Ros 9 reports
Hey, has anyone ridden this bike? I'm contemplating a SS version.
Bump, anyone??? I know the Niner guys monitor this thread. A little background. I'm currently riding a solo, 2X10, came off a giant talon. Overall, I like the 650 wheel, and the bike works well. I think the 29er wheel works better/faster at Granite Bay, and the ss would be for training. Just want to hear how the long travel (29er)/slack headtube angle/short(er) chain stay would work.
I get they don't anticipate selling a lot of these bikes as they are nitche.
I rode one and liked it. I don't think its the best bike for everyone but its certainly a fun bike!
Originally Posted by meltingfeather
Cool, what did you like, what did you dislike. I'm looking for more than the bike is rad, or it sucks. Thx.
Originally Posted by PeopleForScience
Originally Posted by yzfrider
This bike is getting great reviews, but the below translated quote is probably my favorite.
You will find joined,the test of a ROS9 made by the mag Mountainbike+
"In the top ten of all the bikes that we ever had the opportunity to test"
More comprehensive reviews can be found under the reviews tab of the ROS9 page.
I have had mine for about 300 miles now. I have had a fairly large collection of 29ers over the last 8 or so years. My first was a SS Voodoo Dambala. That was the virus that caused my current condition. I have had a number of SS HT's. I prefer steel and up until now preferred sliders. My last SS was a gen 1 CB Nimble9. Loved the geo and capability of the bike with a 120mm fork. As most bike whores do, I sold it. Mistake. Didn't like the new N9 as much, and didn't care for the Honzo. Wasn't keen on the Bio2, but gave it a shot. Bike has a 130mm Revelation, 60mm stem, 30" bars, and is set up SS. I love the bike. The fit, the ride, the looks, and yes, even the Bio2 (now that I set it up right). The handling is great. Doesn't wander on climbs and is very stable on the drops. I was a little concerned about the head tube length, but it is a non factor. I am 6' and ride a Lg. Is it all peaches and cream? No. It is a heavy frame. 7 lbs with Bio, Maxle and such. I don't care though because it is not a XC race bike. The ride is less compliant than the nimble9, but the bike is more laterally stiff. I prefer the more stiff frame. The bike evokes confidence and can inspire you to do stupid things. I ride all the same trails I ride on my RIP9. For me, it fits the bill for what I am looking for. I couldn't demo one, and I knew what I was getting into. If you know what it offers going in, you will not be disappointed.
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