Niner Bikes RIP 9 RDO and JET 9 RDO

Jul 25, 2016
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Introducing the New JET and RIP

The modern trail bike is the go-to rig for most mountain bikers regardless of where they ride. That’s why we’ve continued the Niner [R]Evolution and created two new masterpieces, the all new JET and RIP trail bikes. By focusing on refining our geometries and integrating them with our immensely capable CVA suspension system and new technologies, we’ve built a new platform that delivers bikes for the trails you want to ride.

Part of our [R]Evolution includes utilizing the many technology advancements biking continues to see. Wheel dimensions have come a long way, and as technology evolves we continue to strive to create the best bikes possible utilizing emerging technologies. The new JET and RIP allow you to use both 29” and 27.5” plus wheels to tune the bike to your style of riding.

Learn more about Niner's new trail family here.


A New Way to Fly

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The all new Niner JET 9 RDO

At the core of the JET is our [R]Evolution geometry. The overall dimensions lean toward longer reach on the frames so we can shorten the stem lengths for quicker steering input. Likewise, the chainstays have been shortened from its processor down to 434mm for fast acceleration and some playful pop. But to keep the overall feel of the bike well rounded and to ensure efficient climbing and pedaling, we’ve steepened the seat tube angle. This keeps you centered in the bike and able to stay on top of your gear when you’re putting down the power.

The all new Niner JET 9 RDO

The all new Niner JET 9 RDO
The all new Niner JET 9 RDO

The Constant Varying Arc (CVA) suspension platform we engineered and patented years ago remains the linchpin for our full suspension bikes and really gives the JET its legs. But how can this technology keep pace with the ever-changing  ‘standards’ in today’s mountain bike world? Unlike so many suspension systems out there that are based on optimal chainring-to-pivot point configurations, CVA relies on counteracting linkage forces that are not dependent on specific pivot locations. The bottom linkage is pulled downward when you’re pedaling to negate squat, while the upward rotating top linkage is left free to react to terrain changes. What you get is efficient, fun, fully active suspension, all the time.

The all new Niner JET 9 RDO

But let’s face it, if you’re in the market for a new trail bike, you want something that turns up the dial on fun factor, and the JET comes ride-ready to crank it. Paired with the [R]Evolution geometry, the JET packs 120mm of CVA powered magic carpet ride suspension that will see you floating up technical climbs with tons of traction and send you flying smoothly over everything else.

The all new Niner JET 9 RDO
The all new Niner JET 9 RDO

Building great bikes for discerning riders has been our message since day one, and to continue, we have to take full advantage of all the technology advances available to us. Some of the biggest changes have come in wheel dimensions. We’ve already incorporated 29” plus and Boost spacing on some of our bikes, and now we’re ready to add 27.5” plus to the list. With an effective diameter similar to a 29” wheel and tire, the 27.5” plus is a familiar size for us and one that lends additional versatility. The JET really writes a whole new chapter for us, and allows you to choose the wheel that’s right for you, all on the same bike.

Niner Bikes RIP 9 RDO and JET 9 RDO

There are so many drivetrains available today, but with the JET you can feel free to choose almost any of them. Take your pick whether you’re a dual-ring hold out, subscribe to the new 1X fashion, or even like mounting an ISCG 05 guide for added peace of mind. And if you’ve got some extra cash burning a hole in your bank account, then go for the ultimate, Di2 single-ring version. The 73mm bottom bracket stands out against the latest trends though. Instead of housing plastic press fit cups, it is threaded for good old-fashioned serviceability and lets you swap out the BB easily when the need arises.

The all new Niner JET 9 RDO

The all new Niner JET 9 RDO

Get Your Hands on the New JET

The new JET will begin shipping in August. Click HERE to see available build options and learn more about the all new JET 9.



Ready for Your Next RIP?

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The All New Niner RIP 9 RDO

Built with 150mm of remarkably versatile suspension on a lightweight frame, the RIP gives you all the traction, control and fun that used to be the domain of big, all mountain crushers, but without the extra pounds. Now you can enjoy more travel with less weight, and when you can have more for less?...well, you always say yes.

