It is that time of year again – all the hot new gear starts appearing in our warehouse, and then disappearing faster than we can say “boo!”. Case in point – we just got our first shipment of 2012 SRAM Rock Shox forks.
These 100mm models are a great fit with our hardtails and with the Jet 9 and Jet 9 RDO full suspension frames.
For the first time, Rock Shox’s World Cup quality SID platform is available in a 29er option. For those of you wondering what the excitement is all about, highlights include:
- SID and Reba now share an external chassis
- New lighter weights
- 15mm Maxle Option
- New Motion Control DNA compression damper in SID models
Want more tech? Bike Rumor has a great write up on the updates to Rock Shox’s 2012 29er forks.
For those of you waiting for the SID World Cup, we are expecting our first shipment in mid-September.
Call your Niner dealer to order – forks have begun shipping and are first come first serve.
(SRAM forks must be purchased with frame)
In addition to the new Rock Shox , we also have 2012 Shimano SLX and XT build kits in stock. Both XT and SLX kits are a great 29er value with Rock Shox fork options and both Sun Ringle and Stan’s wheelset options. XT kits have been upgraded to include the Niner Carbon bar in your choice of color. For complete kit info, click here, to order, see your Niner dealer.
New Reviews From Around the World – JET 9 RDO, JET 9, R.I.P. 9, W.F.O. 9
We have had a great month at Niner for reviews and ratings from around the world. Here in the USA, a review from Mountain Bike Action’s September issue:
“The R.I.P. 9 was already a favorite trailbike when compared to any previously tested 26- or 29-inch-wheeled bike. The addition of a 2×10 drivetrain and an adjustable-height seatpost sweetened an already sweet deal. The R.I.P. 9 is an intelligent choice for any terrain we have ever ridden. Where we ride most often, on Southern California’s weird mix of loose sand and adobe hardpack trails, the R.I.P. 9 has an even more distinct advantage.”
In Spain, we have the first print review (it is very positive) of the Jet 9 RDO with some great riding pics:
Finally, from Germany, we have received a rating of “Sehr Gut” for each of our alloy suspension bikes from Bike, the most thorough and scientific bike reviewer in Europe (we can’t wait to send a Jet 9 RDO in for test!). For those that understand German, check the video below for more details from Bike’s 29er full suspension shoot-out.
Check out the complete reviews and ratings on our website. Niner keeps a library of complete, unedited reviews for each bike online for your perusal, just look under the reviews tab on any bike page at www.ninerbikes.com.
Our engineering staff is busy every day working on projects to make Niner bikes the best available. Sometimes, this means that we are working on grand projects, such as envisioning a new frame or component. Other times, it means that we are busy finding ways to make even the simplest parts of your bike function better.
One key Niner philosophy is “Fewer Parts, Fewer Problems”. We believe that reducing the number of parts in a bicycle will lead to better functionality in the long run. A good example of this approach can be found on the Jet 9 RDO ‘s linkage interface, where the bearings sit against co-molded washers. In our alloy designs, this interface requires separate washers that can make installation and maintenance take a bit longer. On the carbon frame, we had the opportunity to simplify this interface, so we took advantage of it.
While this may seem like a small thing, it is by applying the same philosophy over and over again that we are able to create bikes that are low maintenance and reliable.
Jet 9 Cable Routing Video
For those of you with Jet 9 RDO frames on order, or who have them already, Eric, our rider service manager, has created a short video showing how to route the internal cables. Your new frame comes with temporary guide tubes installed in the frame to make cable routing easy, but this video shows how to route the cables without using these tubes, too. Click the image below to watch, or visit our Official Niner Bikes You Tube Channel.
For those of you who know our racer, Dejay Birtch, it will come as no surprise that he decided to ride the Tour Divide this year. For those of you who don’t know Dejay or the Tour, let’s share some facts:
- Dejay rode for 20 days, 17 hours along the length of North America’s Great Divide Mountain Bike Route.
- Dejay rode the North to South version, starting in Banff, Alberta and finishing in Antelope Wells, New Mexico.
- Dejay rode on a fully ridged SIR 9 steel singlespeed.
- Racers are required to be self supported and only utilize services available to all racers in towns.
- By the end of the route, Dejay had climbed almost 200,000 vertical feet.
The fun stuff should come directly from Dejay – he called in at regular intervals, here are two of his most interesting calls:
We are really proud of Dejay’s accomplishment – as a member of the Niner / Stan’s / Ergon team, he is out there doing exactly what we want – riding the hell out of his bike and loving it.
Niner Staff Introductions
We have a great crew of people who work to bring Niner Bikes to the world, and as a part of expanding the Niner community, we thought we would start making some introductions:
Introducing Brad Cole – for those of you who didn’t meet him at the Crusher in the Tusher last week (where he won the singlespeed category), Brad Cole is quickly becoming known as Niner’s newest fast guy. Originally from Kansas, Brad moved to moved to Colorado for school and for the amazing bike racing that the mountain states have to offer. 5 years on, he is a fixture on the local road racing, mountain and cyclocross scenes.
Our newest addition to Niner’s Rider Service crew has a background as a teacher. Brad uses his experience to make his communication with Niner’s riders as clear and helpful as possible. “I really like all the people I meet working in the bike industry, it is such a positive crew and it is fun to be in a mountain bike company.”
When he isn’t riding, Brad is off in Colorado’s backcountry on his tele skis. but no matter what the season is, his favorite place is the same – Colorado’s high country. In the summer he rides the same area on his singlespeed – in particular “American Lakes to Thunder Pass up at Cameron”.
And as for his best bike advice, he has two tidbits of wisdom:
“If you are tired, push harder on the pedals, you will get home faster. Works best on singlespeeds.”
Montana Cycling, Billings, MT
Montana Cycling is one of those shops that we should all be so lucky to have in our neighborhoods. The beautiful shop, friendly staff and great stock aside, these guys understand what it means to build a cycling community. Utilizing both their great location and their robust Facebook community, this is your source for group rides, classes, introductions to cycling and much more. They strive to serve every aspect of the Billings cycling population, with programs such as Montana Women on Wheels and bike maintenance classes for school groups. Visit the facebook pages for schedules and news about weekly events.
The staff at Montana share a love of 29ers. “29ers, hardtails in particular, are the perfect Billings bike, particularly for the local student population. A lot of folks build up one nice bike to be their everything-machine: commuting, mountain biking, etc”. The local trails (accessible within 10 minutes of mellow pedaling from the shop), are 29er territory, for sure!
Montana Cycling is a Niner Demo Shop, with a great range of bikes available for you to try:
Spokes, Little Rock, AR
Located in Little Rock’s historic Stifft’s Station District, Spokes is the Arkansas answer to making a great store, a great community and a fun place to visit. For those seeking their newest mountain bike, Spokes offers a huge sales floor chock full of gear (and in-stock Niners, of course). The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about 29ers and will go the extra mile to make sure you get set up right.
Or, if you just want to chill out and have some great Doma coffee, Spokes a great place for people watching (you can learn a lot by observing talented mechanics!), meeting up with friends and grabbing a little WiFi or Tour de France on the screen.
To keep up on events and rides, visit the shop’s Facebook page. The shop is located within riding distance of several great trail systems, and the staff is happy to point you in the right direction.
It is a dream come true to spend our days riding, testing and imagining what new things we can bring to you to enjoy your ride even more. Thanks for being a part of the Niner community.
Thanks from the Niner Bikes Crew!
Source: Niner Bikes