(Richard Cunningham) Review: Niner RIP 9 RDO | One Model, Two Dedicated Frame Designs Supporting 29 and 27.5 Wheel Sizes

Niner is releasing one RIP 9 RDO model dedicated to 29-inch wheels, and a separate design for 27.5-inch wheels, but also under the same model moniker. This is a divergence from previous strategies seen in the industry, but may set the standard going forward. [email protected]

Richard Cunningham, via PB:

Niner’s new RIP 9 is a keeper. It’s not going to dazzle the Pole or Geometron camps, but it’s got all of the essential numbers that a top bike handler would want and a killer component spec to back it up. If Niner follows this up with a more aggressive sibling, they will be in track for a strong comeback.

RIP 9 RDO 29 Details• Intended use: Trail/All-mountain
• Travel: 140mm rear / 150mm front
• Wheel size: 29″ (tested) and 27.5″ models available
• Construction: Carbon fiber, CVA dual-link suspension
• Flip Chip toggles geometry +/- 1°
• Head angle: 66°/65°
• Chainstay length: 435mm/437mm
• Reach: (M) 440mm/430mm
• Sizes: S, M, L, XL
• Weight: (Size M 29″) 30.5 lbs (13.76 kg)
• Price: $8800 to $4500 USD ($6950 4-Star Eagle X01 build tested)
• More info: Niner Bikes

Niner is releasing one RIP 9 RDO model dedicated to 29-inch wheels, and a separate design for 27.5-inch wheels, but also under the same model moniker. This is a divergence from previous strategies seen in the industry, but may set the standard going forward. –@chrsrnlds

 

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