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    New Niner SIR SS

    Well, after initially ordering a white one and it coming in as a large rather than medium, and then going on a 10 day trip out of state, I came home to find a box in the garage with a medium SIR in the 2016 color scheme. Excel Sports remedied the mistake, and while I would have preferred the all white, the silver with white looks pretty darn good as well!

    This is my first SS bike, and I plan to get it out for a ride later today. XT crank/brakes, Stan's Rapid wheels, Maxxis Icon 2.35 F/R. 30t front, 18t rear. 21.8 lbs with the Spank pedals (been years since I was on flats, but I wanted to try them out). I have a Niner carbon bar to toss on, but I want to try it with the stock Ritchey alloy bar so I can see if the difference in feel is noticeable.

    Definitely need to get the steerer cut, but I want to see how I like the position first.

    Bad pic, but it gets the job done.

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    Looks good, I think large would have worked too

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    Quote Originally Posted by KgB View Post
    Looks good, I think large would have worked too

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    I REALLY wanted it to... but it felt way to big. I really prefer a smaller frame, and I am right on the verge of large working, but I wanted this sucker to fit the way I want. With the ability to easily toss on gears, I plan on having this bike for a good long while, always lusted after an 853 steel bike!

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    Nice bike! Congrats! Did you get to test ride a SIR 9 before buying yours, or did you just trust your gut and reviews? My local bike shop has the El Mariachi and can get a Superfly SS for me to test, but no SIR 9 dealer is anywhere near me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beardog View Post
    Nice bike! Congrats! Did you get to test ride a SIR 9 before buying yours, or did you just trust your gut and reviews? My local bike shop has the El Mariachi and can get a Superfly SS for me to test, but no SIR 9 dealer is anywhere near me.
    Trusted my gut, honestly. I have, however, ridden medium Niner's in the past (EMD's) and the geometry is pretty much the same, if not identical. But, no, I did not ride one first.

    I can say, after my first ride today, that I certainly made the right choice. It was only 10 miles, and the headset was a little loose, but the bike handles great, and I do not foresee any issues running SS or fully rigid. Get the SIR if you can, I love it!

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    Where else did you shop? What was involved in your decision to buy from Excel Sports? I am having a hard time finding the SIR 9's online as a complete bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beardog View Post
    Where else did you shop? What was involved in your decision to buy from Excel Sports? I am having a hard time finding the SIR 9's online as a complete bike.
    I just googled 'em to see what was out there, and wasn't even looking to buy. But, Excel had a medium listed, with XC bits and my favorite tires, list $3k, on sale for $2200. Good deal, and after adding up the cost, I likely couldn't build it for that. I preferred that bulid to the others I saw.

    Jenson had a size large for a good deal, and Excel has an actual size medium in yellow (no white though), and a couple other stores had 'em, but I don't remember which.

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    Thanks for the reply, and enjoy that bike!!

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    That looks awesome. Off to do some research

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    Nice looking bike, like the silver/white.

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    Looks nice, I have a rigid Sir9 but I love having wide rims. I lost faith in Stans long ago with his "Wideright"BS . I use 2.35 tires on 30-35mm rims and they work great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hardmtnbiker View Post
    Is that for trails(30x18)?
    Yes. I am no longer on that gearing, however. Bought an Absolute Black oval in 32, and swap out the rear between a 21 and 22... don't judge. I never have been very speedy on the flats anyways, so I don't really mind the lack of top end!

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    I'm not judging bro, just usually do see a 30x18. I too just bought a oval Wolf Tooth 32. Haven't tried it yet but I'll be using a 22cog when I do.
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    Yes. I am no longer on that gearing, however. Bought an Absolute Black oval in 32, and swap out the rear between a 21 and 22... don't judge. I never have been very speedy on the flats anyways, so I don't really mind the lack of top end!
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    No worries. The bike came with the 30x18, only rode it a couple times. Loving the AB oval, and the 22 helps me get up the crazy steeps I encounter regularly. I don't care much about flat terrain top speed so it isn't a huge deal, although my goal is to get strong enough for a 21t. I know a lot of people run a 32x20 (from a 'post your gearing' thread), but that isn't attainable for me in my current fitness.

    One day, perhaps!

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    I'm not judging bro, just usually do see a 30x18. I too just bought a oval Wolf Tooth 32. Haven't tried it yet but I'll be using a 22cog when I do.

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    nice one!

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