Nimble 9 Unboxing and Build: Hardtail Party

If there's one trusted authority on all things hardtail mountain bikes, it's Hardtail Party. So when we had a chance to get our legendary steel hardtail—the Canfield Nimble 9—over for review, we couldn't say no. 

In this First Look video, Steve unboxes and builds the N9.

"In all the bikes that come across my workstand, this was my favorite to build and look at. Canfield took note of all the small details that make a build a joy, from separately bagged hardware, included headsets and collars, ed coating, and perfect finish on the dropouts, head tube, full external cable routing, and clean threaded bottom bracket. This is the new standard for whats possible when building a frame up."

Scope the full first look in the video above or head on over to join the Hardtail Party on Youtube here.


Canfield Nimble 9 Steel Hardtail


  • @Lean mean: yes, we don’t recommend less than a 140mm fork. It’s definitely a lot more slack and capable with a 150 or 160 fork.

    Canfield Bikes
  • Hardtail Party reviews are awesome. He knows his stuff! Some questions came up in my mind about his review though. He downsized the fork travel to 130 and made it a single speed. He then said it got hung up on the steppy/ledges on steeper terrain. I bought one but have a feeling it’s much more capable of steep and ledges with a 150 front fork. Can’t wait to get it and see if I’m right.

    Lean mean
  • Steve (Hardtail Party) & Lance (Canfield),

    Quick thank you to both of you. Since my 80s Haro Freestyler, I have honestly not enjoyed a bike this much. How it handles, as well as aesthetically. The kind of bike that motivates me to ride more.

    Thank Lance for designing and building an incredible bike. Thank you Steve for a proper review, which ultimately informed my decision to purchase.


    Dustin Conley

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