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    2014 Canfield Brothers Nimble 9

    2014 Nimble 9 - Shipping early May, including LE Chromes!

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    We've made a few changes to the 2014's:
    142x12mm dropouts, Rock Shox Maxle included
    27.2 Seatpost
    LE Chrome, Lime, Canfield Blue and Gloss Black

    (The 27.2 seatpost change alleviated the need for our factory to shim the seatpost as we did on the 2013's.)

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    4130 chromoly steel
    68 degree head angle (120mm fork)
    Adjustable 16.25 16.9 chainstays
    Low toptube for increased stand over height
    Custom sliding rear dropouts
    Hydroformed toptube
    ED Black treated for superior anti-corrosion resistance, (*Painted models only)
    Removable direct mount front derailleur block
    Two water bottle bosses

    2013 Nimble 9 owners looking to upgrade their dropouts to 142x12, we will have upgrade kits available for $150, including a Rock Shox Maxle.

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    I thought there were no longer going to be cable guides on the down tube and chain stay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djembe975 View Post
    I thought there were no longer going to be cable guides on the down tube and chain stay.
    The image is a 2013 with a dropout mock up. The routing has been changed for the 2014's and as always, I will post actual production images once the frames are in stock.

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    Care to elaborate on why the seat tube size has changed this year??

    Every discussion about the new N9 goes straight to this line of questioning.


    I spoke with my bike shop today. They are gonna call and pre order one for me tomorrow.


    Thanks.

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    Hmmm, I would love the new dropouts,!!

    Love the Chrome color, and is the blue Sparkle Blue...same as 2013?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonshonda View Post
    Love the Chrome color, and is the blue Sparkle Blue...same as 2013?
    The 2014 is Canfield Blue. It will be close in shade but will not glow in the dark. (Our factory no longer carries the glow color).

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    Quote Originally Posted by KillingtonVT View Post
    It will be close in shade but will not glow in the dark. (Our factory no longer carries the glow color).
    It's better that way if the cops are chasing you!!
    Last edited by jonshonda; 04-10-2014 at 01:06 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonshonda View Post
    Did they run out of the nuclear waste that allowed the paint to glow? I am sure China has plenty to go around!!

    Answer to my last question? Hook a obsolete N9 owner up!!
    Our frames are made in Taiwan, NOT CHINA.

    2013 owners looking to upgrade their bike, we have produced a limited amount of 142x12 dropout kits. They are available through our webstore and will start shipping the beginning of next month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KillingtonVT View Post
    Our frames are made in Taiwan, NOT CHINA.
    Better quality!!
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    2014 Canfield Brothers Nimble 9

    Green xl preordered!! I'm so stoked for this frame!!!

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    Where does the rear caliper on the new 2014 drop outs mount, inside the stays or out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Wankel View Post
    Where does the rear caliper on the new 2014 drop outs mount, inside the stays or out?
    The brakes will mount via a post mount on the seatstay, the brake hose routing has been updated on the frame as well.
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    Ordered a XL Lime yesterday. Planning on putting a Derby rims on it when they come off back order!
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    Our factory email us this last night:
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    2014 colors are looking SWEET and we will start shipping in about a 4 weeks!

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    Are the old colors still available?

    I had my heart set on a matte black N9...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Banjopickin View Post
    Are the old colors still available?

    I had my heart set on a matte black N9...
    Check their web store. It shows pretty accurate stock afaik.

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    So how's the new n9 compare to the yelli? Also why the 27.2 seat post?
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    What has changed from the 2013 to the 2014 frames? If I could, I would rather find a 2013 frame since I have a plethora of 30.9 dropper posts that I would like to use. But also I have a 142 wheelset, so why wouldn't I go with a 2013 frame that has the 30.9 post and then just buy the 142 dropouts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KillingtonVT View Post
    Our factory email us this last night:
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    2014 colors are looking SWEET and we will start shipping in about a 4 weeks!
    And shipping in 4 weeks means from the factory? Or from Bellingham to me??

    And I second the "why 27.2 seatpost" questions...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkidd_39 View Post
    And shipping in 4 weeks means from the factory? Or from Bellingham to me??

    And I second the "why 27.2 seatpost" questions...
    Our 2014's will be hitting our office the middle of next month. As always, we will have orders shipped out within a few days.

    We moved to a 27.2 post to alleviate the need for the seatpost shim we had to use on the 2013's. When we designed the 2013, there were no droppers available in 27.2. Now the KS LEV, KS Supernatural, Thomson Dropper and X-Fusion Hilo are all available in 27.2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KillingtonVT View Post
    Our 2014's will be hitting our office the middle of next month. As always, we have orders shipped out within a few days.

    We moved to a 27.2 post to alleviate the need for the seatpost shim we have use on the 2013's. When we designed the 2013, there were no droppers available in 27.2. Now the KS LEV, KS Supernatural, Thomson Dropper and X-Fusion Hilo are all available in 27.2.
    Thank god. I'm so ready for horizontal drop outs. I just shredded a titanium cog thanks to my shitty chain tensioner.

