DV9 NX Complete Bike - 2019


DV9 NX Complete Bike - 2019

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    As a teenager, your summer job probably couldn’t pay for an entire quiver of bikes. Enter the Ibis DV9, a 29” carbon hardtail inspired by high school XC racer Lili Heim (daughter of Ibis CEO Hans Heim). Ibis set out to build a bike that could do it all, and still be paid for with earnings from seasonal employment. With a starting price at $2119 with the NX kit, this bike serves up some serious specs with not-so-serious spending. With the DV9, Ibis has created a multi-faceted and functional carbon rig that can podium one day and roost berms the next.

    If you’re used to a full-suspension platform, the DV9 will feel relatively rigid at first, but the trade-off is a bike that accelerates quickly, and handles precisely. It feels connected to the trail, which can be a good and a bad thing. You feel every bump, which forces you to pick lines wisely. Ultimately, riding a hardtail will hone your skills, which will inevitably translate when you hop back on your full suspension rig, should you have one in your quiver. With a feather-light 1350 gram frame weight, the DV9 can be built up around 18 - 23 pounds depending on budget and part spec. Naturally, it climbs with little effort, but you do give up a bit of traction compared to a full-suspension bike. The ability to run 2.6” tires helps with the traction, while smoothing out the overall ride feel. 

    Adding to the do-anything, go-anywhere narrative, the head tube angle can be changed by running a different fork: 67.4° with a 120mm fork, and 68.5° with a 100mm fork. Those numbers are on the on-point for hardtail "down-country" geometry, lending confidence on more technical descents, while remaining quick and agile on the climbs. With either of those forks, make sure your tires match the arena. Those interested in counting grams for XC racing would do well to pair the 100mm fork with 2.1" - 2.25” tires. If you're seeking more relaxed fun, go for a 120mm fork and bold 2.6” rubber.

    This bike also has a low bottom bracket height, no matter which fork you’re running. Using a 100mm fork gives you a 300mm bottom bracket height, while the 120mm will afford you 320mm. Both will provide a more stable ride, especially when you’re out of the saddle on a grinding climb. That low stability will pay dividends when cornering, and you’ll feel more balanced on tight switchbacks.

    The seat tube angle also changes between fork setups. Before you scoff at a seemingly slack seat tube angle, keep in mind that this is a hardtail, so the bike does not sag into any rear suspension, which means seat angles don't need to be as steep as what you may be seeing on the latest all-mountain/enduro bikes. At 72° with a 120mm fork, and 73° with 100mm, these angles will get your body in a proper vertical position to get leverage on your pedals, putting the power where you need it.

    There's something to be said for the simplicity of a hardtail. No bearings and complicated pivots to worry about, just raw, rigid, carbon goodness. Many of us here at Fanatik ride hardtails through the nasty dark and sloppy days of winter here in the Pacific Northwest, as there's very little maintenance required on a bike like the DV9.

    Development is the name of the game when it comes to this bike, and we’re confident this is a bike you can grow with, whether you're a newer rider getting into the sport, or an experienced rider looking to hone skills.


    Frame Material: Carbon
    Wheel Size: 29"
    Rear Axle Standard: 12x148mm Boost
    Headset: Cane Creek 40 Series
    Headset Standard: ZS44mm/EC49mm
    Fork: Your Choice - Make a Selection
    Fork Axle: 15x110mm Boost
    Wheelset: Ibis 938
    Tires: Schwalbe Nobby Nic 29" x 2.6"
    Crankset: SRAM NX 30T
    Bottom Bracket: SRAM GXP XR
    BB Standard: 73mm BSA
    Chain: SRAM PC 1130
    Rear Derailleur: SRAM NX 11sp
    Cassette: SRAM PG 1130 11/42T
    Seatpost: Your Choice - Make a Selection
    Seat Post Diameter: 31.6mm
    Seat Post Clamp: Ibis Bolt-On
    Seat Post Clamp Diameter: 34.9mm
    Seat: WTB Silverado 142mm
    Shifters: SRAM NX 11sp
    Handlebar: Ibis Lo-Fi 780mm 7075 Aluminum / 31.8mm Clamp Dia.
    Stem: Ibis 3D Forged 60mm / 31.8mm Clamp Dia.
    Grips: Lizard Skins Charger Evo
    Brakes: SRAM Level w/ 180mm/160mm Centerline Rotors
    Water Bottle Cage Mounts: Two
    Intended Use: Trail/AM, XC
    Warranty: 7 Years on Frame


    mm / inches

    With 120mm Travel Fork (530mm Axle-to-Crown)

    Size S M L XL
    Seat Tube 368 432 483 533
    Top Tube 584 607 630 660
    Reach 399 419 437 462
    BB Height 320 320 320 320
    Head Angle 67.4 67.4 67.4 67.4
    Seat Angle 72 72 72 72
    Standover 699 767 767 795
    Chainstay 439 439 439 439
    Head Tube 94 112 117 135
    Wheelbase 1102 1138 1158 1194
    Trail 88 88 88 88
    Stack 611 628 634 649
    Max Seatpost Insertion 220 220 275 275

    With 100mm Travel Fork (504mm Axle-to-Crown)

    Size S M L XL
    Seat Tube 368 432 482 533
    Top Tube 582 607 628 658
    Reach 397 418 435 462
    BB Height 300 300 300 300
    Head Angle 68.5 68.5 68.5 68.5
    Seat Angle 73 73 73 73
    Standover 687 757 757 782
    Chainstay 439 439 439 439
    Head Tube 92 110 116 133
    Wheelbase 1100 1126 1147 1182
    Trail 88 88 88 88
    Stack 611 628 634 649
    Max Seatpost Insertion 220 220 275 275


    cm / ft

    Size S M L XL
    Rider Height (cm) 153 - 165 163 - 175 175 - 188 183 - 198

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