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    Thanks for posting the link. Pretty much everything my SS SIR 9 commuter is plus some. Personally I would prefer it with flat bars.

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    Ah, beat me to it! Just saw that too! Nice!

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    Very cool.

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    Niner has been very busy.
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    I would like one. Sell my Madone that I use for training and replace with a RLT and get a more versatile bike in the process.

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    Seems pricey. 2000.00 for a bike with 105 and Tiagra parts?

    You can get a 11sp Ultegra level CAADX for 2170.00?

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    Very exciting news. This frameset looks to have all the features that salsa dropped the ball on with the warbird. Looks like niner might be getting more of my business, my old la cruz is getting a bit long in the tooth and will NOT be replaced by a bike that cannot double as a CX bike... this bike looks like it would do just fine as a backup CX race bike while primarily being a gravel grinder.

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    I don't need another type of bike! Damn you Niner sending me these tempting emails.
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    I was shopping for a gravel grinder/xcross frame, guess I will be waiting a couple months!!
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    Pretty colours gorgeous dropouts, pre-order deposit paid already...

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    So it's a light Cross-Check with discs?

    (not a bad thing)

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    Any thoughts on how this might serve as a do a road/gravel/trainer for the non-road rider?

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    Seems like it. Its for the MTBer that don't want to be a roadie...but wants to ride road.

    Hope to see it at Interbike next week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RS VR6 View Post
    Seems like it. Its for the MTBer that don't want to be a roadie...but wants to ride road.

    Hope to see it at Interbike next week.
    Pretty much exactly how I'm looking at it. I'm in the middle of building a rigid, Niner for the road.. This just may do the trick instead. Though, may want a straight bar.. We'll see..

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    Why would they put a PF30 73mm shell on it? Who wants to run a MTB crank on a CX/Gravel bike? Hopefully that's a typo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by briscoelab View Post
    Why would they put a PF30 73mm shell on it? Who wants to run a MTB crank on a CX/Gravel bike? Hopefully that's a typo.
    why would you want to run a road crank? it can go both ways. for me, who has lots of mtb parts...i can throw a crank on and ride. its becoming a new bb standard...
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    No it's not. You can run a 73mm mountain crank on a 68 shell with some spacers. This is being marketed as a gravel and cx bike. Why put a "heavy" and wide MTB crank on a bike that is going to see use on mixed road surfaces. That just doesn't make sense. It's not a touring bike... you don't need super low gears. With the new range of mid cage road ders, you can easily run a 34T little ring with a 32T cog.

    In their promo shots they have it setup with a typical CX/gravel gearing setup on the cranks. Maybe it's just a typo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by five5 View Post
    Pretty much exactly how I'm looking at it. I'm in the middle of building a rigid, Niner for the road.. This just may do the trick instead. Though, may want a straight bar.. We'll see..
    Try drop bars. You'll like the multiple hand positions they give you. Thats the one thing I keep having to get used to when I ride my MTB...I only have one hand position with a flat bar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by briscoelab View Post
    No it's not. You can run a 73mm mountain crank on a 68 shell with some spacers. This is being marketed as a gravel and cx bike. Why put a "heavy" and wide MTB crank on a bike that is going to see use on mixed road surfaces. That just doesn't make sense. It's not a touring bike... you don't need super low gears. With the new range of mid cage road ders, you can easily run a 34T little ring with a 32T cog.

    In their promo shots they have it setup with a typical CX/gravel gearing setup on the cranks. Maybe it's just a typo?
    some spacers... i did that once. 3 was needed. messed up chain line real bad. it was a cx bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tiflow_21 View Post
    This frameset looks to have all the features that salsa dropped the ball on with the warbird.
    Where, do you feel, Salsa dropped the ball on the Warbird?
    I was pretty convinced that I would be getting a Warbird this winter, but the RLT9 now is on the list. I'm interested to hear what the +/- are for each bike (I know it's too early to tell on the RLT9... but the specs look decent).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacons View Post
    Where, do you feel, Salsa dropped the ball on the Warbird?
    I was pretty convinced that I would be getting a Warbird this winter, but the RLT9 now is on the list. I'm interested to hear what the +/- are for each bike (I know it's too early to tell on the RLT9... but the specs look decent).
    Salsa screwed up the warbird by building a bike that doesn't make sense. They routed the cables under the top tube so it's very inconvenient to use as a cyclocross or backup cx bike. They also made the mistake of going with a max tire clearance of 38c, making it not ideal for a number of gravel riders/racers... it's supposed primary purpose. Also, no fender and/or rack mounts is a downside to some.

