Nimble 9 (N9) owners have enjoyed varying success stuffing plus-sized 27.5″ tires in previous generations of the all-steel, all-mountain 29er we recently highlighted as one of the most capable, hardcore hardtails, but that changes with the introduction of the all-new, Nimble 9 Boost. While most N9 features have carried over for this newest iteration, the increasing interest in 27.5+ tires coupled with the rest of the advantages that Boost spacing offers, it’s yet another step towards progression that Canfield has never been afraid of. The Nimble 9 is also the first Canfield bike to get the hub width update.
From The Brothers
We don’t believe full suspension bikes should get to have all the fun–that’s why we crafted a 4130 chromoly 29er hardtail that’s ready to get rowdy. The N9 combines the revered ride quality of a steel frame with our signature slack and low Canfield 29er all-mountain geo. Fresh for 2017, the N9 receives Boost 148 rear hub spacing, reach is stretched by more than an inch on all sizes for a roomier cockpit, and seat tubes are shortened for increased maneuverability when you drop the saddle. Whether you’re a masochist building a singlespeed or you just want keep it real with an aggressive all-mountain steel hardtail, the N9 is ready to roll.
When someone brings up Canfield, usually two words come to my mind: “downhill” and “fun.” And with names like “Riot,” “Nimble,” and “Yelli Screamy” (the full-suspension 29er, steel hardtail, and alloy hardtail, respectively), what else would you expect. But to say a Canfield bike is “fun” is such an understatement. With a history so rich in downhill biking, the Brothers’ sole focus on geometry designed to do nothing less than party on the mountain has translated well in the bikes they design.
- Increased reach, shorter seat tube
- Sliding 148 x 12mm rear dropouts, axle included
- 650b-plus compatible (up to 35i rims with 2.8″ tires)
- More colors!!!
Same N9 Features
- 29″ all-mountain geometry
- 4130 chromoly steel
- 66.5º head angle (140mm fork)
- Adjustable 16.25″-16.9″ chain stays
- Singlespeed adaptability
- Stealth dropper cable routing
- Sparkle metallic painted finish
- Removable front derailleur mount
- Two water boy bosses
Canfield Brothers offers all of their frames and a slew of Canfield build components, including wheels, cranks, pedals, and others, direct-to-consumer through their webstore, and discounts on those parts plus non-Canfield parts like forks and headsets when you bundle at check out. The new N9 retails for $749 and if you’ve no interest in the updates or want to get a killer deal on a N9, Canfield is blowing out the previous generation for $499.