Mountain Gear

Niner-IMBA Offer Custom Air 9 Frames

Going to Sea Otter? Try to win a custom Air 9 bike. No Otter? Try online auctions for frames.

IMBA and Niner are teaming up by auctioning off custom Air 9 Carbon frames.

Niner Bikes and the International Mountain Bike Association are teaming up to get a lucky rider on a sweet bike and raise money for trails.

Folks headed to the Sea Otter Classic this weekend and renew or join IMBA before Saturday¬†afternoon will be automatically entered to win a complete Air 9 Carbon bike. With a build that includes parts frm Stan’s NoTubes, Ergon, Thomson, Continental and Fizik, the bike is worth more than $5,000.

The raffle is on Saturday, April 16 at 4:30 p.m at the IMBA tent on the green.

For people not able to attend Sea Otter, there will be online auctions starting April 18. Eight custom-painted Niner framesets will be auctioned (starting at .99 cents) with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to IMBA.

“These framesets will never be for general sale,” said Niner co-founder Steve Domahidy. “The only way to get them is through support of IMBA.”

The link to the auction will be announced on Niner’s Facebook page at 8:30 p.m. PST. The auction will run for 10 days, and after that the limited edition paint jobs on the frames will no longer be available.

“With these custom frames Niner has really raised the bar in going above and beyond in support of trails and the places we ride,” said Rich Cook, IMBA development director.