Canfield Bikes Brings Back Chrome Nimble 9 Steel Hardtail for 2021 with Complete Builds

Nov 3, 2020
by Canfield Bikes  
Canfield Nimble 9 - Chrome


Canfield Bikes announces that the 5th generation of its iconic steel hardtail, the Nimble 9, will be available in chrome for 2021 with pre-orders open immediately at early Black Friday/Cyber Monday pricing.

The N9 will also be offered in the immensely popular Static black metallic and Cherry Cola red metallic. Owner Lance Canfield says, "We're excited to bring back the Nimble 9 in chrome once again. A lot of you have asked about this over the past year, and we listened."

Canfield Nimble 9 - Cherry Cola - 2021
Canfield Nimble 9 - Cherry Cola

For the first time in the brand's history, the model will also be available as a complete bike with multiple frame and wheel options. The complete Nimble 9 will feature a SRAM Eagle Lunar GX drivetrain, Spank and SDG cockpit and a choice of Magura or TRP brakes. Wheel options include all-new Canfield Special Blend wheels as well as premium carbon upgrades from Atomik Carbon and RideFast racing.

"Our goal with complete builds is to offer the best blend of performance and value possible, to put together bikes we would ride without any 'take-off' parts at a realistic price," says Canfield. "Our philosophy is to spec high-end parts where it matters, and create value on components that won’t detract from the ride."

Handcrafted in small batches, the Nimble 9 is a steel all-mountain hardtail built to get rowdy and designed to accommodate 29-inch, 29-plus or 27.5-plus wheels with up to 2.8-inch tires and thanks to sliding dropouts, is singlespeed ready. It combines the ride quality of 4130 chromoly steel with vertically compliant, radial-bent seatstays and aggressive all-mountain geometry.

Canfield Nimble 9 - Static - 2021
Canfield Nimble 9 - Static

The 5th generation of the N9, which debuted last year, sees refreshed geometry and bigger sizing, adding more than an inch to the reach across sizes. In addition, all sizes see a shorter seat tube to better fit today’s longer dropper posts and provide more maneuverability when you drop the saddle and let gravity take over. Chainstay yokes have also been redesigned for added stiffness and durability.

Pre-orders are open now directly through Canfield with early Black Friday/Cyber Monday pricing valid through November 30, 2020.

• Fork: MRP Ribbon Air 150mm w/ Custom Canfield Decals
• Wheels: Canfield Special Blend 29 AM/Enduro - 30mm ID (Atomik and RideFast premium carbon upgrades available)
• Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF 2.6 WT EXO TR / Dissector 2.4 WT EXO TR
• Drivetrain: SRAM GX Eagle Lunar 12-speed
• Cassette: SRAM XG-1275 Eagle 10-52T
• Cranks: GX Eagle Lunar DUB 165mm crankset with 32t ring
• Bar: Spank Spoon 35 - 800mm
• Stem: Spank Split 35 clamp - 45mm length
• Grips: SDG Thrice 31mm
• Brakes: Magura MT Trail Sport (4-piston front/2-piston rear) *or* TRP Slate T4 (4-piston)
• Rotors: Magura 180mm *or* TRP 180mm
• Seatpost: SDG Tellis (150mm/170mm)
• Saddle: Custom Canfield SDG Radar MTN
• Headset: Cane Creek 40 Series (includes carbon spacers)
• Seatpost Clamp: Canfield
• Sealant: Trucker Co. Cream II

• 29″ All Mountain
• 4130 chromoly steel
• Radial-bent seat stays for vertical compliance
• Increased reach and shorter seat tube
• 66° head angle (w/ 150mm fork)
• Recommended fork length: 140mm - 160mm
• Custom sliding Boost 148mm x 12mm rear dropouts, axle included
• 73mm BSA Threaded BB
• 30.9mm seat post
• 34.9 or 35mm clamp size
• Adjustable 16.33“ – 16.93” chainstays
• Singlespeed-able
• Stealth cable routing
• Two water bottle bosses
• Includes dropouts/derailleur hanger, rear axle and hardware
• Max. seatpost insertion: 200mm(S), 235(M), 275(L), 320(XL)

