Niner Welcomes Kirt Voreis

Jan 5, 2017 at 9:00
Jan 5, 2017
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Kirt Voreis

Last November, Kirt Voreis posted a video to Instagram showing he and his trusted video guy, Doug, working to make a bike video. The problem? Kirt didn’t have a frame. He had parts, but no frame. Making a bike video with only bike parts was, well, difficult. It's pretty hard to roost some trail without a fully built bike.

Social media went crazy. The interwebs asked, "How could Kirt Voreis not have a frame?" Being the enterprising and seasoned mountain biker, Kirt decided to get a little creative and take matters into his own hands.

bigquotesWhy look for a frame in all the regular places? he asked. Why not go hunting?


And so, on a cold, wintry day riding into the woods on Doug’s handlebars, Kirt went hunting and bagged a frame - a Niner, size large.

Views: 7,565    Faves: 18    Comments: 4


And the story begins – a match made in the woods. Niner welcomes one of the most storied mountain bikers of all time to our family and, we also get to watch (and egg Kirt on) as he showcases the capabilities of our newly redesigned trail bikes. Kirt, on the other hand, gets to make more rad bike videos while riding a complete bike and continue to stoke the mountain bike community with his intriguing personality and entertaining antics.

From a career that started in 1994 as a downhill racer to now, one of the most respected and recognized ambassadors of the sport, Kirt has stood on podiums worldwide and worked tirelessly to get others jazzed about mountain biking. Kirt’s history and easy-going personality are well-known in the mountain bike world where he has long been recognized as a leader.

bigquotesTruly stoked to be working with Niner bikes for 2017! I've been a huge fan of 29er performance since 2010 so being able to work with a company that set that standard is invaluable. I am also extremely motivated to work with the marketing team to create content that inspires a "ride everything" attitude and to have fun doing it! Very excited for 2017, it's Niner Time! - Kirt Voreis

Kirt will throw a leg over Niner's trail bikes, the newly redesigned RIP 9 RDO and JET 9 RDO. As Niner's Trail Ambassador, Kirt will spread Niner love wherever he travels. Find him at major bike festivals, keep an eye out for more riding videos and learn how to ride better with his helpful riding tips.

@NinerBikes sells and supports happiness - good health, excitement, friendship, personal accomplishment and lasting memories – to avid mountain bike riders. Niner achieves this through the creation of beautiful, dependable mountain bikes that exemplify our understanding of bike handling, technology, current rider needs, and future rider requirements.

