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    OFFICIAL: JET9 Picture and Setup Thread

    Please post pictures and set up of your JET 9's


    My name is Shawn and I am a mechanic at Wheeler Dealer Bicycles in Oklahoma City. The Jet has just hit dealers and I would like to see pics of yours. Here are a few pics of my Jet that I finished today. No dirty pics yet, we had a ton of rain yesterday and a tornado or two so it will be a bit till I get to ride. I am running Sram XO shifters, R der, XTR F der, Truvativ Noir crank, Thomson seatpost and stem, Salsa carbon bar, Avid Juicy Ultimate brakes, Sram pg 991 chain and cassette, Mavic Crossmax tubless with Hutchinson Python tires took lots o stans to get to hold, probably weighs as much as a tube but oh well, King headset, Fizik gobi saddle, Candy Sl pedals, Rockshox Reba SL. I even went as far as to install Jagwire cables and black aluminum cage bolts. Can you say OCD. Bike weighed in at 26.5 but I didnt think it was that bad because my Surly KM weighs 27. Hope you enjoy and please post yours.
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    Just finished mine

    I'm still waiting on the correct fork (black Reba U-turn), but the rest of the build is complete. 26.85 lbs as it sits right now. Don't see it getting any lighter.

    I've ridden it around the driveway and down the street. All the trails are wet down here right now. First impressions..... tight steering, suspension handles out of the saddle sprints REALLY well, and I didn't even come close to clipping a toe on the front wheel doing tight turns in the drive (and I was trying to clip a toe). Front end felt light when trying to manual and it struck me that it was pretty quiet for a full suspension ride.

    Build:
    Medium Licorice Jet9

    Acros headset (boy is it smooth!)
    Acros ceramic bottom bracket
    FSA K-force light carbon cranks
    FSA carbon setback seatpost
    FSA OS99 stem
    FSA carbon bar
    Sram XO triggers
    Avid Juicy Ultimate 185 F&R
    Sram matchmaker
    Sram 990 cassette 11-34
    Sram XO rear mech
    Shimano XTR front mech
    Shimano XT chain
    I9 wheels (red hubs, black spokes) laced to Stan's Arch hoops
    Maxxis Igniter tires setup tubeless with yellow tape and valve
    Fizik Gobi custom color saddle - red and black
    Salsa red QR skewers
    ESI silicone grips
    Crank Brothers eggbeater pedals






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    Good job! A potential winner of the 08 BEST of MTBR...

    -Main purpose: XC racing and riding full speed ahead
    -Trail location/terrain: Eastern Canada (rolling hills, rocks, roots, single track etc)
    -Frame Year/Size/Color: 08/Medium/Black
    -Rider Weight: 175
    -Rider Height/Inseam: 5'10"/33"
    -Stem (length/rise): Easton EA30, 105mm, 6 deg negative, no spacer underneath.
    -Seatpost: Thomson Elite 410mm silver
    -Handlebar: Raceface RIDE XC lo-rise 605mm
    -Rear Shock: Stock RP23
    -Rear settings (psi, etc.): 135psi, fastest rebound
    -Fork: Reba Race 100mm travel
    -Fork settings (psi, etc.): 135/125 pos/neg. fastest rebound.
    -Brake Setup: Avid Juicy 7, Hayes Rotors 160mm.
    -Drivetrain Setup: 3x9 FSA V-drive cranket, Shifters SRAM X-9. front Deore, rear SRAM X-0, Cassette PG-991 11-34T
    -Saddle: Selle Italia Signo
    -Tires: Bontrager Jone XR 1.8
    -Wheels: C29ssmax
    -Pedals: Shimano PD-M520
    -Build Weight: 26 lbs

    -Future Changes: Xpedo Mag/Ti pedals
    -Comments, etc: Fast like a HT but comfortable like a FS. Flickable. Quick uphill. I was sceptic about it and thought it wouldn't be much different from the RIP but WOW I was so wrong ! Nevermind its weight and try this speed weapon. You will see the light. This bike is really XC racing oriented and wants to go full throttle. Congratulations to Niner !
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    Gotta hand it to you, I don't have the nerve to run tires that are that skinny. What did your build weigh in at?

