The very best kind of day. New bike day. I loved the Spot but no matter how much you love a particular bike there always comes a time where its just time to move on to the next thing. So why the Niner ROS 9 Plus you ask? Isn’t 29+ just another weird format fad? Maybe. Time will tell but my path to this bike actually probably started a few years ago.
After Mark Tucker took a step back from racing he got himself a Carver Gnarvester 29+ rig and I was immediately pretty jealous. The thing just looked FUN and the way he would describe how it rode just sounded exactly like how I want to ride all the time. At the time there weren’t many 29+ offerings and it was just weird enough that I never really thought it would be a possibility for me. Then in the following years the format caught on a tad. Trek came out with the ‘Stache and Niner launched a 29+ version of their ROS among others.
I really liked the look of the Niner. I’ve always been a fan of that classic steel look with the tapered steel fork. It seemed like a sweet bike but I still never quite thought of is as an option for me being a ‘racer’ and all. Just this past Thanxmas I was talking with Pog about him thinking about getting back into mountain biking a bit and I was telling him if he wanted to try and get a bike that he could theoretically ride all year and just be super fun it would be a 29+ rig. He’s on the coast so he’d have enough float to ride sand as long as it wasn’t too deep, same for snow in the winter. Low maintenance just get on and go type ride. I even said, “If I wasn’t racing, I would be on a ROS 9+”
I had already been thinking about what my replacement bike would be and in the weeks after Thanxmas it started occurring to me that saying something like “If I wasn’t racing I would have this bike” was kind of stupid. This is the most fun bike I can think of but I’m not going to buy it because of this other thing I do mostly for fun. The days of me being concerned about the gear I have really impacting my ability to be competitive are over but apparently I hadn’t quite fully accepted that. Luckily I came to my senses and now I’ll be racing on a super fun bike.
Of course I had to buy it the time of year that I can’t really ride it so now I get to torture myself just looking at if for awhile. Maybe I’ll post a ride review once I get some time on it.