The Fishiest Custom Painted Bike - Niner's Trout 9 RDO

Dec 4, 2019
by NinerBikes  
Niner Trout 9 RDO


Press Release: Niner Bikes
Photos: Ian Hylands



Everyone at Niner is a bike nerd first and foremost. We call ourselves “Ninerds,” naturally. Between our mountain bikes and gravel bikes, we ride local dirt almost daily. But we all have passions and pursuits beyond bicycles. Our building includes trail runners, kayakers, car campers, fly fisherman, hockey players, and rock climbers. In general, we’re committed to living and playing outdoors under the sun and with as many different toys as often as possible.

So when our most recent custom bike opportunity came along, senior graphic designer Nate Adams looked away from two wheels and out the window to the nearby Poudre River for ideas.


Niner RIP 9 RDO with custom cutthroat trout paint scheme by Tony Baumann.
Niner RIP 9 RDO with custom cutthroat trout paint scheme by Tony Baumann.


“Here in Fort Collins, a lot of our trailheads are also great fisheries,” says Nate. “So it’s only natural when you share a passion for riding and fishing, that you throw a few flies in the river after a ride and try to trick some trout into biting. When an extra ready-to-paint frame showed up at the office, I thought, why not take it a step further and paint my favorite Niner bike, the RIP 9 RDO 29er, like my favorite finned friend?”

In a fast-growing state full of transplanted residents and recent arrivals, Nate is a rare native Coloradan. He easily found inspiration in the Colorado state fish, the native Greenback Cutthroat Trout, to mimic for this one-off paint project. “I envisioned it sharing the same colors and some traits as a greenback cutthroat while not being 100% literal,” said Nate. “Making the design a bit abstract with silver inside masking really made my eyeballs happy.”


Niner RIP 9 RDO with custom cutthroat trout paint scheme by Tony Baumann.


Nate continues, “I follow a lot of custom painters, which I have a ton of respect for. There’s Fat Creations in the UK, Black Magic Paint, Spectrum Paint Works, KC Badger and of course Made Rad By Tony When I saw the snake-themed bike that Tony painted for Bryn Atkinson, I knew he was the guy for the job. His attention to meticulous detail is unmatched. After a few emails back and forth and a phone call, I now have an amazing work of art that I will treasure forever.”

Tony Baumann of Made Rad Custom Paintworks had this to say: “The greenback is a beautiful fish and the RIP 9 RDO was perfect for this one. The frame had really nice organic shapes and curves to work with that just seemed to get fishier as the project progressed. Between the fade, highlighted spots, and metallic silver shadow graphic, this one really came together and proved to be one helluva catch.”


Niner RIP 9 RDO with custom cutthroat trout paint scheme by Tony Baumann.


Nate concludes, “Huge thanks to Tony Baumann, Deity Components, ENVE, SDG, SRAM, and of course Niner for making this happen.”