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    First ride and dirty pic

    The Jet is very fast as expected, but what I didnít expect was how smooth and efficient it is. The bike pedals great with no bob or flex and at 200 lbs I expected a little. The Jet is an efficient climber, steers quick and precise and is oh so smooth. The only 29er I can really compare it to is my Surly KM and after ridding the Jet, I felt like I have been riding a beach cruiser for 2 years. I work at a shop and we carry other brands of 29ers but the Jet certainly kills the competition. Bottom line the Jet is extremely fast, handles great and is very smooth. If you get a chance to throw a leg over one, do it, you wonít be disappointed.
    Bike set-up:
    145psi positive and negative
    160 psi rear shock
    35psi in both tires
    Trail was tacky, a ton of exposed roots with a few mud holes
    I also think the bike is so fast that mud does'nt stick to it, but who knows.


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    Two things

    Is anyone routing the rear der cable on the inside of rear triangle?

    The top bottle mount bolts are not even close to center line of the down tube. It makes my bottle cage noticable off center.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtompilot
    Is anyone routing the rear der cable on the inside of rear triangle?
    no, I routed them just like everyone else. The little cable holder widget seems to be working pretty good so far.

    Quote Originally Posted by jtompilot
    The top bottle mount bolts are not even close to center line of the down tube. It makes my bottle cage noticable off center.
    This is probably a good thing, my large bottle barely fits as is.

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    Smile JET9 added to my Niner Stable

    My Jet9 arrived at The Bike Lane in Burke Virginia early last week. Loren at the Bike Lane built it up with the following spec:

    Fox F29 Fork
    Full XT Build Kit including Hydros, Cranks,FD and Shadow Rear Der
    Hope Hubs and Headset
    Thompson Seatpost and stem
    Bontrager Race X Lite Carbon Handlebar
    Stans Arch wheels with Maxxis Ignitors and Stans sealant
    Time ATAC pedals and Bontrager saddle for now Fizik Gobi XM on order

    <img src="http://www.more-mtb.org/galleries/gal_imgs/2/dsc_0272small.jpg" alt="Niner Jet 9" />

    I really like the way the cables are routed vs the Rip9.

    <img src="http://www.more-mtb.org/galleries/gal_imgs/2/dsc_0259resize.jpg" alt="Closeup" />

    I bought the RIP9 last year to race in the National XTERRA series of off road triathlons. I finished 2nd in the Mid Atlantic Region and qualified for the Nationals in Lake Tahoe. My RIP9 arrived the week I placed 5th in the Nationals. I raced the RIP at XTERRA World's in Maui finishing 10th. The RIP absolutely rocked at World's and I passed a bunch of people both on the up hlls and downhills of the 20 mile course.

    Since I primarily race XTERRA MTB Courses I wanted to have the Jet9 instead. A good friend of mine bought the RIP9 frame from me and I ordered the JET. Since it was not going to ship before the end of April, I bought the MCR9 and put all my parts from the RIP on it.

    <img src="http://www.more-mtb.org/galleries/gal_imgs/2/dsc_1759resize_567495.jpg" alt="Scud's Niner Bikes" />

    The MCR hadles almost as well as the RIP so I expect to ride it as much as the Jet for just leisurely XC riding. I took the MCR to my first XTERRA Race of the season last week and it it totally rocked. I was almost last out of the swim but thanks to the MCR's handling I passed all the people in 55-59 age group and hung on in the run to take 1st place and 40th overall. I cannot remember going so fast downhill over rocks and roots. I can only imagine what the Jet9 will do.

    As soon as the trails dry out I will test it out. My next race in the 1st weeknd of June on a very rooty course.

    Stay tuned

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    Is anyone routing the rear der cable on the inside of rear triangle?
    I did it but the cable was rubbing against the front derailleur. No more rubbing with the outside routing.

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    Good job! my green monster

    The awesome crew at Venture Sports (Brian and Fish) got the build together on friday the 05.09.08. It snowed the 10th (still rode 20 miles in the afternoon) and have averaged about 15-20 a day. (have about 60 miles) The bike just straight up flies. I am a big dude and I think it is the most comfortable bike I have ridden. The build kit I chose was to hopefully support my heavy ass and it seems to be working. The DT Swiss rims are a little concern to me, I wanted the CrossMax (to those who have them... what do you think?) I might be changing???? They do flex a bit but only noticeable on down hill fire roads and big ring road sprints. The bike loves Single track. I also am impressed on how you can just stand and pound like a hard tail (other bike is a SS 29). Should be a great race bike and all day epic ride.