    Thanks for the update vin.

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    2014 Nimble's

    Our factory sent over a few images as teasers that I wanted to share. Frames will be hitting the port later this week and I'll update as soon as they are here in the warehouse. As always, I'll shoot and post the new frames as soon as they arrive. (Please note we will be out of the office on Friday 5/16/14 for the opening day at Whistler.)

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    Hmmm green is tempting.
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    2014 frames are in stock and shipping now!

    LE Chrome
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    Our new Sparkle Blue
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    Gloss Black
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    Sparkle Green - We love how vibrant this came out!
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    UK orders out first please!

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    2014 Canfield Brothers Nimble 9

    Is the sparkle green different than the previous version?


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    2014 Canfield Brothers Nimble 9

    It's arrived!!!


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    yay! hopefully that means mine's mid-Atlantic somewhere en route to Europe, on Concorde, or at the very least, the hold of the QE2.

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    Ghetto. I hope you get yours soon. The wife was not amused when I sent her a pic and told her I wanted a divorce and to marry this sexy *****!


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    won't be long I hope, my wife thinks bikes are cool so I'm in the clear on that one.

    pics of your build in progress please

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    Does anyone know the weight of the new 2014 medium frame?

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    Xl is 6lbs 7oz without rear thru axle and sliders.


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    About 7lbs with sliders and axle on xl so perhaps 6.5 lbs for the medium?

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    Here's my build so far. Green XL.
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    Cant decide between the new nimble or get another yell..Tough choice
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    If it were me I'd grab the new M9, but only for something different. I'm still having a blast on my Yelli though.

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    On the Canfield site it lists two seat tube angles on the N9 one that says actual at 70.88* the other effective at 75*, which one is the one that most people go by? I'm planning or running a rigid 470mm fork and wouldn't want a steep angle of 76.5*.

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    someone was asking about frame weights, I had already asked Canfield about this in reference to a medium frame, they said: "The N9 is about 6.5 lbs and the Yelli is about 4.5 lbs. The '14 N9 will be lighter than the '13."

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheProphet View Post
    Here's my build so far. Green XL.
    Cool.

    It also looks like you've found a very simple solution for weight and aerodynamics issues associated with a big steel bike. I'll remember this when having a beer with my weight weenie friends.

    I would have marriage problems if I was building my bike by the washer and dryer, and thanks for reminding that I need to buy my wife a new frige today.

    There are no Nimble 9s for me to try but I'd love one. Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by djembe975 View Post
    On the Canfield site it lists two seat tube angles on the N9 one that says actual at 70.88* the other effective at 75*, which one is the one that most people go by? I'm planning or running a rigid 470mm fork and wouldn't want a steep angle of 76.5*.
    I assume the the upper part of the seat tube is the slack 70.88 number. But it starts from further forward and a plain diamond frame. If you had a "standard" amount of post showing, you'll end up at their listed effective number. If you run a smaller frame and therefore need more post showing, the effective result would be slacker than the published 75. Conversely, if you ran a larger frame and then needed less post showing, you'd end up with a slacker effective number. If your legs are longer or shorter than the "norm" this would have a similar effect. If you're on the cusp between frame sizes, the smaller frame with more post showing is going to get you the slacker angle that you want.

    Since you'll be running rigid, can I assume that you'll not use a dropper post? Then you can use a setback post to get the effective angle slacker. The fact that you'll be using a rigid fork with an A-C of only 470 means that the front end will be lower than with the 120mm fork they are basing the geo numbers on. This will make both the steering and seat tube angles steeper. I think that there are a few 490mm rigid forks on the market. The geometry should be better with the taller A-C height. I've got a 120mm X-fusion trace on the front of my Nimble 9 and have been thinking about extending it out to 140. These bikes are not afraid of a tall front end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bitflogger View Post
    Cool.

    It also looks like you've found a very simple solution for weight and aerodynamics issues associated with a big steel bike. I'll remember this when having a beer with my weight weenie friends.

    I would have marriage problems if I was building my bike by the washer and dryer, and thanks for reminding that I need to buy my wife a new frige today.

    There are no Nimble 9s for me to try but I'd love one. Enjoy!
    Hahaha, I find that the 73mm BB gives me a firm place to rest my feet, there for not needing cranks which = instant weight savings. And I guess this is my adult version of a kids balance bike!

    As far as the washer/dryer goes, this is where my basement workshop sits. Having a wife that rides as we'll doesn't hurt!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RPK3 View Post
    I assume the the upper part of the seat tube is the slack 70.88 number. But it starts from further forward and a plain diamond frame. If you had a "standard" amount of post showing, you'll end up at their listed effective number. If you run a smaller frame and therefore need more post showing, the effective result would be slacker than the published 75. Conversely, if you ran a larger frame and then needed less post showing, you'd end up with a slacker effective number. If your legs are longer or shorter than the "norm" this would have a similar effect. If you're on the cusp between frame sizes, the smaller frame with more post showing is going to get you the slacker angle that you want.

