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Ibis DV9 NX 2019
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Price $2,579 List$2,150 List$1,899 List$2,399 List$2,100 List
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Pros Swift climbing, sharp handling, excellent valueHigh value, fun on a wide range of terrain, dialed geometryAggressive geometry, built to last, killer tiresHigh fun-factor, rails corners, very poppyEasy-going geometry, exceptionally versatile, killer drivetrain
Cons Not as fun on rough trails, 11-speed drivetrainPoor fork specification, less compliant frame compared to outgoing modelMay be overkill for riders/trails, sluggish in tight spacesNarrow range of terrain where it shines, terrible rear tire specificationHeavy, weak tire specification
Bottom Line A slick-climbing hardtail mountain bike that is ready for a cross country race but is happy thrashing flow trailsA well-rounded hardtail that blends solid value with stellar performance in most situationsA mean and aggressive hardtail with an appetite for high speedsA very fun and versatile hardtail that is comfortable on a narrow range of terrainA versatile bikepacking rig that has the ability to rip trails
Rating Categories Ibis DV9 NX Specialized Fuse Expert 29 Rocky Mountain Growler 50 Santa Cruz Chameleon 29 R Marin Pine Mountain 2
Fun Factor (25%)
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Downhill (30%)
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Climbing (30%)
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Build (15%)
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Specs Ibis DV9 NX Specialized Fuse... Rocky Mountain... Santa Cruz... Marin Pine...
Wheel Size 29" 29" 29" 29" 29"
Weight (w/o pedals) 26 lbs 8 oz 29 lbs 14 oz 31 lbs 3 oz 30 lbs 5 oz 33 lbs 15 oz
Frame Material Carbon Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Frame Size Tested Large Large Large Large Large
Available Sizes S, M, L, XL XS, S, M, L, XL S, M, L, XL S, M, L, XL S, M, L, XL
Fork Fox Float Rhythm 34 RockShox 35 Gold RL, 130mm RockShox 35 Gold RL Fox Rhythm 34 120mm RockShox FS 35 120mm
Wheelset Ibis Hubs, Ibis 938 Alloy rims Specialized Stout Alloy SL, 29mm ID WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0 rims with Shimano MT400 hubs SRAM MTH hubs with WTB ST i25 TCS 2.0 rims Alloy Doublewall rims w/ Shimano and Alloy hubs, 32mm ID
Front Tire Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.6" Specialized Butcher Grid, Gripton, 2.6" WTB Vigilante TCS Light High Grip 2.6" Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR 2.3" Vee Tire Flow Snap 2.6"
Rear Tire Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.6" Specialized Purgatory Grid, Gripton, 2.6" WTB TrailBoss TCS Light Fast Rolling 2.6" Maxxis Ardent Race EXO TR 2.25" Vee Tire Co Flow Snap 2.6"
Shifters SRAM NX 11-speed SRAM NX Eagle SRAM NX Eagle SRAM NX Eagle Shimano SLX 12-speed
Rear Derailleur SRAM NX 11-Speed SRAM NX Eagle SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed SRAM NX Eagle Shimano SLX 12-speed
Crankset SRAM NX 30T SRAM NX Eagle DUB SRAM SX Eagle 30T SRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB 30T 175mm FSA Grid 32T
Bottom Bracket SRAM GXP XR SRAM DUB Threaded SRAM BSA DUB SRAM DUB Threaded FSA Outboard
Cassette SRAM PG 1130 11-42T SRAM NX 11-50T SRAM PG-1210 11-50T SRAM PG 1230 11-50T Shimano SLX M7100 12-speed, 10-51T
Saddle WTB Silverado 142 Specialized Bridge Comp WTB Volt Race 142 WTB Silverado Race Marin Pine Mountain Trail
Seatpost KS E30i Dropper TranzX dropper 150mm travel 34.9mm diameter Rocky Mountain Toonie Drop Race Face Aeffect TranzX Dropper, 150mm
Handlebar Ibis 780mm Alloy Specialized Stout Riser 780mm Rocky Mountain AM 780mm Race Face Ride Marin Pine Mountain Trail Bar, 50mm rise, 780mm width
Stem Ibis Specialized Stout Rocky Mountain 35 AM Race Face Ride Marin 3D Forged Alloy
Brakes SRAM Level SRAM Level TRL Shimano MT420 4-piston front, MT400 2-piston rear SRAM Level T Shimano MT520 4-piston front/MT500 2-piston rear
Grips Lizard Skins Charger Evo Specialized Trail Rocky Mountain Lock-on Light Santa Cruz Palmdale Marin Bear Paw Locking
Warranty Seven Years Lifetime Five Years Lifetime Lifetime
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