@NinerBikes


113 Comments

  • 590 7
 One day we did brewery tours at new belgium, odells, foco brewing and even wandered over to budweiser to see the clydedales. By the time we got to Budweiser, we were pretty tuned up to say the least. The first stop of the Budweiser tour is the stables (which is honestly all we wanted to see) but there were no horses because they were outta state for a promo tour – we immediately got shitty with the staff about that & left the tour. We were bound for steamboat to do some skiing the next day – so we hopped in the truck and started across 14 (this back when all I had was a paper map of CO). We stopped in Poudre Canyon somewhere to grab gas. As I walked out of the convenience store, a lady leaned out of the local watering hole next door and curled up her finger to me and mouthed “come here” and told us free booze. I’m a sucker for older gals n’ free liquor, so we walked into that bar like a mosquito into a light trap. 3 old saucy ladies boozed us up and made jokes (it was a late snowy afternoon with no one around). They eventually tried selling us necklaces & other jewerly, tried to get us to stay in the hotel behind the bar and whatever else I don’t remember – but we realized it was a trap. We eventually lurched out and wandered across 14 to steamboat. Next morning we woke up in some shitty motel downtown (probaby rabbit ears) only to find that my steamboat passes were blacked out for that date. Too poor to day rates, we pumped another tank full of gas & wandered back to Denver – never been back through Poudre Canyon since. But damn that’s a nice paint job.
  • 23 4
 If this doesn't end up being the most upvoted comment I will be thoroughly disappointed
  • 75 33
 ...and Epstein didn't kill himself.
  • 25 1
 Maybe I'm just being captain obvious, but I kept waiting for this story to become about visiting Niner while you were up in northern CO, but I think the real ending is somehow better.
  • 14 5
 Eff resorts and resort skiing. Skin it to win it!!!
  • 17 0
 I would spend the rest of my life regretting not getting to know the 3 saucy boozehounds better.
  • 24 0
 same story, but instead i bought a necklace and ended up in a hotel room bathtub full of ice missing both of my kidneys.
  • 14 0
 That story really...reeled me in.
  • 10 50
flag drivereight (Dec 4, 2019 at 15:48) (Below Threshold)
 Way to pollute that river with that bike being in that water!
  • 25 0
 @drivereight: HAHA I just expelled extra carbon dioxide laughing at the comment.
  • 3 0
 I ended up at Steamboat on a perfect powder day last year without a pass. I70 was even closed, so it wasn't busy and I just had to buy a day pass. $175/day was the day-of rate.
  • 12 0
 @dthomp325: Vail is currently $219/day at the window... D@mn greedy PO$ Vail Resorts.
  • 2 0
 @endlessblockades: SMH. I’m going to plant a tree to balance your involuntary forced exhalation.
  • 1 19
flag curendero (Dec 4, 2019 at 18:28) (Below Threshold)
 Lame story bruh.
  • 2 0
 @audeo03: Whistler went up like 40 bucks the year after it was purchased.
  • 3 3
 @drivereight: isnt your state on fire all the time?
  • 5 0
 @audeo03: you can buy a beacon for $219 and never give vail another penny.
  • 5 0
 @peleton7: spoken like a true peleton owner
  • 1 0
 @friendlyfoe: Do they charge that in loonies or Canada Tire dollars?
  • 1 0
 @dthomp325: knowing vail you probably pay the extra 40 bucks in USD. I'll have to check my bank statement.
  • 2 1
 @peleton7: just don’t take away motorized land to do it
  • 138 0
 There should be Pike and not Lyrik Big Grin
  • 32 0
 Just for the Halibut.
  • 29 0
 Just go all in and sell the design to Gary Fisher
  • 11 0
 @rippersub: walleye don't know about that...
  • 5 0
 Carpiel would do it justice
  • 8 0
 Are you catfishing me ?
  • 9 0
 unfortunately only a brain sturgeon could afford this bike
  • 3 0
 On a scale of one to....
  • 55 0
 That bike is “Off the Hook”
  • 5 0
 angler of the year award
  • 12 0
 Not a chance i'd throw that one back!
  • 11 0
 It certainly lures you in
  • 10 0
 pretty fly...
  • 4 0
 Cast your eyes on that one
  • 4 0
 Thats a reel bike
  • 2 0
 A Lure-ing paint job for sure...
  • 1 0
 @juicebanger: Ah crap!! Didn’t see ur post before I commented...
  • 3 0
 @DirtbagMatt: your on thin ice son
  • 2 2
 @browner: Tell me all about it...
  • 2 0
 @browner: Seat Angler of the year more like.
  • 2 0
 I'll keep towing the line with a pesce pun.
  • 3 0
 @DirtbagMatt: "Ah carp!!" fixed that for you
  • 34 1
 I think they need to scale back a bit on the paint job
  • 24 0
 That thing is freakin sick but with that much effort... do the fork too.
  • 2 0
 fork lowers should be painted to look like a fin
  • 19 0