For more information, pricing or to pre-order, visit


  • 24 8
 It all sounds lovely, but I keep seeing new bikes coming out with SRAM components and people comment and say they would rather have Shimano. It is absolutely wonderful that Canfield brought back chrome, but when are manufacturers going to spec out there frames with the parts people want? Listan to THAT.
  • 30 0
 I personally would rather build a bike myself...partly because I already have a garage full of stuff...partly because I don’t want someone else deciding which corners should be cut...
  • 4 0
 @unrooted: Yep, I have been collecting parts for a few months now and would do the same thing.
  • 14 16
 @rosemarywheel: I purchased a new Commencal with SRAM components... What a mistake!!! Shock blew out after 2 weeks and just last month SRAM/Commencal denied my warranty claim on the fork because "I rode too often." The f******* stanchion cracked (without a crash) and somehow was not covered.... This was a prime example of: honesty is NOT always the best policy. I should have lied about my number of days at the park.
  • 10 0
 @geerumm: If it would have gotten you a new fork yes, In my mind it just makes me think less of both of those company's; it's not like you did anything wrong, and you could have fibbed, but ya' didn't.

Riding "too often" is a stupid, stupid reason to deny you your warrenty, and COMMEMCAL and SRAM should listen in and realize that stories like this affect how people choose which compay gets there money (hint, hint) and maybe make better-quality components...
  • 6 2
 Yup, I'm that guy. I don't have a spare bucket full of parts to build a new bike, and am simply not paying for a SRAM build kit.
  • 7 1
 From what I have heard inside the industry, Shimano is struggling to fulfill OEM orders for bike companies this year. SRAM on the other hand is in a better spot, so most companies are stuck with them for now.
  • 2 0
 Some cycling companies are looking at 200-300 day lead times for production right now due to the bike industry explosion. I'm sure Canfield would love to spec Shimano on some of their builds, just may not be possible.
  • 8 1
 There's been a lot of issues with the clutches on the new 12 speed shimano stuff too, neither option is fault free
  • 9 0
 @ctd07: Shhh, all these people that have never ridden the new Shimano 1x12 are sure it's great.
  • 10 1
 @TheRamma: have a few friends with the new 12 speed, slx, xt and xtr and all have had non stop dramas... the same for everyone I know with eagle, sx, gx or xo.
The reoccurring constant being 12 speed, which I think is just too many gears in a confined space, requiring too much operating precision and no tolerance for wear and tear.
Im running a hybrid shimano 10 speed setup with an 11spd mech to handle with 50t cog, if I was in the market for something new I'd be looking at microshifts 9 speeds stuff
  • 4 0
 @ctd07: This, there's too many sprockets for one chain to reach from one chainring so you can only fine tune the gears to work perfectly around the bottom to the middle of the cassette and hope the teeth of the bigger sprockets do the rest.
Unfortunately I'm stuck with my Eagle chainset with the bike I own, if given the chance I would happily go back to my old SRAM X9 with perfect shifting on every sprocket every ride.
  • 3 0
 @ctd07: Ive got some decent ride time on both the 9s and 10s advent/advent x groups from microshift and theyre seriously impressive for the price. 10/10 would recommend
  • 3 2
 @ctd07: People said the same thing when 11spd, 10spd, 9spd etc. came out. Too complicated, requires too much precision, the chains are too weak etc. Hell, when indexed shifters first came out people said they're too complicated and unreliable. Big Grin
I don't think we crossed some magical treshold with 12spd.
  • 2 0
 I don't get it. Someone particular enough to have a very strong opinion on components, doesn't want to just buy the frame and spec it yourself? This is not a big bike mfgr where you are, for all intents and purposes, stuck with their complete bikes. No matter what they hang on that frame, they'll never be able to please everyone: dropper, saddle, stem, cranks, wheels, tires.
  • 2 0
 @HollyBoni: but i feel like 12spd is the limit for our current desings
  • 1 0
 Thank you all for that food for thought. I wasn't aware of the prblems with aquiring Shimano parts.
  • 2 0
 @Noeserd: Yet Campagnolo just came out with a cable actuated 1x13 groupset, and Rotor had a hydro 1x13 for a while now.
TBH i've heard it all before. When 1x11 first came out people said it's too much and the chain will wear out super quick because of "cross chaining". People said a 50T cog is just too much for a rear derailleur etc.
If I wanted I could spend the rest of my life reading forum posts about people having issues with every single bike component ever released.
I have a bike with a 1x10, 1x11, 1x12. Both SRAM and Shimano. Somehow they all seem to work great? Frown
  • 1 0
 @HollyBoni: the spacing is the problem, we have to squish the cogs more for more speed with our current freehub lengths, tiniest bend in a hanger makes difference especially in 12 spd ime, they work great if everything is on order
  • 1 0
 @Noeserd: Yep, again heard the exact same things against 11spd when it first came out. Smile

