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Niner E.M.D. 9 1-Star Complete Bike - 2013

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Description

Why pay more?

When it comes to 26in full suspension bikes in this price bracket, you're not going to find one that can match the potential of Niner's E.M.D. 9 1-Star Complete Bike. That may seem like a bold statement, but there are key factors that make the 29er hardtail platform superior when it comes to pure quality on the trail.

A price ceiling causes manufacturers to make compromises. When you try to package bearings, links, and a rear shock into a frame, production and design costs increase quickly -- and those components are moving parts, or high-wear items. Niner's E.M.D. 9 forgoes that complexity, added weight, and future maintenance hassles, enabling it to focus on frame tuning, while allowing budget room to spec' the E.M.D. 9 1-Star Complete a notch above what a comparable 26in FS can permit.

As its name suggests, Niner has a head start when it comes to 29er technology. And while the E.M.D. lacks some of the bells and whistles of Niner’s top-tier bikes, it still rolls with the same hydroformed tubing, attention to detail, and trail-oriented geometry as its more expensive stablemates. In fact, the E.M.D. 9 relies on the AIR 9’s proven geometry in order to give the E.M.D. 9 quick handling, stability at speed, and plenty of stand-over clearance.

Sharing the general design of the Air 9, the E.M.D. 9 uses a lightweight, hydroformed alloy tube set that provides a compliant ride,while a tapered head tube ensures strength and steering precision. Niner used extensive computer-aided finite element analysis, as well as a mess of real-world testing, to perfect the E.M.D. 9's tube shapes. These tubes, when combined with widespread forging and CNC machining, ensure an optimum balance of strength to weight. The development investment on the E.M.D. 9 frame is ensures that the advantages of a hardtail really shine. Unlike full-suspension bikes, where pedal energy is lost to flex and suspension compression, the wide, swooping stays and sturdy bottom bracket junction allow the E.M.D. 9 to transfer all of your efforts into forward momentum.

That brings us to another reason why a 29er hardtail trumps bouncy bikes -- the larger volume tires. The higher volume rubber allows you to run a lower tire pressure for a smooth ride. This means that there's no need for a rear shock in order to level trail imperfections. In the case of the E.M.D. 1-Star build, low rolling resistance, 2.25in-wide Schwalbe Racing Ralph tires provide the traction and velvety ride quality that's expected of 29ers. The tires are mounted to fast-engaging American Classic Terrain wheels.

Driving the rear wheel is a SRAM S1000 crankset with 38/24 chainrings. It spins a 10-speed, PG1030 11-36t cassette via a KMC X10 chain. Gear selection is handled by SRAM X7 shifters, a X7 rear derailleur, and a X5 front derailleur. Keeping speed in check is a set of Avid Elixir 1 hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm front and 160mm rear rotors.

At the front of the E.M.D. 9 Star-1 build is a 100mm travel RockShox Recon Gold fork. It features RockShox's proven dual air spring and Motion Control dampening, along with a 15mm Maxel for excellent responsiveness. Finishing off this E.M.D. 9 is a handful of alloy Niner components. This includes the handlebar, stem, and a seatpost with a WTB Volt Sport saddle.

The Niner E.M.D. 9 Star-1 Complete Bike is available in the color Red and in five sizes from X-Small to X-large.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
aluminum
Suspension:
hardtail
Fork:
RockShox Recon Gold
Front Travel:
100 mm
Shifters:
SRAM X7
Front Derailleur:
SRAM X5
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM X7
Pedals:
not included
Cassette:
11-36 t
Chain:
KMC X10
Brake Set:
Avid Elixir 1
Rotors:
[front] 180 mm, [rear] 160 mm
Handlebar:
Niner flat-top alloy
Stem:
Niner Alloy
Saddle:
WTB
Seatpost:
Niner Alloy
Wheelset:
American Classic Terrain
Tires:
Schwalbe Racing Ralph
Tire Size:
29 in x 2.25 in
Recommended Use:
mountain biking
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years on frame

Geometry chart

Niner Bikes

Geometry Chart

 

E.M.D 9
80mm Travel Fork
 Seat Tube
(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
S 15.5in 23.1in 23.6in 16.3in 28.3in 4.1in 71.0 deg 74.0 deg 2.4in 17.3in 42.6in
M 16.5in 23.8in 24.0in 16.9in 29.1in 4.3in 72.0 deg 74.0 deg 2.4in 17.3in 42.8in
L 19.0in 24.5in 24.6in 17.4in 31.1in 4.9in 72.0 deg 74.0 deg 2.4in 17.3in 43.6in
XL 21.0in 25.3in 25.3in 18.0in 32.7in 5.7in 72.0 deg 74.0 deg 2.4in 17.3in 44.4in
100mm Travel Fork
 Seat Tube
(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
S 15.5in 23.2in 23.9in 15.9in 28.5in 4.1in 70.0 deg 73.0 deg 2.1in 17.3in 42.8in
M 16.5in 23.9in 24.3in 16.5in 29.3in 4.3in 71.0 deg 73.0 deg 2.1in 17.3in 43.1in
L 19.0in 24.6in 24.8in 17.0in 31.3in 4.9in 71.0 deg 73.0 deg 2.1in 17.3in 43.9in
XL 21.0in 25.4in 25.6in 17.6in 33.0in 5.7in 71.0 deg 73.0 deg 2.1in 17.3in 44.6in

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The bike will come mostly assembled. You will need to put the wheels on, mount the handlebars to the stem, and likely adjust the derailleurs. All you will most likely need is a set of allen wrenches and a Phillips head screwdriver.

4 5

Such a solid bike

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I built an XS up for my girlfriend. Such an awesome bike for a beginner/intermediate rider. The frame is bomb proof and very nice to look at. If she was a little taller and had a little more upper body it would have worked perfect (5'-1"). We sold it to her friend who's a little taller and she loves it. Niner did a great job with this frame.