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    New Old Stock. Fresh Nimble 9 SS build

    I know this forum is quiet with uncertainty about the brand's future. Thought some of you might appreciate some fresh build stoke.

    Ordered one of the last (if not THE last) XL N9 Boost frames in stock. Built it out last week and took it on a couple shakedown runs here in Phoenix.

    IMG_0481 by dbozman1173, on Flickr

    The build:

    Newest Boost N9 frame, XL.
    Fox 36 reduced to 140, 44 offset
    Ibis 938 wheels with Bontrager XR4 and SE4 2.6 tires
    Magura MT Sport brakes
    Renthal cockpit with Deity Knuckledusters
    OneUp 170 dropper with WT lever
    Running 32-20 SS setup with Problem Solvers Zinger for the XD hub.

    IMG_0321 by dbozman1173, on Flickr

    Pretty dialed build for our terrain here and a super-fun bike to ride as a backup to my Ripmo. Having owned a couple of these previously, I can say the Bros. really got the steel feeling right on this version. The previous ones I owned (a first-gen and second-gen) were pretty stiff. The quality of the steel is more compliant without being noodley.

    Just thought I'd share. Hope it causes some holiday Canfield stoke. Merry Christmas.
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    Looking good Blatant! Built my 2014 Yelli back up and made it ss. Absolutley love it! I hope the bros can make a return.

    Enjoy the new ride and Merry Christmas!

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    Nice looking N9! Good to hear about the steel quality.
    I purchased a medium Nimble 9 in sparkle blue, about 6 months ago. Iíve been slowly accumulating parts for it. Canít wait to build it up.
    How do you like the handling of the frame?
    Are those 29x2.6 tires? How is the clearance on the back with the 2.6 tire? Iím planning on 29x2.6 for mine.

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    I'll chime in...

    Built up N9 as a single speed in October. Absolutely loving everything about it. My other bike is a Mojo 3, and they handle very similarly with the main differences being the obvious ones: hard tail vs. FS and SS vs. geared.

    I'm running 27.5 x 2.8, and there's a ton of clearance.New Old Stock. Fresh Nimble 9 SS build-nn-low-res-build-pic.jpgNew Old Stock. Fresh Nimble 9 SS build-nn-low-res-outside.jpg
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    Yes, 29x2.6 tires. No clearance issues, even fully slammed. Iím running pretty far back in the drops simply due to the SS chain setup.
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    I am also building up a medium N9. I bought the frame back in October and hoping to have it ready for the initial trail ride tomorrow. I am running 29 x 2.6 Bontrager XR4 Team issue tires front and back on WTB Asym i35 rims. Have the sliders set about midway and there is plenty of room. Fits about the same as a 2.4 on the back of my 2016 Unit.

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    Thanks for sharing the stoke Blatant! It helped push me over the edge to also order one of the last XLs. The frame should arrive on Monday.
    I had been wanting one of these for many years and it sounds like this iteration has that compliant touch that I have been looking for from a well designed AM steel frame. I had a Transition Trans-Am and a Kona Honzo in the past and both were too over-built in the rear without any of the fun "spring" that steel should give you. I still have a Kona Unit (2013) which has that more lively feel, but the design and geo is just not there for bigger/harder riding.
    Thanks for sharing the build specs as that will be the project over the next several months while I wait for the snow to melt here in Wyo. I'm planning on running those same tires on 30mm id rims so I'm glad to hear they fit fine.
    I'm curious about why you went with the 44mm offset and, more importantly, how you like it? With me being 6'2" and 165lbs on this XL with a reach of 473mm, I was thinking a shorter offset might be favorable to help weight that front wheel for handling and to get the fork to do as much work as possible on the bumps.
    Cheers, Ravercoe

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    I used the 44 because itís what I had available. Takeoff from my Ripmo, dropped down to 140. If Iíd had any other fork available over the 36 Iíd have run it.
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    Nice bike! I built up a rigid ss a year ago and can't get enough of it. The ride is sublime---stiff enough to climb like a goat and compliant enough to blast boulder fields. And what a value the frame is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blatant View Post
    I used the 44 because itís what I had available. Takeoff from my Ripmo, dropped down to 140. If Iíd had any other fork available over the 36 Iíd have run it.
    Can you provide details about what don't you like about the 36 on the N9?

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    Pretty simple and has nothing to do with Canfield. I just donít care for the feel of Fox forks. I personally find the damping to be harsh and strongly prefer RS forks.
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    Any Gen 4 (Latest version) Nimble 9 owners have any experience running reduced offset fork (44-46mm) versus a traditional (51mm)?
    I am just curious about possible handling cost/benefits especially since I will be running mine with a -1 angle headset. Thanks for sharing, R

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    Quote Originally Posted by rvercoe View Post
    Any Gen 4 (Latest version) Nimble 9 owners have any experience running reduced offset fork (44-46mm) versus a traditional (51mm)?
    I am just curious about possible handling cost/benefits especially since I will be running mine with a -1 angle headset. Thanks for sharing, R
    Wish I could help, but I'm running a DVO Diamond at 140mm with 51mm offset. I would have to pull out my protractor to compare the geometry with your setup.

    The only thing I might offer is that my setup has achieved "Goldilocks" status for me. It's perfect!
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    Thanks ABQ,
    That is helpful info. I'd rather stick with a 51mm offset as that is what it was designed around at the time and they're much cheaper than the new fangled reduced offset forks. I was just curious if there might be something to the new offset geo on a fairly long and slack like the G4 N9 that would make it even more rad feeling, but it sounds like you are feeling pretty damn happy with it as is. Cheers, R-

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    Quote Originally Posted by rvercoe View Post
    Thanks ABQ,
    That is helpful info. I'd rather stick with a 51mm offset as that is what it was designed around at the time and they're much cheaper than the new fangled reduced offset forks. I was just curious if there might be something to the new offset geo on a fairly long and slack like the G4 N9 that would make it even more rad feeling, but it sounds like you are feeling pretty damn happy with it as is. Cheers, R-
    My pleasure. Very happy indeed!
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    I emailed Lance Canfield about fork offset. He confirmed that the bike was designed around a 51mm offset fork. I asked him if he tried the Nimble 9 with a 44mm offset fork and how it affected the handling. He said a 44mm offset fork makes the handling slower. At first I was confused, and itís counterintuitive, but a shorter offset creates a longer trail, which makes handling slower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rvercoe View Post
    Any Gen 4 (Latest version) Nimble 9 owners have any experience running reduced offset fork (44-46mm) versus a traditional (51mm)?
    I am just curious about possible handling cost/benefits especially since I will be running mine with a -1 angle headset. Thanks for sharing, R
    What length are you going to run fork at, 120mm or 140mm?

    I don't own a N9, but I have owned a couple of Honzos that ran 140mm forks with 46mm offsets. The geo between a 2016 Honzo and last gen Nimble are nearly identical. I'll echo what Lance said, they did steer slower, but shorter stems and wider bars speed up steering. They fit my riding style of steering with hips more than bars. Ver3 of my Honzo is going to have a 552 a2c fork, -2į headset, SS and even lower bb. I think it'll be a fun experiment.

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