The All New Niner RIP 9 RDO

Nate Adams rides the new RIP 9 RDO in Idaho

Focusing first on the frame, the critical feature is the [R]Evolution geometry that we have tested, evaluated and carefully selected. The roomy cockpit has a comfortable reach for short stem lengths, giving you quick handling and plenty of maneuverability to go mobbing through rock gardens and barreling big berms. The steep seat angle gets you centered in the bike and pairs nicely with the short 439mm chainstay length for better pedaling efficiency than anyone deserves from a long legged trail bike. And of course the compact rear allows you to square off turns and play your way down the trail.

The All New Niner RIP 9 RDO
The All New Niner RIP 9 RDO

But what about all of that suspension? More than just the amount, dialed suspension is a must for any trail bike, and the RIP is built around our patented Constantly Varying Arc (CVA) suspension. At its core, CVA is designed to remain fully active, all the time. The system harnesses chain tension to counteract squat and bob, but unlike other short-link setups, the pair of linkages rotate in opposite directions allowing them to react independently to both pedaling and terrain inputs. What you get is a bike that both pedals great and has plush, stoke worthy suspension for amazing big bike versatility.

The All New Niner RIP 9 RDO
The All New Niner RIP 9 RDO

Designed to be a hard charger, the RIP benefits greatly from the wider Boost spacing in the rear. As most engineers will tell you, the extra millimeters at the axle gives them additional tools when it comes to building better frames. Boost allows them to keep the RIP’s chainstays short, yielding a responsive ride in spite of the healthy amount of suspension travel. But it also opens the door to building in tire clearance that could only be dreamed of previously. With loads of room for the average 29” trail tire, the RIP can also comfortably accommodate 27.5” plus tires, giving you the choice of what wheel and tire combination is right for you.

The All New Niner RIP 9 RDO

The All New Niner RIP 9 RDO 5 Star Eagle Build.

The RIP relies on a 1X drivetrain with a few extra features to keep you rolling. Something many will welcome, the 73mm bottom bracket shell is threaded so you can easily service and swap BBs when necessary. It also comes with ISCG 05 tabs so you can mount a guide if you’re looking for an added bit of chain retention confidence. And for those wanting next-level shifting performance, the RIP is also Di2 compatible so you can route wires and enjoy a truly deluxe drivetrain.

The All New Niner RIP 9 RDO

Ready to Ride the All New Rip?

The new RIP will begin shipping in August. Click here to see available build options and learn more about the all new RIP 9.

Nate Adams rides the new RIP 9 RDO in Idaho
Brad Cole races the new Niner RIP 9 RDO in the Scott Enduro Cup race.

Nate rides the new Niner RIP 9 RDO



MENTIONS: @NinerBikes




96 Comments

  • + 40
 Crap. Every time Niner puts out a new model my dentist starts "finding" cavities.
  • + 2
 Truer words have never been spoke...er.. typed.
  • + 25
 I'm still not entirely thrilled about the lower link that far below the BB. I've ridden Niners and I'm a fan of the ride but they need to find a way to tuck the link like Santa Cruz. I've struck the link on rocks before and it's not a great feeling.
  • + 5
 It's interesting how they've done the ISCG mount, and how one of the bolts connects to the lower linkage (which would imply that position stays constant in relation to the mainframe through its travel). The lower link seems to work as a bash guard though looking at that side profile, holy hell it sits low!! I'm sure the linkage is up for the beating it will take there (go look at a well used v1 Bronson linkage after a couple of thousand km's), but there's gotta be a better way than putting suspension hardware in the line of fire like that.
  • + 2
 I have the previous RIP 9 RDO and I just run an oversized taco bashguard. As long as you get one that's large enough to protect a 38T+ (i think) it will reach low enough that it will keep the lower link from hitting.
  • + 0
 I've never had a niner, but the 3 santa cruz bikes I've had with the lower link never gave me a problem and they were mostly ridden in rock infested places. I did always run a bash ring (34 or 32 tooth) that would take some abuse.
  • + 2
 It's true that it looks exposed, but I used to work with Niner so I've ridden quite a few including deliberately trying to damage them and I never hurt the lower linkage, which surprised me honestly. The chainring (or a taco) takes the impacts before you come close to the linkage. If you're just running a naked chainring, especially something smaller than a 32t you can still drag the bottom of the link on things and scratch it up, but it happened rarely in my experience, and a taco like an MRP stopped it entirely. I am stoked to see the ISCG tabs for that reason.