    Niner fixed these problems by offering easily accessible internal cable routing, 45mm tire clearance, and a cleanly designed frame/fork that allows fenders.

    I appreciate that niner isn't going the way of salsa and offering bikes to a very fine niche while forgetting about easily/cheaply added functional specs that many appreciate... citing their philosophy as the reason.

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    I like my Warbird, but I would much rather have the RLT than Salsa.
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    Really like this bike. I think it may be my first road-kinda bike. Any opinions on the builds? I am not familiar with road components. Is the higher build worth the extra thousand, or just go cheap? What about just frame and building? Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by fat_tires_are_fun View Post
    Really like this bike. I think it may be my first road-kinda bike. Any opinions on the builds? I am not familiar with road components. Is the higher build worth the extra thousand, or just go cheap? What about just frame and building? Thanks
    The $2k build is not bad. Its similar to the Warbird build but at a better price.
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    Thank you... That probably makes sense since the frame and fork alone is over 1,000
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    I appreciate the Warbird & RLT comments. Good to hear from a Warbird owner as well. I think you guys changed my mind... I may go Niner. I look forward to the reviews.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fat_tires_are_fun View Post
    Really like this bike. I think it may be my first road-kinda bike. Any opinions on the builds? I am not familiar with road components. Is the higher build worth the extra thousand, or just go cheap? What about just frame and building? Thanks
    I'm in the same position (strictly Mtber looking for a do all road option with NO knowledge of road bike gear) and I appreciate the responses. This is definitely on my radar now!

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    I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to get miles in during the weekdays once day light savings hits in a month and I really don't want to get a true 'road bike'. I live in Atlanta and want to pickup a bike to ride the city streets in the early morning before work.

    Apologize in advance for the dumb question, but would this bike be over/under kill for city riding? Wasn't sure if I need to cave and shop for a road bike...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSATL77 View Post
    I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to get miles in during the weekdays once day light savings hits in a month and I really don't want to get a true 'road bike'. I live in Atlanta and want to pickup a bike to ride the city streets in the early morning before work.

    Apologize in advance for the dumb question, but would this bike be over/under kill for city riding? Wasn't sure if I need to cave and shop for a road bike...
    Not overkill at all in my opinion. I use a Warbird as my gravel grinder and sometimes road bike. For what its worth, I'm more of a mountain biker, but I got the Warbird to do some gravel races that are put on locally and now I am in love with gravel grinding. The RLT seems like a good alternative to the Warbird and a do it all type of bike. $2k is not a bad price at all.
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    Thanks for the quick reply J3SSEB. One last question on sizing... Would I go for the 56cm frame at 5'10 - 5'11?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSATL77 View Post
    Thanks for the quick reply J3SSEB. One last question on sizing... Would I go for the 56cm frame at 5'10 - 5'11?
    I can't say with certainty what frame size you should be on, but I can say that typically someone in that range in stature would ride a 56cm or 55cm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trumpus View Post
    I'm in the same position (strictly Mtber looking for a do all road option with NO knowledge of road bike gear) and I appreciate the responses. This is definitely on my radar now!
    For the guys with little road knowledge, think of both 105 and Rival as roughly equivalent to SLX level components. Rival is slightly lighter, but I prefer shimano 105. Everyone has their own preferences so it'd be best to try both somewhere, the shifting action is different between shimano and sram. Both groupsets are great, so you'll be fine with either build.

