|Niner bikes will create 25 frames and matching forks, painted with a special IMBA theme to benefit IMBA and enhance mountain bike advocacy. The theme will be chosen from riders' submissions. "For us, IMBA was the obvious first choice for this project," said Niner co-founder Chris Sugai. "They are the voice of our sport and do an amazing job getting out there to save and build sustainable trails. Their core values represent what Niner is all about."|
Niner is asking riders nationwide to submit ideas for IMBA-themed paint schemes. Niner's M.C.R. 9 steel frames and matching Reynolds rigid forks will be the canvases for the IMBA graphics. The winning submission will earn one of the limited edition frame and fork combos and see their artwork painted onto 25 more frames. Results will be announced on February 29th, 2008.
Steve Domahidy, Niner's other founder, is elated about the possibilities of this program "We think IMBA is a fantastic organization and we've built Niner to the point where we think it's time to give back. We look forward to doing these limited edition paint schemes for other charities we're passionate about."
"We are really excited about this collaboration," says Matt O'Connor, IMBA's Development Coordinator. "This is a unique and cool way for a cycling company to support IMBA and trail stewardship while spreading the good word on the ground. We are psyched to see the finished product. These will be collector's items."