The difference in gear spacing is minimal between 11 and 12spd. On 11 and 12spd MTB cassettes the last sprocket or sprockets actually extend beyond the freehub body. For example here is a picture of an NX Eagle 12spd cassette:

See how the last two biggest sprockets are shaped and attached? The second largest sprocket is dished towards the spokes, and the biggest sprocket is riveted to the outside of the second to largest cog, and again it's offset towards the spokes. They can do this because the sprockets are so big that they don't interfere with the spokes.
So a 10, 11, 12spd cassette might fit on the same length freehub body, but when you actually measure the cassette from sprocket to sprocket, a 12spd cassette is wider than a 10spd one.
(11spd road freehub bodies are 1.85mm wider than 8-9-10spd freehub bodies)
  • 1 0
 @tetonsorbuttes: Yeah Shimano parts seem like vaporware right now
  • 4 0
 @jeffreylj: Yup, I'm in the industry and we were instructed by Shimano to get orders in for a full year's hungry hungry hippo for parts out there right now!
  • 3 0
 @HollyBoni: Including my kids bikes i have to take care of pretty much everything from 1 X 8 to 1 X 12. All except the 1 X12 (GX) work very well. When new the 1 X12 also works well, but as soon as you bend the hanger by a mm its a total mess. My youngest son runs my 2006(or maybe older) Ultegra 1 X 8 group and the hanger of his bike is angled 45 degrees by now -works still ok. I will never buy a 1 X 12 again especially as you can already get a nice spread with nice steps by going 1 X 11 or even 1 X 10.
  • 1 0
 @HollyBoni: that's why i am saying 12 spd is the limit, you need more funky things to fit 13 or 14 for our current lenghts
  • 1 0
 @ctd07: this is true, I was so excited for mine, hearing that it was the greatest thing ever and a huge step up over eagle.

Coulnd't get it to even shift well in a stand. Swapped out all the cable routing to try shimano branded, lubed up clutch, everything. Couldn't get it to shift well. Took it to LBS, payed for their time, they couldn't figure it out either.

Turned out that something "magical" didn't work about it and Shimano wouldn't tell us what was wrong but offered to warranty it. Said something about manufacturing tolerances. My guess is a bushing was too tight or a bad pressfit somewhere? IDK not a mechanical engineer.

New one came in (with a bone dry clutch) but once that was taken care of it shifted wonderfully.

After a few hundred miles on it I objectively think HG+ shifts better under load than Eagle. But I had to spend a lot of money to get it to work properly.....never have had to do that with SRAM 1x11 or Eagle.