    Once you get farther into the details the $3k build has a few upgrades over the $2k (crank, wheelset, hydro disc brakes, carbon seatpost). If I were buying now I'd likely opt for the $3k build primarily based on the wheels and hydro disc brakes, however the $2k build is well spec'd as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiflow_21 View Post
    For the guys with little road knowledge, think of both 105 and Rival as roughly equivalent to SLX level components. Rival is slightly lighter, but I prefer shimano 105. Everyone has their own preferences so it'd be best to try both somewhere, the shifting action is different between shimano and sram. Both groupsets are great, so you'll be fine with either build.


    Once you get farther into the details the $3k build has a few upgrades over the $2k (crank, wheelset, hydro disc brakes, carbon seatpost). If I were buying now I'd likely opt for the $3k build primarily based on the wheels and hydro disc brakes, however the $2k build is well spec'd as well.
    I ride about 2,000 miles a year on the road on a Trek Madone. I have a mix of Dura Ace and Ultegra parts. I'm looking at selling my Madone and rolling the funds over to the RLT once it is available. I've been looking for a CX bike that might handle more like a MTB. I've thought about building a A9C with a rigid fork and drop bars to archive this. Now the RLT fits into my plan nicely.

    As far as components go. The 105 is closer to LX/X9 then any thing else. I'm going to get the base model and upgrade with a couple sets of wheels. One for the road and one for the dirt.

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    Compatible Chainsets

    Anyone have any ideas of some compatible double chainsets. Don't fancy using MTB ones.

    Niner have the following in their builds:

    SRAM S350
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    Any other light non carbon options? Don't mind running a FP30 adapter for external BB or ISIS. It's the 73mm shells that's seems to kill the options available. Even the Shimano CX chainsets are 68mm only .

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    One of us should give Niner a call and confirm that spacing. I'm really thinking it's a typo. Those Sram cranks are PF30 road cranks. It is possible they have a longer spindle though.

    If it truly is PF30 with 73mm spacing, I bet you could run any 386 Evo style crankset though. Those work on pretty much any BB standard. I have an FSA model on a PF30 (68mm) CX frame and it requires spacers to make up the extra width missing on the BB shell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim1234 View Post
    Anyone have any ideas of some compatible double chainsets. Don't fancy using MTB ones.

    Niner have the following in their builds:

    SRAM S350
    SRAM S550

    Any other light non carbon options? Don't mind running a FP30 adapter for external BB or ISIS. It's the 73mm shells that's seems to kill the options available. Even the Shimano CX chainsets are 68mm only .
    Can someone care to take a few minutes to detail for me the deficiency associated with mountain bike cranksets on CX bikes? Is it simply Q factor and weight? Because there are numerous low profile and light weight options. Is it the available bolt patterns and ring sizes?

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    MTB cranks are great, on mountain bikes

    Basically what you've said. MTB cranks are typically heavier and much wider than a standard road/cx crankset. Even a Sram narrow Q MTB crankset is about 10mm wider than a typical road crank. That's actually a lot and can mess with some people's knees.

    Also, your mention of bolt patterns and chainrings are most relevant. A gravel bike or CX bike would typically be a 110mm bolt pattern, with something like a 46/36 chainring setup. You can run down to a 33T ring on that bolt pattern and up to 53T rings are easily found.

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    This build looks like SRAM Red. I can't zoom in enough on the picture though to confirm for sure. That would open up alot of option for cranks.

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    S550 and S350 are both 68mm road cranks normally. 73mm is either a typo, or these cranks are being custom made for niner with a 73mm compatible spindle length.

    Personally I'd prefer 68mm primarily due to the increase in the number of crank options.

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    That pic is of a Red BB30 crank. So, most likely a typo.

    But, some sram cranks (like the BB30 models used on the quarq power meters) have a longer spindle to let them work on 386 evo frames and with BSA30 BB cups on normal threaded frames as well. So, it's hard to say 100%. But, it's looking highly like a typo.