    One issue i can see, but not a biggy, is mud clearance. That first ride was muddy and the mud did build up, but I think that is a tire issue more than a frame issue. It is usually dusty here not muddy so I am really not too concerned.

    I do love everything about this bike... IT IS RAD! (even the green!)

    DT Swiss CenterLock Adap tor*Converts to 6 bolt*
    Crank Bros EggBeater SL Pedal
    Deore XT M770 175mm 4arm Crank 22-32-44 w/BB
    SRAM 08 X.0 Medium cage rear derailluer
    XT M771 Trad Dual-pull Multi clamp Front Der
    SRAM PG990 9spd 11-34 cassette
    SRAM PC991 9spd chain Silver/Silver
    Avid 08 Juicy 7 185mm frt disc brake Graphite
    Avid 08 Juicy 7 160mm rear disc brake Graphite
    SRAM X.0 Trigger shifter set
    DT Swiss Front 29'r 700c CenterLock X470
    DT Swiss Rear 29'er 700c 135mm CenterLock X470
    King 1-1/8" NoThread Blk
    Thomson 30.9 x 410mm Blk seatpost
    Salsa Pro Moto Flat Bar 31.8 17dx710mm Blk
    Thomson Elite x4 110 90 degree
    WTB Rocket V Pro Saddle Black NiCro Rails
    Geax Saguaro 29x2.2 Blk Folding
    Geax Saguaro 29x2.2 Blk Folding
    Manitou Minute 29 (120)
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    mud clearance

    I too noticed that mud might be an issue withthe Jet9. I had a little of it with my RIP9 but not a problem with the MCR. I did see someone fabricate a mud guard for the RIP9 out of a piece if old inner tube. I could only see doing that for a race that has to be run when it is muddy. Training rides and just fun rides I stay off muddy trails in general.

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    New question here. Jet9's RP23 air pressure settings

    I noticed that Menzo posted 135# of air pressure @ 175# rider weight.

    Couple of questions:
    1. What is everyone else setting theirs at and for what rider weight?
    2. Menzo, what made you go so low on the air pressure?
    3. Anybody see recommended air pressure anywhere from Niner? I looked on the web site and didn't see anything, and my frame didn't come with any sort of manual.


    I thought the old rule of thumb was air pressure equals rider weight for the RP23. The fox online manual indicates various sag measurements as the way to go, but I didn't see anything specific for 3.1" of travel.

    Thanks!

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    Couldn't find a set up guide for the rear shock. Nothing came with my frame except the CD. I used 80% of body weight as my starting point. As a mechanic I have used this many times on customers bikes and usually come out golden. Specialized has the sag gauge and it was right on when I compared it to setting the rear shock at 80%. Try it as a starting point and then tweak to your liking.

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    Give www.foxracingshox.com a try, they have all the set up info you should need...

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    Nope...........

    ......not with that leverage ratio it ain't Try somewhere around 70-80% geared weight, or about 15-20% SAG depending on how you like it to ride. Set SAG with Pro Pedal off.

    Quote Originally Posted by kstine71
    I noticed that Menzo posted 135# of air pressure @ 175# rider weight.

    Couple of questions:
    1. What is everyone else setting theirs at and for what rider weight?
    2. Menzo, what made you go so low on the air pressure?
    3. Anybody see recommended air pressure anywhere from Niner? I looked on the web site and didn't see anything, and my frame didn't come with any sort of manual.


    I thought the old rule of thumb was air pressure equals rider weight for the RP23. The fox online manual indicates various sag measurements as the way to go, but I didn't see anything specific for 3.1" of travel.

    Thanks!

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    Menzo, what made you go so low on the air pressure?
    Anybody see recommended air pressure anywhere from Niner? I looked on the web site and didn't see anything, and my frame didn't come with any sort of manual.
    I used the Suspension Set-Up Tips of the RIP9 on the Niner web site and instead of 2/3 of my riding weight I set the air pressure at 3/4 (roughly 135 psi). Here is the link, there is a nice table and good explanations. 135 psi is 77% of my rider weight which is not low pressure, according to me, Kstine71 ?

    http://www.ninerbikes.com/rip9suspension.html
    For the RIP9
    160-180 lbs = 120 psi
    180-200 lbs = 135 psi

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    Thanks for the feedback on the rear air settings folks.