I'm still sticking with it though because dumping 3 gears while I'm standing and cranking in the pedals is a pretty cool feeling :-)
  • 11 0
 The dropouts are different on the chrome frame versus the other two. Huh.
  • 5 0
 That is a photo sample. The dropouts on the chrome will match those on the painted frames. Good catch!
  • 2 1
 Also different cable routing
  • 2 0
 Yeah they're just showing the old frame, looks the same as my 2014 N9.
  • 5 0
 2020 continues its odd trends Front page of pinkbike has a fully rigid stooge, the new stuff hardtail, and the Canfield hardtail. It's working though. I kinda want a chrome bike now.....
  • 3 1
 Dudes, my static nimble 9 is a piece of art. It’s a blast to ride. Big wheels little wheels. Slammed dropouts, a 160 or 140 fork. There are so many personalities in one bike. I had an epo and this is better in every way. I’m smitten. If you like hardtails get one.
  • 2 0
 Thank you!
  • 1 0
 Interested to hear you prefer this to EPO - I'm pretty happy with my EPO, but Nimble-curious, maybe as single speed, but expecting frame to be heavier, not sure if stiffer or more pliant?
  • 1 0
 Fit and feel mostly. It’s nearly the same
Geometry. I’m running a 140 fork. More tire clearance. Shorter seat tube. It’s a comfortable frame, is flexes just rite. Single speed is easy, and playing with the dropouts is a cool feature. I can totally tune the ride. It is a few pound heavier. But not heavy at all. I’m using the exact same build on the new nimble 9. Except for a longer dropper post. The epo felt a little sharper but that might be the steel vs carbon. It fits me better at 25mm longer too. I loved the epo and had 4 solid seasons on it. I broke it and fixed it and kept riding it. The feel of a well
Crafted steel bike is something else. I’m sure other brands ride well, but this one so good. I had to wait. I’m patient. It was worth it! @arclarke:
  • 1 0
 @chileconqueso: thank you for the reply! Sounds like I know what to do if my EPO breaks.
  • 1 0
 Would be nice is they offered non-boost dropouts as an option, like Banshee does. This way you can build up a frame using older wheels you have. I know, they have conversion kits to make your 142mm wheel into a 148mm. Just wishin. Love the Chrome!
  • 4 1
 Stooooop I already have a yelli screamy I do not need another canfield hardtail BUT CHROME
  • 4 2
 165mm cranks, good call, about time someone on the production side figured it out.
  • 1 0
 Why don't companies start spending BOX components for at least some of the drivetrain? Seems to hold up well in reviews and they don't seem quite as stuck on what they offer.
  • 3 0
 Awesome! I own a Canfield Riot, but I love steel hardtails.
  • 2 0
 This is a fun one for sure!
  • 1 0
 @canfieldbikes: When are we getting a new Riot? I would love to replace mine with an updated version.
  • 1 1
 Really loving and considering this for a fun hardtail for the collection - 27.5" Curious what wheel that does to the BB drop?
  • 1 1
 Wonder if it is going to rust as fast as the previos one... Otherwise sick bike, not so many 29+ singlespeedable frames out there.
  • 2 0
 Bring back the Yelli... Salsa Timberjack is close I guess.
  • 2 1
 I'd like to build a chrome one to match my speedwagon.
  • 2 0
 We support that decision.
  • 1 0

It's happening this week! Going for a frame and fork set. I'll start collecting parts now.
  • 2 1
 Sick bikes! That chrome is hot!
  • 3 0
  • 2 1
 My chromed '16 Nimble 9 is a shiny riot to ride!
  • 1 1
 Went to pre-order a frame then saw the expected ETA to be April 2021. Bummer, I'll need it before then
  • 2 1
 Finally, some colours that are hard to choose from.
  • 1 0
 So hard to choose...
  • 1 0
 2800 for a hardtail frame?!?! 2020 just keeps getting worse!!!!!!!
  • 2 0
 that's for the complete bike! frame only is $650
  • 2 1
 It's love.
  • 1 1
 someone hucked it to flat hence the seat stays
  • 3 0
 Seat stays are radially bent, engineered flex for vertical compliance. In combination with the steel frame, this provides a very smooth riding hardtail.
  • 2 1
 I want it.
  • 1 0
 Get it! Wink
  • 1 1
 You forgot the rainbow decals. Most gorgeous'est hardtail ever, though.
  • 2 3
 Is the frame really chrome plated or coated with a “chrome” look finish?
  • 3 1
  • 1 0
 Real chrome.
  • 1 0
 @canfieldbikes: excellent, thanks for the response. I own a coating shop and and very familiar with both the issues with getting things chromed these days and the various alternatives. We have this conversation with customers frequently. Despite marketing there is no substitute for durability and appearance, as y’all clearly know. Beautiful frame, thank you for producing this!
  • 1 0
 No complete bike pic?
  • 1 0
 Once we have the builds in stock, we'll have updated photos including completes.
  • 1 0
 What is gx lunar?
  • 2 2
 sick bike
  • 1 0
  • 1 4
 Been looking for a shimano equipped hardtail. Got excited and then disappointed. Guess I’ll keep looking
  • 1 1
 if you can get hold of the new Nukeproof Scout
  • 5 1
 Buy the frame, and Shimano parts separately, and build your own bike... It's what I did to build my '16 Nimble 9 chrome
  • 1 0
 The 2021 Norco Torrent HT has switched to a Shimano drivetrain.
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