14 February 2012 - 9:00Oooooh-sday
Sorry, but your regularly scheduled blog post has been interrupted by this important announcement.
A cannonball of sorts, I’m talking about the introduction of the new, super svelte, Niner AIR9 RDO. So I’m dropping it like it’s hot.
This is not the same bike as the current A9C, rather an updated version geared more to the XC racer or turbo weight weenie. The bike features new rear dropouts that run the brake mount on the chainstay instead of the seat stay, reducing weight and adding a bit more compliancy to the rear end. Some folks think the current A9C is a little too stiff in this area, causing a harsher ride, and the new design addresses this. Makes sense for, especially for those who climb in the saddle (unlike us singlespeeders).
The CYA BB is also gone, and is replaced with a Press Fit 30 interface, further streamlining the look and defining it as a geared only bike (although there are eccentric BB30 adapters out there… hmmm…). ***I’ve just been told by a reputable source that the eccentric BB30 does not work with this frame, so it’s geared only folks. I will straight up mock anyone that runs a dangulator on this bike.*** The headset cups are co-molded into the headtube, and the cable routing is said to be much improved over the previous design, giving us a sweet looking ride that is almost 1/2 lb lighter over the current A9C.
Colors are Kermit and Licorice.
There are only 50 complete bikes, built with extra swanky and light American Classic Race wheels, a race worthy XTR component group, Niner’s RDO carbon bars and seatpost, RDO aluminum stem, and an oh-so-hot painted to match SID XX fork. All this for only $6199. Schwing. Delivery is expected to be at the end of this month.
I’d recommend calling me today to get on this bus, because it is leaving the station. The shop line is 802.244.7330 or you can email me @ george”at”bike29.com. But if you are waiting for Uncle Sam to give you back some money, you needn’t fret. Frames will be coming some time in mid-late March, and will be available for $2099, and you can pair them with either the same awesome matching SID, or a matching RDO crabon fork.