The new Bird Aeris 9 claims to be the best value gravity-focussed bike on the market. Have a look and let us know what you think.
Introducing the Aeris 9
Since our first full-suspension bike was released in 2014, five frames have carried the Aeris name. The sixth one, builds on everything we’ve learned from previous Aeris iterations, and adds in some extra goodness.
The Aeris 9 is a 29” wheeled all-mountain machine with a bias towards gravity racing.
160mm of rear travel in its standard form gives way to an optional linkage upgrade to increase that to near DH rig levels of travel – 180mm – all while retaining our usual pedaling response and geometry.
A completely new tubeset for the Aeris 9 also means you can match this increased travel up front with a 180mm fork without troubling your warranty.
Designed, optimised and tested for gravity riding and packed full of new features, the new Aeris 9 was devised while dreaming of long alpine descents and has been tested on the gnarliest bike park tracks in the UK and beyond our borders in EWS races worldwide.
Available in our signature brushed aluminium ‘Raw’ finish, stealthy ‘Jet Black’ and the flippin’ flippy ‘Blurple’.
It still keeps our outstanding pedaling efficiency with fine-tuned anti-squat and size-specific seat tube angles for each frame size to help keep the rider’s weight distribution where it needs to be, aiding optimum handling and pedaling.
Chainstay flip chips, allowing you to increase chainstay length while slackening out the bike for a more stable, gravity focused ride.
Full double lip oil/dirt seals on our new oversize main pivot axle for maintenance free bearings.
Flexible internal or external cable routing allows for either way routing without spoiling the clean looks in either option. Racers and home mechanics can opt for full external routing for minimum fuss, while still allowing for the clean looks of an internally routed bike if that’s your preference.
Room for the biggest coil piggybacks and still get a good size bottle in our smallest frames.
No cables through the headset or bars, because we don’t hate you.
Our geometry was always long and low – now we’ve gone slacker too. With the 160mm linkage and a 160mm fork, out of the box the Aeris 9 has a 64-degree head angle, 340mm bottom bracket height and 440mm chainstays. Run a longer fork or flip the chips and things get longer and slacker.
It’s not all about just the frame. For the Aeris 9 we’re launching new options too. Whether frames or complete builds you can choose from rear shocks from RockShox, Fox, Cane Creek, Formula and Fast and we’re also adding build kit options that offer both more flexibility on your build and incredible value too.
As with all our bikes, we assemble every Aeris 9 to order at our factory in Consett, UK.
Where can I get one?
We were a mere fledgling until recently, we were still in our teenage years and only available on our website but we are now spreading our wings and building new relationships in fresh nests all around the UK (sorry – that’s a lot of bird puns).
Bike Bothy’s stores in Pitfichie and Laggan are the places to visit and spec up your own Bird with our favourite Scottish folk. We’ve also got a fleet of bikes on their way to Glencoe Mountain so the Aeris 9 can be ridden in its natural territory for lap after glorious lap!
As well as having a full demo fleet of Aeris 9’s available from our showroom in Eversley, Hampshire; we are also showcasing the Bird Aeris 9 and our other bikes at the following locations:
- SES Pitfichie – 3rd & 4th September
- Laggan Wolftrax – 9th to 11th September
- Tweedlove – 16th to 18th September
I’m sold – how much are they?
Prices for the BIrd Aeris 9 start at £1285 for a frameset without a shock and full bikes are available from £2870.
We’d recommend a budget of around £3875 for a really nice spec with SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain, SRAM G2R Brakes, RockShox Ultimate forks and Super Deluxe Ultimate Coil shock, Bird Factory wheels, Maxxis Assegai tyres at both ends and finishing kit from our Bird range complemented with parts from RaceFace.
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