In spring of 2013, the Misfit gained a comrade in singlespeed-itude, the Niner Sir9. The Niner is now my bike of choice for long races, if for no other reason than the fact that it has that little bit of adjustable squishiness up front. And while the fact is it feels more "racy" than the Misfit, they actually exist as perfect complements to one another.
The Niner's geometry is pretty aggressive -- the headset is slammed as low as possible and I've always preferred a little height in the saddle so when I ride it I'm always in a forward position, and with the fork opened up all the way, it feels even more so.
When I first started looking for a second SS, I was pretty much set on the Niner Air9 Carbon, but when I went to see Scott over at Evolution Pro Bike, he asked me how set on carbon I was. He said that because of the EBB on the Niners that could run SS, there was a risk that over-tightening the screws could create a perpetual squeak in the carbon housing. And he assured me that the Sir9 run single could be just as light and snappy as the carbon Air9. So I made a decision I thought i'd never make -- I opted for a steel frame!
And so far, it's been a great call. The bike is fast, light and pure fun to ride.
The Niner tale of the tape:
Niner Sir9 Steel frame (small)
Manitou Tower Pro Fork
Avid Elixir Hydraulic disc brakes
Niner Carbon bar
Stan's NoTubes ZTR Tubeless Wheels
RaceFace Evolve Crank
Maxxis Ikon EXO tubeless tires