To AIR 9 is human
If a cross-country race bike met a rugged trail bike in the woods, their love child might look a lot like our AIR 9 aluminum hardtail. This bike blends the agility and efficiency of a pedal-friendly XC bike with the versatility, toughness and capability of a rowdy trail rig.
Versatility x durability = maximum fun factor
Let's face it. The AIR 9, Niner's lightweight aluminum hardtail, has always been capable. So how do you make capable even better? For one thing, we keep the excellent qualities of Niner's tried and true, hydroformed aluminum. Lightweight and snappy, poppy and peppy, the AIR 9 has plenty of stiffness to get you up to speed when you stomp on the pedals.
Next, apply our [R]evolution geometry which puts the rider in the sweet, balanced spot on the bike and the ride experience goes up, way up. Then, add Boost 148 spacing because tire and wheel options are a good thing. Top it off with internal routing for a dropper post and you've made one capable bike even more capable.
Run it geared. Run it singlespeed. Comfortable enough for all day riding and quick enough to pin it at the races, the new AIR 9 handles what you throw at it. Genetically engineered? Maybe not. But it sure is fun to ride.
Not just any old aluminum
This modern metal alloy is tried and true. We’ve been working with aluminum and other alloys for more than a decade, and we’re proud of our know-how. The resulting hydroformed AIR 9 frame makes the most of the material properties to blend stiffness and comfort in a durable package.
Fitted with a 120mm fork and with room for oversized, 29x2.4” (or 27.5x3.0”) tires, this bike is fit for any trail. It’s optimized for modern trail riding, long days in the saddle, and all around good times
“Trail country” geometry
Blurring the lines between modern trail bike geometry and traditional cross-country geometry, the AIR 9 occupies a niche we lovingly call “trail country.” If you’re doing a combination of long pedaling rides, stiff climbs, extended descents, and spicy technical sections, you’ll love what we’ve done here. “Trail country” geometry translates to modern trail manners when you need them most, with no sacrifice of efficiency or agility.
The roomy cockpit has a comfortable reach for short stem lengths, giving you quick handling and plenty of maneuverability to blast through rock gardens and cut hard corners. The steep 74-degree seat angle gets you centered over the BB for climbing and pairs nicely with the short 430mm chainstay length for supreme pedaling efficiency.. And of course, the slack, 68-degree head tube angle and long wheelbase contribute stability and self-confidence when you’re dropping into the steepest lines.
Do you yearn for simplicity? Our patented BioCentric bottom bracket systems gives you the freedom to easily go single-speed or geared.
Need room to roam We got it. The Air 9 has clearance to run your choice of 29 or 27,5+ wheels and tires
- Recommended use: Trail/Cross Country/All Mountain
- Frame material: Niner hydroformed and welded 6061-T6 Aluminium
- Frame type: Hardtail
- Frame sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
- Head tube diameter: 1.125" x 1.5 tapered
- Headset included: Yes
- Bottom bracket type: 73 mm PF30
- Biocentric: Biocentric 30 compatible
- Cable routing: external
- Front derailleur mount: 34,9 mm side swing
- Derailleur pull: Front pull
- Brake mount: Post Mount
- Seatpost diameter: 30,9 mm
- Rear axle: Yes. 12x148 mm Boost
- Manufacturer warranty: 2 years
Technical specification and geometry
- BB type: 73 mm PF30 BB Shell (Adapters Required For BSA Type BBs)
- Seatpost size: 30.9 mm
- Seat collar size: 34.9 mm
- Front derailleur: 34.9 Side Swing, Front Pull
- Headset: 1.125" X 1.5" Tapered Integrated (Campy Style) Head Tube, Headset Included, Cane Creek Description: IS42/28.6 | IS52/40
- Rear wheel spacing: 148x12 mm
- Bottle mount location descriptions: Medium, Large, Xl Have Two Bottle Mounst Inside Triangle, S And Xs Have One Bottle Mount Inside Triangle
- Max tire size: Can Fit Up To A 29 X 2.4 Or 27.5 X 3.0 Tire (Tire Sizes Vary By Brand, Some Tires May Not Fit)
- Chainring configurations: Compatible With Standard 1X, 2X And 3X Systems
- 1x max chain ring size: 34T - Boost Chainring Recommended
- Q-Factor: 168 mm
- Max fork travel: 120 mm
- ISCG compatibility: No
- Max rotor size: Post Mount Disc Brake - 18 0mm Max Rotor Size
- Fork offset: Designed Around 51 mm Offset
- Biocentric: Compatible With BioCentric 30
Frame: Air 9 alu
Fork: Rockshox SID SEL+ 120 mm
Wheels: TFHPC Grinder Boost
Front tire: WTB Ranger Light High Grip 29x2.25
Rear tire: WTB Ranger Light High Grip 29x2.25
Front brake: Formula Cura
Rear brake: Formula Cura
Front disc: Formula fixed 160 mm
Rear disc: Formula fixed 160 mm
Bottom bracket: SRAM GX Eagle DUB 175 mm 32 teeth
Bearings: SRAM DUB
Chain: SRAM GX Eagle Lunar
Cassette: SRAM XG1275 Eagle 10-52 teeth
Rear derailleur: SRAM GX Eagle Lunar
Shifters: SRAM GX Eagle single click trigger lunar
Stem: TFHPC +-5º 90 mm
Handlebar: TFHPC 29º alu
Grips: Ergon GA3
Seatpost: TFHPC Comp+ 30,9 x 400 mm
Saddle: Ergon SMC Gel