Bike Check: Kirt Voreis' Custom Painted Niner Rip 9 RDO

Mar 31, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  


In the pantheon of legendary mountain bike riders, Kirt Voreis stands uniquely apart. Entering the sport with a SoCal BMX and skate background, then earning fame and notoriety racing downhill and slalom, he's managed to maintain multigenerational longevity by blending and bending these genres into a mad mashup of content, character, and creative jibbing.

It's his unique background that provided the inspiration for his newest custom ride, a Niner Rip 9 RDO painted by Made Rad by Tony. The bike features a splashy blend of purple camo and black and white checkerboard, with highlights of bright orange Niner logos and suspension components. Against all logic, it actually works and Kirt's new bike is one of the loudest yet coolest custom paint jobs we've seen.

Here's what the man himself has to say about the project:
Kirt Voreis mountain biking in California
Rider Name // Kirt Voreis
Age: 46
Hometown:
Height: 6ft / 182cm
Weight: 172lb / 78kg
Instagram: @kirtvoreis_allride

bigquotesNiner Bikes asked me what my paint vibe was feeling like at the moment for a new RIP and I replied Purple. Camo. Checkers. Orange. Please!! This color scheme comes from growing up in Fontana, California. Swap meets were huge back in the 70's and 80's all over So Cal. There were hot rod and low rider parts galore! Most parts had orange flames painted on them that would grab my attention in a big way, so orange became a favorite color in my life.

Also, I would also find the craziest clothing, mostly fake designer stuff, heat pressed logo tees and tons of military gear. This one military swapper had every color of camo pants. Blue, red, yellow, orange and grey, whatever colors you could think of. I remember seeing the purple ones and thinking how sick it was that hardcore military gear could look goofy cool. I picked up the purple camo pants and they had me feeling like Bill Murray in the movie Stripes: goofy but cool, and fighting the rules.

I got home, cut the legs off, made shorts, put on my checkered vans and went out and raged the streets on my BMX and skateboard. I shredded elbows and knee caps daily but those shorts took a beating! I had a couple pair over the years and still remember how invincibly ridiculous I felt when I wore those shorts!
Kirt Voreis

Niner Rip9RDO Purple Camo by Tony Bauman
Model Name Details
Frame: Niner Rip 9 RDO, 140mm travel
Shock: Fox DHX2 rear shock 475x2.50, 500lb spring
Fork: Fox 36 Factory, 160mm travel, 90psi
Wheels: Stans Flow MK3 29"
Tires: Front - Schwable Magic Mary, 2.6", 38psi; Rear - Schwable Hans Dampf, 2.4", 38psi
Drivetrain: Shimano Deore XT, 34T chainring, 10-45 cassette
Brakes: Shimano Deore XT, 180mm rotors
Cockpit: Deity BlackLabel bar 780mm, Deity Copperhead stem 50mm, Deity Lock Jaw grips
Size: Large
More info: ninerbikes.com

Niner Rip9RDO Purple Camo by Tony Bauman
The checkerboard design comes from Vans' classic design and Kirt's skating days.

Niner Rip9RDO Purple Camo by Tony Bauman
Kirt used to rock ex-military gear the purple camo pays homage to a pair of shorts he found that he says made him feel like Bill Murray in 'Stripes'.

Custom Kirt Voreis purple camo Niner Bikes RIP 9 RDO
The orange accents come courtesy of Deity, Fox and Niner's logos