    Menzo, if using the RIP9 settings as a starting point then I can see why you set your pressure the way you did. I had set mine up to 185# of pressure with 185# rider weight and I liked the feel of the bike.

    I just wanted to be sure I wasn't going outside of the mechanical limits of the rockers by having to much air in the chamber.

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    Has anyone tried a 100mm fork or is everyone using the 80mm recommended by niner- I have a frame on order and will post the build once it gets built up - (waiting for #2 production run) - I read where some believe the RIP is better with a bit longer travel fork than recommended and wondered if there was any thoughts on this for the Jet. I will predominantly be riding XC but have some longer enduro races scheduled this summer - and thought that the relaxed geometry might be nice - but did not want to adversely effect the ride - any thoughts or experiences would be appreciated.

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    Good job!

    i have a 120 manitou minute... and it is AWESOME!!!!!!!
    the front end stays planted nicely on the steepest climbs and bomber on downhill.

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    I'm running a 100 mm Fox and couldn't be happier. I raced it this weekend and it ripped through the technical singletrack; I don't feel I've lost any maneuverability or handling quickness with this setup, just gained a little extra plush.

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    The first JET in Israel

    The first Jet in Israel
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    Nice, so I see in your profile you also have a RIP9, have anythoughts about the two?

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    The Jet is much faster

    and give you the feel of racing!!

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    Small Jet

    Pics to follow.

    -Main purpose: XC and All Mountain riding.
    -Trail location/terrain: Western NY. 1000ft + climbs, then down...repeat. Fast XC too.
    -Frame Year/Size/Color: 08/Small/Black
    -Rider Weight: 200
    -Rider Height/Inseam: 5'9"/31"
    -Stem (length/rise): Thomson, 100mm, 0 deg negative, 10mm spacer underneath
    -Seatpost: Thomson Elite 410mm Black Setback
    -Handlebar: FSA K-Force Riser 630mm
    -Rear Shock: Stock RP23
    -Rear settings (psi, etc.): 150psi, still no bottom
    -Fork: F29 100mm
    -Fork settings (psi, etc.): 80psi. 4 clicks rebound
    -Brake Setup: New XTR Front Rotor 180mm, rear 160mm.
    -Drivetrain Setup: New XTR, Shifters new XTR Dual Control. front updated version new XTR, rear new XTR RR, Cassette new XTR 11-34T
    -Chain: SRAM
    -Cables: Nokon
    -Saddle: Fizik Gobi
    -Seatpost clamp: Syntace
    -Tires: Bontrager Jones ACX 2.2. Stans juice. 31psi front, 33psi rear
    -Wheels: I9 custom. Heavier Stans rim rear. Ti rotor bolts. New XTR skewers
    -Pedals: Shimano new XTR
    -Grips: ESI race
    -Bottle bolts: Ti
    -Build Weight: 26.3 lbs

    Future- Will try the lower offset Reba dual-air. Also attempting to install 20t front on new XTR. Bike is quick and requires attention. Feels plush. Fastest FS 29er I've ridden up hills.

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    ... and if we just ... Here's Mine

    The fastest I have ever gone on a bike - was on this Jet! Greenhorn trail - sawtooth mountains.
    Jet1.jpg

    I started with leftovers from a GF 292 - like the Reba Race, handlebars, stem, brakes etc. I replaced the crankset with XT, added XTR pedals, thompson seatpost, Sram 9 derailer and chain, nice red Chris King headset and most importantly an Industry 9 wheel set (red hubs and black spokes) with Stans ZTR running Maxxis Ignitors tubeless. Weighs in at about 27 lbs - very respectable I thought.

    Jet3.jpg
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    I didn't read about the "recall" on the pivot arms until after I got back from pounding the hell out of the frame in Idaho - good thing nothing came apart on me! I had no issues with the frame at all - except in keeping it form going out of control from too much SPEED (wore out a set of brake pads!)