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    My guess is that it's 73mm with the BioCentric 30 installed, 68 for a regular PF30. That would mean if you wanted to run SS you'd be looking at an MTB crankset but if you go PF30 then any road model should fit.

    I might be wrong, but it seems logical. Niner can chime in.

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    Oooo, this has me looking at Niners again! I already have a nice MTB for tracks and rough stuff... but I'd love a good-looking yet robust second bike that I could commute on; ride on the road when off-road is too muddy; do some light touring; and ride lots of gravel miles in a South Island summer. Definitely worth keeping an eye on.

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    Any word on ETA?

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    Why did they go aluminum? Salsa did the same. I always hear al is more rough on your back than steel or carbon. I'm not putting it down, just curious. I have a steel cx and mtb ss and love it. Great looking bike none the less.

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    Placed my order at the LBS yesterday. They mentioned I should have it in less than a month.
    On sizing... I had my mind set on a 59cm (I am 6'1"), but the guys at the shop strongly encouraged me to go 56 based on the frame's geometry. (the good news is they will be getting a 56 and 59 at the same time and I will have my pick. But they are betting I will go with the 56).

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMH View Post
    My guess is that it's 73mm with the BioCentric 30 installed, 68 for a regular PF30. That would mean if you wanted to run SS you'd be looking at an MTB crankset but if you go PF30 then any road model should fit.

    I might be wrong, but it seems logical. Niner can chime in.

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    Just got an email back from Niner & the BB shell is 73mm.

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    Another eMail from Niner. Its a typo & the BB shell is actual 68mm. Yeah.

    Hi.

    I have to apologize the BB shell width is 68 mm on that frame. There was a mistake on the web site that we are fixing.

    Ride On!

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    Awesome!

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    Almost pulled the trigger on a new warbird a few days ago but glad I spent more time goolging and found this! Anyone receive theirs yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couloirman View Post
    Almost pulled the trigger on a new warbird a few days ago but glad I spent more time goolging and found this! Anyone receive theirs yet?
    My Niner dealer told me to expect them in February. Is this not the case? Has anyone else heard otherwise?

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    My Niner dealer told me to expect them in February. Is this not the case? Has anyone else heard otherwise?
    Mine said January... When I put my deposit down it was December/January....so sliding right with each visit.

    I've been collecting parts...soon I'm gonna have everything but the frame and the wait is really gonna hurt then

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    I talked to a Niner guy at a demo today. He said they expect the first run to be late January.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiflow_21 View Post
    For the guys with little road knowledge, think of both 105 and Rival as roughly equivalent to SLX level components. Rival is slightly lighter, but I prefer shimano 105. Everyone has their own preferences so it'd be best to try both somewhere, the shifting action is different between shimano and sram. Both groupsets are great, so you'll be fine with either build.

    Once you get farther into the details the $3k build has a few upgrades over the $2k (crank, wheelset, hydro disc brakes, carbon seatpost). If I were buying now I'd likely opt for the $3k build primarily based on the wheels and hydro disc brakes, however the $2k build is well spec'd as well.
    I am currently debating which build to get as well. What makes you like the 105 over the Rival? For me I am debating durability and reliability in mud. I plan on taking this bike on some really long rides multi day rides where it might get really wet and muddy. Am leaning towards the $2k build for that reason alone in case I destroy the bike quickly, but kinda wanted to upgrade the wheels so am on the fence cause once I upgrade the wheels I will be at almost $3K anyway.

    I am itching to get my pre order in asap so I can snag one in the first run of these things

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couloirman View Post
    I am currently debating which build to get as well. What makes you like the 105 over the Rival? For me I am debating durability and reliability in mud. I plan on taking this bike on some really long rides multi day rides where it might get really wet and muddy. Am leaning towards the $2k build for that reason alone in case I destroy the bike quickly, but kinda wanted to upgrade the wheels so am on the fence cause once I upgrade the wheels I will be at almost $3K anyway.

