Product DescriptionMountain bikes have come a long way in the last decade, and the Niner EMD 9 is a prime example of technology trickling down. While it lacks some of the bells and whistles of Niner?s top tier bikes, the EMD still rolls with the same hydroformed tubing, attention to detail, and performance-oriented geometry normally reserved for bikes that cost significantly more.Sharing the general design of the Air 9, the EMD 9 uses a lightweight, hydroformed alloy tubeset to offer a compliant ride, and a tapered headtube to ensure strength and steering precision. Niner uses extensive computer-aided finite element analysis, as well as a mess of real-world testing, to perfect its tube shapes. These tubes, when combined with widespread forging and CNC machining, ensure the optimum balance of strength to weight.The development investment on the EMD 9 frame is meant to ensure that the advantages of 29ers really shine. From the wide, swoopy stays, to the sturdy bottom bracket junction, the EMD 9 is designed to transfer all your pedal energy into forward momentum. Niner also relies on the AIR 9?s proven geometry to give the EMD 9 quick handling, stability at speed, and plenty of stand-over clearance.The EMD 9 uses a standard, English threaded 73mm bottom bracket shell. If you plan on going the 2x10 geared route, Niner recommends not exceeding a 26/39 front chain rings for SRAM, 28/40 for Shimano. The rear triangle will swallow a 2.4in tire and fits 160mm rotors. The disc mount is International Standard. You?ll need a top-pull front derailleur with a high-mount 34.9mm clamp. The EMD 9 uses a 31.6mm seatpost, and you?ll also need an inset style headset with a 44mm upper and 56mm lower.Niner offers the EMD 9 in four sizes: Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large. It comes in Niner Red and Matte licorice.
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Date Reviewed: March 31, 2014
Strengths: This frame is light for all the weight conscious folks out there. If you build around that then you can have a very light XC rig.I built my EMD from the ground up in my house. It was easy as the EMD was machined perfectly for every component. I did stray from the niner path by adding a 120mm Tala29. The 120mm feels better to me.
Weaknesses: None yet. The bike feels great and no issues as of yet.
Date Reviewed: October 16, 2013
Strengths: Great ride, geometry, XL frame actually fits riders up to 6'7", Beautiful lines...
Weaknesses: As mentioned by other reviewer, careful with rear tire size! 29X2.2 max I would say
All in all, very happy with the bike, but if I was much heavier, I would probably go for a stiffer frame.
Duration Product Used: 2 - 3 months
Similar Products Used: GF X-Cal 2010
Bike Setup: Bontrager Duster TLR rims
Date Reviewed: September 20, 2013
Strengths: Light, cheap, good geometry.
Weaknesses: Narrow chainstays, watch for tire rub.
Date Reviewed: August 8, 2013
Strengths: Light, Stiff, Strong, Great geometry, value, looks.
Weaknesses: Paint on black frame is not clearcoated and therefore chips fairly easily. Luckily for me I only had eyes for the arctic white frame. I do wish they offered an additional bright green color as they have on thier other frames.
Date Reviewed: July 21, 2013
Strengths: Great handling, nice fit and finish
Weaknesses: Niners are long bikes...not really a weakness but something to be aware of
This spring I had a chance to pick up an EMD frame for a good price so I figured I'd try it out. I now have a few months and some miles on it and I will say that I like it a lot more than my old 29er. I was on the edge of sizing between medium and large and after reading some things online, I opted for the large. These are long bikes and I don't mind that as I was riding 25 years ago when all XC bikes were long and stretched out. I guess I've gotten used to shorter bikes these days because I had to change out a stem and seatpost to get the bike to fit me but that's not unexpected.
I really like the geometry/ handling on this bike. with the short rear stays and long front end it feels stable, yet flickable. It feels less like a big wheeled bike than others that I've ridden. It is very stable at speed and it just feels right.
I really like the fit and finish on this frame, the paint is gorgeous (I have the 2012 red sparkle one), the small touches like the faced head tube and bb shell are great and the stainless head badge is a touch of class. I also am really appreciative of the threaded bb shell and zero stack (not integrated) headset. I hate press fit bbs and headset bearings that ride in the frame.