Learn more at www.ninerbikes.com

Follow Kirt Voreis on Pinkbike at @Voreis and Instagram @KirtVoreis_AllRide


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113 Comments

  • + 97
 They should make a frame called the 6.Niner...
  • + 76
 And then make a titanium version called the 6T.Niner
  • - 12
flag Ajmarganski (Jan 5, 2017 at 13:20) (Below Threshold)
 Trek already did that
  • + 62
 What will he ride for street/park/DJ?
  • + 162
 That's a valid question, and as we don't make a 26" street/DJ bike Kirt is welcome to ride whatever he chooses. (Sorry for the negative prop, meant to hit positive but missed)
  • + 31
 A bicycle!
  • + 19
 @NinerBikes: You could spend $700 on a Black Market MOB and sticker it with your brand name circa 1998 bike company sponsors.
  • + 4
 @spencer666: One with wheels too
  • + 24
 Proly a new model called the niner-3...subtraction is the new thing for 2017, not plus.
  • + 19
 @NinerBikes: Woah, that's a mature statement - respect! Never heard of you guys but will check out the steeds.
  • - 1
 @NinerBikes: sounds like it might be time for someone to develop a 29er street/DJ frame.
  • + 4
 @Grmasterd: I just want to see that baby frame with those monster wheels. On the flip side it would be interesting to see if Voreis frankensteins his new rides like Neko Mulally.
  • + 7
 @NinerBikes: Well, you have a kick-ass rider, so might as well make him a street/DJ rig Smile
  • + 1
 I rode my Cotic Solaris at Ray's indoor and had no problems. Just put on some flat pedals and slammed the post. It was a blast, especially the jump lines, felt better then my dj bike jumping the expert line for some reason. I rode all the same stuff as I did on my 26er. It manuals nice too, with 435mm chainstays. Think the ROS 9 would be an even better bike for that. In the right hands, a good rider can ride anything too.
  • + 6
 @oldschool43: Well, nothing against 29ers, really, but I invite you to try to ride a proper dirt jump trail with a Cotic Solaris or a Ros 9, you have my bet that you'll be back on your DJ bike pretty quickly, for this specific use. 29ers have plenty of obvious advantages, but antoher size than 26in for DJ would seem pretty awkward.
  • + 5
 @NinerBikes: Just do what PIvot did. Paint up a DMR frame and give it a cool name.
  • + 4
 @fitjoani: mean while all the BMXers think 26 is tooo big......
  • + 0
 @NinerBikes: Build him a 29" dirt jumper and make a few videos. its gotta be good for some fun brand exposure.
  • + 0
 an evil
  • + 2
 I hit up the local DJ park on my Jet 9 a while back. Had road slicks and everything on it at the time. I got some funny looks, but I got by. If I can do it, I'm sure Kirt can too, and with a whole lot more style.
  • + 2
 @oldschool43: yeah its not too bad, I've messed around on my Stumpy HT 29 and Giant XTC 29 at the skatepark and local pump track (I rode bmx for 20 years). flat pedals, slam seat, pump up tires, its still great fun and stupid quick if you want with those big wheels....don't go too sideways though you can easily fold the bigger wheels
  • + 0
 @NinerBikes: this makes me want to buy a niner DJ. make one please.
  • + 28
 Well done @NinerBikes. You picked a legend that gives mtb the punky, fun edge that it often lacks. The dude just oozes stoke and style. It instantly makes me interested in your brand.
  • + 3
 Couldn't agree more, a guy like Voreis makes me respect Niner even more
  • + 27
 I don't know who this is a bigger win for, Kirt Voreis or Niner?
  • + 16
 I think there are a lot of people who have doubt as to what you can do on or how maneuverable a 29r actually is. This is a huge move as there are not too many people better than Vories to throw bikes around like they're sides of beef and make it look easy. Sales incoming.
  • + 12
 This is also a win for the 29r category in general.
  • + 2
 @brandwinnie: Couldn't agree more. We'll be seeing more Niners on the trails for sure. I had a WFO9 for 2 years and it changed my life. The new RIP9 took it's place and looks amazing.
Stoked to see the effects of this new partnership.
  • - 4
flag Wouldhaveletmego (Jan 5, 2017 at 11:14) (Below Threshold)
 @brandwinnie: I doubt he will ride a 29er competitively.
  • + 2
 I got to ride a WFO a few days ago. Rode really well on some tight stuff. Incredibly fast too.
  • + 2
 @Wouldhaveletmego: With 275x2.8 being considered by many companies as "Plus bikes", he might ride a 275x2.8 or 275x2.6 bike which Niner currently sells in shorter travel formats, but currently nothing in the Niner lineup has more than 150mm travel, so perhaps we'll see a big travel Niner in the future?
  • + 3
 @Wouldhaveletmego: He used to race a Spesh Enduro 29 when he was with them.
  • + 1
 @Dustfarter: Same "wheelhouse" ;]
  • + 15
 vories is about to make niner look waaaaaaaaaaaay cooler.
  • + 8
 :unsubscribe: for all the 29" Hate bound to pop in these comments

