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    Rolled the dice and pulled the trigger Air9

    Placed my order last week on an XL Air9 Kermit Green.
    Trying to keep it fairly light and low cost by utilizing some of the components off of my existing bike.

    Opinions on this setup? Anything that makes you cringe and think why the hell would he be doing this?

    My setup this far
    XL Air9 Kermit Green
    Fox F29 80mm
    Avid Juicy 7 brakes
    XT Crankset
    XO shifters
    XO rear der
    X9 front der
    Sram PG990 11/34 cassette
    Sram PC991 Hollow pic chain
    Hadley rear hub
    Hope front hup
    Stans Arch wheels DT comp spokes w/brass nipples
    WTB Prowler tires
    WTB SLT Titanium seat
    Thompson Elite 90mm stem
    FSA K-force flat bars
    Thompson Elite seat post

    I think I should be right around 26-27 pounds

    Now its just waiting game for everything to arrive at the front door.
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    Cool, I just placed my order for a XL tang Air 9 through Bitterbrush.

    I wanted to go with the Maverick fork, but money's a little tight, especially since I just bought a Yeti ASRsl last year.

    The build is:
    -Rock Shox Reba
    -Cane Creek wheels
    -Avid Juicy 5 brakes
    -single speed, but will probably make it a 1x9 later on for a 24 hour race I plan to do.

    I can't wait to see how this bike rides

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    I think you might be lighter than you expect Only thing I'm not sure on is the tyres, haven't tried them and don't know what they're like, but if you've used them before then you know what your riding is like. Me I'm more of a Maxxis guy - Ignitor, CrossMark. - great race combo.
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    What's the XL frame weigh?

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    I wasn't sure. The M is 3.1 so I just estimated 3.87 for my spreadsheet. I went a bit high on certain items, but as the frame I really couldn't find that info anywhere. I rather estimate high and be pleasantly surprised than the other way around. Attached is my worksheet.
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    XL Weights
    EMD- 3.89 pounds
    Air Painted - 3.66
    Air Raw - 3.57

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    you may want to got with the 100mm fox over the 80mm per niner recomendations...

    thats what im doing on my AIR9 and did on my one9.

    just ordered my parts for my air - pretty close to youre build... i will post when its done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadowflag
    you may want to got with the 100mm fox over the 80mm per niner recomendations...
    From their website: "the Niner geometry works brilliantly with either an 80mm or 100mm fork."

    The geometry is based on a 80mm fork and all their build kits come with the Reba.

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    that is correct, it was based on the reba, before f29 was available... f29 has shorter axel to crown than the reba - they said the 80mm f29 fork was too twitchy. there is a thread about it in here too.

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    I have the Fox F29 as 500.8mm and the Reba as 490mm from SRAM's website? maybe my Fox measurement is wrong?

    Either way, the Reba is a hell of alot cheaper. I just got one on E-Bay new for $325. I like the Fox XC forks I've tried, but I've heard lots of different things locally, so I just went by price.

    The most important point is that every component on my bike is black, so a white fork would just look weird

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadowflag
    that is correct, it was based on the reba, before f29 was available... f29 has shorter axel to crown than the reba - they said the 80mm f29 fork was too twitchy. there is a thread about it in here too.
    Yep, the F29 80mm is shorter (480.8mm), plus it has a 44mm offset as oposed to the Reba's 38mm. Combined, the Fox at 80mm should definitely feel faster. Its all good though - the F29 can be adjusted to 100mm (500.8) which theoretically should feel about the same as the Reba at 80mm.
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    I think you may be under your anticipated weight as well. I finished building the Air (L) last night.
    XTR (double)
    XO rear
    X9 front
    XO twist shift
    Juicy 7 carbon
    CK hubs and 355 rims
    Thomson masterpiece post
    Race Face stem

    Came in (with computer) at 23.53lbs.

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    arrived just in time.. Haha. Merry X-Mas

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    Sweet indeed. And a pretty cool pressie for the bottom of any xmas tree

    Was going for a hot tamale myself, but i think the Kermit will be just dandy for the trail.

    Do post build pics

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    Looks great, my frame got lost in shipping from DHL on Friday! I took the day off and everything to sign for it and it never came.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zenboy99
    Looks great, my frame got lost in shipping from DHL on Friday! I took the day off and everything to sign for it and it never came.
    USPS lost mine - been waiting 2 months now

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonesetter2004
    USPS lost mine - been waiting 2 months now
    Wow, after working for UPS for 2 summers, I can't imagine how they'd loose a box that big. UPS lost my wedding ring for 2 months, I got it 2 days before I was married.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zenboy99
    Wow, after working for UPS for 2 summers, I can't imagine how they'd loose a box that big. UPS lost my wedding ring for 2 months, I got it 2 days before I was married.
    Just a little bit of stress there huh?

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    More for my wife than me, I was just going to use a twisty tie.

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    Tires

    You should use the new Continental MTN Kings 2.2's for that new rig of yours.

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    Very nice!

    I've been saving for some time now with the intention of getting an MCR9. But for some reason I recently changed my mind and now I'm quite sure I'll pull the trigger an raw Air9 very shortly instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stahr_Nut
    Very nice!

    I've been saving for some time now with the intention of getting an MCR9. But for some reason I recently changed my mind and now I'm quite sure I'll pull the trigger an raw Air9 very shortly instead.
    Raw is nice. I must say I was a bit taken back when I pulled the frame out of the box. Its more like radioactive green than kermmit green. I don't have to worry about getting lost or not being spotted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 41ants
    Raw is nice. I must say I was a bit taken back when I pulled the frame out of the box. Its more like radioactive green than kermmit green. I don't have to worry about getting lost or not being spotted.
    It does look a bit "bright". What's funny is, honest truth, both my dad's and my brother's name is Kermit. So I have thought about getting one in their honor but it just isn't my style. I normally try to be a bit more understated than that.

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    Some more parts arrived, so I figure I would post the progress thus far. With the holidays and all it has really pushed back my complete date by about a week or so. I am still waiting on the front shock. The color is actually now starting to grow on me especially with the gold headset and hubs


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    Looks like the build is coming together nicely I see you went with some Ignitors instead of the Prowlers then - they're excellent tyres. Waiting to see how it looks once you get it fully assembled.
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