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    Is it possbile for the Jet9 to achieve a fighting weight of sub 25lbs? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goodshow Industries
    Is it possbile for the Jet9 to achieve a fighting weight of sub 25lbs? Thanks
    Mine is 26 on the button. I don't think I have over a pound savings in mine. Search my post "jet9 & lefty"

    -matt

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    There's not much room for savings once you get past the wheel set/tires etc. You get down to a $200 seat post that saves 1/2 an oz or something. You might achieve that weight by spending the big bucks on that kind of stuff. There must be some super light cranksets out there as well, although if you plan on pounding it (like I do) then most of that light stuff will break regularly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goodshow Industries
    Is it possbile for the Jet9 to achieve a fighting weight of sub 25lbs? Thanks
    yes yes quite possible. unfortunatly the last couple of pounds are the most expensive to be done right building a ridable bike.

    edge wheelset(order them from mikesee), ti bolts thoughout, carbon seatpost, xtr cranks if you are not there already, formula oro brakes, saddle is a tough one as no light weight saddle is comfortable to me(your call), the rest is little stuff that will add up if you change them all:
    foam girps
    alligator cables
    carbon barends
    seat collar bolt on
    sqewers
    tubless tires
    hollow pin chain


    i don't see why you can't get down to 21-22 lbs if ya got the cash and still have a bike that can be ridden hard.

    btw my white jet9 with some of the above will be posted sometime in dec.
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    I think you're dreaming there dude, REALLY To get the JET9 under 24lbs would take some serious effort and I'm not so sure how reliable it would be or how crappy it would ride/feel. Remember that the frame weighs over 6lbs alone.

    Quote Originally Posted by OilcanRacer
    yes yes quite possible. unfortunatly the last couple of pounds are the most expensive to be done right building a ridable bike.............................................. ............

    i don't see why you can't get down to 21-22 lbs if ya got the cash and still have a bike that can be ridden hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx
    I think you're dreaming there dude, REALLY To get the JET9 under 24lbs would take some serious effort and I'm not so sure how reliable it would be or how crappy it would ride/feel. Remember that the frame weighs over 6lbs alone.



    ....huh? you can think whatever you want, but my current 22 lbs hardtail has been raced hard and hasn't seen any break down issues. parts will take more abuse on a hardtail than on a full sus bike. I didn't even have to spend that much or go to excess to meet my wieght/strength goals.

    a jet9 just under 24 lbs is very reachable. under 22 lbs would be a trade off or very very expensive to do. i would be happy to get as close as possible to 24 lbs and use the rest of the money on trips or other bikes.


    btw..... how does a lighter bike make it feel "crappy ride/feel"?
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    Great looking bikes. All you lucky owners - how about some more feedback on riding impressions - especially if you've owned the bike for a while and have been able to spend some time on it. Keep em coming.

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    Hey all... I'm pretty much a mtbr lurker, but thought I would chime in a bit regarding my jet 9 I received (finally!) last month.

    Though I've only put 150-ish miles on it, I think it's the most fun I've had on a bike in quite a while. I guess I'm pretty much echoing what everyone has said about the ride quality... it feels stiff/pretty darn efficient while climbing in the saddle and out, and very plush and forgiving in technical environments. It handles fast, but it's far from what I would consider 'twitchy' - something I was concerned about. I have the rp23 set at approx 78-ish percent of my body weight (150 lbs) and it seems to be right on.

    As you've probably guessed I ride strictly XC terrain, no drops over a couple-few feet, and those are occasional at best. I do ride through a lot of rocky and techy terrain here, being in southern TN. The bike just feels good, I am very confident in the saddle and it seems solid. I think the jet feels a bit more like a trail bike than a straight up XC racing bike... but it's roots are definitely XC and I think it will make an excellent race/enduro ride, as well as an everyday trail/xc bike.

    I am noticing a bit of creaking when I am standing up and cranking... I haven't been able to isolate the creaks yet though, we all know it could be any number of things.

    Here's a bit of info:

    M 08 Jet 9
    Kermit Green
    Stans 355 rims
    American Classic Hubs
    DT Comp spokes
    RS Reba
    King headset
    Thompson (90mm) stem
    Ritchey Low Rizer bar
    Shimano XTR brakes
    Shimano XTR pedals
    Shimano XT front d.
    Shimano XT 11-32 cassette
    Hope Rotors
    Sram XO gripshift
    Sram XO rear d.
    Sram 991 Hollow-pin chain
    Race Face Dues XC crank / team rings
    Race Face carbon seat post
    Some old sette sadle
    Nokon cables
    Stan's Crow rear tire
    Stan's Raven rear tire
    Cut-off ergon gx-1s

    26.5 lbs.