Niner Rip9RDO Purple Camo by Tony Bauman
Amen



147 Comments

  • 175 3
 This looks like someone took acid, watched Alice in Wonderland, and then painted their bike.
  • 12 0
 Jan Švankmajer's Alice in wonderland.
  • 61 0
 If Ska was a paint scheme Razz
  • 22 3
 And somehow still managed a brilliantly competent paint job job on top of it. This is inconceivably amazing paint.
  • 9 0
 That camo makes it almost invisible.
  • 8 7
 Ummm...Just cause you can, doesn't mean you should. Would only ride it if it was 15% off and arrived within two weeks. #theoldnorm
  • 1 0
 @cougar797: the coolest works of @fatcreations in Instagram
  • 73 7
 Either the headline should be "NINER STILL APPARENTLY MAKING BIKES", or this Pinkbike article from 2019 was forgotten about and only just got posted.
  • 10 3
 Yeah, this bike deserved a lot more attention than it got.
  • 5 0
 If you havent seen this bike in action - www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXcdjTabAVQ
  • 5 2
 Niner found a buyer to rescue them from bankruptcy if i recall
  • 27 0
 When I was demoing bikes 2 years ago the RIP 9 was by far the most fun bike I rode. And then I got on pink bike, read some comments and ended up with bike that has a 63° head angle.
  • 27 0
 Subtle!
  • 15 0
 I’d get laughed out of the lot on that, but Kirt pulls it off. He also maintains a bike career at 46... nice work budday
  • 22 0
 I learned how to push the envelope all these years, haha, this one's close!
  • 3 0
 It'll make yer sticker peck out.
  • 2 0
 @Voreis: 38 psi??? Really?
  • 15 2
 WOW. Soooo sick! Always have dreamed of getting a custom bike. This bike tells me exactly what I need to do, SEND IT DAMN IT!!
  • 37 0
 Send it!! Stoked you like it!
  • 4 0
 @Voreis: the dangers of being stoked: youtu.be/-eY3ixsFGsw. H/t @MrDuck
  • 2 0
 @Voreis: I think it's so cool the way you can throw around a 29er. I love you blackrock video! Thats one of my favorite places to go riding. Bummer it destroyed though. I'm excited to get it back up and running!
  • 3 0
 @mi-bike: haha. that video is great!
  • 2 0
 @mi-bike: See I warned y'all! Now it's the MTB pros, soon you'll be coming to the bank and everyone in there will be stoked and where's that gonna end?!
  • 1 0
 That bike.....I don't know whether to salute it, or sit down before it and consume bubbly beverages..
  • 10 0
 That paint is... something
  • 2 0
 Out of..
  • 6 0
 @lenniDK: Style
  • 2 1
 @yahmon:

Voreis is like Taylor Swift... he never goes out of style.
  • 11 2
 you know bike industry is limited when each pro spec bike I've seen is still running last years Fox Fork!! crazyyy
  • 19 0
 Im stoked to have it!
  • 3 0
 And different length air valves Big Grin
  • 3 0
 @lkubica: Purple camo and checkerboard is one thing, but unequal valve stems is a step too far. @Voreis, you have both check(er)ed yourself and wrecked yourself.
  • 7 0
 The painter was playing chess while watching Alice in Wonderland, in a gold mine.
  • 4 0
 I'd expect nothing less from Kurt V. to be honest.... If I had to choose who's bike this was without the rider.... Kurt would be in my top three...
  • 6 0
 Haha, my bike is my stoke!!
  • 7 0
 @OlSkoolJake: Who are the other two?
  • 4 0
 Holly Moly now we are talking...absolutely LOOOVE this - hands down best paint job ever for me (just beating their trout bike)
  • 5 0
 This bike is the anthitesis of camouflage. It will stand out in any environment. Unless you ride it inside a candy machine.
  • 1 0
 You just gave Danny Mac an idea for his next vid.
  • 2 0
 Man that bike looks amazing! Also so much respect to Kirt. He's probably one of my favorite riders ever to watch. He just seems so cool with doing the sketchiest lines lmao. Between watching him with Jeff kendall weed recently or Blake Samson a few years back, he really gets others to go out of their comfort zones.
  • 2 0
 Love the RIP 9 Kurt!!. Updated mine with a DHX2 as well, feels so much better than with the DPX2, which I could never get to feel quite right. Watched the vid with you and Jeff the other day, looks like you guys almost had too much fun.
  • 5 0
 Badass! Totally encompasses Kirt's personality. Skate and destroy!
  • 2 0
 Thanks Doug!
  • 6 1
 That is a beutiful bike
  • 3 0
 thanks
  • 1 0
 @Voreis: I think you nailed it with the paint job. The colours, graphics all look awesome and so unique. If the purple is too much for some people, so what, I think it looks killer and really stands out in a good way with the checkered flag look. Keep up the sick riding and great paint jobs. Send it...
  • 3 0
 38 PSI )