    Since you'll be running rigid, can I assume that you'll not use a dropper post? Then you can use a setback post to get the effective angle slacker. The fact that you'll be using a rigid fork with an A-C of only 470 means that the front end will be lower than with the 120mm fork they are basing the geo numbers on. This will make both the steering and seat tube angles steeper. I think that there are a few 490mm rigid forks on the market. The geometry should be better with the taller A-C height. I've got a 120mm X-fusion trace on the front of my Nimble 9 and have been thinking about extending it out to 140. These bikes are not afraid of a tall front end.
    I emailed Canfield and they assured me that the seat tube angle that most go by is the actual 70.88* and it's actually based on a 100mm Fox fork at 500mm length so my rigid fork would equate to roughly 72.38 seat tube angle.

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    This might sound like a dumb question, but how are those with 2014 frames planning on running their cable housing for front and rear derailleurs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheProphet View Post
    This might sound like a dumb question, but how are those with 2014 frames planning on running their cable housing for front and rear derailleurs?
    TheProphet - We used single routers on the 2014 N9 to give the cleanest routing possible. Whether you are running your N9 as a SS, 1x or 2x, the single routers are effective by simply using the "cable bundle" method.
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    Awesome! Thanks for the picture!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheProphet View Post
    Awesome! Thanks for the picture!
    No worries! I just updated our site as well with this information under the "Build Specs" tab.

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    My take on the Nimble 9. Test rides around the street feel great. Easy to wheelie, pedals up to speed fast, etc. Waiting on a longer stem and eventually XT brakes. Might get a dropper, but will wait until I get some time on it. Also took off the OneUp gear. Didn't like how it felt through the gears and feeling like I won't need it.
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    Beautiful! That a Thomson stem?


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    Yeah, 50mm. I have a 6" travel bike on the way to replace my 5" trail bike, which has a 70mm on it right now. Will prob swap to that when it shows up.
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    Ahh. I was gonna say if buy it as I'm going all thomson on my N9. What big travel bike??


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    2014 Canfield Brothers Nimble 9

    Also, anyone know how big of a tire you can fit in the rear??


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    Quote Originally Posted by jkidd_39 View Post
    Ahh. I was gonna say if buy it as I'm going all thomson on my N9. What big travel bike??


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    Knolly Chilcotin.

    I'm running 2.2's with wide Derby rims and I have plenty of room. The dropouts are almost all the way forward and I feel confident I could fit a 2.4 or 2.5 depending on brand.
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    I ran a 2.2 Purgatory on Flow EX and couldn't get the sliders all the way forward w/o rubbing the FD. Now that I am 1x10 I am sure I could get it all the way forward.

    Might try a NN 2.25 in the back soon to see how I like it.

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    "Also, anyone know how big of a tire you can fit in the rear??"

    Quote Originally Posted by jonshonda View Post
    I ran a 2.2 Purgatory on Flow EX and couldn't get the sliders all the way forward w/o rubbing the FD. Now that I am 1x10 I am sure I could get it all the way forward.

    Might try a NN 2.25 in the back soon to see how I like it.
    I run a either a Hans Dampf 2.35 or a Racing Ralph 2.35 in the back of my '13 Nimble 9 depending on terrain. The big HD fits fine with my 1x10 drivetrain.

    I'm 5'11 and squeezed onto a medium frame. I love how playful the bike is but wanted the back end a touch longer on the steep descents so I have the sliders in the middle of their range. The chainstays are still shorter than my last bike, the Yelli Screamy. Without a FD it looks like one could run the sliders all the way forward, even with a big tire.
    Work expands to fit the time allotted...

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    So I have a Santa Cruz Tallboy LTC as my main bike now. I sold my Yelli and I miss it so I'm going to get another yelli or the new N9 as a second bike. I can't decide on which one lol
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    So I've had my Nimble for a few weeks now and have been enjoying it! So much that I talked the wife into one! We weren't able to afford new, so we found a good deal on a frame and fork. Got it built up today and she's loving it so far. It's not a 2014 model, but it will do!

    Hers is the blue. The wheels on the bike right now are only temporary.
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    Lucky wife.

    The front brake cable is looking at little crazy though.

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    Anybody running a front der?
    I have yet to see a picture of one.

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    reverse question: when not running a FM, is it best to wind the screw in without the blanking plate (it looks a bit odd and may get knocked off), or just leave the hole.

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    Both brake sets are only temporary!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghetto View Post
    reverse question: when not running a FM, is it best to wind the screw in without the blanking plate (it looks a bit odd and may get knocked off), or just leave the hole.
    Just get a small SS set screw to put in place of the original, I used a M6x10mm IIRC. I just took the original into my hardware store to match up the size and thread pitch, put a little dab of Loctite and it won't go anywhere.