    Time will tell, but thus far it is very smooth, plush feeling when need be, and fast. Regarding the Stan's tires... Some will love them, some will hate them. I think I love them, but I just need more time on them. I am running the front around 22 psi and the rear around 24 psi and haven't had much issue with them. The only time you feel any resistance with that low pressure is when you are climbing, but it's pretty minimal. The traction makes up for it. I used a crow up front for a bit, but found it a bit sketchy.. The raven is a great improvement.

    It took a few months to get this frame in to my LBS, but as of now I think it was well worth the wait.

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    nice jet dantastic,


    i could suggest taking the suspension joints apart, wiping them down and regreasing them. if you are still creaking. take your crank arms off, apply some locktite to the isis arms to fill in any gaps, reapply the crank arms and let it sit for a day to dry.

    those are the most common. good luck and fun riding

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    Quote Originally Posted by dantastic
    I am noticing a bit of creaking when I am standing up and cranking... I haven't been able to isolate the creaks yet though, we all know it could be any number of things.
    Check to see that the BB shell has been faced properly. I just bought an 08 RIP and factory facing was nothing short of terrible.

    Face the BB properly and I bet your creaking will go away.

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    Nice Jet, very close to my dream build. I would run it 1x9 and maybe get some lighter brakes and saddle. Should come down to just under 25 lbs.

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    Try to check if your external bottom brackets are tourqed to spec.


    Quote Originally Posted by dantastic
    Hey all... I'm pretty much a mtbr lurker, but thought I would chime in a bit regarding my jet 9 I received (finally!) last month.

    Though I've only put 150-ish miles on it, I think it's the most fun I've had on a bike in quite a while. I guess I'm pretty much echoing what everyone has said about the ride quality... it feels stiff/pretty darn efficient while climbing in the saddle and out, and very plush and forgiving in technical environments. It handles fast, but it's far from what I would consider 'twitchy' - something I was concerned about. I have the rp23 set at approx 78-ish percent of my body weight (150 lbs) and it seems to be right on.

    As you've probably guessed I ride strictly XC terrain, no drops over a couple-few feet, and those are occasional at best. I do ride through a lot of rocky and techy terrain here, being in southern TN. The bike just feels good, I am very confident in the saddle and it seems solid. I think the jet feels a bit more like a trail bike than a straight up XC racing bike... but it's roots are definitely XC and I think it will make an excellent race/enduro ride, as well as an everyday trail/xc bike.

    I am noticing a bit of creaking when I am standing up and cranking... I haven't been able to isolate the creaks yet though, we all know it could be any number of things.

    Here's a bit of info:

    M 08 Jet 9
    Kermit Green
    Stans 355 rims
    American Classic Hubs
    DT Comp spokes
    RS Reba
    King headset
    Thompson (90mm) stem
    Ritchey Low Rizer bar
    Shimano XTR brakes
    Shimano XTR pedals
    Shimano XT front d.
    Shimano XT 11-32 cassette
    Hope Rotors
    Sram XO gripshift
    Sram XO rear d.
    Sram 991 Hollow-pin chain
    Race Face Dues XC crank / team rings
    Race Face carbon seat post
    Some old sette sadle
    Nokon cables
    Stan's Crow rear tire
    Stan's Raven rear tire
    Cut-off ergon gx-1s

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    Time will tell, but thus far it is very smooth, plush feeling when need be, and fast. Regarding the Stan's tires... Some will love them, some will hate them. I think I love them, but I just need more time on them. I am running the front around 22 psi and the rear around 24 psi and haven't had much issue with them. The only time you feel any resistance with that low pressure is when you are climbing, but it's pretty minimal. The traction makes up for it. I used a crow up front for a bit, but found it a bit sketchy.. The raven is a great improvement.

