just mount it on the wall.
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    Any ROS 9's out there yet?

    And obviously it doesn't do SS
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    Ordered mine about 2 months ago. Update as of this week is they will be shipping 2 weeks into September...

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    ya its all about SS for me. checked with my LBS last night and he go the same line from Niner. 'Before Interbike' which is in 2 weeks so we shall see... until then I will just stare at all my components just sitting here waiting to be ridden on a shiny new blue frame.

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    Yup, I have every part sitting on the bench, already have the fork, brake, bar, stem and brake all hooked up and adjusted... Frame was supposed to ship late August, guess it got held up.

    I choose first available for color so will see what shows up?

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    Ya original dates I got were early August too then late August now mid September. Shoot the Honzo's will be available by first week of Oct could have almost waited for that. I have everything except cranks. Been going back and forth. Since the frame wasn't here it's let me get wishy washy on cranks. xX1 is awesome but do I really need to spend the money for a SS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Map204 View Post
    Really what I want is a Chromag Surface, but who's got the money?
    Have you looked at the Chromag Rootdown? It is a Taiwanese production Surface frame and because of that the price gets cut nearly in half, $800 in stead of $1500. Look up the "I kick it Rootdown" build thread in the 29er bikes subforum for more info and pics.

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    Honestly, I haven't really seen them for sale. I really like Chromag. Also, that thread would be great with the pics, but I guess that's one that the server problems are affecting.
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    Bummer about not being able to see pics. I just built a Honzo with a 140mm fork tonight and even without a chain and shifting (no housing to finish the build) just playing around on it at pushing speed feels awesome. It bunny hops really good even at that low speed. I will get it all sorted out when one of my LBS' opens in the morning. Good thing I had a few otherwise I might not get any sleep.

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    Thought I'd put these up here. They're from various sources, SS and geared.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Map204 View Post
    I don't have specifics, but around $1500... I mean, its kind of a boutique item, so you're paying for high quality. Is it better than the quality of a made-in-the-US Niner? Yes, but i don't think 1.5x as much. Its gorgeous though and you can get it custom painted/ graphics. Ever seen the black/rainbow metallic one? If I had the money I would just mount it on the wall.
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    oh, my mistake. I though the Cali/Colorado graphic on the bikes was that they were engineered in California and made in Colorado. Upon further (or any) investigation, it's just that they're designed in the US and made in Taiwan.
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    Would a 140 Pike on a ROS 9 be too much fork? Those with piles of parts waiting on frame, what fork is in the pile, curious?

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    Rock Shox Revelation 140 RLT3 with Flow EX on Hope 2 EVO's

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    Manitou Tower Pro 140. Also Stan's Flow
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    RS 140 Pike would be perfect. It what I wanted but I couldn't swing the cost. Got last years Rev from CRC for $450 and couldn't pass that up. I run the old Pike 426 on my All Mountain full squishy and love it to death. I have 2 guys at my LBS already riding the new Pike and its the best fork they have ever used they say. If you can swing the high cost on the Pike go for it! Or better yet buy two and send me one

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    The Pike cost is just above my pain threshold for one of them, sorry. But no pain, no gain. Everyone who comments on them sure seems to love the Pike. But I'm sure your build with a Rev will be sweet, seems to be what Niner is showing mostly.

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    Any ROS 9's out there yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by canyonrat View Post
    Would a 140 Pike on a ROS 9 be too much fork? Those with piles of parts waiting on frame, what fork is in the pile, curious?
    It was designed for a 140.

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    Quote Originally Posted by five5 View Post
    It was designed for a 140.
    Yeah, I know what's on the web site, 120-140. Was more a question of 35mm stanchion and design purpose of Pike being a bit much for a hardtail, potentially. Note that Niner is showing it with 120/Fox and 130/Rev builds in their complete bikes. Interesting that folks here seem to be leaning more 140.

