Niner Bikes News

Niner Bikes recently introduced a new color for their E.M.D. 9 (Eat My Dust 9) and it is a yummy looking hue called A&W Rootbeer Brown. The E.M.D. 9 is Niners budget aluminum frame but it has a lot of great details. Now it even makes you think of frosty mugs of brown goodness!

In other Niner news, I had the pleasure of talking with Steve Domahidy at Interbike this year and amongst the several things he told me was a bit of top secret news that he didn’t want talked about. Well, after getting my copy of Dirt Rag in the mail today, I can see that the beans have been spilled. So, here’s the dealio: They have a new eccentric bottom bracket design coming that is unlike any other eccentric bottom bracket out there. It is very similar to another idea used for Campagnolo’s Ultra Torque cranksets though. The eccentric has two halves that clock together and are then held in the frame by a single bolt, using the drawing power of the bolt to pull the flanges of the EBB against the bottom bracket shell itself. It is pretty simple and it is very light weight. The design also allows Niner to place the bottom bracket at an extreme eccentric posistion allowing for a greater throw which in turn will allow for a greater change in teeth for cog changes without breaking the chain. Pretty cool stuff!

No word on when the EBB design will come out, but it’s been tested by Niner sponsored rider D.J. Bertch and Steve Domahidy was riding a prototype of this EBB at our own Big Wheeled Ballyhoo last June. (Which will be happening again, by the way. Look for details to be released very soon!) The EBB was also in the new titanium single speed prototype at Interbike this year. When we learn more, we will let you know, if we’re allowed to!

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  1. Jared Says:

    Wow, it’s too bad they’re not slackening their head tube angle for the “new breed” of 29er forks with bigger offsets.

  2. Gonzo Says:

    That Niner looks nice, the color reminds me of the old root beer that Santa Cruz once had. Other new stuff that surfaced today on mtbr, is Vassago’s Optimus TI SS.

  3. AC Says:

    Yeah, it’s pretty! Saw it on mtbr. I wish they made an SS or EBB version of the EMD. Very nice price.

    Does anyone know if they had to license the name “A&W Rootbeer Brown” ? Seems like they would.

  4. Dirt McGirt Says:

    Where are pictures of the new color?!?

  5. AC Says:

    Here you go:

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=356478

  6. Jared Says:

    That IS beautiful.

  7. Dirt McGirt Says:

    Thanks, AC!

  8. Desert9r Says:

    Beautiful! Still one thing keeps me from buying it, to me it is kind of counter-intuative to make a Really light bike/frame disc-specific.
    Yes, there is the “the frame is light so you Can run disc” arguement.
    If you go That light on the frame, you might as well go with carbon v-brakes!

  9. Mark Says:

    That’s a Bushnell EBB isn’t it? They’re lovely, been around for years and you can bathe them in mud and they come back looking for more.

  10. NoWay Ray Says:

    Any idea whether this new EBB will be retrofittable to older Niners?

  11. Mark Says:

    No for split shell type EBBs where the shell surrounding the BB is split and held together by pinch bolts to allow adjustment but yes to Phil Wood type EBBs where the BB is held in place by a sturdy bolt screwed in at a right angle to the shell as a ” stopper ” to allow adjusting/fixing.

  12. Guitar Ted Says:

    Mark: It’s not a Bushnell type, it’s a simple design. Think traditional EBB shell. Okay, now think of an insert that will house the bottom bracket that is split in two perpendicular to the bottom bracket. So you have two sides to the EBB insert, okay? Now the two halves are held together by one bolt, ala Campagnolos Ultratorque crank set. What stops the two halves from spinning in the EBB shell are the flanges on the outside of each half of the insert that contact the EBB shell “face”. (Much like a cartridge bottom brackets driveside cup does, only this insert isn’t threaded)

    So, we have three pieces to the whole she-bang. Two halves and a bolt that draws it all together against the outer edges of the EBB shell. To tension the chain, simply loosen the bolt enough to spin the insert.

    NoWayRay: Yes, this should retrofit to any traditional pinch bolt type EBB, as far as I know.

  13. Mark Says:

    Ah well, there I go; thinking without coffee.

  14. Dirt McGirt Says:

    That’ll learn ya

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