Canfield Bikes Unveils 2020 Nimble 9

Boutique bike manufacture Canfield Bikes unveils new version of rowdy all-mountain hardtail.

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Canfield Bikes Unveils 2020 Nimble 9

Canfield Bikes, boutique mountain bike manufacturer, unveiled the 5th generation of its iconic steel hardtail, the Nimble 9For 2020, the Nimble 9 sees refreshed geometry across all sizes as well as all-new two-tone, pinstriped paint in five retro-inspired color combinations.

Handcrafted in small batches, the Nimble 9 is a steel all-mountain hardtail built to get rowdy and designed to accommodate 29-inch, 29-plus or 27.5-plus wheels with up to 2.8-inch tires. Combining the revered ride quality of 4130 Chromoly steel with vertically compliant, radial-bent chainstays and updated aggressive all-mountain geometry, the Nimble 9 challenges preconceptions of mountain bikes with both big wheels and rigid rear-ends. 

Canfield Bikes has been redefining the way 29ers ride since the revolutionary Yelli Screamy (the first production 29er with sub-17-inch chainstays) was introduced in 2011, and the latest N9 is no exception. A slack 66-degree head-angle keeps things confident when you venture where no hardtail should, and short chainstays (adjustable down to 16.4-inches via sliding dropouts) make sure the Nimble 9 lives up to its name.

“Whether you’re building it as a single-speed, a bikepacking rig or just a playful, all-mountain hardtail, this bike brings the party to the trail. – Lance Canfield

Combined with updated sizing that adds more than an inch of reach to each size from the previous generation, the N9 might just be the most fun and capable hardtail on the market. 

In addition, all sizes see a shorter seat tube to better fit today’s longer dropper posts and provide more maneuverability when you drop the saddle and let gravity take over. Chainstay yokes have also been redesigned for added stiffness and durability. 

“The Nimble 9 is such a fun, versatile bike,” said Lance Canfield, owner, and designer. “Whether you’re building it as a single-speed, a bikepacking rig or just a playful, all-mountain hardtail, this bike brings the party to the trail.”

Availability, sizing and pricing

TheNimble 9 is available in Mantis Green, Night Sky Blue, Mud Puddle Brown, Race Car Red, and RAD Pink in S, M, L and XL, 2020 Nimble 9 will retail for $799.99 and is available now on pre-order for only $599.99 at The frame includes a headset and seat clamp. Frame and fork bundles are also available.

Canfield Bikes is offering limited-time pre-order pricing on the new Nimble 9 frames and frame and fork packages, as well as killer deals on all components including cranks, chainrings, and pedals.

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About the author: Jordan Villella

Jordan comes from the steep streets of Pittsburgh PA, where he learned to dodge cars and rip single track. He has been involved in nearly every aspect of the cycling industry: from turning wrenches, store design, clothing production and bike park creation. Jordan spends his free time racing cross country and cyclocross around North America, though he has been know to enduro every now and then. His love of cycling is only second to his love of his family and punk rock.

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