August 25, 2011
Niner today announced two new frame updates: the new Air 9 and the E.M.D. 9
The updated Air 9 claims to be stronger and lighter by using a new 6000 series alloy that it claims it more compliant than scandium and allows more hydroforming, leading to stronger tube shapes. Plus Niner can anodise it and make it look smart. Niner says of its new tubing “We are now able to tune our alloy frame as carefully as we do our carbon frames, adding strength where needed and improving ride feel via tube-shaping methods. These methods complement our award-winning geometry to create an advanced alloy hardtail for racing applications”
So now you know. The new frame also updates with a tapered headtube and a press fit 30 BB.
The new frames will be around 70g lighter than the original, with further savings possible with the new anodised finish and integrated headsets.
THE NEW NINER E.M.D. 9
The E.M.D. 9 is also redesigned, integrating custom hydroformed tubing and a tapered headtube, as worthy brother to the Air 9. Upgrades include a new tapered headtube, hydroformed downtube and significantly larger diameter toptube, contributing to a much stronger frame. These upgrades also allow for the use of tapered steerer suspension forks and internal zero stack headsets, for the stiffest front end possible (with the same stack height as Niner’s original E.M.D. 9 model).
The EMD 9 still features a standard bottom bracket, making this a friendly frame option for riders upgrading from a pre-existing bike.
Niner will be shipping next week to world-wide distributors, so expect to see them soon. In the UK, you can ask those nice folks at Jungle all about them. http://www.jungleproducts.co.uk/niner
And if you want to see what Niner’s new carbon full susser looks like, check out our story from Press Camp this summer.