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    all the bikes they are 'copying' run best with 140. I looked hard at the Nimble9 and talked to the C Bros. directly about it.They said most of their employees have an N9 and they were all migrating towards the 140 forks as it just rocks and is fun. Most of the Honzo people you run across say the same thing. It is aimed to be an All-Mountain Hardtail freeride-ish short chainstay go attack it and have fun frame. So I went with 140 to start with. 120 would be fine too. But I like to hit whatever comes on the trail and not worry about my fork. Plus the 140 would make it about 67 degrees on the headtube angle which is where my full squishy is at and I love that bike.

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    Did Canfield really say they run the N9 with a 140? It's one of the reasons I'm not considering the N9, as it says its rated up to 120 on their site. Also, I want a 142X12 rear, but that's slightly less of an issue.
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    yes they did. the 142x12 thru axle missing was the deal breaker for me. I was actually calling to order that day but they had no plans to add the thru so I went back to niner's ROS9. I'm not small so I always want the strength in the rear axle. He said many of their team converted to 9mm thru bolts but that just isn't enough for me and my clydesdale body

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    Quote Originally Posted by joshpjones99 View Post
    I'm not small so I always want the strength in the rear axle. He said many of their team converted to 9mm thru bolts but that just isn't enough for me and my clydesdale body
    Ditto. I'm not a big dude like you, but not having a 142x12 on this type of bike is a huge oversight on the Nimble 9. Heck, just about every one of their other bikes has a rear maxle!!

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    ya thats what I told them. it just seems like a no brainer. I bet in 2014 or 15 they add it but I wanna ride now!

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    Revelation RCT3 140 a waiting to be installed. I already have the stem, bars, wheel and brakes attached to it! It's hard waiting on just one integral part of the build for soooo long.

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    Any ROS 9's out there yet?

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    Revelation RCT3 140 a waiting to be installed. I already have the stem, bars, wheel and brakes attached to it! It's hard waiting on just one integral part of the build for soooo long.
    What color did you end up getting?
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    I dunno...

    I ordered the Silver, then called back and said I didn't care and I'll take first available. It's going to be a surprise!

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    ok I have good news and bad news.


    Good news they haven't quite sold out of the first trailer of Ros9's.


    Bad news we arent getting them until early Oct

    So that means if you are watching this thread just go to your LBS and get your order in so you can get on that first boat with us! we can all enjoy riding our Ros 9's for the fall season!

    and My last component (front wheel) just got here today from Merlin Cycles. wow their prices are amazing and they shipped it in 3 days

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    Soon!

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    ok I have good news and bad news.


    Good news they haven't quite sold out of the first trailer of Ros9's.


    Bad news we arent getting them until early Oct

    So that means if you are watching this thread just go to your LBS and get your order in so you can get on that first boat with us! we can all enjoy riding our Ros 9's for the fall season!

    and My last component (front wheel) just got here today from Merlin Cycles. wow their prices are amazing and they shipped it in 3 days
    I was told last night only 14 landed and only in silver. My guy ordered mine this morning and said it should be here mid-end next week!

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    ya but i can't do the silver. not with that beautiful electric Blue on the way. I like me some bright colors. My all mountain is the Marin Wolf Ridge 6.8 in hot green. it burns your eyes on a bright day

    but I guess you will have the first Ros 9 pics for us tho. then we can all drool over your new toy.

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    I bit the bullet and ordered one. Like I need another bike. I'm selling a couple of bikes to justify it (including my almost new Krampus which is a nice bike but not my cup of tea).

    Wouldn't call it an impulse buy per se because I thought about it and researched it but i've never ridden one. I like the lines and the concept. I'm really getting away from full suspension; not really necessary where I live and it slows me down. Three of the four bikes I ride regularly are fully rigid (including a Niner One 9 and an Air 9) and I am looking for a rugged bike to abuse that can tackle a little more rough terrain.

    I ordered the Blue frame with the X11 drivetrain.

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    Well, I'm trying to order one. Had the LBS order the 4 star XO1 build last week. Spoke to the LBS today and they can't get anyone from Niner to answer the phone and get this thing ordered! NINER...ANSWER THE PHONE PLEASE! Bout ready to buy a Kona Honzo off the floor from my other LBS as I would like a chance to ride before this thing before winter.

