Jackal Cycling K9 29er Hardtail

4.67/5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $1499.00

Product Description

Constructed with high modulus carbon fiber, oversized tubes, tapered headtube and BB30 ensures maximum power transfer with no added weight. Available in K9 Frameset, K9 Sport SRAM X9, K9 Pro Sram X0 and K9 Elite Pro SRAM XX.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Neil Howk a Racer

Date Reviewed: April 4, 2014

Strengths:    Lightweight, agility in overall handling and turns, excellent components, great price to value, ability to select components, wheels, shock etc., and excellent pre-purchase and after purchase customer service.

Weaknesses:    Haven't found any.

Bottom Line:   
Had been riding a 26 inch bike and wanted to move up to a 29er. Contacted the owner several weeks in advance before deciding to make the switch and he was extremely helpful and informative. I was originally hesitant to buy a bike sight unseen but had the opportunity to meet the owner and see the bike he rode. I got a good feel for the owner and he was able to answer all my questions and could build the bike exactly how wanted.

The bike I had been riding was a 26" Trek 9.9 SSL with 2-10 gearing and a weight of 22.4 pounds and full suspension. It should be noted this in an excellent bike. The Jackal arrived and I was amazed at the difference. I ride a 19" frame and the bike weighed in at exactly 20 pounds with the cages. I bought it for racing and everything about the bike worked for me. I got the SRAM XX1 1-11 gearing and anything you have read about it not being enough gear on the top or bottom end is unfounded. The gear range on the 10-42 cassette runs from 22 gear inches on the low end and 94.5 on the top end which is only 2 gear inches less on each end than on the bike I was riding. With a 20 pound weight the Jackal was able to climb all the hills I had been going up and a few I had previously walked. The handling on the 29 is nimble and sure and I felt much more comfortable at higher speeds downhill than I had before. Every course I rode the Jackal on which I had previously ridden I was able to ride faster and felt more comfortable doing so. The only area I was a little slower in was going down extremely rocky descents and that is due to no longer having full suspension.

In summary, I love everything about this bike and enjoy mountain biking riding even more than before. Jonathan, the owner has been extremely responsive to all my questions on the bike and his customer service was excellent. He even threw in two cages and an extra hub to switch to a 2-10 setup if I ever decide to do so. I would recommend this bike to anyone.

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Favorite Trail:   Apache Wash

Duration Product Used:   20 hours

Price Paid:    $5350.00

Purchased At:   Jackal Cycling

Similar Products Used:   Trek 26" 9.9 SSL full suspension.

Bike Setup:   Jackal K9 frameset, Stan's Crest wheel set, Python tubeless tires, SRAM XX1 1-11 gearing, SID XX World Cup front shock.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by glsbldr

Date Reviewed: September 3, 2012

Strengths:    Lightweight, agility, precision in the turns. Jackal Cycling's post sale support.

Weaknesses:    Very little room for rear tire clearance on the small frame. Schwalbe 2.25 Rocket Ron fits with only a few mm to spare.

Bottom Line:   
I now have put a little over 1000 miles on the bike on a wide range of Colorado terrain, including the large, loose, sharp, rocky singletrack that we often find on the front range. It took me a while to dial in the fit that I like, but Jackal was very supportive, sending me parts, at no additional charge until I got the fit right. I have had only one real problem with the bike and that turned out to be a Stan's skewer on the rear wheel. Jonathan sent me a much better skewer as soon as I contacted him. Those of you with Stan's wheelsets, beware the Stan's skewer, especially on carbon dropouts it seems to slip. The total price of the bike was $4,000.00. The build I requested has a Fox RLC 32, 15mm; XO thoroughout except for brakes which are the new XTR. Stan's Crest and Stan's 3.30 hubs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by glsbldr1 a Racer from Boulder CO

Date Reviewed: April 2, 2012

Strengths:    Weight, Component selection, geometry [especially for short riders]. Easy to deal with online ordering and interactions with company owner. I was able to order exactly what I wanted on the bike. I have only logged a few rides and will update this with a more performance-related review later this summer. However, the few rides done indicate a very nimble ride, not too far off of my 26"-Yeti. Excellent price. Good choice for the experienced rider who knows what they want and how to fit a bike.

Weaknesses:    Not really a weakness, but the small frame [16"] barely takes a 2.25 Schwalbe tire.

Bottom Line:   
I was looking for a 29er that had geometry similar to my Yeti ASR-SL. I'm short so I wanted something with a 22-23 inch effective top tube. I'm fussy about components and knew exactly how I wanted the bike set up. This review is largely about the purchasing experience. Jonathan was very helpful and easy to deal with, as well as being totally upfront about costs. He actually substituted the XTR brake for the requested XT brakes because he couldn't get the XT brakes delivered before my scheduled pickup [with no additional charge]. I have always been a local bike shop type and was not enthusiastic about an online order, however the closest I could come in Boulder to this bike would have set me back 6K vs the 4K I spent on the Jackal. Even then it was hard to find a bike with the geometry I was looking for. I've logged about 100 miles on the bike this past week and have gotten the fit dialed in. The bike is fast, both in acceleration and in the turns. It is comparable to my very quick Yeti ASR. I won't really know how it stacks up until I've done a few more rides but I'm pretty optimistic that it will be a really fun ride.

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Favorite Trail:   Monarch Crest et al

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $4000.00

Purchased At:   Jackal Cycling, Sant

Similar Products Used:   Test drove a Niner SIR9, Superfly 100 and Santa Cruz Tallboy. Way more agile than the Niner or the Tallboy. Current race and fun bike is a Yeti ASR-SL with XO/XTR, Stans Crest with Hope Hubs. 100mm Fox RLC; wt is 24# with pedals.

Bike Setup:   Fox Terralogic with thru-axel; XO for everything except brakes; Brakes are XTR [and they are wonderful]; Stan's Crest with Stan's hubs. Schwalbe Rocket Rons 2.25", tubeless. Carbon bar and seatpost. Bike weight with pedals is 22 pounds.

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