Niner Air 9 Carbon

by Nathan 34

Niner have released images and prices for their new Air 9 Carbon frame – the world’s only 29er carbon frame that can be run as a singlespeed or geared.

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Tang Paint Option

UPDATE: We’ve just heard from importers Jungle that the UK RRP on the frame will be £1699, with the first batch due into the UK early in the New Year.

www.jungleproducts.co.uk for dealers and info

Press Release schpiel…

Structurally, this is a full carbon frame that utilises alloy interfaces in critical areas (such as in the headtube bearing journals and bottom bracket). The high modulus carbon in specially designed layers and layup patterns create a light, strong frame and the alloy interfaces allow the precise tolerances that critical component interface areas demand.

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Vana White Paint Option

Computer designed tubes were run through extensive  FEA programming to optimise carbon fibre’s inherent strengths and hit very specific targets for stiffness and strength in all three planes. Key sections such as the downtube and bottom bracket area have received massive structural shaping to increase torsional rigidity and the swooping lines and angles of the Air 9 Carbon are functionally beautiful before they are aesthetically pleasing. All these features help to disperse energy, avoid stress risers and increase the natural damping characteristics of the material.

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The Air 9 Carbon features Bio-Centric EBB technology and CYA Bottom Bracket system – the most flexible BB/gearing system available. Run your Niner singlespeed or geared or take advantage of several BB inserts to accommodate your choice of bottom bracket technologies, including the new BB-30 standard.

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To see more visit ninerbikes

Comments (34)

  1. God that’s a beautiful bike especially the rigid one

  2. Bike Porn at it’s best.

  3. Still making 29ers for small people and thus, they look like jump bike frames. Clever, but jump bike frames regardless.

  4. Beautiful, shame im only 5ft 8

  5. They’re so light, the back wheel isn’t touching the floor!

    Bloody lovely, but probably way out of most people’s budget.

  6. HOW does a frame that retails for $1900 dollars cost £1700 here!!!!

  7. Shipping, import duty, tax, distributor’s markup (which includes stocking the things, advertising and marketing them, standing around at events with them), more shipping, bike shop markup (which includes buying one to have in stock so that you can paw it, building it up, dealing with any warranty issues on your behalf and generally making sure you’re happy with your purchase.)

    How come Levis are $35 in the States and £45 here? They just are 🙂

  8. Love the rigid version, soo pretty

  9. Absolute Poor n…… what a stunning design ….just wish it was all black!

  10. Superb design, love the internal cable routing, looks like a pretty straight run front to back too.

    The Blingest Singlespeed in town

  11. Will some-one please make a non niche carbon frame that will take more than 100m sus fork, but looks like that.. Much as I admire On One I can’t see the carbon 456 being as nice looking.

    Thanks

  12. Lovely looking bike, but I have the horrible suspicion that £1,000 of that price is for the paint job.

    Still want one though 🙂

  13. CHIPPS Shipping, import duty, tax, distributor’s markup (which includes stocking the things, advertising and marketing them, standing around at events with them), more shipping, bike shop markup (which includes buying one to have in stock so that you can paw it, building it up, dealing with any warranty issues on your behalf and generally making sure you’re happy with your purchase.)

    yes but thats exactly the same for the american distributor they have to advertise and market them and stock them and import them and ship them in from where ever they are built, there is no difference your making my point for me, a american company is doing all the things you mention for a reasonable price

    the british company is not

  14. How come Levis are $35 in the States and £45 here? They just are

    specialized epic $2800 dollars and £2000 here, some how they seam to have found a much better exchange rate than niner!!

  15. Lets say you were happy to pay £1500 for it.

    The time spent questioning the price could have been worked..and the extra money earned.

    ;O)

  16. There is a lot more people in the USA

    There are a lot more people in the USA who will buy a 29’er

    There are a lot more people in the USA that will buy a carbon 29’er

    There are not many people in the UK who will buy into/get the idea of a 29’er

    There are not many people in the UK who will buy a carbon 29’er

    Shops still have to stock them, distributors still have to buy them. Someone has to pay for them in the UK, even though they won’t sell very many!

    It’s not a con, no-one in the bike trade selling niche stuff is making millions off the back of it, they are just making cool stuff that they wanna ride, and want you to enjoy riding too.

    It just costs what it costs

  17. its the same with stuff thats made in the UK. It’s alot more expensive to buy it in the US than it is here.

  18. is it made in the us?? i cant find those details on the site, so if its made in china whats the difference between us importing and them importing to the us?? if it comes straight from the factory?

  19. Don’t forget that in the US prices are advertised without tax.

    Although £1700 is a bit steep for a hardtail frame. Would I like one though?… Oh yes.

  20. I just nearly chucked my gutts up when I saw that rigid bike!! Please can someone explain to me what it is good for, other than riding down to the bike shop to buy a decent bike!!??

  21. Dude where’s your coat?! Rigid is great fun try it if you dare

  22. That is the best looking bike for the last 10 years period.and were do the cables go, its so clean and tidy, Me wants one

  23. The BIGGEST con at the moment is the price of Shimano

  24. “is it made in the us?? i cant find those details on the site, so if its made in china whats the difference between us importing and them importing to the us?? if it comes straight from the factory?”

    There’s the rub, they won’t come straight from the factory (I shouldn’t think), they will most likely ship to the US first then they send some here. The UK distributor also pays shipping, duty and VAT which the US distributor won’t have to.

    The comparison with Specialized is actually a good one, because it makes the point that having your own in-house distribution in various geographic centres is most efficient. However you need huge scale to achieve that. Niner is not (yet?) there.

    I like the bike, though it could really do with some carbon rims.

  25. What Sam said. I think it only makes sense to ship things direct if you have enough to fill a container. I’ve not bought a container of bikes (though some people on here have…) but I reckon you’d need 50? 100? 200? to fill one – and I can’t see there being that much immediate demand in the UK. Therefore they’ll probably be shipped (or airfreighted!) in ones and twos to the UK from the US, which isn’t economical, but it’s probably the only way you’ll get to see one over here…

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