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    What steered me away from Honzo was the higher stand over...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 71 10-7 View Post
    Well, I'm trying to order one. Had the LBS order the 4 star XO1 build last week. Spoke to the LBS today and they can't get anyone from Niner to answer the phone and get this thing ordered! NINER...ANSWER THE PHONE PLEASE! Bout ready to buy a Kona Honzo off the floor from my other LBS as I would like a chance to ride before this thing before winter.
    I called in the other day, you might give then a break as it sounds like most of Colorado is currently under water...
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    I got a call from the shop where I DIDN'T order the frame this morning letting me know that they'd have it in a week. So I emailed the shop where I did order the frame and I'm told that because of Interbike Niner is impossible to get info from right now.

    *sigh*

    For what it's worth: silver/raw Ros9, custom MRP bash guard along with it. I have a RS Revelation 130 waiting for it, and a 32 ring to pair with a 12-36 10-sp cassette. Flow EX hoops with Hope hubs (gun smoke grey) will be arriving soon from Red barn in MT.
    I'm replacing an Emd9 with this frame, with the leftover parts going on an older One9 frame. Stripped the Emd9 last night and building the One9 today, so for the love of god I hope the Ros shows up soon or it's going to be a painful fall with just a SS to ride.

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    Got a text saying my frame shipped yesterday so hopefully I'll have it Wed/Thur!

    I've been waiting 3 months for this frame and it seems like the closer it gets the harder the wait is! I've been playing with all the parts just sitting on the bench and missing my SS riding since I sold the frame and fork from the old bike to build this one...

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    Just heard from the shop where i ordered my ROS9. It's on the way and will be in my hands on Monday.
    Yahoo.

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    Oh Yeah!!!

    Any ROS 9's out there yet?-ros9a.jpgAny ROS 9's out there yet?-ros9b.jpgAny ROS 9's out there yet?-ros9c.jpg

    Just rode it up and down the street but love this bike! Only complaint as of yet is the rear brake is a biotch to get to the back bolt. Just a mm farther back and it would make a word of difference!

    Running 140mm Revelation Dual Air, Hopes on Flow EXs, XT Cranks, Race Face Atlas stem/bars and XT Brakes. All parts except frame and fork came off my Carve SL I sold...

    Tomorrow morning will be the break in run!

    Sizing: I am exactly in between a Large and a Medium and I usually error on the Larger size but all my 29ers have been big in the tight stuff so I'm trying the Medium to hopefully quicken up the tight technical stuff and if the veering around bots dots going up and down the street is any indication, I made the right decision!

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    Nice work with the color coordination. That silver and red is great. Nice to finally this thing in "real life." Can't wait to get mine up next week.

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    Hey quick question rideorange525:
    What's the deal with the headset on this frame? The Niner site says it's included, but I wanted to make sure I was understanding this correctly. Is this the case? It came with a headset? (What else comes in the box, as far as derailleur hangers, those direct-mount tabs, and so on?)
    thanks

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    Derailleur hanger or SS not, axel, headset, lots and lots of tabs and screws for covering holes or routing cables every which way.

    HS domes with star nut and a niner beer bottle cap top cap as well.

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    Oh nice, the beer bottle thingy. Nice touch.
    Thanks for the reply. Bike looks great.

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    Orange, nice job on the SS build you put that together fast! Looking good.

    Note on the included headset, I just picked up my blue XL, and had the shop press in a Cane Creek 40. I want the baseplates the same on my bikes so I can swap forks with my other bike if needed. A CC 40 lower would not insert all the way in the ROS9 head tube. There is a little ridge inside the head tube where the ream depth stops. The Niner lower has a taller collar, but it has a slight bevel to it so it would probably go in clean. The CC 40 lower has no bevel, so my LBS had to grind a slight bevel onto the lower to get it to seat completely in the head tube. This was preferable to re-reaming the frame metal to a greater depth which could have solved it too. Just FYI for those not using the included headset, watch out for this the CC only missed seating fully by about 1mm or less.

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    ROS9 1st Ride!!! - Copied from another thread so I didn't have to double type...