I did some short track racing on this bike earlier this summer and it felt right at home...even in tight and technical sections.
On top of it all, the price is pretty reasonable, especially if you can get one on sale/ clearance. I would say that if you like 29er hardtails and want something with great handling/ geometry, that's sort of upscale, this would be one to check out.
Price Paid: $399.00
Purchased At: Jenson
Bike Setup: mishmash of X7, X9, SLX, XT. Reba Fork, Easton wheels
Date Reviewed: May 7, 2013
Strengths: Stiff, light, flickable
Weaknesses: Don't wanna get off it
I've been riding it since last fall and see many miles of great riding ahead on this thing. To quote Ferris Bueller, "It is so choice. if you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up."
Duration Product Used: 5 months
Price Paid: $925.00
Purchased At: craigslist
Date Reviewed: April 11, 2013
Strengths: Stiff, uphill goat bike.... 2013 hydo tubes increase stiffness... just a sharp build....
Weaknesses: It's hard to get off the thing - ya just wanna ride it and ride it and ride it......
I am able to ride with the yougens' 2x29" and when I take my hat off the gray hair goes well with the Black Frame... LOL. If you able to test ride one of these do it. This frame Geom will test you and might make you (or the bike) do things you've never done on a bike as the balance is near 50/50 as I have it set up...you may stop ridding the FS bike after you do....I know niner says this is their low end entry level frame but at about 8 oz's heavier then the Air 9 I say this frame is a steal...I wish I had this frame when I was 17-18....
Stay Vertical Out There. Falling happens. Pain Occurs....Cheers and just ride dam it....(they got that from us as kids.. LOL).
Date Reviewed: March 4, 2013
Strengths: Latest version 2012. Fast! Eat My Dust! Climbs great. Light. Nimble. I built this bike to have a 2nd bike/winter muck bike and I can't believe how much I enjoy this bike. Love it! What a value.
Date Reviewed: February 28, 2013
Strengths: The geometry of this frame just works. I came from a 26" Spec. Epic with a nice set of Crossmax SLR wheels and hopped on a friends EMD with crappy WTB wheels and was instantly faster. The aluminum is light for the price as well. For the money, this has been my favorite bike in 15+ years of cross country riding.
Weaknesses: The only weakness I can think of is that the aluminum is stiff. But if you're worried about a bike being too stiff, why are you buying a hardtail, aluminum frame in the first place? Get steel or carbon or a full suspension.
Date Reviewed: November 30, 2012
Strengths: - got my frame on a closeout deal in 2011 for about 300 bucks. Best deal ever.
- thing climbs like a goat
- great weight for the price
- fairly responsive for a 29er
- great looking frame and paint job (love the moondust)
- ride is smooth
- I love the Niner company as a whole
Weaknesses: - paint chips super easily by chainstays (to be expected and the frames come with a bottle of touch up which is nice)
- not as stiff as other aluminum frames
- built up super light it can be kinda squirrelly
Some cons are the fact that the bike tracks a little squirrell sometimes in the corners. This could be due to its lightness and my inexperience though as well. I came from a heavy duty 27 pound hartail and was used to its fatty stability so coming to this bike was a transition. Also the paint is pretty fragile and chips really easy.
Other than that its a great bike, well worth the price.
Date Reviewed: August 31, 2012
Strengths: lightweight frame, comfortable, climbing ability is outstanding
Weaknesses: none so far
Date Reviewed: May 27, 2012
Strengths: Stiff and handles great
Weaknesses: none I know of
Date Reviewed: March 19, 2012
Strengths: Light frame at 3.6lbs, Best climber I've ridden, Very efficient and very fast bike, acceleration is 30% better than any FS bike I've had, handles awesome for 29er, easily keeps up with friends on 26 HT, soakes up roots, rocks, and trail bumps with larger tires, very smooth/solid riding frame and feels planted on the trail,
I don't know why I every went to FS
Weaknesses: Really have to ride differently to get the most out of this bike. Really watch the trail now to position myself for what comming up. Have to loft the front tire reallly large obstacles to absorb rear wheel shock.