    It took a few months to get this frame in to my LBS, but as of now I think it was well worth the wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flafonta
    Nice Jet, very close to my dream build. I would run it 1x9 and maybe get some lighter brakes and saddle. Should come down to just under 25 lbs.
    First, thanks for the compliments and advice all... and flafonta, my thoughts exactly, just some more goodies to purchase in the future. I weighed it on a buddies digital scale today and it said 25.7 lbs.. Lighter that what I came up with on my high tech bathroom scale. Getting a F29, lighter saddle, lighter brakes and running 1x9 should get it lighter than I expected it to be. Not that I will notice any difference.. But I will just know it's lighter.

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    New Jet 9 !!!

    Long-time lurker - finally have something to say!

    Picked up my new Jet 9 this week and hit a trail yesterday. It's my second mountain bike (first is a 7 year old entry-level 26" hardtail), my first 29er, and my first full suspension.

    Rode a typical trail for my area: mix of hardpack, rocks, roots, small ups and downs, lots of turns. At the end, I asked myself: "Why didn't you get a FS 29er sooner?" This was a new level of speed WITH CONTROL that I hadn't experienced before. The big wheels seemed right for my height (6'4") - felt more "in" the bike than "over" it.

    Setup:
    Jet 9 XL, Fox RP23
    Reba Race
    Hope headset
    Race Face Evolve stem and bar
    Ergons
    Avid BB7s, 160mm, SD-7 levers
    XT shifters, derailleurs and crankset
    SRAM 990 chain and cassette
    Time Alium
    WTB Laserdisc Trail
    Continental Mountain King 2.4
    Thomson post, Salsa Liplock
    SI Flite Gel

    Many thanks to Watts, Matt and Andy at Friendly Bike in Greensboro, NC! And thanks to all mtbr.com posters for your knowledge and information.

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    Jet 9 under 25lbs.

    Crossmax 29er wheelset
    Specialized Captain S works
    Stans sealant
    Control Tech Ti skewers
    Reba SL fork
    American Classic headset
    Truvativ Team stem
    Ritchey WCS rizer bar
    Ergon grips
    Winwood seat post clamp
    Easton EC70 post
    Specialized Phenom SL saddle
    Magura Marta brakes
    Hope Mono Mini two piece rotors
    FSA K Force Lite crankset
    Crank Brothers Candy 4 ti pedals
    KMC X9SL chain
    Dura Ace 12/27 cassette
    XTR Shadow rear derailleur
    XTR M971 front derailler
    Blackburn Carbon bottle cage
    Aluminum cage bolts
    Ti bolts in stem/brake calipers

    Current Weight on my Ultimate Digital Scale = 24.88 lbs.

    Previously with foam grips,Flite SLR saddle, and no bottle cage =24.58 lbs.

    My EMD9 = 22.24 lbs.

    I ride it regularly and have raced it twice, I think its pretty trail ready, no absurdly light components that can't take a hard ride. I'm 175 lbs.

    There would seem to be room to get it down under 24 lbs. with an infusion of cash.
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    Is it possbile for the Jet9 to achieve a fighting weight of sub 25lbs?
    Just had a custom Jet built at my LBS popped it on the scale today 25.5 lbs with pedals. Unfortunately I can't bring it home yet. The bike has tubes in it but when I get it I'll convert to tubeless. Usually that will take off 200-250 grams. The bike in race form should be right at the 25lb mark. I'm pretty happy with that.

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    Here is mine. Have yet to ride it on the dirt though.
    Also regarding the weight, check this out... a 22.97 lbs Jet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RiderInTraining
    Here is mine. Have yet to ride it on the dirt though.
    Also regarding the weight, check this out... a 22.97 lbs Jet.


    Can you provide the full part list? That is one nice bike, and very light.

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    That weight he listed is NOT for his bike, it is for the proto type Jet9 built up by Niner early last year for Sea Otter using a lot loighter parts spec. With the weight increase from originally stated by Niner between proto type and production frames there was a 1/2lb weight gain, plus he's using a WB fork which would prob add another 1/2lb. Then he's running a very smart, fast and reliable tyre combo, but not as light as Niners which would also add another 1/2lb over the Niner build, also add on the Ergon grips and that's another 1/4-1/2lb.

    So realisticaly looking around 25.5lbs for his Small framed JET.