    A.M. Ride, 11.2 miles 1,733' of climbing. Took a KOM on a Short DH, 2nd best time on a short climb, took 3 3rd places on other DH or up and down flowy singletracks and I ain't been riding much lately. Ain't rode SS in 3 months since I sold my frame and fork when I ordered this one. It's been a long wait!

    Any ROS 9's out there yet?-ros9delvalle.jpg
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    Bike is set up with 140mm Revelation. Sitting on the ground not moving it's very flip floppy. That said, I didn't notice it at all on the trail! Very fast turning w/o feeling twitchy. Very good balance of being able to climb and bomb the DH which is exactly what I wanted! I had a Carve SL, Awesome bike!!! But it was a little too XC for my riding style.

    On the climbs I can feel the weight penalty a bit but it rides the twisties soo well it's worth it!

    The steel frame is much stiffer than I had expected it to be. I'd say it has less flex especially when standing and hammering than my Aluminum Carve SL did.

    EBB did slip just a tad and then stayed right there and didn't slip anymore. Think I'll add some Pipe Dope to firm it up and set and forget.

    The one complaint I have is the rear brake set up. You can't get a t-allen or long end of an L-allen to the rear bolt as it hits the frame. If it were moved back every so slightly it would be perfect. The rear brake post are also ever so slightly off so that the caliper is slightly tilted, I needed perfect caliper centering to achieve no brake rub. I may take a file and tune it up one day...

    Overall, love the bike, well worth the wait. Later today or tomorrow I'll take it to the local BMX track or jumps and see how it performs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canyonrat View Post
    Orange, nice job on the SS build you put that together fast! Looking good.

    Note on the included headset, I just picked up my blue XL, and had the shop press in a Cane Creek 40. I want the baseplates the same on my bikes so I can swap forks with my other bike if needed. A CC 40 lower would not insert all the way in the ROS9 head tube. There is a little ridge inside the head tube where the ream depth stops. The Niner lower has a taller collar, but it has a slight bevel to it so it would probably go in clean. The CC 40 lower has no bevel, so my LBS had to grind a slight bevel onto the lower to get it to seat completely in the head tube. This was preferable to re-reaming the frame metal to a greater depth which could have solved it too. Just FYI for those not using the included headset, watch out for this the CC only missed seating fully by about 1mm or less.
    I'd assume it's the model of Cane Creek they had? The one Niner recommends and says it comes with on their site is a CC. Think it's just re-badged for Niner?

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    Additional Product Review: Bontrager XR3 and XR4 (29-3, 29-4 for 29er sizes)

    These tires Rock! I wanted to try something new and different so I had LBS order the "Team Edition" Bontrager 29-3 for rear and 29-4 for front. The Team Edition is TLR (Tubliss Ready), lighter and a softer compound.

    Tires did awesome on hardpack, gravel, twisties with powder on them, steep climbs, etc. Had 28 psi rear and 26.5 psi front. Probably could go lower as I experienced no roll or burping like I do with Schwalbe and Specialized tires at or below this psi in corner.

    Tires rolled super fast as well. Definately my go to tire now!!!

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    Yep, they're out there yet...

    XL, Hope/Flow, XT brakes-crankarms-pedals. Chromag bar/stem. And, not to forget the Pike. It works ok, seems to fit the bike well. Just a spin around local dirt so far to make sure the mechanic (me) did not screw up. All good.







    BB sits about 12 1/2" in the lowest position with that fork and big tires. Slightly forward of center, running 32x20. Loving the slightly wider new-gen Fubars, and the XT brakes. Fresh build so hoses need shortening.

    It is amazing all the little tiny bits that come with this bike to clamp whatever cables/hoses/derailleurs/etc you want. Left them in their little ziploc baggies but pulled the screws out so I could plug up all the holes in the frame, and installed the covers over front der and stealth dropper post holes for now. Overall the frame design and buildup ease seem pretty well thought out and functional. I could fit a normal L-shaped 5mm long way in the top rear brake bolt head to tighten, barely, but it is super-close to the seat stay. Usable, and the clean look of the brake tucked in there is wonderful when done. The one odd thing was the rear brake routing under the chain stay, I am surprised the hose mounts were not staggered to work best with inside-the-stay hose routing. I opted to route outside-the-stay which is likely "wrong" but it flowed better with the entry point on the shimano caliper.