The 29 in tires smooths everying out and does act like a "mini" suspension. If you choose your lines and ride it hard it will pay off with unlimited fun evertime.
If you afraid of braking the frame, don't. It has huge, beefy welds and thick 6000 aluminun in the rear triangle and hydroformed top/bottom tubes.
If you hate HT this bike is not for you, but if you are willing to try something different go for it.
Duration Product Used: 3 months
Price Paid: $548.00
Purchased At: Outside Outfitters
Similar Products Used: 06 Stumpjumper HT
10 Trek 6500
11 Niner Jet 9
12 Niner EMD 9
Bike Setup: Shimano XT/XTR drivetrain w 11-32 cassette and XT hydro brakes
Mavic Rims with White Industries Hubs
Carbon Raceface post and bars
Specialized Fast Trac tubeless
11 Rock Shox Reba RL
Koobi Alpha saddle
Weight is at 23.8 lbs and that's light enough for me
Date Reviewed: March 9, 2012
Strengths: Light and rigid - awesome geometry
Weaknesses: nothing yet
I have been trail riding on a full suspension Yeti 575 for 7 years - I never thought I'd go back to a hard tail - let alone a 29er. I also race quite often here in Korea (Koreans are mad about MTB) and yes, I raced my Yeti - she never failed me; nor will I get rid of her. But, I recently started reading about 29ers and found that Niner seemed to be leading the charge - took a chance and bought an EMD from JensonUSA. Pieced it together and have been riding it ever since - yes, my 575 is gathering dust (I am almost ashamed to say that...).
The Niner EMD geometry delivers incredible maneuverability, its agile, super responsive, light and very fast - I feel like I should have paid a lot more for it. I would take this rig on any trail I have ever ridden on; Crested Butte, North Cheyenne Canyon, Moab, Fruita, Hamesterly Forest, The 7 Stanes in Scotland, anywhere.
I am honestly stunned at how much I love riding this bike - freakin' stunned. It really deserves 6 chili's across the board. Well done Niner, well done.
Duration Product Used: 3 months
Price Paid: $329.00
Purchased At: JensonUSA
Similar Products Used: GT Peace 9r (riding to work) - trail bike is a Yeti 575 (2005)
Bike Setup: Large frame, Manitou Tower Expert fork, XT shifters, Truvative Noir Crank set, SunRingle Black Flag Wheels, Racing Ralphs, - weights in 25.5 lbs.
Date Reviewed: February 1, 2012
Strengths: Sturdy frame, quality build, light, climbs well, good value
Weaknesses: Nothing major. Rear brake pipe/cable routing and bosses seem hydro-specific, feel that cable/mechanical would be better suit the no-nonsense feel of the frame.
This was my first build and it was great fun to figure out what I needed, cruise EBay and MTBR for bargains (Ti BB $35 koff koff), and assemble and tune the bike. I'd recommend a bike build as a fun project to anyone mechanically inclined... Niner frame with pre-prepped threads and faces gave no probs during assembly and does not seem finicky about component choices.
Riding, the handling is predictable and easy to carve and it is stiff to pedal and climbs great, easy to get weight onto the rear wheel for traction and is quite controllable on steep descents. Ride IS stiff which is pretty much inherent with aluminum. I originally used a Bontrager carbon fork for this build, which was feather light but punishing on ruts and potholes. I needed to keep up with a faster rider on a full suspension bike so put the M-29 on last year... seems to be a good match for the frame.
I'd recommend this frame for anyone who wants a quality build without succumbing to bling-ism. I don't see it as 'starter' or 'entry-level'; I expect this to fill the Hardtail spot in my fleet even if I add a trail bike in a year or two. I am still learning and improving, and this bike shows no signs of running out of performance for me.
Duration Product Used: 2 Years
Price Paid: $350.00
Purchased At: MTBR Classifieds, $5
Bike Setup: Stan's Flows on Hope Pro II hubs, RST M-29 fork, BB7 brakes, SRAM X-9 drivetrain with twist shifters, Race Face Turbine cranks with Ti square taper BB, Thomson post and stem, FSA mid-rise bars, WTB Devo saddle, Saguaro rear/Rampage front tires.
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