British bike brand, Bird Cycleworks, teases a new addition to the range and its first carbon bike! Is this the Aether 9C?
Think of Bird Cycleworks and you’ll think of affordable frames, well-specced complete bikes and geometry that pushes way past 11 on the Spinal Tap amp. This fast-growing brand has a loyal following of fans, and a boatload of 5-star reviews under its belt, so when Bird teases something new we tend to take notice.
Earlier this morning, a teaser image of a new Bird frame was posted on the brand’s official Instagram account. The image is cleverly shot from the front so that we can see just the head tube, the width of the downtube and elements of the rear triangle.
Compared to the bikes that Bird currently produces, the frame is much more substantial causing fans to speculate that this might be an eMTB, but those rumours were quickly extinguished.
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What we believe this new frame is is the Bird Aether 9C a name that was confirmed 8 weeks ago in an earlier teaser image.
From what we can make out from the available images, the Bird Aether 9C will be a carbon fibre full suspension frame. The 9 in the name suggesting that this will be a 29in wheeled bike, and being from the Aether range we suspect it to be an aggressive short travel bike.
Bird already offers the Aether 7, a short travel 27.5in wheeled bike. The Aether 7 sports 130mm of rear-wheel travel and is designed for a 140mm fork. The bike runs Bird’s Phase 3 Trail geometry with a 65-degree head angle and 76-degree seat angle. We imagine that the carbon Aether 9C will run similar amounts of travel, perhaps slightly less, and geometry should be close too.
As the most recent teaser seems to be a studio shot image, it’s likely just a matter of time before the new frame is officially released.