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    That XL frame looks huge and tall compared to an XL Canfield Yelli or XL Kona Honzo. Not a ton of standover room with that tall headtube and a 140mm fork I guess and standover is the last thing I usually worry about on bikes. I'm definitely interested in your review and how it rides compared to your old Canfield Yelli.
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    Hey Euro, yes the pic is at an odd angle somehow makes the front wheel look almost like a 26" with that big fork! But I am a huge dude and no question an XL with a 140 is a huge bike, regardless of brand.

    My XL BigTop has a 5" HT and that is with an external headset upper so it is about a wash going to 5.7" on the ROS with internal zerostack upper. I can stand over the top tube in stocking feet and I wear 34" inseam jeans, but it is "cozy" and not a lot of clearance.

    I love the ride so far, but of course new-bike stoke is active. Feels balanced and natural as a single speed much more "normal bike" than I expected. My Yelli was an aluminum, geared, 120-fork so not really a direct comparison there and I only had it a very short time. But on the ROS my singlespeed out-of-saddle riding style is well complemented by the shorter rear end.

    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    That XL frame looks huge and tall compared to an XL Canfield Yelli or XL Kona Honzo. Not a ton of standover room with that tall headtube and a 140mm fork I guess and standover is the last thing I usually worry about on bikes. I'm definitely interested in your review and how it rides compared to your old Canfield Yelli.

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    With 32x20 gearing my EBB was at about the 7:30-8 o'clock position. The EBB slipped a little on a sprint in front of my house on build night, so I adjusted and re-tightened slightly tighter.

    1st ride on Friday the EBB slipped again. Just a tad and never slipped anymore on my ride, but the chain was looser than AI liked.

    So I looked on the interweb and found most suggested 3-6 o'clock position as being optimal. Now I'm probably 230lbs with gear and camalback filled and I have fairly big legs so I could see where my weight pushing down and mashing up a hill under power would put a lot of torque on that EBB...

    So I took a link out of the chain and the EBB sits at about 3:30 now. That's a little farther back than I would prefer, but I took it to 2 different BMX tracks this weekend and sprinted hard at some jumps, caught some decent air and even a couple flat landing type step ups and the EBB has not slipped again.

    This bike is a great ride, feels balanced in the air, up hill, downhill, everywhere!

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    Looking at Specs, the Honzon XL SO is 857mm where the ROS9 is only 833 (both w/ 120mm fork). As for the Nimble9 it's listed at 779mm, but that is with a 100mm fork...

    This is what made me wait for the ROS, I wanted more standover and all sizes had more.

    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    That XL frame looks huge and tall compared to an XL Canfield Yelli or XL Kona Honzo. Not a ton of standover room with that tall headtube and a 140mm fork I guess and standover is the last thing I usually worry about on bikes. I'm definitely interested in your review and how it rides compared to your old Canfield Yelli.

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    I would love if canyonrat could measure the SO on his XL with the 140 fork. I think Kona's stock SO listed is somewhat whack. Seems high, especially with the lower A-2-C RS Revelation 120mm fork . I just measured mine somewhat inaccurately with a tape measure in the garage, with a Fox 34 140mm and got two quick measurements. It's 30 inches (762mm) SO to the ground where the seat tube meets the top tube, and in the middle of the top tube is 33.5 inches (850mm).

    Here's my XL 20" Long Honzo for comparison.

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    Ehhh... sorry bro I'm stuck on business travel so that will be a homework for Thursday night. Gotta pay for these bike parts. Based on my 34" jeans observation, standing in the middle I think they are pretty darn close as built. Although my understanding was that the 140 Fox fork was particularly tall A/C so the Kona frame is likely more forgiving.

