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Canfield Brothers Nimble 9

Taking what we have learned building 29er frames, the evolution continues with the new Nimble 9. We loved with our aluminum version and used it to help develop a new 4130 Chromo version. We had a few goals in mind with this new bike. We wanted to offer a 29er hardtail that not only looked sexy but had our formula for “ideal” geo. The slackest head angle, shortest chainstays and the widest tire clearance, all while being front derailleur compatible. You have the option of running fully gearing or SS right out of the box. The New N9 features adjustable chainstays to go down to a even shorter 16.25”. Combine that with 44mm headtube and aggressive angles, you have a bike that begs to be ridden faster! The evolution of FUN continues with the Nimble 9.


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  • 4130 chromoly steel
  • 68º head angle with a 120mm fork
  • Adjustable 16.25“ – 16.9” chainstays
  • Low toptube for increased stand over height
  • Custom sliding 142mm x 12mm rear dropouts, Maxle included
  • Hydroformed toptube
  • ED Black treated for superior anti-corrosion resistance, (*Painted models only)
  • Removable direct mount front derailleur block
  • Two water bottle bosses

Metric Small Medium Large X-Large
Top Tube Length (Effective) A 580.9mm 596.9mm 609mm 635mm
Top Tube Length (Actual) B 545mm 558mm 577mm 598mm
Reach C 391mm 405mm 420mm 438mm
Standover Height D 762mm 772mm 777mm 779mm
Seat Tube Length E 405mm 456mm 507mm 533mm
Wheel Base F 1064mm-1097mm 1081mm-1114mm 1100mm-1133mm 1121mm-1154mm
Head Tube Angle 100mm Fork G 69° 69° 69° 69°
Head Tube Angle 120mm Fork H 68° 68° 68° 68°
Seat Tube Angle (Effective) I 75° 75° 75° 75°
Seat Tube Angle (Actual) J 70.88° 70.88° 70.88° 70.88°
Chainstay Length K 412.75mm-429.3mm 412.75mm-429.3mm 412.75mm-429.3mm 412.75mm-429.3mm
Bottom Bracket Drop L 62mm 62mm 62mm 62mm
Head Tube length M 100mm 110mmm 120mm 125mm
*Geo based on 500.8mm axle to crown fork (Fox F29 100mm) unless otherwise noted
Standard Small Medium Large X-Large
Top Tube Length (Effective) A 22.87 23.5 24 25
Top Tube Length (Actual) B 21.46 21.98 22.73 23.55
Reach C 15.41 15.93 16.53 17.26
Standover Height D 30 30.4 30.6 30.67
Seat Tube Length E 16 18 20 21
Wheel Base F 41.93-43.22 42.59-43.87 43.33-44.62 44.13-45.42
Head Tube Angle 100mm Fork G 69° 69° 69° 69°
Head Tube Angle 120mm Fork H 68° 68° 68° 68°
Seat Tube Angle (Effective) I 75° 75° 75° 75°
Seat Tube Angle (Actual) J 70.88° 70.88° 70.88° 70.88°
Chainstay Length K 16.25-16.9 16.25-16.9 16.25-16.9 16.25-16.9
Bottom Bracket Drop L 2.44 2.44 2.44 2.44
Head Tube length M 3.94 4.33 4.72 4.92
*Geo based on 500.8mm axle to crown fork (Fox F29 100mm) unless otherwise noted

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Build Specs:

2014 Nimble 9

  • Recommend fork lengths – 100mm – 140mm
  • Headset – 44mm upper and lower cups
  • Front derailleur – Shimano direct mount – top pull/single bolt, or Sram HO series
  • Bottom bracket – 73mm
  • Seatpost – 27.2mm
  • Seatpost clamp – 29.8mm
  • Rear dropout spacing – 142x12mm, Maxle included*
  • Post brake mount – Hope floating rotors are not compatible
  • *Please note – Our 142×12 Nimble 9 dropouts use a 135×12 Maxle.

2013 Nimble 9

  • Recommend fork lengths – 100mm – 140mm
  • Headset – 44mm upper and lower cups
  • Front derailleur – Shimano direct mount – top pull/single bolt, or Sram HO series
  • Bottom bracket – 73mm
  • Seatpost – 30.9mm
  • Seatpost clamp – 35mm
  • Rear dropout spacing – 135mm
  • Post brake mount

Headset Guide

Upper:
ZS44/28.6

External Stack Lower:
EC44/30 (Straight steerer)
EC44/40 (Tapered steerer)


Cable Bundles

When designing the cable layout, it was very important to not exclude anyone with any build set up.  We have some customers who build their bike as single speed, we also have riders who take advantage of every cable actuated bolt-on component available. We knew that with our diverse customer base, we needed a solution that would work for EVERYONE.

Enter the Cable Bundles…  Whether you are running 1 cable or 4, 1 set of cable bundles is all you need to keep your lines tight fitting and clean.
Canfield Brothers 2014 Nimble 9 cable routing

Coming soon!

“If anyone is on the fence, don’t be. Canfield Bros. knocked it out of the park IMO with this new N9 frame. This one’s a keeper for sure.”

Nubster – MTBR Member

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