Thank you Niner fans, for all for the Fan Build submissions this month! We had many fantastic Niner builds to choose from but one in particular stood out. Congratulations to our first winner: Nick Tapias from Boise, Idaho. He submitted not one, but TWO of his gorgeous Niner builds! Here’s what he had to say about his carbon fiber beauties.
“I've been a Niner fanboy since I rediscovered mountain biking in 2014. My first real mountain bike was a 2015 Niner Jet 9 Carbon that I bought on recommendations from friends and I fell in love with it instantly. The CVA suspension is so supple. The bottomless feel never left me wanting for more travel.. until I met the bike of my dreams: the WFO. I instantly fell in love with the rowdy downhill capabilities that CVA suspension in a long travel bike can provide while still climbing like a dream. It ate up rocks, roots, and drops with reckless abandon while still getting up the climbs.
But I found I still loved to climb all day, and riding long, endurance events became a passion so climbing efficiently became something I needed in a bike. I realized I was needing the pure speed a hardtail can bring and I met my AIR 9 RDO. This beauty eats up the miles with long grueling climbs like its nothing while staying comfortable on all-day adventures, and is still forgiving enough to have fun on the downhill side of things.
This last fall I found myself wondering what longer, lower, slacker could do for my riding and I tried out a RIP 9 RDO. WOW this bike RIPs (coincidence?) and eats up everything in its path, and I love the way it tears up the hard rough descents, how it takes up the square edge hits and climbs and just keeps on going. A little less travel than my WFO, but a lot more pop and confidence when it gets loose.
This bike is truly an all-mountain bike and climbs as well as it descends even without the lock-out. I have set PRs climbing on this beast all while rewarding me with a big grin on the downhills! I put in about 5,000 miles per year, and these bikes all have had a special place in my heart over the years. These have all been a great way to make new friends and share the Niner stoke, Pedal Damn It!”
Nick Tapias's Niner RIP 9 RDO build:
- Frame Size: M
- Wheels: Stan's Flow EX3 rims w/ Onyx Vesper rear, Hope Pro4 front
- Fork: Fox 36 160mm Grip2 with Push AC3 coil conversion
- Shock: Cane Creek DB Coil Inline Black Edition with 500lb spring (note this had to be custom configured to fit the rib cage)
- Tires: Maxxis Assegai 29 x 2.5WT EXO+ Maxx Terra Front, Maxxis DHR II 29 x 2.4WT EXO+ Maxx Terra Rear
- Groupset: SRAM XO1 Eagle w/ 32t crankset, GX cassette
- Brakes: SRAM Guide RSC with 200mm front, 180mm rear
- Bars: OneUp Carbon Bars 800mm wide
- Stem: RaceFace Turbine R 40mm stem
- Seatpost: OneUp Dropper V2 180mm seatpost, OneUp remote
- Saddle: Fabric Scoop Radius CroMo rails
Nick Tapias's Air 9 RDO build:
- Frame Size: M
- Wheels: Mavic XA Pro Carbon 29
- Fork: Rockshox Reba Debonair 100mm travel
- Tires: Maxxis Ikon 29 x 2.35 MAXX SPEED Front and Rear
- Groupset: SRAM GX Eagle w/ XX1 36t crankset and XO1 cassette for weight savings
- Brakes: SRAM Guide R 180mm front/rear
- Bars: ENVE M5 760mm wide
- Stem: Crank Bros Cobalt 11 100mm
- Seatpost: KS Lev Integra, Specialized Command lever
- Saddle: Fabric Scoop Radius Titanium rails
“Love Niner bikes, it's all I've owned in the MTB realm. Everything else I have demoed hasn't compared!”
Congratulations Nick! Look for a box of Niner swag to arrive early next week.
For the rest of you Ninerds, keep sending us your pictures and stories! We're picking a winner at the end of every month. Stay well and stay in touch!