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    2014 Canfield Brothers Nimble 9-photo.jpg

    Long time lurker here! While I have been mountain biking for a long long time I have never had a bike that has me so excited I have to talk about it! My 2014 Nimble 9 has been built for less than a week now and I've ridden it every day so far. I love this bike!!!!

    All of the praise that has been heaped on the Canfield Bros is well deserving.

    BTW, my wife can't get enough of her purple Yelli Screamy

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    good pic - what is it about the N9 you like so much?

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    I don't geek out on the geometry of a bike, I just ride to have a good time.

    Having the rear wheel tucked under my butt is helpful when climbing on a SS. Also, I was worried that a slack front (67ish with a 140mm fork) end would feel really vague or slow turning on level ground but that doesn't seem to be the case. People smarter than me have suggested that the 51mm offset on my fork helps.

    My favorite part about riding this bike is it helps to make up for my lack of skill and I feel like a hero rolling over the slick roots we have around my house. To be fair I'm sure you couldn't lose with any of the current short chain stay slack 29ers.

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    Good job!

    Here we go.

    * medium, Chrome, '14 Nimble 9
    * Reba RLs, 120mm
    * gearing 32:19
    * XT brakes
    * XFusion HiLo dropper
    * Stan's Crests on Hope Pro 2 Evo, front tyre is a Spesh Purgatory Control 2.3, rear is a Nobby Nic 2.25, both tubeless.
    * RaceFace Atlas 785mm flat bar on an On One 35mm stem
    * sliders are as forwards as I can get them without the chain being sloppy, they're maybe 2 or 3 mm shorter than my Yelli at this setting.

    12kg dead (26.45lbs) as built, pedals included.

    The steerer could lose 10mm, all in good time.

    First impression up and down the street is it is definitely more nimble than my Yelli, and the steel ride is noticeable - it's much softer in the back end. (I was fearing it wouldn't be). We're going to get along fine.

    I ride XC and single track here: Surrey Hills |

    The frame originally arrived with a 142x12 Maxle, it didn't seem quite right to me so I queried it with Canfield and Sean got a 135x12 out to the same day. Thanks Sean. (Tho I am a little confused what a 135x12 axle is right for 142x12 frame. Anyway never mind).

    First proper ride tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knuderrama View Post
    My favorite part about riding this bike is it helps to make up for my lack of skill and I feel like a hero rolling over the slick roots we have around my house. To be fair I'm sure you couldn't lose with any of the current short chain stay slack 29ers.
    Yeah amen, I find the same on my Yelli. Peeps think because I ride wide bars and short stem on a Yelli I am a hardcore rider but I'm not - really it's a fun, forgiving, do anything set up.

    You've managed to get the sliders slammed too - is that 32:18?

    Am liking your gloss black. Shame we can't meet up for a "black 'n' chrome" ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghetto View Post

    You've managed to get the sliders slammed too - is that 32:18?
    It's 32:19 but I'm struggling to make it up some of the steeper pops if I can't get a run at them. I am going to try a 20 tooth cog tonight, I have a few mm of forward adjustment left in the sliders so hopefully it will fit without lengthening the chain.

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    funny, I have the opposite problem, I was under geared tonight so I'm hoping I can swap a half link in for a full link and run 32:18. round here the climbs are either steep or long but rarely both.

    am half wishing I'd bought the black, having seen yours, but I need to put that thought to bed, it's not like it matters in the long run

    the frame rides lighter and faster than the Yelli, I'm happy with it.

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    2014 Canfield Brothers Nimble 9

    Can you guys keep up with geared bikes on the flowy fast stuff? I'm running 32:16 and am getting left on the downhill stuff. I couldn't imagine 32:20


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    "Keep up" depends who with of course, but I am as quick or quicker on SS as I am on gears.

    SS is good for flow, you probably notice every time a gearie shifts that they stall a bit. And dumping that choice from my head leaves more time left for enjoying the trail.

    But also for me part of the joy of the SS is leaving that rat race behind. I go the speed I go, and if I spin out then I chill and enjoy the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghetto View Post
    "Keep up" depends who with of course, but I am as quick or quicker on SS as I am on gears.
    Well said Getto.

    On hilly trails I am faster than a lot of geared riders because I can't grind away in a low gear. That said, where I used to live a popular trail was the remains of a old water ditch used to supply copper mines. The trail was flat with banked corner, I could never keep up with geared bikes.

    Also, the difference between the 19 and 20 tooth cog is small, I don't think it has reduced my top speed much.

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    yeah, no backing off from the climbs, often I'm working at my max just to keep moving. again, part of the fun for me.

    I can think of one local descent where the gearies are faster - it's long, near straight and has a shallow gradient so I can spin out while they have a high gear or 2 in reserve. That's an exception though. I've learnt to not care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghetto View Post
    The frame originally arrived with a 142x12 Maxle, it didn't seem quite right to me so I queried it with Canfield and Sean got a 135x12 out to the same day. Thanks Sean. (Tho I am a little confused what a 135x12 axle is right for 142x12 frame. Anyway never mind).
    From what I understand, it's the thickness of the dropouts. They are thinner so the maxle needs to be 135 in length. If the dropouts were a little thicker, you would thread your wheel on with a 142x12.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghetto View Post
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    What rotors are you using? Very cool looking!

