'16 Niner Air 9 RDO - my return to dirt..

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Clean39T
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by Clean39T

I first started mountain biking around 12 yrs old on my dad's '85 Mongoose (chrome, friction) and had a '91 Nishiki Pueblo as my first MTB all to myself. From there I graduated to a Giant Cadex ALM-1 with Campy rims and Suntour XC Expert, and then a GT Corrado saw my first venture to weenie-ism in '95 w. Mavic 230 rims, Ritchey WCS 1.9 tires, and an Amp fork. A few others came and went in the early years of eBay when buying low and re-selling built my high-school funds before I went to work at a local shop and got my first super bike - a made-in-chehalis Klein Adroit w a Judy SL, Real levers, and XTR bits that came in under 20 lbs. I did one XC race and did decent, but then was off to University where I switched mostly to road riding and heavy drinking... A few times in my 20s and early 30s I picked up an MTB, I just never got fully into it again, always preferring the ease of riding a road bike out my front door.

And now here I am. A bit of disposable cash and a desire to try racing this coming spring had me pulling the trigger on a heavily on sale Air 9 RDO.

Let the 29er weenie-ism begin..

Here she is in stock form:

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And

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At a very respectable weight bone stock:

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Of course I'm already looking for easy upgrades...saddle, stem, grips, post...go tubeless for the first time...pedals? We'll see...open to suggestions.


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Clean39T
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by Clean39T

Here's the stock build:

FRAME: AIR 9 RDO - NINER CARBON/CHROME

Fork: FOX 32 FLOAT FACTORY FIT4, 3 POSITION W/ ADJ, KASHIMA COAT, 100MM, 110X15MM

Wheels: STAN'S NOTUBES NEO/ZTR ARCH EX, 110X15MM FRONT, 142 X 12MM REAR

Tires: MAXXIS IKON 3C/EXO/TR 2.35 F, 2.20 R

Brakes & Rotors : SHIMANO XT M8000 ICE TECH PADS, 180/160MM RT86 ICE TECH ROTORS

Brake Levers: SHIMANO XT M8000

R/ Shifter: SHIMANO XT M8000 11SP I-SPEC

R / Derailleur: SHIMANO XT M8000 GS 11SP SHADOW PLUS

Cassette: SHIMANO XT M8000 11-42T

Chain: SHIMANO XT HG-600 11SP

Crank Set: SHIMANO XT M8000 (32T 1X)

Bottom Bracket: SHIMANO XT MT80

Saddle: NINER CUSTOM WITH CR-MO RAILS, NINER GRAPHIC

Seat Post: NINER CARBON SEAT POST, 400MM, NINER GRAPHIC

Handlebar: NINER FLAT TOP CARBON, 710MM, NINER GRAPHIC

Stem: NINER ALLOY STEM, NINER GRAPHIC

Grips: NINER GRRRIPS L/O NYLON


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