Sighted: Prototype Niner Air 9 Carbon

That’s right, I was just out riding around in the high desert here in Somerville, Massachusetts, in January, on my Magna, when I saw this crazy thing. I was all like “Dude! That is SICK! Is that a 29er?” And the guy riding it said “Ya bro, it’s not just a 29er, it’s a Niner. In fact bro, it’s a Prototype Niner Air 9 Carbon.” And I was like “Sweet! What is it made out of, titanium?” And he was like “No ya Barney, it’s made out of carbon fiber.” Then I was like “What’s a Barney?” And he’s like “It’s like Barno… Barnyard… a haole to the max, a kook on and off the trails” So I was all “Awesome!”

Then I was like “So ya, cool, what kind of killer components you got on that biz-zad biz-zoy dog?” And he goes “Well bro, it’s got Rotor cranks, a Niner Cogalicious Cog, Ergon International grips, Stans NoTubes Race rims. It’s also got a Flat Top 9 Bar, WTB tires and saddle, Formula R1 Brakes, Crank Brothers pedals, a Thomson Stem and a SRAM chain.” I was impressed. I don’t have any of that stuff on my Magna, so I was like “Dude, seriously dude, you are like a knowing-stuff-about-bicycles wizard. How do you know about all that stuff dude?” And then, literally, this is what he says to me “I’m Brett Rosenbauer, Head of Sales for Niner Bikes.”

And I go “Aw no way dude, that is sweet! Y’know what? You should tell those guys at Niner to make bikes with more shock absorbers…like my Magna.”


Uri - 01/07/11 - 1:58pm

That Lance Armstrong’s bike there, guy?

Joe Arky Boy - 01/07/11 - 2:05pm

It will never be fast though bro’ unless they paint it red.

Steve - 01/07/11 - 2:29pm

Bettah than a Fishah!
Wait…is that a prototype of a bike that is already out?

zen - 01/07/11 - 2:36pm

I heard ‘barney’ was what they call the punk-rock-slackers that hang around harvard square.

ThomP - 01/07/11 - 2:39pm

if Lance Armstrong were to ride anything called something like an “Air 9,” it would definitely be a Scratch Air 9.

yes, it is the prototype of the current Air 9. And it was really seen being ridden by Brett from Niner somewhere around Ft. Collins.

And no, I don’t really own a Magna.

Steve - 01/07/11 - 3:54pm

You sure about the Magna? I thought I saw you at the Pinnacle on one! :)

Jeff - 01/07/11 - 4:19pm


Joe - 01/07/11 - 4:57pm

Just what the world needs…. ANOTHER hardtail 29’er ! :p

Tony - 01/07/11 - 10:12pm

Now that’s some funny sh!t, dude.

ben - 01/09/11 - 11:44pm

Dang it! Now I wanna go watch North Shore again, for like the 100th time…
Thanks Turtle.

topmounter - 01/10/11 - 1:50pm

Is it collectible or something? I’m confused.

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