Nice bike, unfortunately photos does not represent bearskin set up
  • 3 0
 High pressure for life! My insta has more photos @kirtvoreis_allride
  • 1 0
 @Voreis: What makes ya like it that high? Seems insane to me so I am actually curious since you are far more experienced
  • 1 0
 The Bike is straight custom baller shit 1 of 1, sweet, the voreis/weed collab on YouTube was dope, highly appreciated. Potential for episodes. Everyone should just send it this weekend
  • 3 0
 I don't not not not not not not not like it
  • 2 0
 haha
  • 1 0
 So if my calculations are correct, you don’t like it?
  • 1 0
 @shammer8: I think I do like it?
  • 5 1
 My eyes!
  • 1 0
 I'm glad this isn't my friend coming by to show off his new bike. "What do you think?" Me, "Uhhhhhh, ummmm, hmm, uh well, um.....nice weather today."
  • 2 1
 @chamoisbutt: when you get a paint job like that, you obviously don't give a f*ck about what others think about it
  • 4 0
 Kurt for President!!
  • 1 0
 couldn't agree more
  • 2 0
 Replaced "pedal damn it" with "send it damn it"? I like it. Well, I like everything Kirt does haha.
  • 2 0
 Send it goodness gracious!
  • 2 0
 So perfectly retro and unique!
  • 2 0
 Holy Crap! 38 PSI up front on a 2.6 tire
  • 8 0
 I come from 90's DH racing, 50 psi was mandatory. I don't like tire wallow when I corner or jump into compressions, I get more knobby feel with high pressure. Plus with jibbing it makes it easier to pivot tire and slide around. Fells awesome getting loose on the trail too!
  • 1 0
 @Voreis: Do you have to compensate with a soft initial stroke on your fork? I like to run a stiff fork for bump jump type of moves which I imagine you do as well. Thanks for the reply!!!
  • 2 0
 @Voreis: Thank you! The low tire pressure thing gets me, too?!?! That said, I don’t have anything for the jibbing. But I am with you on the tire wallow! #oldbmxer 90psi
  • 3 0
 @Voreis: You don't need to justify your setup to anyone! Bike looks sick BTW.
  • 1 0
 I wasnt knocking it all im just genuinely curious. Maybe i should go higher PSI
  • 1 0
 not sure if my rims are even rated that high
  • 3 0
 Invincibly Ridiculous!!!
  • 2 0
 For life!
  • 4 2
 Looks a little like Barney threw up all over it!
  • 2 0
 Haha
  • 2 0
 if you can rip like he can then ride away...if not...just stick with black
  • 1 0
 If you described that bike to me I'd hate it, but seeing it..... it's beautiful
  • 2 1
 This reminds me of one of those horrible digital-art album covers from the late 90's and early 2000's.
  • 1 3
 Yo @Voreis !!!! This bike sucks!! Let's get to the only bike check that matters!! We need a very in depth and detailed one for the BikeE!!!! Come on!! He's put in work! It's his time to shine now damn it!!! lol lol Purple bike is cool too...
  • 1 0
 I really think it is awesome, of course we are very close in age so maybe something with our Gen X background...
  • 1 0
 I really feel this is Kirt's personality manifest in a bike. Wacky and awesome.
  • 2 0
 Hot fire.
34t & 10-45 cassette in your 140mm bike? Beast mode!
  • 1 0
 @Voreis Watch this a few too many times as a teenager? www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0JvF9vpqx8
  • 1 0
 Man, that's a Powerfully Ugly bike. But ,he likes it and it tells his story, so I'm 100% behind it.
  • 2 0
 Why no XTR components?
  • 19 0
 Kirt wanted to build it before 2023
  • 1 0
 A lot of their youtube/freeride riders are on XT it seems. I know Cam McCaul is on XT as well.
  • 7 0
 I run XT mostly because I'm a jibber, parts get damaged easy, no reason to ruin the best stuff. I do have XTR for my race bike if i ever decide to race.
  • 1 3
 XTR is for lycra-clad XC weight weenies
  • 2 1
 I love color on a bike, but I'm not so much into the 80's rad color blast.
  • 2 0
 Love it.
  • 1 0
 Kirt has already broken this frame
  • 1 0
 Kurt, I think you have been hangin out with Ronnie Mac 69 !
  • 2 0
 Nice Niner
  • 1 0
 Uncle Kirtie...always delivering the fiery goods. Homage to Fontucky!!!!!
  • 1 0
 Did no1 else notice the 38psi front and back?
  • 1 0
 My 5 year old daughter thinks it*s pretty
  • 1 0
 What's up with niner these days, anyway?
  • 1 0
 How can he tolerate riding that with suspension that's a year old?
  • 1 0
 Great to see 38 psi in someone else’s tires
Besides mine
  • 1 1
 It's fantastic b/c it blurs the actual outline of a Niner.
  • 1 1
 LOVE... to put all those parts on a Santa Cruz.
  • 1 0
 38 psi?
  • 5 0
 I come from 90's DH racing, 50 psi was mandatory. I don't like tire wallow when I corner or jump into compressions, I get more knobby feel with high pressure. Plus with jibbing it makes it easier to pivot tire and slide around. Fells awesome getting loose on the trail too!
  • 1 0
 @Voreis: right on
  • 1 0
 kv is the goat
  • 1 0
 :dead horse:
  • 1 0
 Benders bike....
  • 1 0
 Ewww
  • 1 0
 Fun one off , but no
  • 2 1
 April fools already?
  • 1 0
 How much?
  • 1 0
 I like it.
  • 5 6
 That paint is a hard NO.
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