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    sure, thanks - so the internal width of 142x12 and 135x12 are the same, and the difference is thickness of the dropout? I think they must be as I am using 142x12 hub adapters. anyway the bike rides good.

    for the record, the end of the 135x12 is flush with the threaded part of the DS slider and winds in fully so the head is flush on the NDS. If anyone has a few mm of axle sticking out on DS, you have the wrong axle.

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    lol if you're going to have rotor burn scares, they may as well be pretty ones

    yeah they stop me fine, and are light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cycljunkie View Post
    What rotors are you using? Very cool looking!

    Those are origin8 ashima rotors. They are fantastic stoppers and light to boot.

    And they leave a sweet scar. I have that same pattern on my right calf


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    2014 Canfield Brothers Nimble 9




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    pic of the year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghetto View Post
    "Keep up" depends who with of course, but I am as quick or quicker on SS as I am on gears.

    SS is good for flow, you probably notice every time a gearie shifts that they stall a bit. And dumping that choice from my head leaves more time left for enjoying the trail.
    Funny you mention it. I have a couple Strava segments I have been trying to blow away with my Yelli, which is geared. Set my records on the single speed Nimble 9 and I can't even touch those times with the Yelli. lol

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    me too

    gears make me weak

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghetto View Post
    me too

    gears make me weak
    They don't make me weak. They make me lazy.

    "Oh so I don't have to tackle this mile long climb out of saddle in 32:20, I can just spin up it in 30:36?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knuderrama View Post
    Some bike porn from yesterdays ride:
    I had to check your profile after seeing those pics. They really look a lot like the Mendocino Coastline or Fort Bragg area. If that is the place I sure do miss going there.

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    Got my chrome nimble 9 last Thursday, still waiting for a couple components. I also got confused on the rear axle size, I had emailed them saying they had sent the wrong one but got a nice explanation that 135x12 was correct. I'll be running mine 1x10.

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    yup 135x12 is correct.

    pics when it's built please

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    Are you referring to the included Maxle?

    I was thinking I got the wrong one too.


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    Correct. You will get a 135x12 thru axle. This will fit correctly and give you 142mm rear spacing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcraw View Post
    Got my chrome nimble 9 last Thursday, still waiting for a couple components. I also got confused on the rear axle size, I had emailed them saying they had sent the wrong one but got a nice explanation that 135x12 was correct. I'll be running mine 1x10.
    Are you referring to the included Maxle?

    I was thinking I got the wrong one too.


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    yeah you need a 135x12 Maxle. the one in my frame box was a 142x12, Canfield sent me a replacement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by racefit View Post
    Are you referring to the included Maxle?

    I was thinking I got the wrong one too.


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    Yes, the 135x12 Maxle is correct. But I think your hub has to be converted for 142x12 spacing. I'll know for sure later this week, at least for stan's ztr hubs.

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    Re: 2014 Canfield Brothers Nimble 9

    Quote Originally Posted by tomcraw View Post
    Yes, the 135x12 Maxle is correct. But I think your hub has to be converted for 142x12 spacing. I'll know for sure later this week, at least for stan's ztr hubs.
    Hub must be 142x12.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cycljunkie View Post
    Hub must be 142x12.
    correct, 135x12 Maxle, 142x12 Hub. (For my Hope Pro 2 Evo the adapters are known as 'X12' - they have smooth ends, whereas the 135x12 adapters, which won't work, have serrated ends)

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    Seat post slippage issues

    4 rides, > 150km, in and I'm still getting a lot of seat post slippage problems. I'm running an XFusion HiLo dropper and a Thomson clamp tightened to the max. I've used fibre grip and reset it many times, have resorted to setting it overweight and using the dropper to raise the saddle as the post drops, at least I get 20 mins without having to get off the bike that way.

    Anyone got any suggestions? Different clamp? (There don't seem to be many at 29.8mm).

    Ta.

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    ta, do you know if he's fixed it and what clamp he's using?

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    Re: 2014 Canfield Brothers Nimble 9

    Quote Originally Posted by ghetto View Post
    4 rides, > 150km, in and I'm still getting a lot of seat post slippage problems. I'm running an XFusion HiLo dropper and a Thomson clamp tightened to the max. I've used fibre grip and reset it many times, have resorted to setting it overweight and using the dropper to raise the saddle as the post drops, at least I get 20 mins without having to get off the bike that way.

    Anyone got any suggestions? Different clamp? (There don't seem to be many at 29.8mm).

    Ta.
    My friend's 2014 N9 also had a loose seat tube. My 2013 N9 is the opposite... Tight like a... Well you know... Can you use tape or something else on the lower part of the post to fill the gap?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghetto View Post
    ta, do you know if he's fixed it and what clamp he's using?
    Riding with him in Sedona tomorrow. Will check which clamp he uses...

