Reach for the stars with the Air 9 Carbon. All the advantages of the Air 9 family at a down to earth price.
The new AIR 9 Carbon benefits from the same decade of refinement and testing as does the Air 9 RDO, while fitting into a privateer friendly budget. Riders benefit from the same experience with only a small difference in weight.
The AIR 9 CARBON features the same sleek carbon frame design as the Air 9 RDO with a slightly simpler layup and material choice. Riders benefit from 10 years of hardtail development, engineering, process improvement and testing at a privateer friendly budget. In this newest version, you’ll find increased strength and durability along with the addition of a rear maxle for better descending and cornering.
The shapes of our Air 9 Carbon frame are heavily influenced by our long history in carbon fiber race frame design – in particular by our experience in building light, strong hardtails with velvet-smooth off road ride-quality. The rigid sides of our signature downtube and top tube shapes maximize torsional stiffness, with buttery smooth ride quality achieved via the flat sections on each tube, which act like leaf springs. Chainstay and seatstay shaping also benefits from our years of hardtail expertise – designed for ride quality via a carbon layup that also meets the most rigorous standards for mountain bike safety.
Niner’s hardtail racing geometry is one that has garnered multiple national championships via the original Scandium Air 9, a Singlespeed World Championship via the Air 9 Carbon and World Cup podiums and national series race wins via the Air 9 RDO. Though time tested, Niner’s geometry has not remained stagnant - it has seen continual refinements to account for new technologies and to accommodate new fork travel lengths, while still meeting EN Safety standards for increased forces. The new Air 9 Carbon can safely accommodate forks with up to 120mm of travel, while maintaining the stable, precise steering and handling that lets your relax, be confident and focus on being fast.
The new Air 9 Carbon is offered in the full range of Niner size options, from XS through XL. Smaller sizes have adjusted layup for lighter weight and to avoid toe overlap.
C5 WARRANTY & SAFETY PROGRAM
Our robust R&D program—computer modeling, physical prototype testing (both in-house and at independent testing facilities), and hours of ride testing under highly skilled and abusive test riders leave us confident that the AIR 9 Carbon is going to exceed your safety expectations. We maintain that our carbon fiber testing and design rivals the best in the bike industry, meeting EN (European) standards for safety, even at longer fork travel lengths) We choose to demonstrate this commitment to your well-being and to product durability via our C5 warranty (five year) and commitment to customer service.
PRESS FIT 30 BOTTOM BRACKET
The AIR 9 CARBON utilizes the Press Fit 30 standard, the larger shell mates beautifully with the larger carbon downtube for elegant looks and efficient power transfer so crucial in a race bike. Additionally, this allows for the use of the stiffer, lighter crankset designs that fit the PF30 standard.
The AIR 9 CARBON frame can be paired with any standard taper steer tube cross country fork from 100-120mm in travel. For the ultimate in light weight short track racing machines, pair it with Niner’s RDO Carbon fork. Niner’s award winning rigid carbon forks have set the standard for weight, ride quality and safety for years – we’ve used this experience to create an race fork with the off-road ride quality racers want. Fork stiffness prevents energy robbing brake rub and the thru axle plus taper-steer tube combo ensures precision cornering on the toughest of courses.
DETAILS AND FINISH
The AIR 9 CARBON frame details benefit from the same iterative process that drives the overall design - the headbadge is sleeker and lighter, the cable routing is direct and easy for team mechanics (or privateers) to maintain. Each of these small changes adds up to a huge difference for a rider that wants to keep focus away from maintenance and on the competition.