 Paint the fork like a rod and the rotor like a reel!
  • 2 0
 And rims...
  • 1 0
 At the least
  • 14 3
 At least the front end matches the back end, unlike the warranty replacement front end Niner has sent me to replace a cracked Jet 9 seat tube...disappointed.
  • 5 2
 Ask for the old one back then!
  • 3 0
 @nateadams138 You should give the Vital Guys a hard time for calling this bike a "rainbow trout" pattern. On another note, I've day dreamed about doing a Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout scheme on a helmet, but on the frame is next level!
  • 1 0
 Haha yeah they don't know their trout! That would be a sick helmet graphic! Do it!
  • 3 1
 Paint is amazing, however its missing that bright flash of red (up by the head tube) that gives cutties their name. And I think the more appropriate paint job for that particular bike would have been a chub.
  • 5 0
 I feel like this was made for me, the best combination of sports/adventures is bikefishing, surprised more people don't do it!
  • 5 0
 Very fishy. Beautiful execution, not sure if it's beautiful though haha. Sick bike.
  • 2 0
 @nateadams Good thing AXS is IP69K... Just don't be changing out the battery in the water while you are swimming with the bike and das trout!
  • 3 0
 True that! The wheels did fill up with water however because of the spoke eyelets...
  • 3 0
 Beautiful paintjob! I'm not an angler, but I'd ride that.
  • 4 1
 Hey McFly, those bikes don't work on water!
  • 1 0
 (Looks sick btw)
  • 2 0
 Nicely done, looks great!
  • 2 0
 On a SCALE of 1to 10......
  • 2 0
 I bet that thing swims right down the trail.
  • 2 1
 That frame has definately got trout pout...did it hit something head on during a heatwave?
  • 1 0
 If the fish ain't threaded I ain't gonna hook it. Press fit your earlobe and hammer in some grease.
  • 2 0
 Straight up, that paint job looks like my go-to pike lure.
  • 1 3
 I like the bike and the paintjob. But it always makes me laugh when I come across or see pictures of people fishing with chest waders in ankle deep water. I'm sure snow fed brooks in the rockies are pretty cold, but I doubt in a brook that small you'd ever get past your knees.
  • 3 0
 #overthinkingit you are
  • 6 0
 You are correct. All the rivers in Colorado are exactly the same depth, for their entire length, without any variation at all. Chest wader production is just Russian govt subsidized "big fishing", which along with chem trails, ebikes and low calorie Nutella is part of a global mind control program.
  • 1 0
 @watermonkey: It's the Poudre, you're lucky if it's ankle deep.
  • 1 0
 @watermonkey: Just sayin'. The brooks I fish (Vermont) are tiny, and grippy shoes suffice 95% of the time. Fortunately, I rarely see anyone else where I fish, but like I said, it's amusing to come across someone in chest waders when the water is either very shallow, or narrow enough to step across the deeper holes.
Tell me more about this low-calorie Nutella though. Is that a real thing, or made up BS like chem trails, flat earth, and landing nets for 6" fish?
  • 3 0
 Love the paintjob
  • 2 0
 Ninergator
  • 1 0
 Send a complementary one to the Bulldog!
  • 1 0
 One day I will have money to afford a badass paint job like this in a bike
  • 1 1
 That trout below the chainring though ... wow imagine bashing your trout off a rock
  • 2 0
 Cutty AF
  • 2 1
 Something really weird about that last photo
  • 1 4
 Poser alert!
  • 1 1
 @CircusMaximus: says the keyboard warrior...
  • 1 2
 @nateadams138: haha this guy sends me a message saying eff you! Then he blocks me so I can’t respond to his message.
POSER
  • 2 0
 looks awesome!
  • 2 0
 Sick paint
  • 1 0
 This is a beautiful l paint job. What does something like that cost?
  • 1 0
 You could really hook the trout with this one
  • 3 3
 Looks like a pregnant lizard.
  • 4 4
 Unfortunately, it does not make the lines of the frame any prettier ...
  • 2 1
 Looks amazing IMO!
  • 3 2
 Aggys was better
  • 4 5
 THE WORLD IS BURNING.

AND YOU DID THIS.

MUST ADMIT, THOUGH: COMPLETELY ON BRAND. 100% COLORADO. OOF.
  • 3 2
 Yep, definitely some stereotypical Colorado stuff.
  • 2 2
 That bike is only worthy of a dung beetle paint job.
  • 1 0
 Definitely a Pike
  • 1 0
 The one that got away!
  • 2 3
 Dear Lord, please do not let animal print bikes become a thing. Amen.
  • 1 0
 Was what once will be again. Planet X history will show that.
  • 1 1
 Looks like a snakssion.
  • 1 1
 looks like crocodile m8s
  • 3 6
 This....... reminds me of a pile of frog eggs, in mucus. With unborn tadpoles moving inside
  • 2 5
 That bike is so ugly, even a cool paint job can't hide the horror.
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