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    Carbon Air 9 Build

    Just got it all put together, well almost. Enough to hang it on the scales.

    XX Drivetrain with PressFit BB30
    Reba XX Fork
    ZTR Wheels with Crest Rims
    Gobi XM Saddle
    Thomson Elite Seatpost
    Ritchey Stem
    Ergon GX 1 Grips
    Ignitor in front and Nanoraptor in back
    Uncut Fork
    Gore Cables
    No pedals (will be spd's though)

    21 lbs 13 oz.

    I'd post pictures but cutting the fork and riding take precedence.

    Eventually will put the Stans Crest wheels back on my FS and put a set of Race X Lites with white spokes on the A9C. If you wanted to be under 22 with pedals I'm guessing it could be done with eggbeaters and a lighter saddle / seatpost.
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    watch out for the xx crank, we have put two together using the standard BB insert and both times the insert has come out of the frame (non drive side), talked with Niner and they know about the problem, and are working with Sram for a corrective measure.

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    Changed out the ZTR/Crest wheels for the RXL wheels with XTR centerlock rotors. Still an Ignitor in the front but an Aspen in the rear.

    I put Gore seal cables in there as I didn't want to mess with them for a long time. It was not the easiest thing to get them routed through the cable guide in the BB. Also I made the mistake of putting the aluminum ferules in the head tube which now creaks a bit. It does shift really well though. Yeah I know I need to fix the rats nest of cables in the front. It was ready to ride and I don't see that when I ride.

    I have a creak in the seatpost somewhere but haven't worked on it. Went with a Thomson seat collar and maybe should have stuck with a good old reliable Salsa. EDIT - Creak is fixed with some grease in the right place.

    It's a BB30 XX crank with pressfit 30 bearings.

    I'm afraid I can't comment on how the ride is different at this point since I've been on my Jet primarily the last few months and the traditional Air9 (which I will probably sell soon) hasn't to much fresh air lately. With this build though I'm thinking it is 3 lbs lighter than the Air9 scandium. I will say that the thing rides on a rail around corners and climbs like you as you would expect a 22 lb carbon bike to. Very little flex and that BB30 probably helps too. I'll try to get the Air9 out sometime to compare. Any other comparison would be the HT vs FS diversion.

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    Last edited by riding29; 09-06-2010 at 02:36 PM.

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    Nice bike I have a Tang Rip9 & love it but I think with the Air9 Carbon the white is better than the Tang.

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    wow - gorgeous! can't wait to start seeing these in person.

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    Gorgeous! I almost got gears but I just couldn't do it. The brake lines are cut now and the bar too so it's 14.02lbs. Some Scrub LugDrive rotors should put me below 14lbs.
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    I got some pretty decent Niners!

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    HOLY WOW.... nice builds gears or no gears gorgeous....
    biking makes it better

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattkock
    Gorgeous! I almost got gears but I just couldn't do it. The brake lines are cut now and the bar too so it's 14.02lbs. Some Scrub LugDrive rotors should put me below 14lbs.
    LOOKS SICK ....parts list please
    biking makes it better

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    Stunning bike! These carbon Air 9s are truely the sexiest beasts on dirt. Besides me that is....

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