    I am itching to get my pre order in asap so I can snag one in the first run of these things
    I plan on getting the 2k version, and buying an extra wheelset w/ the money I save. After that I'll set the stock wheels up w/ some slicks for road riding and set up tubeless on the new set w/ offroad tires.

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    Fontarin, what wheel set do you plan on buying?

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    I am now told January delivery as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacons View Post
    Fontarin, what wheel set do you plan on buying?
    Hadn't decided yet - I'll probably try to find something used. Maybe the Iron Cross if I can find them on the cheap.

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    Gave my down payment to Chain Line Cycles for my 47cm RLT frameset. Now to just wait. I will be using Crests with Slant Six SCT 700x32 tires and the majority of the SRAM Force stuff coming from my Soma Double Cross. Trying to figure out what brakes to go with. I contemplated TRP Hylex with a barcon shifter set up 1x10, but also thinking TRP Spyres since shifting from the hoods does make a difference in cross races.

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    You could move all the force stuff off the soma and set up the left hand shifter for brake only. CX magazine has a hack to pull out the shifty bit from a sram shifter.

    Single Ring: Removing the Double and Tap from SRAM Double Tap | Cyclocross Magazine ? Cyclocross News, Races, Bikes, Photos, Videos

    Force 1x10 with a wolf tooth 42 front and wifli 11-32 rear is what I have waiting form my RLT build.

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    Still daydreaming about this bike.....thanks for listening.
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    Me too! Strictly a mtb'er without a real interest in road riding, but something about this bike appeals to me. I ride some gravel roads and it would work well for that, but it makes me want to find other uses - commuter, bar hopper, casual road, winter trainer....

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    This bike makes me want to find a group to go do some all day gravel grinding. Very appealing indeed.

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    Im excited to hear how much these weigh. Wish it came with the RDO fork for QR15. I think I'm going to end up getting the 2 star 105 spec model and upgrade to some china carbon wheels.

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    It would weigh less if it was carbon.

    I am kinda wondering why make this out of alloy?

    Considering Niner's expertise in steel and the touring nature of the bike I reckon the base model should have been steel with carbon fork and the premium model carbon with carbon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozynigma View Post
    It would weigh less if it was carbon.

    I am kinda wondering why make this out of alloy?

    Considering Niner's expertise in steel and the touring nature of the bike I reckon the base model should have been steel with carbon fork and the premium model carbon with carbon.
    I don't know...but how much less would it really weight if it were all carbon? They list it at 3.08 pounds with the carbon fork. Cant imagine the weight difference being very noticeable, but I'm sure the price would have been way higher. Steel would have been nice, but I am glad it isnt carbon
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    My guess is an all carbon version is coming as long as the bike is selling well

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    Maybe 500gr lighter in carbon based on similar weights for 29'er mtb's.

    My point is that I think aluminium is a technical dead end for the bicycle industry for hard tail/rigid bikes.

    If you need the weight saving of alu over steel/titanium to be at the pointy end and win races then you will now go with carbon.

    If you don't need the weight saving then imo steel is a better frame building material for the average rider. Of course I mean properly engineering high quality, high strength butted steel tubing. If you can afford it ti is better again for rigid/hard tail bikes.

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    Sold my carbon Superfly and my Moots YBB. Neither one made me a better rider, but then again, I ride for fun. I like Titanium and carbon has its place, but I just dont think that making this bike a $5000 bike to save a POUND would appeal to the masses. It would definitely appeal to some, but for the ultra lighters that are trying to win a race, are they going to buy this bike anyways? Maybe...but I dont see this as a race bike, so why make it unnecessarily more expensive? Just my opinion.
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    I am enjoying the friendly sharing of opinions fat_tires. Just saw your bike list in your footer.

    I am basically saying the same thing. This should have been a steel frame because in this class of bike a pound or so is insignificant.

    My initial comment was only that it would be lighter in carbon, not necessarily better.