    Quote Originally Posted by flafonta
    Can you provide the full part list? That is one nice bike, and very light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx
    ... So realisticaly looking around 25.5lbs for his Small framed JET.
    LyNx is absolutely right. This weight is not for my bike, sorry that I didn't make that clearer. This frame is a medium not a small though... adds even more weight.

    I rode an EMD before this one, which is a 2 lbs lighter frame. I can tell you on the weekend if this was a smart move or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx
    That weight he listed is NOT for his bike, it is for the proto type Jet9 built up by Niner early last year for Sea Otter using a lot loighter parts spec. With the weight increase from originally stated by Niner between proto type and production frames there was a 1/2lb weight gain, plus he's using a WB fork which would prob add another 1/2lb. Then he's running a very smart, fast and reliable tyre combo, but not as light as Niners which would also add another 1/2lb over the Niner build, also add on the Ergon grips and that's another 1/4-1/2lb.

    So realisticaly looking around 25.5lbs for his Small framed JET.
    Okay, LyNx - give me a target weight for my weight weenie XL size JET 9. I figure I can hit the mid 25.x's with the stuff I've got in my garage and on my Sugar, but I may turn this into a special project that nets me sub 25. That would require new brakes, but I just don't think I'm ready to pony up for that new DT Swiss fork to cut 100 grams or so.

    Anyway, I'm hoping for something between 25-26 with the goodies I already own. The consensus I'm getting over on the 29"er board is that the older Reba forks with the 38mm offset is the "best" way to go. Does anybody else have any thoughts on that? I'll probably start with 80mm for quick handling in the tight stuff.

    No build pictures yet. All I've got is the frame which should be shipped this coming week.

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    I already posted this in the 29er forum but

    I figured I had to post it in the niner forum where it belongs.
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    Nice, really nice what I think would totally "finish" it off is a silver Thomson stem instead of the black This is the first black frame I have seen using the silver and red accents and I think it looks killer :thumbus: I think the semi dull finish of the rockers go well against the similar finish on the Thomson post, looking forward to seeing it if you go with the silver stem.

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    So are you gona strip everything off the Sugar BB? I know that if you go weight weenie on a built it's normally fairly far out there, but, you do not go over the top with stupid expensive for 25g type stuff. Not sure what the Sugar frames weigh, but the XL JET9 is somewhere around 6.75lbs as far as I remember from reading, so with "your" sort of build I think you could easily hit 25.5lbs, getting below 25lbs I think would cost quite a bit and would be a bit on the questionable side reliability wise. Looking forward to see what you come up with.

    As to the fork, if it were me I would definitely have to go with the newer Rebas, greater offset and stiffer chasis. I just made the move to a Manitou 120mm TA and it's huge how much better it feels, the precision in the steering is just fantastic - I like tech so this realy is what I look for. I'd consider going for the QR version and then use a DT RWS on it to help stiffen it up a bit more.

    Quote Originally Posted by BruceBrown
    Okay, LyNx - give me a target weight for my weight weenie XL size JET 9. I figure I can hit the mid 25.x's with the stuff I've got in my garage and on my Sugar, but I may turn this into a special project that nets me sub 25. That would require new brakes, but I just don't think I'm ready to pony up for that new DT Swiss fork to cut 100 grams or so.

    Anyway, I'm hoping for something between 25-26 with the goodies I already own. The consensus I'm getting over on the 29"er board is that the older Reba forks with the 38mm offset is the "best" way to go. Does anybody else have any thoughts on that? I'll probably start with 80mm for quick handling in the tight stuff.

    No build pictures yet. All I've got is the frame which should be shipped this coming week.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/7166535@N05/3063019971/" title="XLJET9 by singingsingletracker, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3191/3063019971_32312b2f4e_o.jpg" width="400" height="296" alt="XLJET9" /></a>

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    I started to order a silver one

    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx
    Nice, really nice what I think would totally "finish" it off is a silver Thomson stem instead of the black This is the first black frame I have seen using the silver and red accents and I think it looks killer :thumbus: I think the semi dull finish of the rockers go well against the similar finish on the Thomson post, looking forward to seeing it if you go with the silver stem.
    but I was afraid that it would be too much silver, plus I would have to change out the black spacers inbetween the red ones for silver ones. Thanks for the compliment, I am taking it out sunday for the maiden voyage, I will post a ride report sometime sunday night.

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