Kirt....Congrats! (bout damn time industry) Niner......Congrats! and way to realize the potential of an ambassador of Kirt's Stature!
  • + 8
 From Fontucky to Bend, they put RESPECT on Kirt's name. Good score, Niner!!!
  • + 2
 Birdman reference. Nice.
  • + 5
 Great to hear, been a fan of him since way back. We need more people like Kirt in mountainbiking, keeping in light and fun like this ridiculous sport should be!
  • + 3
 Properly creative!!! The soul of being weird in the woods is well represented here. May the forces (much in common but much to learn from eachother) unite and if it's in the form of a 69er than so be it! Niner and Voreis FTW.....well done
  • + 7
 Okey - that vid made laugh out loud at the office Big Grin
  • + 3
 Woah! Niner's spending some serious marketing money on something other than XC? Their trail bikes are sleeper hits. The new designs deserve way more attention than they're currently getting.
  • + 4
 Very very very happy for Kirt!???????? Amazing man and rider and actor ! We love you chief! Kirt for president!!
  • + 4
 Right on ! I knew somebody would hook him up !
  • + 2
 Congratulations @NinerBikes and Kirt.
Niner, IMO you've picked up an investment that plenty of others were stupid not to take!
  • + 0
 When riding bikes equates to a pay check...
One of the longest running pro mountain bikers around that's known most for his riding a mountain bike like it's a bmx. And he chooses to ride for a bike company that only makes 29'ers.
Wtf?
  • + 1
 So stoked for Kirt and for Niner too, great partnership and we all are gonna have some entertainment in the near future when he gets back in the saddle and ripping like only he can!
  • + 2
 Is it just or that Kirt Voreis' logi is similar with Kovarik Racing's logo?
  • + 2
 Echoes of the wild Rainiers, I love it. Thanks for remembering this is supposed to be fun!
  • + 2
 I guarantee kirt rips this thing and everyone talking sh#t can eat a mouthfull off his dust!
  • + 1
 Going to give Frenchie a run for his money...but wait...does "Trail Ambassador" mean you just give him frames at cost? Shouldn't you just flat out sponsor him?
  • + 7
 Sorry if you found the wording misleading, to us "Trail Ambassador" has no implications regarding sponsorship or compensation. Kirt is a Niner sponsored athlete.
  • + 1
 @delphinide Talking about me? I had no idea till couple days ago
  • + 2
 Kirt is going to slay some Thunder on the Niner
  • + 2
 Good on ya C.S and 9er for signing Kirt up!
  • + 1
 Great news! Huge props @NinerBikes!
I'm now waiting for a raw video like the NWD one that started it all. Go Kirt!!
  • + 1
 Niner, be prepared to change the grips more often... if you know what I mean.
  • + 1
 Neg props maybe, but next year i will be looking for a taco'd wheel edit! ???? Ride on Kirt. Funny video.
  • + 2
 I think there will be a lot of "how is this possible??!!" time this year
  • + 1
 Awesome can't wait to see more Niners in the Whistler Squamish area!
  • + 1
 Bout time, he nined that up pretty good!!
  • + 1
 So does this mean you are coming out with a 650B?
  • + 1
 You know you're a baws when ya don't even have to lasso it. O.O
  • + 1
 29ers, take them for a rip eh! Love 29ers!
  • + 1
 Fairplay to Niner, good things will happen to good people !
  • + 1
 What happened to Kirt riding Specialized?
  • + 1
 Welcome to the family dude
  • + 1
 i'm not buyin this...not until he rips on it like his segment in nwd10.
  • + 5
 FYI his gravity clip in the NWD 10 video at Windrock was filmed on a 6" Nomad to make a rough and gnarly trail look even rougher on video.

Technically, the Niner(and newer Nomad) is burlier than the bike from NWD 10.
  • + 3
 @bizutch: i know that. just askin for an edit cuz how else ya gonna showcase this merger?
  • + 7
 @bizutch: I'm pretty sure it had nothing to do with trying to make it look even rougher, the majority of what I shot with @Voreis in those days was on a Blur LT or a Nomad. But yeah, most of the new bikes are way better than the old 26" inch Nomad.
  • + 2
 Let's stick to the part where the last 26" Nomad was produced in 2012. Geometries changed, dampers improved, wheels got more stable, new tyres came up. In 2012 most 29ers were still as fun to ride as a fly covered in poop. So the wheel size is rather irrelevant here... sorry, everywhere
  • + 3
 @WAKIdesigns: At some point I think wheelsize will be relegated to another metric on bikes, such as a discussion on Reach, ETT or Chainstays. Its just another point to debate, versus this very black and white like/dislike and overall judgement of a bikes character based on a single number.
  • - 1
 @WAKIdesigns: 29 for the win Waki!
  • - 2
 @bohns1: yes. And 26ers are in the gayme.
  • - 2
 @IanHylands: I'm not sure about that! Nomad 2012 still put most new bikes in shame....
  • + 3
 @gapos999: Really? I had a 2012 Carbon Nomad, and it was a great bike, but personally it doesn't really compare to most of the new bikes that are out there, regardless of wheel size. Suspension and geometry on the newer bikes is just better. But that's just my opinion...
  • + 1
 @IanHylands: Didn't remember you doing the Windrock portion. Cool. Anyway, when I talked to Kirt he had said he wound up not using his DH rig there because of a part being busted (maybe a wheel or shock orsomething?).