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    Fair enough. Agree that steel would be nice, but looking forward to this one regardless.....enjoying the conversations as well. Have a good evening
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    I don't see this bike as a tourer - the stays are too short and it looks like racks would be awkward to mount. And if it was steel it would compete against a bunch of other bikes - Surly Straggler, Kona Rove, Salsa Vaya. By going aluminum they could position it a bit more into the racing crowd and test the market cheaply without having to make a commitment to producing carbon molds in an area that's still a new category. The hydroformed tubes already hint to a possible carbon shape and aluminum is a better choice for mating to a tapered steerer fork. And if it pans out, they can come out with the carbon bike as an upgrade. If the bike was a steel tourer you can't really go upmarket.

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    I have almost all my parts in now. I will be going SRAM barend shifters with an X9 rear dearailleur and a Wolf Tooth 40T N/W ring up front. The brakes will start out as Avid mechanicals, but plan to get TRP Hylex by cross season. This thing will be a nice mix of modern tech and retro-grouch at the same time. My one last decision is do I go with a Biocentric II and the crankset I have or do I go with a PF bottom bracket and get a 30mm crankset?

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    Ordered the 105 spec build. Supposed to be in sometime in February. I'm going to go with the stock wheelset for road, and steal my Stan's Crest wheelset off my mountain bike for gravel/singletrack and easy tubeless setup. Still haven't decided on the tires in that configuration, so if anyone has suggestions for a 42-45c tire, let me know.

    Outside magazine posted a review, but there's not much to it:
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    I'm probably going with Bruce Gordon rock n roll tires for my build. Tubeless, of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fogerson View Post
    I'm probably going with Bruce Gordon rock n roll tires for my build. Tubeless, of course.
    That's what I'm considering now too. Saw those last night and the tread pattern looks good. I'm waiting to see how the tire clearance is on the fork to see if it'll fit a beefier tire.

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    Also just noticed that the 4-star has changed to a much nicer build in the past few days - 11 spd SRAM Force groupset with BB7 brakes. Wish I had ordered that one now :\

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    Quote Originally Posted by fontarin View Post
    That's what I'm considering now too. Saw those last night and the tread pattern looks good. I'm waiting to see how the tire clearance is on the fork to see if it'll fit a beefier tire.
    Guitar Ted, et al, had a pretty good write up on the rock and roll over at gravelgrindernews.com.

    I figure I'll run those on a set of c29ssmaxs I have for on and off road duty and run some ubiquitous 32c tire on another wheelset for commuting. Well, unless the r and r road buzz doesn't drive me to nuts on the road.

    We are getting close guys!!! The rlt9s should start showing up in a couple weeks

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    Yeah, it looks like they'll start shipping to US on 2/13, and international on 3/10.

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    Yeah, it looks like they'll start shipping to US on 2/13, and international on 3/10.
    Do you know if that is the same for complete bikes and frames? Hoping frames may come a little sooner

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    Do you know if that is the same for complete bikes and frames? Hoping frames may come a little sooner
    No idea. I just saw the dates in the newsletter that Niner posted over on Facebook.

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    From what I hear, frames & completes on Feb. 13. They better, my patience is waning.

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    From what I hear, frames & completes on Feb. 13. They better, my patience is waning.
    I hear ya...

    Oh well, 'gives me a little more time to decide on what I'm gonna do for brakes. 'Leaning towards TRP Hy/rd, but a little wary of frame clearance in the rear (already have a note off to Niner to see if they know if that is a problem). Good deals on the TRP paradox system out there, but not so sure about that. Maybe the mechanical route w/spyres, bb7, Hayes?

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    I got the call from my shop that my frameset is set to ship sometime between 2/13-18. I am only missing a bottom bracket, chain, and cables/housing. So I hope to have this thing built before the end of the month will post some pics as the build goes together.

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    Nice....look forward to seeing it. They say spring is right around the corner.
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    i am ordering mine tomorrow. I am 6' and plan to go with the 56. I always feel like it is a bit easier to stretch out using a longer stem and set back post vs. trying to make a big bike smaller. Mine will come in with a bunch of bikes the shop is ordering so I am sure they would let me swap if when they show up the 59 seems better. Going with the cheaper build by the way. Seems plenty solid for all around use.