Also, @Zaff, the third ISCG mount is a linkage bolt, you're right. It doesn't move but the pivot swings around it.
  • + 1
 @Zaff: The ISCG lower mount doesn't rotate with the linkage, it "passes through" to the front triangle (it's hard to explain in words). Basically the linkage rotates around it.
  • + 8
 Well it was good enough for the Balfa 2-step...ya know...the brand they stole the design from, and then filed a US patent on after Balfa went out of business (and procycle was too stupid to protest the doings of) without of course, disclosing the known prior art.
  • + 1
 @westeast: yeah I guess it could be linked to riding style, trails, etc. I've hit the lower link on the Intense T275 as well. Unlucky situations.

And to those who say to run a bashguard, it's not exactly something you want to put on a full squish XC bike haha I'd put one on the WFO but it would be goofy to have to put one on the jet.

Still though, regardless of what people say, these bikes ride so well, especially on rocky xc courses
  • + 1
 Maybe instead of a chainring guard you need a lower link guard.
  • + 1
 @Nocturnal7x: my RIP actually came with one (like the linked picture). It has a small metal skid plate attacked to the lower link. So even if it did hit something it would just slide right over.

fcdn.mtbr.com/attachments/niner-bikes/954245d1420849798-rip-9-rdo-bash-plate-taco-s1600_2013_rip_9_rdo_skid_plate_protection.jpg
  • + 2
 @JMHPB: It's some sort of techno wizardry they have going on there. That linkage has to rotate clockwise as it moves through its travel, but somehow bolting a fixed object, that also anchors to the frame it is supposed to move independent, does not inhibit that motion.

I'm impressed, I'm sure it works, but the more I look at it, the more I'm confused by how it does. Would love to see someone mount a chain device and then film it going through its travel to help out with it.
  • + 2
 RIP lower link.
  • + 1
 @Zaff: base on the other guys explanation it looks like the mount is on the linkage bolt, not the linkage itself. So the mount would stay stationary while the link rotates.
  • + 2
 @sino428: AHHHHH!!!! That makes sense now, and makes sense looking at it. It all looks like one piece of metal without a closer inspection. I saw @JMHPB's response, for some reason it took me being told twice to actually see it. Big Grin

Got there in the end!
  • + 1
 @Zaff: Looking at the close up pictures I believe the lower ISCG mount is not mounted to the linkage but to the part of bearings which does not rotate.
  • + 25
 These 2 bikes summarized: "In order to stay current in the market we have done the same exact changes to our 2017 models as every other manufacturer, except somehow ours is different and better"
  • + 10
 niner executive board: so how do we hide the fad?

niner executive: just make them look like an Elsworth, everybody love the looks of Elsworths.

niner executive board: -claps in awe-
  • + 11
 What is your point? So you think they shouldn't stay current with the trends in geometry, riding styles, etc?
  • + 6
 To their credit, Niner double-downed on mid to big-travel 29ers years ago when others where focused on 27.5 trail bikes. It only makes sense that they widen their rear stays to fit 27.5 plus so the gubers who want that can have it.
  • + 7
 The press release reads like a synopsis of every other companies' over the last three years. The bikes may be amazing, but that's just crappy writing that reads as though someone who doesn't even ride could have written it after reading 50 Pinkbike PR items.Not sure why, but that bothers me and casts the product in a negative light.
  • + 2
 @ryan83: it's not likely that they would change their namer to pointfiver. . .
  • + 3
 @codypup: I thought the same when I got to the "discerning rider" bit. It's like they used a copywriting bot or an intern.
  • - 2
 Also discussed - a new name for the company - 'Sevenfiver" instead of Niner.
  • + 4
 @headshot: As of now all of our bikes are 29" wheeled bikes, some have the option to also run 27.5 Plus which is almost the same diameter, only wider. We're a little confused about why the fact that you can also run 27.5 Plus if you want to should be a reason to change our name?
  • + 6
 @NinerBikes: did you really think he was serious?
  • + 3
 @NinerBikes: you made a great decision. That just greatly increases the possibilities of the bike, virtually for free.
  • + 1
 @unrooted: perhaps, lots of haters saying the same thing. Probably because our name appears to tie us to a specific wheel size with no room to ever change...
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: thanks, that's what we thought as well.
  • + 3
 @NinerBikes: you know he is trolling right?
  • + 2
 @NinerBikes: maybe you should change to Finer bikes!
  • + 3
 @NinerBikes: I think you did that to yourselves (I'm 29er fan but no one pigeonholed you, but you):

