Niner announced the launch of it’s new "Blood, Sweat and Beers" cyclocross model called – the BSB 9 RDO.
Unlike it’s predecessor, the RLT 9, which was made of aluminum, the new "Blood, Sweat and Beers" (or BSB9) features a sub-kilo carbon fiber frame. Niner is touting their new model as having ‘no-compromise stiffness, strength and ride quality’ – indeed race ready cyclocrosser.
Niner employed it’s "Carbon Compact System" in the development of the frame, wherein rigid internal molds were used to create what they call – "tighter and more consistent compaction of carbon fiber". In addition, a tapered headtube, 63mm wide press-fit bottom bracket shell and oversized tube profiles adds to the beefiness of the BSB9.
The BSB9 is designed specifically for disc brakes, and it can accept 160mm rotors both front and rear, with 135mm rear spacing.
As far as "bolt-thru" axle technology is concerned, Niner chose to go with a bolt-thru design on the front only, indicating that they felt there were “significant advantages in stiffness and steering,” , while sticking with a traditional quick release axle at the back because “there was no noticeable improvement in rear stiffness between the QR or Maxle option."
The geometry of the BSB9 features a longer wheelbase, slacker head angle and lower bottom bracket, as one would expect for cyclocross duties. The frame is available in six sizes, 47, 50, 53, 56, 59, 62 cm, and it’s fully compatible with electronic groupsets.
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