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Mountain 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 ensureNiner EMD 9 Detail 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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