The 9:ZERO:7 Aluminum was conceived as a lighter snow bike equipped for the most demanding fat tire adventures. Named after the area code of Alaska, the 9:ZERO:7 is crafted out of 6061 aluminum and offers a host of features to optimize your fat tire experience. Starting with an elongated head-tube and longer chain-stays, the 9:ZERO:7 features six rack mounts, three water bottle mounts, fender mounts, and full cable housing on a lightweight frame. Also available in 135mm offset and 170mm centered frames.
Strengths: Long wheel base, slacker head tube, STAND OVER height
Weaknesses: Can't fit a Surly LOU as a rear tire.
I had a Necromancer and liked it until I test rode a 907. I ride in deep snow. The 907 is long and slacker. These two characteristics create a very patient snow bike. It is stable and and not twitchy. Deep snow riding is generally slow. The 907 seems to understand this slow pace. It also picks up speed very well. I find I'm going through the gears faster. It is a great trail bike. Stand over height is 3 inches lower than the Necromancer in the XL. Lower bb on 907 than Necro.
The finish and coating is high quality and the colors are very vibrant. I got the Mango color.
I recommend getting wide bars. 700mm makes this bike feel very snappy.
The Necromancer has its place in FAT biking. But if you are into deep snow and riding your bike up or down trails, the 9:zero:7 will deliver. Take one for a test ride. That's all I needed.
Date Reviewed: January 27, 2013
Strengths: Aluminum Frame, Geometry, Solid Welds, Vertical Dropouts, Ability to add belt drive (if you really want to geek out), Fender Mounts, 3 Bottle Mounts, Color Choices, Just Looks Fine...
Weaknesses: Pricier than the Pugs
It didn't take me long to become a fat bike believer. The first time I took this bike out as a rental from our local bike shop (Backyard Bikes) I was grinning like the Cheshire Cat. My reference point was my full suspension Trek Hi-Fi Pro. Stumps, rocks etc. that I used to go around in my effort to pick a good line suddenly disappeared under the beastly 4 inch tires. Riding in the snow is a blast...much like sand you go in preparing for resistance on a normal bike and then you simply sail through on these bikes. Yes getting the beast rolling takes some work but once you are going let the good times roll.
I checked out a few other models and was tempted to get a Surly Pugsley(could have picked one up for $1,600)...don't do it. Once you compare the weight and frame the 9 zero 7 becomes a no brainer. After cajoling my wife for 3 weeks I had my 9 zero 7 with Rolling Daryls, Surly Larrys, BB7s, Sram X7 and FSA cranks. I am in biking bliss. If you can't afford the $2000+ for a 9 zero 7 save your pennies until you can it is worth the wait. You will end-up with a bike you can ride year-end not just a snow bike. Who says being fat is unhealthy for you?
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: December 19, 2012
Strengths: Geometry, Weight, Aluminum frame.
Weaknesses: Frame made outside of US.
I love it, its a great snow bike. I have a nice build, have some friends that think Im crazy for spending 3k on a snow bike. However, it is an absolute blast. My build got me down to 31 lbs, same weight as my last 29er. The weight makes it very ridable, and its good fun. I decided to go with the 9zero7 over the pug or mukluk mainly because of the aggressive geometry and the fact that I dont see many 9zero7's at all, and I like my things to be different.
Strengths: Great standover with low top tube, top tube length fits me like my mountain bikes
Weaknesses: Frame made overseas
This is a short term review, hopefully to be followed this winter. So far I've only had a chance to ride in dirt, but must say that I'm very satisfied with the overall bike geometry and performance. The ride feels like my standard mtb that I'm familiar with.
I have decided to take the leap to 650b for my next bike. Since my previous choice was to be a Blue TR aluminum, it only made sense to choose the Solo aluminum.
The frame won't come until 9/1/2013 so until then I will be slowly gathering all of the components so that I have everything when it doe ... Read More »