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Niner Air 9 RDO

chrisnic365chrisnic365 Posts: 14
edited October 2016 in Your mountain bikes
Built this up in Jan this year as I fancied a super light hard tail for riding round the Chilterns and for a few events. It was my first build but went very well.

(hopefully pic works linking from FaceBook)


Niner Air 9 RDO carbon frame (2014 - large)
Niner RDO 'unstiff' carbon seat post
Fizik Gobi XM saddle
Rock Shox SID RCT3 fork (100mm)
Praxisworks PF30->Shimano BB
XT M8000 full 1x11 groupset and brakes (11-42t and 32t - 180mm rotor front and 160mm rear)
XT M8000 SPDs
Thompson 70mm stem
Thompson carbon flat XC bar (730mm I think)
Race Face half Nelson grips
Stans Arch 29er rims on Hope Evo2 hubs front and rear
Hope rear skewer
Racing Ralph tyres (which I've learned to hate)
Custom fork and rim stickers from Slik

It's lovely to ride and almost embarrassingly easy to get up some hills. I was worried that I'd run out of legs with the gearing but so far it's been fine. That might change when I do the Rat Race Coast to Coast next year mind! I was also a little surprised at how useable it is on more fun trails. It ate up Swinley (which to be fair isn't exactly hardcore) and the Surry hills. The only real limiting bits were the lack of a dropper, which I miss from my other bike, and the tyres which seem to puncture easily and just aren't grippy enough.

It hasn't missed a beat in the 500 or so miles I've put on it :)


  • velogeevelogee Posts: 186
    I really fancy an XC speed machine like this. Glad to hear it's good for a bit of Swinley, although I'm not too into trail centres. I like to get lost in the woods not hounded by Santa Cruz riding, Audi driving marketing managers. I do get dragged there occasionally...
    Madone 4.9 Di2 2014 - Road
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