Take a look at Vassago. They have a Jabberwocky that can be run 1x9 with a gear plug that they make.
+1 I LOVE mine!rockcrusher said:Salsa El Mariachi - EBB disc gear/no gear good price, great fork and nice steel.
Just prepared to be patient.mtnbiker72 said:You could get a custom made Curtlo for the same price as a SIR 9....they come in multi-speed or single speed, but I'm sure for a few more $ you could get a EBB with the musti-speed frame.
Doctapow,doctapow said:I was leaning toward getting a SIR9 frame for my first 29er build project this summer - but between Niner not answering their e-mail and all the reported delivery issues, I'm thinking maybe I should consider something else.
I want a steel hard-tail hopefully with a SS or geared option. Anybody have any suggestions for quality alternatives?
Chris, Steve - thanks for the response. I understand the Reynolds tubing issue might be something beyond your control. So it sounds like even when the frames do arrive, they are likely to be all spoken for?Niner Bikes said:Doctapow,
I'm sorry no one returned your email. We are normally very good at responding to direct questions.
s.i.r. 9 production has been a headache and we are experiencing delays with 853 tubing. The 853 tubing is made by Reynolds and we have no control over their delivery schedule when delays occur. We are expected to deliver frames to dealers at the end of July.
I apologize for our poor service in answering your questions and wish we had more frames in stock but demand has far outstripped our most optimistic business plans for 2009. We are aware of the issues this is causing and are working to correct it.
Chris & Steve
James,doctapow said:Chris, Steve - thanks for the response. I understand the Reynolds tubing issue might be something beyond your control. So it sounds like even when the frames do arrive, they are likely to be all spoken for?
Regarding the e-mail - one of my reasons for leaning toward Niner in the first place was the reputation for good customer service - so maybe I am just the exception. But I did email twice - once to [email protected] and once to the General Sales address on the Niner website.
If there is a better address to use - can you let me know?
Chris and Steve are being open and honest about their supply chain issue, and you are babbling about a small boutique dime/dozen aluminum tubing made bikes....OldHouseMan said:Take a look at Ventana, I've never had to wait more than a month for anything from them.
Umm, I believe the name of this thread is "Alternatives to Sir9" Just giving a suggestion.Zion Rasta said:Chris and Steve are being open and honest about their supply chain issue, and you are babbling about a small boutique dime/dozen aluminum tubing made bikes....
If Reynolds is having problems with supplying tubes, what the hell do you expect them to do?