George W. Bush in the Market for a New Mountain Bike

George W. Bush test Niner's Jet 9 29er mountain bike photo

Image: C.A. Smith,

During his time as President of the United States, George W. Bush's love of mountain biking was no secret. Bush still rides with his training-team-cum-security-staff, known as Peleton 1, which includes Brandon Gillard, owner of the Kennebunkport Bicycle Company. The power of networking got the former President onto a Niner Jet 9. Niner Bikes co-founders Chris Sugai and Steve Domahidy personally joined the Bush party to demonstrate their brainchild. According to reports, the ex-Prez cut a full 3 minutes off his time; no word on whether this sufficed to convince Bush of the advantages of 29-inch wheels or to sell him on a Niner Jet 9.

According to Niner's press release:

Post ride, there was ample opportunity to chat, and the group's conversation covered everything from trails, trail access and trail building to entrepreneurship in the USA. Said Sugai, "I found that he was very interested in the challenges of being a small business in the current economic atmosphere. This has been an amazing opportunity and we really have Niner owners to thank - their support over the years has gotten our little company to this point".

Niner Bikes was founded in 2004 by Chris Sugai and Steve Domahidy, in Southern California. The Niner's team is "dedicated to the ideals of passion, commitment and 29ers only".

Thanks to Jane W. for tipping us on the news from Bike Reviews.

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