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    2014 Canfield Brothers Nimble 9

    Had a similar problem with my Yelli. Fancy beer can shim solved my issues.

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    Re: 2014 Canfield Brothers Nimble 9

    Quote Originally Posted by ghetto View Post
    ta, do you know if he's fixed it and what clamp he's using?
    He's using a cheap Diety clamp. I think the beer can shim is your best bet.

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    How many of you are getting seat post slippage on the 2014 frames? I'm building up a chrome and wondering if it's just with the chrome.

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    Re: 2014 Canfield Brothers Nimble 9

    Quote Originally Posted by djembe975 View Post
    How many of you are getting seat post slippage on the 2014 frames? I'm building up a chrome and wondering if it's just with the chrome.
    My buddy's is chrome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cycljunkie View Post
    My buddy's is chrome.

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    He's having slippage problems as well?

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    Re: 2014 Canfield Brothers Nimble 9

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    He's having slippage problems as well?
    Not after putting in a shim.

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    Where do you get those shims? Also, I'm using a Chromag clamp do you think that will remedy slipping issues?

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    Where do you get those shims? Also, I'm using a Chromag clamp do you think that will remedy slipping issues?
    I think the best shim approach is to cut a section of beer can. I think any decent clamp should be fine. Just figure out how much shim you need to make the post stationary.

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    my seat post slippage problem seems to have ceased: I took the post out and clamp off, squeezed a lot more fibre grip down the ST, put some more on the post and worked it up and down, reassembled. no slipping on about 40km riding yesterday, let's hope it's fixed.

    @djembe975 mine is a chrome, though I don't see why frame finish would be an issue in this problem

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    Do you think a good clamp like the Chromag I have will solve the problem?

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    sorry I don't know. my clamp is Thompson (the bolt rounds out easily!). I'm riding again tonight, I'll update later if the post moves. If not, that's 2 rides so I think I'm done.

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    I just got mine built up, I also have the thomson clamp. I've only ridden on the street yesterday dialing in the drivetrain and brakes. Should get a full ride in Wednesday. Waiting on some new ESI chunky's.

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    A couple pics:

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    First ride yesterday, leisurely 5 miles to dial in my cockpit.

    I really like the geometry. I was able to manual off a very small ledge, something I could never do with my MCR. Didn't have any issue keeping the front down on a short climb, but it isn't very steep. Definitely faster acceleration and way more nimble in switchbacks.

    I moved to 60mm stem with my 685mm bars and the front is too twitchy for me, especially at speed. Don't really want to go back to my 90mm stem, so thinking of ordering the Enve 730mm carbon bars.

    Final build:
    Large chrome Nimble 9
    2.4 Ardent front and rear on Stan's Flow
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    These seem awesome! They do seem heavy though. Anyone noticing any issues with weight. 6.5 lbs seems like a lot for a medium frame, even steel. I currently ride a steel Salsa El Mariachi set up single speed.

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    It doesn't ride heavy to me. The Yelli is 2 pounds lighter if you are concerned about weight and can deal with the alu ride.

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    Anyone had any issues with an expanded 10 speed cassette? I've put a Hope T Rex 40T expander at the back of my cassette (and taken out the 17T) - the rear arm of the M786 XT mech is close enough to the cassette that in some shifts it obstructs the chain from shifting (in particular from 28T to 24T).

    Anyone have any knowledge of this?

    This pic shows the chain touching the RM after the shift has been clicked to upshift. It's not jammed, I can shift 2 up then 2 back if I have to, but at the point on the cycle where the tooth is trying to throw the chain outwards, the link is touching the RM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghetto View Post
    Anyone had any issues with an expanded 10 speed cassette? I've put a Hope T Rex 40T expander at the back of my cassette (and taken out the 17T) - the rear arm of the M786 XT mech is close enough to the cassette that in some shifts it obstructs the chain from shifting (in particular from 28T to 24T).

    Anyone have any knowledge of this?

    This pic shows the chain touching the RM after the shift has been clicked to upshift. It's not jammed, I can shift 2 up then 2 back if I have to, but at the point on the cycle where the tooth is trying to throw the chain outwards, the link is touching the RM.
    I think you need to buy a longer b-screw

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    extended b-screw already fitted

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    After 2nd ride realized that the headset had seated another mm, tightened that up and the twitchy steering disappeared, or by sometime in my third ride I just got everything dialed in. Loving the bike.

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    I goofed and left my rear axle behind in a car park, it's not there now. Bugger, as we say over here.

    Could someone confirm what I need is this, in 135mm width: RockShox Rear Maxle Lite (Updated) | Chain Reaction Cycles

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghetto View Post
    I goofed and left my rear axle behind in a car park, it's not there now. Bugger, as we say over here.