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    Word is my frame set shipped yesterday. So in a little over a week I'll start posting some build pics.
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    Let the fun begin!!!

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    Looks nice. How's the build quality (i.e. welds, paint, et. al.)?

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    Looks nice. How's the build quality (i.e. welds, paint, et. al.)?
    The paint is pretty nice. The hydroformed tubing looks pretty nice.

    The welds are "eh"; not as nice as my rip or jet and certainly no Turner . The welds are pretty thick and not a lot of that neat and tight circular pattern. Finish seems pretty thick so ya really don't notice the welds.

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    Let us know your final build and build weight Still hoping mine will come in before my gravel ride on Saturday.

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    The parts pile looks like this:

    Frame: 56cm, Industry Grey
    Wheels: Hope Pro II Evo's, DT Swiss Champ spokes, 32H, Velocity Dyads (yeah, I know, a bit porky...but my first wheel build so I didn't want to get too crazy and I'm a clyde so...)
    Skewers: DT Swiss 9mm.
    Tires: Bruce Gordon Rock & Roads (700 x 43c)
    BB: CK PF30 (red!)
    Cranks: SRAM Red (50/34)
    Brakes: TRP HY/RD 160mm F & R
    Pedals: Time XC8 Carbons
    Shifters: SRAM Force (zero loss)
    FD: SRAM Red Yaw
    RD: SRAM X9 (laying in a box in the shop, so why not? It's red).
    Cas: SRAM PC-1070, 11-32
    Chain: SRAM 1091R
    Seat: Serfas Tegu Comp
    Seat Post: Niner RDO Carbon
    Bars: FSA Omega Compact
    Stem: Thomson 100mm X4 (black, also laying around in a box in the shop).
    Cables: Jagwire Road Pro compression-less.

    According to my spreadsheet it should land around 21 lbs 'n change.

    'Hope that I can finish the build this weekend. Will post up pics when I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fogerson View Post
    The paint is pretty nice. The hydroformed tubing looks pretty nice.

    The welds are "eh"; not as nice as my rip or jet and certainly no Turner . The welds are pretty thick and not a lot of that neat and tight circular pattern. Finish seems pretty thick so ya really don't notice the welds.

    The welds at the head tube, seat tube and bottom bracket are not your standard welds. They are what is known as single pass flat welds and they do have a slightly different appearance.

    When welding tube to tube (ie: the front triangle), this single pass flat weld disperses loads more effectively than does a standard tig weld. This effect is most prominent on tube to tube welds and thus is only used on the front triangle. Flat welds allowed us to use thinner wall sections on larger tube areas and still give us an increase in strength and stiffness.

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    Thanks for the explanation Carla. 'Still not the cleanest looking weld in the world, but hey, as long as it doesn't it's job I'm good

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    Just needs the rdo seatpost to arrive and a few finishing touches/setup.



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    Looks very nice.

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    Niner hit it out of the park with this frame. 53 cm Niner RTL built up with parts myself and my buddy Tom had laying around. Currently set up for winter road bike duty. Waiting on TRP Sprye to come in early next week, so rigged up with some Tektro MTB calipers for now

    Build highlights

    Wheel set Velocity A23's 24H laced to silver WTB race lite hubs, Hutchinson sector tires 28mm setup tubeless.
    Drive train Rival sifters, Force 50/34 compact cranks, X0 type2 rear derailleur, 105 front derailleur,
    11-32 Sram xx cassette,Treko MTB to be replaced with Trpe Spyre brakes.
    3t bars, WTB silverado saddle, FSA post, jagwire cables.

    19.1 lbs in ridding trim, should be around 18.5 with the Sprye brakes and a lighter seat post




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    Down to the rdo seatpost and the real saddle and she's done. Close enough for an updated family portrait...


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    My frame is in. Should be getting it tomorrow.

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    Want! Anyone have advice on sizing? This wi be my first road-ish bike.

    I'm 5'10, 31" inseam.

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