    Other noticable thing is that you are able to run a non-offset dropper and the seat seems pretty set back from the BB, at least from that camera angle. The ROS is pretty steep seat angle so I unfortunately had to resort to the bent Thomson post. Comparing seat-angle on these bent-seat-tube bikes is a little sketchy too. I was hoping the upper part of the ROS seat tube would throw the seat back further and I could run a straight post, eventually a KS-Lev.

    [QUOTE=eurospek;10697997]I would love if canyonrat could measure the SO on his XL with the 140 fork. I think Kona's stock SO listed is somewhat whack. Seems high, especially with the lower A-2-C RS Revelation 120mm fork . I just measured mine somewhat inaccurately with a tape measure in the garage, with a Fox 34 140mm and got two quick measurements. It's 30 inches (762mm) SO to the ground where the seat tube meets the top tube, and in the middle of the top tube is 33.5 inches (850mm).
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    It hasn't seen dirt yet as its been pouring here, but the bike felt cool in the standard issue parking lot test. Hopefully I'll get a post work ride in this evening.

    The frame showed up on Friday and I built it up over the weekend. Large, revelation set at 140, 1X10 and a mix of other xc-ish parts to round it out. Longer rear brake line and dropper soon to come (and maybe dropping the fork to 120...)

    I've felt the advantages in big wheels, but I've not been a 29er convert. Hopefully my third bike of this wheel size will add some fun back into my riding.
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    Picked up my frame and MRP/Niner bash-guard last night. The raw steel is really gorgeous. I kind of figured "raw steel" was the paint color, but it really is raw steel.
    I'm just waiting on wheels from Red Barn to arrive, and I'll put this thing together.

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    Are you sure? The one I saw at I-Bike was certainly painted to look raw. But it was certainly painted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrBiggs View Post
    Picked up my frame and MRP/Niner bash-guard last night. The raw steel is really gorgeous. I kind of figured "raw steel" was the paint color, but it really is raw steel.
    I'm just waiting on wheels from Red Barn to arrive, and I'll put this thing together.
    The production frames are definitely not raw as in unpainted. The protos were.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeopleForScience View Post
    Are you sure? The one I saw at I-Bike was certainly painted to look raw. But it was certainly painted.
    Hmmm. I'll look closer. Maybe in my fugue state it just seemed that way.

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    Anyone have any real world frame weights out of curiosity?

    Loving the builds so far! I'm thinking one of these may be in my future, I'll build it as a SS and keep it rigid, but tough call on a colour...

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    Euro, my build is ~2" taller. 32" to the ground where the top tube meets seat tube and 35 1/4 to 35 1/5 roughly in the middle of the top tube from ground. This is like a 21 1/2" frame (traditional seat tube length frame sizing) with the EBB rotated down as I have it. So no surprise it is quite bigger than a 20".

    Osteo, my shop quickly weighed my XL at ~6.1 something lbs with the bubble wrap still on, FWIW. Seems about right for a beefy steel XL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wdwhite9 View Post
    It hasn't seen dirt yet as its been pouring here, but the bike felt cool in the standard issue parking lot test. Hopefully I'll get a post work ride in this evening.

    The frame showed up on Friday and I built it up over the weekend. Large, revelation set at 140, 1X10 and a mix of other xc-ish parts to round it out. Longer rear brake line and dropper soon to come (and maybe dropping the fork to 120...)

    I've felt the advantages in big wheels, but I've not been a 29er convert. Hopefully my third bike of this wheel size will add some fun back into my riding.
    That's a nice looking bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by canyonrat View Post
    Euro, my build is ~2" taller. 32" to the ground where the top tube meets seat tube and 35 1/4 to 35 1/5 roughly in the middle of the top tube from ground. This is like a 21 1/2" frame (traditional seat tube length frame sizing) with the EBB rotated down as I have it. So no surprise it is quite bigger than a 20".

    Osteo, my shop quickly weighed my XL at ~6.1 something lbs with the bubble wrap still on, FWIW. Seems about right for a beefy steel XL.
    Thanks for taking the time to measure it, and nice weight too. The Honzo is a quite porky in that sense, my XL is almost 7 lbs in comparison.
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    Thanks canyonrat... Decisions, decisions....
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    Mine came in. The LBS has to finish assembling it.

