Niner has today launched an updated version of the One 9 frameset, the company’s dedicated singlespeed 29er hardtail offering.

The guys at Niner have switched from scandium to a 6000-series alloy which allows the use of hydroforming to bring about the changes the designers wanted to make to the updated frame.

As a result, it’s lighter, and testing has shown it to be stiffer too. The tubes are butted where needed. “We are now able to tune our alloy frame as carefully as we do our carbon frames," says the company, “adding strength where needed and improving ride feel via tube-shaping methods. These methods complement our award-winning geometry to create an advanced alloy hardtail for racing applications."

Other changes include a tapered headtube that accepts an integrated headset. The new frame is about 70g lighter depending on size and finish