Niner Air 9 Carbon – Licorice Black


I purchased this frame on eBay in 2014.  I built it up with parts I had lying around and some other choice selections – with one goal in mind.  Build the stiffest, lightest singlespeed race rocket I could.  It comes in at just over 17 lbs.  And yes, it is a rocket.  Granted, it’s a little “old school” with 135mmx9 rear spacing and uses skewers instead of thru axles.  But I don’t care.  This is my favorite singlespeed ever!!  This has become my go to bike since retiring the Blue One 9 and keeping the Green One 9 as primarily a bikepacking rig.

  • Frame: Niner Air 9 Carbon – Licorice Black
  • Fork (Rigid): Niner Carbon- Nude (I’ve beaten the crap out of this, and keeps on ticking)
  • Crank: Raceface Next SL – worth every penny
  • Headset: FSA integrated
  • Stem: Niner RDO 90mm, 6 degree
  • Bars: Niner RDO- 9 degree sweep, 710mm
  • Brakes: Shimano XT M8000
  • Wheels: Stan’s Race Gold (rear) Stans Crest (front)
  • Front Hub: Stans 3.30
  • Rear Hub: Stans 3.30 SS
  • Chainring: RaceFace 32T
  • Cogs: 12-20t Chris King, 21-22t Niner
  • Chain: KMC- X9SL Gold
  • Tires: I tried everything, and I now use only Maxxis – For almost everything, I use Maxxis Ignitor 2.1 front, Maxxis Ikon 2.2 rear – the Ikon 2.2 is really more like a 2.0 or 2.1.  I always run tubeless with Stans Sealant
  • Grips: Ergon GS2 Carbon
  • Saddle: Fizik Gobi XM Carbon
  • Seatpost: Niner RDO 31.6×400
  • Seatpost Collar: Niner
  • Skewer (Front): Stans Carbon
  • Skewer (Rear): Stans Carbon
  • Pedals: Crank Brothers Eggbeater 11
  • Water Bottle Cage: Lezyne
  • Computer: Garmin Edge 500
  • Lights: Exposure MaxxD (bars), Joystick (helmet)

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