ninerbikes.com:
"The 29” wheeled bike isn’t just a token in our line-up. It is our one and only love, our heart and soul out there on the trail. It’s 100% commitment to a wheel size we believe in, to impeccable designs & exquisite ride quality. It’s a dedication we want to share with you on every ride."
  • - 1
 @NinerBikes: Because you let Chris Sugai talk shit: www.pinkbike.com/video/309172
  • + 1
 @groghunter: Trek Slash.
  • + 1
 @NinerBikes: I have always been put off your brand because you named yourselves after a wheel size. A good bike is a good bike no matter what the wheel size.
  • + 13
 If the trend is to go carbon, but with threaded BBs and optional wheelsizes I am all for it.
  • + 10
 I think the industry is slowly but surely getting as sick of creaky BB warranty claims as I have been since 2010.
  • + 9
 Nowadays, i think any bike that has 29 inch wheels without the capability to run 27.5+ is putting themselves at a disadvantage. It may not be something everyone wants or needs, but the option to run one or the other is a win for consumers. I like it way more than proprietary headset standards or some other dumb shit that limits your options. A+ to all manufacturers that are providing flexibility.
  • + 4
 @whofarted-clark: I couldn't agree more. I'm not yet sold on 27.5+ because I haven't had a chance to try it but it's not a big design compromise to make a bike that takes both wheelsets. New buyers are bewildered by the wheelset choices so they are going to go with bikes that are versatile and take both
  • + 2
 @whofarted-clark: we'll see...the new maxxis 2.7 "normal" tires may be the hot ticket as theyll be strong and lightish-allowing for low psi unlike low durability of plus size.
  • + 3
 @whofarted-clark: With 27.5 Plus being almost the same diameter as a regular 29" wheel it was an easy decision to offer the option, and that's what it is, an option. The only limiting factor in most 29" specific bikes is clearance for the larger diameter tires, and the slight drop in bb height. With our 27.5 Plus option we added 10mm to the fork height to keep the bb from dropping too low.
  • + 9
 Mate I ride an Orange so perhaps my taste is skewed but 'm telling you that is one fugly bike IMO
  • + 2
 speaking of orange...they stole the orange paint scheme directly from the gen1 evil following..awesome.
  • + 1
 Funny, I think orange makes fully rides!
  • + 1
 I am with you on that one. If I were a dentist I would be getting a SC or Yeti. These just aren't doing it for me.
  • + 2
 I can see these getting stopped out on the trail... "Sorry, just wanted to let you know you got some Ellsworth on your rocker link. Oh and what were you drinking when you routed your cables?"
  • + 4
 @ledude: actually we pretty much stole it from KTM, or all of our previous orange bikes that existed long before Evil did...
  • + 1
 @NinerBikes:

Haha, was just giving you guys heat - not like Evil invented speccing orange colorways...Ibis did it to their Ripley LS right afterwards too.

