Love my DV9
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought this frame on a complete gamble. Earlier this year there were only a few reviews of it and they were and mix of pump track and dirt jumping, badass freestyle- none of which I do. I talked to a BC rep who owned a DV9 and described it to me, sounded too good to be true. I ordered one and built it up with X01 eagle, a Pike 120 and a race face dropper post.
I'm coming off of a Niner Jet 9 X01 SID XX 100/100 and the DV9 is more confident EVERYWHERE. This bike climbs better and is much burlier descending. I just pick a line and go. I love it. Simple hardtail, stout fork, built for the long haul. I ride everything in and around Bozeman and Big Sky, Montana (except the chairlift) and this is just a ton of fun..
My one and only niggle with this frame is the chain stay. There is nothing on the frame here to take the abundant chain slap and there's not enough space under the chain to run the old inner tube trick for protection and sound dampening. Maybe Ibis has a solution here that I am unaware of.
I'm looking forward to some 50 mile endurance XC events next year on this rig to see how an extra pound or two of comfort compares to harshness of steeper frames with light duty race forks.