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    air 9 carbon Super fast

    just wanted to share my new toy. fastest bike ibe every ridden. handles like a bmx
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    Looks wicked, very nicely done!

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    Thanks for sharing. Looks minimal, even for the suspension fork. It actually does look like a BMX cruiser.
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    Quote Originally Posted by illnacord
    Thanks for sharing. Looks minimal, even for the suspension fork. It actually does look like a BMX cruiser.
    Sure does... in fact it looks deceptively like a 26"er.

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    Very nice!

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    Beautiful Air9 . I would put a. white NIner carbon fork on it

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    Very nice, whats it weigh?

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    it is not that light it is 21lbs. any suggestions on how to make it lighter? i have I9 wheels on crest rims, shimano xt brakes and crank, kcnc seatpost, thomson stem, dt swiss fork, fsa headset, phenom saddle, yeti grips. ive seen air 9 carbon SS that weight 18lbs or less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbpri
    it is not that light it is 21lbs. any suggestions on how to make it lighter? i have I9 wheels on crest rims, shimano xt brakes and crank, kcnc seatpost, thomson stem, dt swiss fork, fsa headset, phenom saddle, yeti grips. ive seen air 9 carbon SS that weight 18lbs or less.
    go to the weight weenies forum, Mattlock has a 13.15pd carbon niner with a parts list
    he says he might get it under 13

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    Quote Originally Posted by doco
    go to the weight weenies forum, Mattlock has a 13.15pd carbon niner with a parts list
    he says he might get it under 13
    That obsession is a slippery slope. 21# is plenty light AFAIC. Ride the hell out of it and know it'll stand up to it, I say.

    Mattlock can have his mantlepieces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    That obsession is a slippery slope. 21# is plenty light AFAIC. Ride the hell out of it and know it'll stand up to it, I say.

    Mattlock can have his mantlepieces.

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    check his thread. i wouldn't call his a9c a mantlepiece. not sure why people like to make negative comments about his bike just because it's light. from the photos he's posted, it sure doesn't look like he's babying the thing.

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    Great looking bike! Niner has the best sense of style in their designs imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sngltrkr
    check his thread. i wouldn't call his a9c a mantlepiece. not sure why people like to make negative comments about his bike just because it's light. from the photos he's posted, it sure doesn't look like he's babying the thing.
    Exact sentiments, I was looking at his thread a day ago .

    Locally, I know a band of cyclists who even have an abhorrence towards light bikes . They are very opinionated .

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    mtbpri: You're right, it should be sub-21lbs. Especially when stock hardtails come in at 21 lbs. Tires and hubs could be the reason - the brakeset has to go if you want lightweight. Everything else is pretty minimal.
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    You can shed close to a pound with a lighter crank and brake set.

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    whats the lightest brake set outhere? and crank? the ones ivee seen are only abou 100 grams lighter than mine

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    I would look at replacing the fork with a rigid carbon (niner) fork. They has a beautiful fork shaped like a wishbone. That will probably shed at least a pound or two.

    Also, you might want to go tubeless.

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    Switch to Formula R1 brakes, tubeless tires (I use SB8s), and XTR crank. That's if you want durability and performance in addition to light weight. I also highly recommend the Niner carbon fork. I have one on my IF Ti Deluxe 29er SS and it is awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    That obsession is a slippery slope. 21# is plenty light AFAIC. Ride the hell out of it and know it'll stand up to it, I say.

    Mattlock can have his mantlepieces.

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    WOW mantlepiece....hmmm if call that 3 feet of air that Matt has under his bike a MANTLE Piecessss then your middle name must be tool!
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    As for your question on what to do to make it Light...
    Tires, tubes, seat post, saddle, brakes
    Check out Stans raven tires 2.1 on rear 2.2 on front or Bontrager 29.0 team issue tires
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1993gsxr907
    WOW mantlepiece....hmmm if call that 3 feet of air that Matt has under his bike a MANTLE Piecessss then your middle name must be tool!
    I met matt once hes a cool guy. I would say he abuses bikes but he sure gets his monies worth out of it. I guess some people are really jeolous, Id still rather have is Ti bike that he built up
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    I hate 29ers! except yours....
    I'm unique, just like everyone else....

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    So Cool!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1993gsxr907
    WOW mantlepiece....hmmm if call that 3 feet of air that Matt has under his bike a MANTLE Piecessss then your middle name must be tool!
    Sorry... didn't know weight weenies were so insecure. I won't mention mantlepieces ever again. I've never met Matt, but I'm sure he is super cool and a ridiculously talented rider.

    So, 1993gsxr907, how come your bikes weigh so much? Just curious.

    A 262 hp Hayabusa? Holy smokes, that thing must be a thrill. My (100% stock) '06 Triumph Sprint "only" kicks out 123 hp @ the crank... pitiful in comparison but still capable of engaging in spirited riding. Hayabusas are legendary; you must be stoked to own such a machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    Sorry... didn't know weight weenies were so insecure. I won't mention mantlepieces ever again. I've never met Matt, but I'm sure he is super cool and a ridiculously talented rider.

    So, 1993gsxr907, how come your bikes weigh so much? Just curious.

    A 262 hp Hayabusa? Holy smokes, that thing must be a thrill. My (100% stock) '06 Triumph Sprint "only" kicks out 123 hp @ the crank... pitiful in comparison but still capable of engaging in spirited riding. Hayabusas are legendary; you must be stoked to own such a machine.

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    yeah it is heavy ...i just never got into the weight weenies till now..but it is a 2X10 with suspension fork...
    the busa just sits...I don't have time to ride it..
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