2015 Niner RLT 9 2010 Fisher Cronus Ultimate 2002 Eddy Merckx Millenium 3 1992 Lighthouse Columbus Max
Description I decided in November 2015 that I just did not trust carbon frames and needed to replace the remaining carbon bike in my collection. Since I was pretty happy with my existing group of road bikes, I wanted to get something different. This Niner provides road-ish geometry that works for me, clearance for up to a 42mm tire, disc brakes, a reputation for being stiff, and was on sale for a great price on black Friday. In October 2012, found a good deal on this slightly used from on eBay for a great price. I built it up, rode it for about a year, then moved the parts to another frame and it hung in my garage for a year. In October 2014, I realized that the frame was worth more to me than I would be able to sell it for. So, I accumulated parts to build it back up, this time with Shimano. I purchased this frame used on eBay in 2005. The tubing is a combination of 6AL/4V and 3AL/2.3V titanium, with many tubes being shaped. Of particular note is the huge, aero 6/4 downtube. This frame was built to Eddie Merckx's specs by Lightspeed.

The decals were in pretty bad shape when I bought the frame, so I replaced them. Since I could not find replacement decals that match the originals, I used decals for a Merckx Ti AX frame.

The frameset was built in 1992 by Tim Neenan at Lighthouse Cycles. Had a great experience getting fitted by Tim in Santa Ynez, and working with him throughout the build. It is a lugged frame made out of Columbus Max tubing, which turned out to be a problem. I wanted a fillet brazed frame, but Tim's jigs would not hold the highly shaped tubes during the filleting process, so he had to use lugs. At the time, Tim said he would never use this tube set again because it was such a pain, but I now see that he is using Max on his new bikes.
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Geometry Frame Size: 62cm
Seat Tube c-t: 620mm
Horizantal Top Tube: 605mm
Head Tube: 205mm
Wheelbase: 1062mm
BB Drop: 65mm
Chainstays: 435mm
Stack: 631mm
Reach: 406mm
Head Tube Angle: 72.5 degrees
Seat Tube Angle: 72.5 degrees
Frame Size: 61cm
Seat Tube c-t: 590mm
Horizantal Top Tube: 600mm
Head Tube: 230mm
Wheelbase: 1024mm
BB Drop: 67mm
Chainstays: 415mm
Stack: 631mm
Reach: 403mm
Head Tube Angle: 73.5 degrees
Seat Tube Angle: 72.7 degrees
Frame Size: 61cm
Seat Tube c-t: 630mm
Horizontal Top Tube: 588mm
Head Tube Angle: 73 degrees
Seat Tube Angle: 72 degrees
Frame Size: custom
Seat Tube c-t: 610mm
Horizontal Top Tube: 590mm
Head Tube: 196mm
BB Drop: 76mm
Head Tube Angle: 74 degrees
Seat Tube Angle: 72 degrees
Weight ?? lbs ?? lbs 18.14 lbs 22.66 lbs
Frame Hydroformed Aluminum Monocoque Carbon Combination of 3.25 and 6/4 Titanium Lugged Columbus Max Steel
Fork Niner RLT, 45mm rake Gary Fisher FCC carbon, 45mm rake Enve 2.0, 43mm rake Columbus Max unicrown, 45.7mm rake
Headset Cane Creek IS42/28.6 top, IS52/40 bottom
short top cap, 25mm spacers
Cane Creek 40 1.125" top, Trek 1.5" bottom
tall carbon top cap, 15mm spacers
Chris King 1.125 NoThreadSet, black Sotto Voce
25mm spacers
1" Mavic SSC
25mm spacers, Nitto threadless adapter
Stem Enve Carbon
11cm, -6 degrees
Enve Carbon
12cm, -6 degrees
Enve Carbon
13cm, -6 degrees
Thomson X4
13cm, -10 degrees, silver
Handlebars Ritchey WCS Carbon Evolution - 44cm Vision Metron 4D Carbon Compact - 44cm Vision Metron 4D Carbon Compact - 44cm Ritchey WCS Carbon EvoCurve - 44cm
