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    Some AIR9 Carbon pics

    Just threw this thing together. Have to make some finishing touches before I ride it.

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    did you ever happen to weigh that reba xx fork? and?

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    and that thing has to be lighter than 21.69 pounds

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    That's what it weighs, with pedals, and heavy tires. The Reba XX is a hair under 4 lbs. Once I put the rigid fork on it, I'm sure it will shed some pounds, but winter is a long way off...

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    the reba xx is a bit heavy then eh? I have a fox but I don't know what it exactly weighs. But I like rock shox more than fox so I'll probably get the reba anyway.

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    very nice! Is that a medium? I'm anxiously waiting for mine to arrive.

    Also... what wheelset are those? And are they set up tubeless?

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    what's the offset on that fork?

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    Thanks for the pics but WOW, I am VERY surprised that it weights 21.69 lbs. My geared 3X9 AIR with FOX f29 fork is 22.5 lbs and I don't have many crazy lightweight parts on it. Did you weigh the frame alone before you built it up?
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    i 3rd the seems to heavy bit...how much slime did you use in those tires?

    Those are industry nine wheels for those who were wondering

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    I don't consider the weight to be too heavy for what it is. It isn't built up with ridiculously light parts. I am a big kid, and race light stuff and I do not mix.
    The wheels are I9s (enduro front hub, geared rear) with Arch rims, the tires are 700+/-g Geax Saguaros.
    The fork is another 4lbs. I can't do the rigid thing off road, but if I could, the bike would instantly loose 3 lbs.
    The ride though, worth every penny

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    Can we get some in depth review on the ride quality compared to the scandium air9? I briefly test rode a carbon air9 and the first thing I notice is how laterally stiff the frame is.

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    Hmmm - I didn't think the white one's were shipping. You got lucky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pat_martin
    i 3rd the seems to heavy bit...how much slime did you use in those tires?

    Those are industry nine wheels for those who were wondering
    Air 9 Carbon will never be the lightest frame out there, not with the CYA bottom bracket and all those steel inserts for variuos bottom bracket standards.
    Some time in the future, Niner will probably go MCR/SIR or Air9/One9 way, and offer gear only and EBB versions, both of them will be lighter.
    If you looking for lightness instead of versatility, then you should look somewhere else

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    Nice!

    Nice setup! Also it's good to see "reality" weight instead of "internet" weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dynamic213
    Can we get some in depth review on the ride quality compared to the scandium air9? I briefly test rode a carbon air9 and the first thing I notice is how laterally stiff the frame is.
    The bike is very stiff, I had a bit of a time adjusting to how stiff it is, and was plowing through some turns at speed. I raced the Darkhorse 40 last weekend, so I got some serious saddle time, and made adjustments to how I rode it.
    The overall ride was quite surprising though. Despite being straight line stiff, it is actually very comfortable to ride in rocky rooty conditions. I didn't feel banged up at all after 40 hard miles (despite my legs). The back end does a good job of soaking up the bumps while keeping the rear wheel in contact with the ground. Having come off a One9, I felt the back end didn't skitter around as much over the trail.

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    Nice to know. Thanks for the report!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ojos Azules
    Air 9 Carbon will never be the lightest frame out there, not with the CYA bottom bracket and all those steel inserts for variuos bottom bracket standards.

    Steel inserts?

    I think they are aluminum (and not all that heavy).
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    Quote Originally Posted by teamdicky
    Steel inserts?

    I think they are aluminum (and not all that heavy).
    The Dubious Dick has it right. The inserts are aluminum, not steel, and the dropouts are pressed carbon. overall that frame is beautifully light. I wish I had the money or the sponsorship to get one of those bad boy's.
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    Did you happen to weigh the frame or fork before you assembled it? Just curious.
    I got some pretty decent Niners!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattkock
    Did you happen to weigh the frame or fork before you assembled it? Just curious.
    The frame without EBB weighs 3.1. I also weighed my One9 without the EBB, and it was 3.4. Both size large. I didn't weigh the fork.

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    I also changed a few bits from the original build

    Rotor 3D cranks w/ 34t single speed Q-Ring
    Chris King BB
    Some AIR9 Carbon pics-img_1379.jpg

    and a purple Cane Creek 110 tapered headeset
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    Final weight is 21.8 with my bottle cages, bell, and Garmin mount (and some dirt)

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    Some pics for the Tang crowd
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Some AIR9 Carbon pics-a9carbon_01.jpg  

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    hey bike29 i've been reading your blog on the ride reports and it seems like the A9C is the real deal. Do you guys have any in stock right now for purchase or are we still waiting on pre-orders to fill?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dongustav
    hey bike29 i've been reading your blog on the ride reports and it seems like the A9C is the real deal. Do you guys have any in stock right now for purchase or are we still waiting on pre-orders to fill?
    I have one tang medium, and more coming soon.

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    cool thanks. i'll be looking out for a large vanna white

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