Niner EMD frame review

Entry-level big wheeler

BikeRadar score3.5/5

We’re seeing a definite increase in momentum behind wagon-wheeler interest this year. The EMD (Eat My Dust) is the entry-level 7005 series aluminium frame in Niner’s 29in-wheel-specific family.

A hydroformed, hooked down tube increases strength while keeping fork top cap control clearance. Cowled dropouts add strength at the end of bent stays that will happily house a 2.35in tyre. Little plate bridges stop them splaying too far, and you still get a pimpy steel headbadge on this intro bike.

It’s Niner’s benchmark big wheel handling that’s the real selling point here though. Bespoke angles maximise the faster, smoother rolling advantage of the 29er format without any of the wander, wobble or jack-kniing of less polished designs.

There’s a lot of Niner accessory kit available too, including flat bars and jaw-droppingly beautiful carbon rigid forks. However, even this entry-level version is on the expensive side for an aluminium hardtail.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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