So yeah, it’s been a while since I mentioned the new bike I got from Niner I guess.
If you’re looking for some sort of long term review, then I suppose this could be it. I really like the new EMD9 for the most part. It’s an entry level 29er hardtail XC bike, and with that comes decent components. It’s a solid build, but a little on the heavy side. Since I’ll probably keep it for a while (and race it of course), things are in the works to made it a little lighter. Why just a few short days ago I made a call to my local bike shop to get things going…
Anyway, it is a good bike, especially for the price. The geometry is the same as Darth Maul (my One9) so I didn’t really have to get used to a different ride. One minor complaint I have is the seat, but that’s just because I’ve been riding the same seat on every bike I own for years now.
I took care of that too.
My last and only real complaint is the shifty stuff. And quite honestly, I hate it. No offense to Niner or the quality build of the EMD9, but I just can’t get used to shifting. Ain’t gonna happen.
I’m stuck being a single speeder.
Thanks to Mike L. for that gem.
Gears have a purpose, but not for me. When racing, I either find myself in too high of gear (forcing myself to work harder than necessary on climbs) or I get lazy and shift down when the trail goes up. This is unacceptable. I’ll keep riding it geared and all that for a while, but I don’t think I’ll ever undo the damage that was done by riding just one gear these last few years.
Who gives a shit. Single speed is dead.
I have been single speed reformed since 2008. Although I have a single speed cross bike that I noodle around on do not fully reformed... It took me a good 2 years of riding gears to figure out how not to mash everything to hell. While I thought about falling off the gear wagon, I didn't.
good luck whether you end up on or off the wagon.
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