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    niner sir9 vs. GF rig

    i am trying to decide between these two new ss bikes.

    GF Rig Niner SIR9
    $1500 manitou minute fork
    wheelset
    -stans arch rims
    -surly hubs
    -dt spokes and nipples
    white ENO crank
    king haedset
    salsa sweep bar
    bb7 brakes and speedial 7 levers
    panaracer rampage tires
    thompson stem and seatpost
    wtb rocket v saddle
    ergon grips
    salsa skewers and seatpost collar
    $2500


    is it worth the extra money for the niner sir9 build?

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    your name should be 'rocksinthehed'...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockintheshed
    i am trying to decide between these two new ss bikes.

    GF Rig Niner SIR9
    $1500 manitou minute fork
    wheelset
    -stans arch rims
    -surly hubs
    -dt spokes and nipples
    white ENO crank
    king haedset
    salsa sweep bar
    bb7 brakes and speedial 7 levers
    panaracer rampage tires
    thompson stem and seatpost
    wtb rocket v saddle
    ergon grips
    salsa skewers and seatpost collar
    $2500


    is it worth the extra money for the niner sir9 build?

    Isn't it your call in the end?? Just asking. I like both. Can you test ride both in one day?? That could could give you the best idea of which bike works best for you. Not which one costs the most. I have purchased bikes in the past for their primo price...usually regretted it later. Just my 2 cents.

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    I had an '07 Rig and now have a '08 SIR9.

    The ride of the SIR9 is superior. In the rock garden peppered trails of the NE US, the harshness of the Rig is nicely dampened on the SIR9...no surprise here (alu v steel).

    The EBB of the SIR9 is a better design, I think. Once I wrapped the EBB heavy duty PTFE and torqued to spec, no creaks whatsoever. The wedge design of the Rig had me pulling it apart, cleaning, and regreasing every so often.

    Slow speed handling and climbing was also superior on the SIR9 for me. Less body english was required to climb the nasty stuff around hear. High speed handling was similar as long as the trail was reasonably smooth (the rougher it is, the SIR9 gets the nod). YMMV.

    I bought the Rig used (for fairly cheap). Once I was sure that I was into the SS/29 thing, I bought the SIR9 frame (because of the ride and I'm an equipment whore) and put the Rig's parts on it. Once I was sure I loved the SIR9 (took about 10 seconds), I spent the money for better parts for it, reassembled the Rig, and sold it. The SIR9 would've been fine leaving the Rig parts on it too.

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