Can you guys please do a copper tinged steel frame...now that would be OG.
  • + 1
 @ledude: no worries! We'll pass the copper tinged steel idea onto our designer, but no promises!
  • + 9
 The linkage under the bb looks to be in the danger zone
  • + 3
 27.5+ and threaded bb's.....way to go niner. Now get rid of your silly name and adopt other time-proven, non-wheelsize specific standards. Glad I never took you seriously. All said, steps in the right direction. Oh, and stop it with your barbie princess build kits, such a waste of tiny little bags. Very crankbrothers-esque. That said, your watterbottle bolts are so cute.
  • + 6
 With all the big brands going to 29 like Yeti, Trek, I think Niner is a step ahead.
  • + 1
 Although, I think many people are more likely to go with "all the big brands...like Yeti, Trek..." before going with a Niner.
  • + 2
 Trek, probably. Yeti is about as niche as Niner (and imo both have some excellent bikes at the moment).
  • + 5
 Hmm a jump of $3K from the three to four star builds- shouldn't we get below msrp on Enve's when they are part of a build kit? I would imagine Niner does?
  • + 2
 Good question, but if you look at the spec sheet you'll see that moving from 3 to 4 star also gets you an upgrade in suspension, dropper, cockpit as well.
  • + 3
 That looks really great! I wish they had a shop with demos in my town because I'd love to ride that. Float X2 though... anyways, good that you guys put a shock with piggy back there, instead of one of those hand pumps. When I see a Nomad class bike with Float or Monarch I cringe...
  • + 10
 No need for a bashguard on these bikes as the rocker does the job! yayyy!
  • + 1
 You would think there would be a least one model with a Trunnion shock, no X2 either? Are these 2017 models?
  • + 4
 LOL niner bikes lets you run 27.5 plus Razz . Proof you can't build a brand on a fad
  • + 21
 Build it on two.
  • + 31
 pretty silly to consider 29er a fad.
  • + 9
 E-BMX is the next big thing
  • + 0
 @TheOriginalTwoTone but they betrayed themselves and they let their lust for 27.5 plus overcome the reason why they name their company niner
  • + 1
 Yep! 29 is such a fad...!
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: will you be coverin the story when it hits.cause i'm thinkin of throwin my 401k in,so i can retire.o will the trackslet be all dirt,and flat pedals only{PLASTIC}let me no suun..
  • + 2
 Kinda, it does depend on how you measure the wheels. If you were to measure the wheels and call them by the outer diameter like motorcycles, it would be much closer to the same OD. Some reasoning behind working with 29ers, just with fatter tires.
  • + 2
 @whilgenb: exactly, most 27.5 Plus tires run a tiny bit smaller outer diameter than 29. Just enough that we decided to add 10mm to our fork height on the 27.5 plus builds to keep the BB height about the same.
  • + 1
 I have a '14 WFO which has similar geo to the Rip (based on the head angle and travel, I'm too lazy to look at the rest or do any basic math) and from time to time I do scrape that lower pivot thing on rocks. It's not that big of a deal. The part is solid and won't break or anything, but it does make a loud scraping sound that doesn't sound too nice. I'd say maybe once a month I hit it on something, and 99% of the time it is not an issue.
  • + 3
 Seam beautifully made... But they all look like their suspension travel is compressed. Squished look to them
  • + 3
 I'm gonna open an Android store called 6.0 Marshmallow
  • + 1
 Must have something to do with strength and lengthening reach on frames but what's with top tube knuckle/bulge in so many new frame designs?
  • + 1
 No kidding. I assume each year they straighten the tube slightly each year to keep of with geometry trends
  • + 1
 You are correct in that the tube shapes do have a lot to do with the engineering of a bike and the areas of high stress in the frame.
  • + 2
 Did I hear a niner in there? Were ya calling from a Walkie talkie?
  • + 1
 1x is a 'new fashion'? Almost everyone I know were ditching the front derailleur almost 10 years ago.
  • + 2
 Is that hump on the top tube a style or structural thing?
  • + 3
 Threaded BB is the truth
  • - 1
 The RDO video tries to make that bike look "fun" But it just doesn't. They should have shot it charging down some gnar, and made the bike look fast. They tried to make a wrecking ball look like a humming bird.
  • + 2
 That guy in that one pic looks like he's shitting himself. lmao
  • + 2
 the frame rate on that video makes it look like a telenovela
  • + 3
 That cable routing....
  • + 2
 So, which FoCo trail was that?
  • + 1
 Was wondering the same. Sadly left in 2004, but can see the plain just over the hill in that last Jet photo, in my minds eye.
  • + 1
 I was wondering the same thing, i'd love to find a trail here with something that resembles some kind of jump or drop
  • + 1
 Pretty sure it's mostly in Horsetooth and Lory (I recognized a few shots on Wathen and Nomad)... maybe a few shots from Bobcat Ridge too. They should have done more on Bobcat Ridge... that trail is burly.
  • + 3
 @stevemokan @freestylAM: The RIP/JET video was all shot at Horsetooth Mountain Park. The JET was shot almost entirely on Stout, while the RIP was shot on Spring Creek and Carey Springs. Both bikes together at the end is on Sawmill.

Unfortunately without road access to Ginny Trail at Bobcat Ridge it wasn't really an option for sunrise shoots.
  • + 3
 Why not super boost 157?
  • + 1
 Specialized wants their marketing director back!
  • + 1
 26 ain't dead
  • + 1
 73mm threaded!
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