    By the way, the Niner web site does not do that blue color justice. I was unsure of ordering a blue bike at first but that blue is almost electric. Very gorgeous.

    Bike looks fantastic. Nice curves.

    Yes, looks are important to me in a bike. It's a hobby, not a job. I don't date ugly girls, why should I buy an ugly bike?

    Ride report and first impressions tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ailuropoda View Post
    Mine came in. The LBS has to finish assembling it.

    By the way, the Niner web site does not do that blue color justice. I was unsure of ordering a blue bike at first but that blue is almost electric. Very gorgeous.

    Bike looks fantastic. Nice curves.

    Yes, looks are important to me in a bike. It's a hobby, not a job. I don't date ugly girls, why should I buy an ugly bike?

    Ride report and first impressions tomorrow.
    Amen! Yes, the blue looks fantastic!

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    I'd concur 110% about the color - and the website not doing it justice! I too was blown away by the blue color... Awesome!
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    I'm not sure if I know anyone that doesn't care how a bike looks. Otherwise we'd have no blingy colored hubs or brake hoses.
    The raw steel color does for me what the blue does for you. I love it.

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    Ros9 build

    So it took a while, but the Ros9 got complete today. Kept running into small problems with some of the eBay bargains I bought for the bike. The final one was the rear brake needed bleeding once I installed it. So that happened today.

    Got to run it out to the local trail (Wissahickon here in Philly) and got five miles on it before an appointment at a bar with a friend. Trails I'm very familiar with and on which I've ridden six bikes over the years, and this one pretty much nails what I wanted. The first thing I noticed was that I felt as if I was sitting on the rear wheel. So easy to left up over things, but will take some new skills on climbs as the front end likes to lift a bit. It feels much lighter than I expected. I spent a lot of years riding full suspension stuff and this just cinched the deal that I don't miss that.

    My other bike is a One9, built two weeks ago, and these two replace the two extremes of what I liked to do with my previous EMD9 that sacrificed itself and its parts for the greater good.

    I will complain a bit that Niner could have provided some kind of parts list or even instructions with this frame. I spent a lot of time staring a little tiny parts figuring out what it all was. It's not a big thing, but I mean really. They included a bracket to hold the bash guard, but the guard itself is sold separately, and it comes with the same bracket. That's dumb. The box came with a nice Niner document with some basic instructions like how to inflate a tire or something, and it has the various specs for all of their frames EXCEPT the Ros9. So that was also dumb.

    But whatever. Great bike. I can't wait to ride it all over the place.

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    For those of you who don't remember, I was the one who won the contest. I just got mine finished up and here it is:



    I set it up SS for now. I think the XO crank goes perfect with the frame color.


    Here it is with my Air9


    I can't wait to get it out on the trails... if it would ever stop raining.

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    Any ROS 9's out there yet?

    That blue/black Revelation looks great. Congrats on winning!
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    For those of you who don't remember, I was the one who won the contest. I just got mine finished up and here it is:



    I set it up SS for now. I think the XO crank goes perfect with the frame color.


    Here it is with my Air9


    I can't wait to get it out on the trails... if it would ever stop raining.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LuckyCharm4x4 View Post
    For those of you who don't remember, I was the one who won the contest. I just got mine finished up and here it is:



    I set it up SS for now. I think the XO crank goes perfect with the frame color.


    Here it is with my Air9


    I can't wait to get it out on the trails... if it would ever stop raining.
    Looks awesome! What size is that?

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    Re: Any ROS 9's out there yet?

    Medium frame, 130mm fork. I really like the black stanchions.

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    Aha, so that's the original "Ros9" there, huh? Any pressure to totally set an example and hammer the hell out of your trails?

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    if it would ever stop raining.
    Looks totally sunny in the photos...

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    Re: Any ROS 9's out there yet?

    Oh I can't wait to get it out. I knew the sunny comment would come up and that was the day I got it built up which was the day after a 100-mile race...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuckyCharm4x4 View Post
    Oh I can't wait to get it out. I knew the sunny comment would come up and that was the day I got it built up which was the day after a 100-mile race...