    Could someone confirm what I need is this, in 135mm width: RockShox Rear Maxle Lite (Updated) | Chain Reaction Cycles

    Thanks
    Correct, the 135x12 is the Maxle you'll need on the 2014 N9. We also have these in stock and can help you out with pricing as it's a replacement.

    Cheers!

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    thx for that, am in UK so probably easier to get from a local supplier this time.

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    Anyone reckon it's OK to run the N9 SS, chain stays slammed very short without the tensioner bolt nut in place (the bolts are in and tight, but if I add the nut I'm going to have to push the sliders back, add a chain link and a bunch more chain stay length)?

    I guess the principle risk is loosing a bolt on the trails.

    (Gearing is 32:18 with a chain that's a bit stretched).

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    If your dropouts are slammed forward, there is no where for it to go because it always slips forward. I say go for it.
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    sure, they're not actually 100% slammed, the screws are still applying a little tension, though not enough to get the nut in there.

    anyway I'll give it a try and keep an eye on it.

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    Anyone out there running anything bigger than a 160mm rotor in the rear?

    I got a 180mm rotor at the moment and i'm trying to find an adapter to make it work.

    I think I found one that could work. It's a Avid 203mm adapter

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkidd_39 View Post
    Anyone out there running anything bigger than a 160mm rotor in the rear?

    I got a 180mm rotor at the moment and i'm trying to find an adapter to make it work.

    I think I found one that could work. It's a Avid 203mm adapter
    You just need a +20mm adapter. Looks like this:
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghetto View Post
    Anyone had any issues with an expanded 10 speed cassette? I've put a Hope T Rex 40T expander at the back of my cassette (and taken out the 17T) - the rear arm of the M786 XT mech is close enough to the cassette that in some shifts it obstructs the chain from shifting (in particular from 28T to 24T).

    Anyone have any knowledge of this?

    This pic shows the chain touching the RM after the shift has been clicked to upshift. It's not jammed, I can shift 2 up then 2 back if I have to, but at the point on the cycle where the tooth is trying to throw the chain outwards, the link is touching the RM.
    I had the same issue... The cassette wore a notch in my derailleur arm... XTR...

    I put the same parts on another bike and did not have the same issue... Highball...

    I noticed that the derailleur was rotated lower on the Highball vs the N9... Basically, the N9 dropout is what's causing the issue with running a 40t and shimano der. I tried many adjustments but have not succeeded. Running a 650b setup now, 36t is perfect. No issues at all there...

    I'll install a Radcaged der and if that helps any...

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    Thx, yes please update re the radcage. (You put 650bs on you N9?)

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    I finally got my new XL N9 built up and took it out for a quick shakedown ride after work. On some fairly non-technical flowy singletrack, I can happily confirm that everything good I'd heard about it is true. It is indeed nimble, but also stable, responsive, comfortable and a genuine riot to ride. I still need to put it through its paces on some more demanding terrain, but initial impressions are super positive. Great bike!!
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    ^^Very nice build.

    I love that you stayed with Chrome and Black. Perfect setup imho. Only thing I would do is ditch the wheel graphics.

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    Helping a friend build up a 2014 chrome. Wanting seat clamp advice. Diameter? Particularly one that comes in blue. Loaded? Salsa?

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    Ive got a blue Hope 30.0 on mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gravitythief76 View Post
    Helping a friend build up a 2014 chrome. Wanting seat clamp advice. Diameter? Particularly one that comes in blue. Loaded? Salsa?
    Seatpost clamp is 29.8mm. I went with a black thomson clamp. There are not a lot of options at this size. I think salsa is the only other clamp I really found. I'm not a fan of loaded as all there colors clash with every other brand.


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    Cool deal. Thx for the help. Helping him get the right chris king headset too. Want the flush upper/traditional lower. Anyone know which model this is? Canfield site says 44mm upper and lower, but the ck site says 44 upper 49 lower, is this the correct one? Why the diff, I imagine its because the bearingd are external? Thx!!

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    It is a 44mm straight head tube, not the 44/49.

    ZS44/28.6 is the upper and EC44/40 lower tapered steerer and a ZS44/30 for a straight 1 1/8 steerer.
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    Hi,

    Anybody had any rusting problems on LE version welds?

    I spotted some yellow-ish discolorations on the welds near BB/Seat Tube junction but ignored it.
    Recently checked this area after new chain installation and found some rusty spots on the welds...

    Not exactly happy bunny :-/

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    LoMF syndrome...

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    Can anyone post the part number for a cane creek 40 series headset for my 2014 nimble 9? I just want to make sure I get the right one. Thx in advance.