Bar Tape Fizik Performance Tacky 3.0mm - Black Fizik Performance 3.0mm - Black Fizik Performance Tacky 3.0mm - Black Fizik Performance Tacky 3.0mm - Black
Brake Levers Shimano 685 Shimano Ultregra 6800 SRAM Red eTap Shimano Dura Ace 9001
Brake Calipers Shimano RS685 w/ RT-99 160mm Rotors Shimano Ultegra 8000 eeBrakes Shimano Dura Ace 9000
Buttom Bracket BBInfinite PF30 Endura AEBC5 Angular Contact BB90 Campagnolo Record, silver ITA Chris King Threadset 24, silver BSC
Crankset Quarq DZero Power Meter - 175mm, BB30,
50t x 34t black Praxis Rings
Shimano Ultegra 6800 - 175mm, 50t x 34t
Stages V2 left arm
Campagnolo Super Record RS - 175mm, 50t x 34t
Garmin Cadence Sensor
Shimano Dura Ace 9000 - 175mm, 50t x 34t
4iiii Precision Pro Dual Sided Power
Pedals Shimano XTR PD-M9000 Race SPD Shimano XTR PD-M9000 Race SPD Shimano XTR PD-M9000 Race SPD Shimano XTR PD-M9000 Race SPD
Front Derailleur Shimano Dura Ace 9000 - braze on w/ 34.9mm Adapter Shimano Dura Ace 9000 - braze on SRAM Red eTap - 35mm Parlee clamp-on adapter Shimano Dura Ace 9000 - braze on
Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra 6800 - Mid-cage Shimano Ultegra 8000 - GS SRAM Red eTap WiFli Shimano Dura Ace 9000
Chain Shimano Dura Ace 9000 Shimano Dura Ace 9000 Shimano Dura Ace 9000 Shimano Dura Ace 9000
Cassette Shimano XT 8000 - 11/40 Shimano Ultegra 8000 - 11/32 Shimano Ultegra 6800 - 11/32 Shimano Ultegra 6800 - 11/28
Front Wheel Shimano CX-75 hub
Pacenti SL25 black rim
28 Sapim CX-Ray black
black brass nipples w/ Sapim HM washers
DT Swiss 350 straight pull hub
Kinlin XR31T black rim
24 black Sapim CX-Ray spokes
black brass nipples
DT Swiss 350 straight pull hub
HED Belgium Plus rim
24 black Sapim CX-Ray spokes
black brass nipples w/ Sapim HM washers
DT Swiss 350 straight pull hub
BHS 2723 black rim
24 black Sapim CX-Ray spokes
black brass nipples
Rear Wheel Shimano CX-75 hub
Pacenti SL25 rim
28 Sapim CX-Ray black
black brass nipples w/ Sapim HM washers
Campagnolo Record hub
Kinlin XR31T OC black rim
32 black Sapim CX-Ray spokes
black brass nipples w/ Sapim HM washers
Shimano Dura Ace 9000 hub
HED Belgium Plus rim
32 Sapim CX-Ray black
black brass nipples w/ Sapim HM washers
BHS SL210 black hub
Pacenti SL23 G1 black rim
27 black Sapim CX-Ray spokes
black alloy nipples w/ Sapim HM washers
Quick Release Shimano RX830 Shimano Dura Ace 9000 Shimano Dura Ace 9000 Shimano Dura Ace 9000
Tires Schwalbe Pro One Tubeless, 28mm Michelin Pro4 Service Course - 25mm Michelin Pro4 Service Course - 25mm Vittoria Open Pave CGIII - 25mm black/green
Seatpost Enve 1-bolt
27.2 x 350, 25mm setback
Ritchey Superlogic 1-bolt - glass carbon
27.2 x 300, 25mm setback
Lynskey Ti
27.2 x 300, 25mm setback
Shimano Dura Ace 7400
27.4mm
Seatpost Clamp Campagnolo 31.8mm Campagnolo 31.8mm Ti Works 31.8mm built into frame
Saddle Fizik Antares - Black/White, Carbon Rails Fizik Antares 00 - Black, Carbon Rails Fizik Antares R3 - Black, Carbon Rails Fizik Antares R3 - Black/Green, Carbon Rails
Computer Wahoo Elemnt, Enve V2 mount Wahoo Elemnt, Enve V2 mount Wahoo Elemnt, Enve V2 mount Wahoo Elemnt, grey K-Edge XL mount
Bottle Cages Arundel Mandible, white Arundel Mandible, gloss 3k Arundel Mandible, gloss 3k Arundel Mandible, matte 3k
Pump Lezyne Road Drive - large, silver Lezyne Road Drive - large, black Lezyne Road Drive - large, carbon Silca Impero - Campagnolo head, matching paint