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    Re: Any ROS 9's out there yet?

    Haha, well thanks. I think it will be a fun SS.

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    I've had the bike built up for maybe 6 weeks now and ridden it on a number of trail systems I'm familiar with around town. And, since this thread has gone dormant and I'm bored in a hotel room - here is my quick take.

    So far, the bike has been pretty cool. It has that steel feel, but not all noodley-like. I had a SIR9 a few years ago that felt a bit too wimpy for me and how I ride. I like that supple feel in my road bike, but it was a bit more than I wanted in the woods. I know its not constructed from a higher-end air hardened steel, but it does feel compliant w/o being overbuilt. I think its currently sitting in the 28-ish lb range w/ the current build.

    At 6' and 190lbs, the large feels good for me. Handling has a good bit of stability and yet I can muscle it around. I've been a big fan of the new school trend of slack and low in 26" bikes, and this works well in the 29er application here. So far, this is the best 29" wheeled bike I've been on.

    Bummers - I've got two. First, the rear brake mount was not vertically plum w/ the rotor, so you couldn't tune the rub out. I was able to fix that by sticking a couple of the avid tri-align washers under the caliper and jumping up to a 170mm rotor (that was collecting dust at my local shop). Second, the head tube is too damn tall. Seriously! Chop some length off of it and give the owner some more adjustablity w/ headset spacers. I've had to drop the fork to 120mm and slam and flip the stem to get the front end to work for me. I know we are all different, but I'd prefer more flexibility w/ stack height.

    So, my take is its a cool bike. You get a lot of those boutique touches and attention to detail, w/o costing $1500-2000 for the frame. It builds up a fun, slack and low 29er hardtail that is a blast to ride. And as a side note, it does look good.

    Am I converted to the 29er darkside? No. My Blur TRC is still the most fun mtb I've had in 15 years. But, the ROS9 is a damn good bike that I don't see myself getting rid of anytime soon.

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    Anyone build up a Medium with a Fox 34/ 140? I'd love to see pics and weight and the like.
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    Finally posted a video of riding the ROS9 on some slow (for me) technical trails. Plenty of rocks & dabs to be had:

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    Great honest review. Almost every review you read on here, it's all good and no bad because let's face it, anything you ride in the woods is going to be fun! lol..

    Thanks for the review
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    Just unboxed a LG, Grey ROS-9. Looking forward to some good times. The build will commence shortly.
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    I wish they would've extended the new colourway to the ROS9
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    Quote Originally Posted by okie_calvin View Post
    I wish they would've extended the new colourway to the ROS9
    The ROS9 in the new SIR9 yellow would be hot.
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    +1 this color
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    The grey is good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrBiggs View Post
    The grey is good.
    Yeah. I like it more than i thought I would. Kind of industrial but it fits the purpose of the bike.
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    Hello, i'm Olivier from France, i ride a Sultan and i'm interested in the ROS9!
    But i'm afraid about the confort of the rear !!!
    Is there anyone that could tell us about the relative confort, please?

    Thanks a lot ;-)

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    Finished my ROS9 build last night, First ride tomorrow!

    Small Ros9 frame
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    Any ROS 9's out there yet?

    Nice bike! Is that a small size? What fork is that? Congratulations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ogi69 View Post
    Hello, i'm Olivier from France, i ride a Sultan and i'm interested in the ROS9!
    But i'm afraid about the confort of the rear !!!
    Is there anyone that could tell us about the relative confort, please?

    Thanks a lot ;-)

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    Olivier, the bike is quite comfortable; it's probably due to two things. First thing that makes a difference is probably because it's made from steel instead of aluminum, and second my personal opinion is it's more comfortable due to the geometry of the bike. It's very easy to move around the cockpit and get in attack position, much easier than any standard XC hardtail frame I've ridden therefore your back isn't taking the blows directly. I ride primarily short chunky out of the saddle trails here maybe others that ride more buff trails can chime in on what it's like to ride further distances and on bigger rides.
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