He said the whole filming session there didn't turn out like they planned with rain and a tight schedule. Said he only got to film about a half day with not much scouting and that he tjought the smaller travel bike would make the trail look rougher and have more action with the shorter travel Blur/Nomad (which ever of those two he told me I cannot remember). Hope that makes more sense.
  • + 1
 @fullbug: Roger that
  • + 3
 @IanHylands: Anyway, was stoked that he filmed a little Windrock action, but bummed that it didn't all hash out for him to have max fun and ride time.

One thing I realized when I was trying to talk him into checking out our riding scene is that @Voreis was working his arse off all day every day on that Demo your plus all his filming commitments. He was in Knoxville working on demo bikes for people one day, Chattanooga the next, then here to Asheville for the next one (riding with the locals each day no less), rebuilding bikes, letting me tall him into coming and hanging at the Urban Sprawl event with the street crowd, then off to Atlanta to rebuild and demo bikes all over again, flying to Idaho to film NWD, driving back to Windrock to film...geez.

Hardest working dude!!!
  • + 1
 @bizutch: asheville! nice. friend was just ridin last week neaby in brevard. wanna visit that area.
  • + 1
 @bizutch: Definitely! I wasn't there for the Windrock shoot, but it was the same for a lot of different filming. Kirt usually rode the lighter shorter travel bikes whenever he could as they were easier to throw around. I can't remember a time outside of a DH race that I shot him on DH bike. We had several discussions about what people would think of him doing some pretty rad stuff on the Blur LT instead of the Nomad or big bike. Even for this a href="http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/5041874/">shot/a> he was on the Blur LT.
  • + 2
 @IanHylands: 4 years ago I bought a Blur TRc. I had that very photo of Kirt in the back of my mind when... finding excuses to buy a "modern short travel bike" because Nomad has too much travel and all that sort of rationalizing crap people say these days to excuse themselves for trying something new. Well... I missed my Nomad all that time. So I got a Nomadish bike now. I was about to buy some long travel 29er but another opportunity came. Now what is funny is that we humans are stupid enough to use such pictures to rationalize buying a "smaller bike" but because of nothing more than trend and fashion we are unable to rationalize the fact that Kirt would do the same with a long travel monster truck of a 29er... because no matter what kind of bike we ride, we use our bodies to manage kinetic energy with some 11-16kg two wheeled object. Once you put it out like that for people, they will tell you:yea but I'm not Kirt Voreis. Yes you aren't, but you just chose a picture of him riding a small bike to support your side of the argument, forgetting that he can do the same on a Dh bike, which is by the fricking way, bigger and less flickable than a 160mm 29er. What you are basically saying is that chosing a short travel26er makes you more likely to get closer to his skill, while 29er makes it impossible for you to learn anything. They never want to acknowledge the duality and admit they just make up excuses, they always make the informed choice.

Bikes are awesome.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: Bikes are awesome!
  • + 3
 @gapos999: Rode a every Nomad from 2006-2012, then on a Specy Enduro 29, then a WFO9, now on a new Niner Rip9 RDO, which absolutely destroys the above bikes, not only descending, but climbing as well. Very nice bikes Niner is releasing, that's for sure : )
  • + 1
 @gapos999: How so?That's 5 years ago! Things done changed son!
  • + 1
 @fullbug: Nothing to see here. We have no trailsommer73@gmail.com. Nope.
  • + 1
 @bohns1 after buying the e29er and a whyte t130, I found my self happy again in a 26inch bike. 167! what I'm saying is that the most bike trends are crap!
  • + 1
 @gapos999: Perhaps but I've been on 29 since they actually we're crap due to my height and extreme lankiness..Now that I'm on a new geo 29 ..I can honestly say they've come a long ass way..They just work for me..
  • + 1
 @Voreis - is that your 'Blue Steel' pose? it's intense
  • + 1
 hunting niners and wrestling them to floor Awesome.
  • + 1
 Does this mean Cline Buttes is rideable???? ????
  • + 2
 bring a shovel!
  • + 1
 @Djambor: or a snowblower
  • + 1
 nice video!! ah ah
  • + 1
 Go Kevin Bacon!
  • + 0
 First time first commenter and I can't think of anything funny....
  • - 2
 How about this; found a niner on cliner!
  • + 2
 @kwdog: I expect more from you than that fail.
  • + 1
 @thuren: I had a lot of coffee that morning.
  • + 1
 #needafatbike?nope!
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