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    here you go.... Off Cane Creek Website
    TAPERED ZS44|EC44/40
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    TAPERED ZS44|EC44/40

    COMPLETE Tapered ZS44|EC44/40

    Technical Description ZS44/28.6|EC44/40
    Top Type ZS - ZeroStack
    Top Head Tube Inside Dia. 44.0mm
    Stem Clamp Dia. 28.6mm
    Top Stack Height 8mm
    Top Bearing Type Black Oxide, Sealed
    Bottom Type EC - External Cup
    Bottom Head Tube Inside Dia. 44.0mm
    Crown Race Seat Dia. 39.79mm
    Crown Race Type Steel, Face-Sealed
    Bottom Stack Height 12mm
    Bottom Bearing Type Black Oxide, Sealed
    Material 6061
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    Part Number BAA0717k
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    Thx rsullivan, that's exactly what I needed. I will post a pic when it's finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IvanMTB View Post
    Hi,

    Anybody had any rusting problems on LE version welds?

    I spotted some yellow-ish discolorations on the welds near BB/Seat Tube junction but ignored it.
    Recently checked this area after new chain installation and found some rusty spots on the welds...

    Not exactly happy bunny :-/

    Cheers!
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    Yeah I've had that discolouration for a while now but haven't really paid much attention to it. No rust spots so far.

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    Just got it finished. I'm happy with how it came out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azlakerfan12 View Post
    Just got it finished. I'm happy with how it came out.

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    Cool build! I love the purple on the green, and there are no bars better than Deity.

    Which purple hubs did you go with?

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    Hubs are the hope trials.

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    somewhere on that bike you need "the joker" ! love it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by IvanMTB View Post
    Hi,

    Anybody had any rusting problems on LE version welds?

    I spotted some yellow-ish discolorations on the welds near BB/Seat Tube junction but ignored it.
    Recently checked this area after new chain installation and found some rusty spots on the welds...

    Not exactly happy bunny :-/

    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ast View Post
    Yeah I've had that discolouration for a while now but haven't really paid much attention to it. No rust spots so far.
    yeah i have a 13 chrome and the bb/st junction and ht/tt junction have copper showing through. i will get rust on the bb/st, but i just make sure no mud sits in that area and hit it with a silicone spray that i have laying around. i contacted sean about the thin nickel areas and my concerns as it wasn't even built yet, and he said to just keep it wiped down and not to let water sit on it. kinda ticked about that at the time, but i'm over it. the plating isn't the best quality in those areas

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    What up guys? currently building my new nimble 9. really want to run a reverb stealth dropper post, but there isnt any routing for it? anybody have suggestions on how i could make this work? maybe bore out the whole for the front derailer that im not using??

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    A friend of ours, Sanjay Shanbhag, is doing a 7 year would tour and wanted to run a steath routed dropper. Here is how he did it. 2014 Canfield Brothers Nimble 9-n9-stealth-1.jpg2014 Canfield Brothers Nimble 9-n9-stealth-2.jpg2014 Canfield Brothers Nimble 9-n9-stealth-3.jpg
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    Yes! this Is exactly what I'm looking for. Is there any way I could get in contact with Sanjay for a little advice/insight? Or if you could point me in the direction of that cable guide/grommet. Much appreciation!

    edit:

    Found this, looks like it might work. We'll see.

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    Sanjay said: "The little rubber insert I believe was off of a Santa Cruz. It will hopefully keep dirt and grime out of my frame and the cable from getting chewed by by the frame."

    He has posted a bit on Facebook, just search his name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ast View Post
    Yeah I've had that discolouration for a while now but haven't really paid much attention to it. No rust spots so far.
    Quote Originally Posted by fishwrinkle View Post
    yeah i have a 13 chrome and the bb/st junction and ht/tt junction have copper showing through. i will get rust on the bb/st, but i just make sure no mud sits in that area and hit it with a silicone spray that i have laying around. i contacted sean about the thin nickel areas and my concerns as it wasn't even built yet, and he said to just keep it wiped down and not to let water sit on it. kinda ticked about that at the time, but i'm over it. the plating isn't the best quality in those areas
    Cheers Chaps!

    Looks like I'm not the only one with this problem.

    However that is pretty worying...








    Especially that after contacting Canfield received pretty disconcerning reply.

    With questions if by any chance I'm riding in wet conditions

    Really? Last time when I checked MTB was about riding in ANY conditions...

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    wow that is bad. maybe clean that area as good as possible then saturate it with oil?

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    I'm not metalurgist or steel technician, but had quite a few steel frames in my stable. Some of them chromium plated in some parts.
    So in my oppinion it is bad plating job, as I NEVER experienced anything like that. And some of these frames are now almost my age (41).

    What is really sad that Canfield was very, very slow in replying and sending "pearls of wisdom" in likes: it is normal, just use some steel wool to polish it out, are you riding in wet conditions...

    That is not exactly something I would call good customers service.

    I understand I'm just a poor relative from small island next to Europe but was expecting a bit more from such a company...

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    Quote Originally Posted by flymybike View Post
    A friend of ours, Sanjay Shanbhag, is doing a 7 year would tour and wanted to run a steath routed dropper. Here is how he did it. Click image for larger version. 

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    This is awesome! Definitely looking at doing the same.

    Question, what would stop you from drilling the headtube or downtube and have the cable completely internal??
    Something with wheels and brakes.

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