King of the Mountain
The trail taming RIP 9 RDO
For more than a decade, the RIP 9 RDO trail bike has ruled our off-road lineup. For 2019, this flagship bike evolves again. Our do-it-all trail bike hits the sweet spot with 140mm of consistent, controlled CVA suspension, progressive and adjustable geometry, and increased frame stiffness. Plus it’s got more standover for 170mm dropper posts, longer reach, and a shorter head tube. More versatile and capable than ever before, reach for your RIP to tackle any trail.
A little less travel, and a LOT more bike
The new RIP 9 RDO sports 140mm of CVA suspension on a light, stiff, strong RDO carbon frame. With a 150mm travel FOX 36 fork up front, a 66-degree head tube angle, and a 75.8-degree seat tube angle, we’re hitting the sweet spot of efficiency and capability. We also built in more standover clearance and a shorter seat tube to accommodate 170mm dropper posts.
By adding new Rib Cage struts across the front triangle, flattening the top and down tubes, widening the main rocker link pivot, and beefing up the rear triangle, the entire bike is stiffer from front to back. The struts reduce bottom bracket deflection while keeping the upper portion of the front triangle supple and compliant. And the wide, flat surfaces found on Niner’s top and downtube help to absorb frontal impacts and vibrations while resisting deflection (twisting) under torsional load.
The longest, lowest, and slackest Niner ever made
Thanks to the flip chip, two different geometries mean two bikes in one. The high mode geo is perfect for everyday trail riding. This bike launches uphill and over technical terrain, thanks to CVA suspension and the steep seat tube angle. When you’re all out of breath, turn around and point it down. Drop in with confidence thanks to the long reach, low BB, and slack, 66-degree head tube angle.
The RIP’s low mode brings out its rock star, party down personality. By slacking out the head angle a full degree to 65, and lowering the bottom bracket 7mm, the RIP transforms into a whole new bike that’s perfect for chairlift days, shuttle sessions and backcountry excursions with long, rowdy descents.
“The new RIP makes quick and comfortable work of the climbs, yet it’s a merciless shredder on the descents. It seems to work better and better the harder you hit it. Instead of being just another step down the narrow path of more travel = more capability, the new RIP 9 is here to seek a higher purpose. It’s here to have fun.”
“We grew very fond of the Niner Rip 9 RDO. Not just because it’s the best Niner that’s ever been made (in our opinion) but because it’s a damn good bike. We love the looks; from the tube profiles to the colors and stance. It’s a pretty sick little machine. The stiffness and playfulness are real standout features. The bike sort of asks for you to abuse it and to kick and drift the back wheel as much as you can.”
Niner’s Constantly Varying Arc, or CVA™, is built to be supple yet stable, controlling unwanted suspension movement with calibrated anti-squat, yet remaining active while climbing and descending. Courtesy of a new higher overall leverage ratio, starting off at 3.0 and ending right around 2.3 for an average of 2.55, off the top it’s easier to set the shock in motion and overcome static friction. It’s also more supportive in the midstroke, holding the rider higher up in travel.
Going down, it’s consistent and controlled. With no need for heavy compression damping to control unwanted movement, CVA is tuned for consistent, confidence-inspiring behavior on descents. It’s perfectly balanced, so the result is stable yet supple, active, ground-hugging traction in every situation - cranking uphill, ripping downhill, and everywhere in between.
We start with the best grades of raw carbon layered precisely according to the stress points on the frame structure. In construction, our process employs rigid internal molds and results in tighter, more consistent compaction of the carbon fabric. The result? Increased precision in wall thickness and reduced resin pooling in the final product. We can build more elaborate structures with better ride tuning, increased strength, outstanding durability, and less weight.
No more fishin’. We built in end-to-end cable guides through the frame for easy installation and maintenance.
Pedals sold separately
|Frame||NINER RDO CARBON FIBER, 140MM TRAVEL, GEO FLIP CHIP, RIB CAGE CONSTRUCTION, FULL SLEEVE CABLE ROUTING, ENDURO MAX BLACK OXIDE PIVOT BEARINGS|
|Fork||FOX 36 FLOAT RHYTHM GRIP2 EVOL, SWEEP ADJUST, 150MM, 110X15MM, 44MM OFFSET|
|Headset||NINER INTERNAL ZS SHIS DESCRIPTION ZS44/28.6|ZS56/40|
|Rear Shock||FOX FLOAT DPS PERFORMANCE EVOL 3 POSITION|
|Rims/Wheels||Front: NINER ALLOY, 29", 110X15MM FRONT, NINER GRAPHIC Rear: NINER ALLOY, 29", 148X12MM REAR, NINER GRAPHIC|
|Tires||Front: MAXXIS MINION DHF 3C/EXO/TR 2.5 WT FRONT Rear: MAXXIS AGGRESSOR 2C/EXO/TR 2.5 WT REAR|
|Crankset||SRAM X1 1K EAGLE DUB, 32T|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM DUB BSA THREADED|
|Chain||SRAM SX EAGLE 12SP|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM SX EAGLE 12SP|
|Cassette/Rear Cogs||SRAM PG 1210 11-50T|
|Shifters||SRAM SX EAGLE 12SP|
|Handlebars||RACE FACE AEFFECT R 780MM WIDE, 20MM RISE, 35MM CLAMP|
|Tape/Grips||NINER GRRRIPS L/O FLANGED|
|Stem||RACE FACE AEFFECT R 40MM, 35MM CLAMP|
|Brake Levers||SRAM LEVEL|
|Saddle||NINER CUSTOM TR WITH CR-MO RAILS, PRINTED NINER GRAPHIC|
|Seat Post||KS LEV SI (S-125MM, M-150MM, L/XL-175MM)|
|Approximate Weight||31.3 lbs|
* Subject to change without notice.
Niner RIP 9 RDO MY20
|Satin Carbon / Large||04-929-20-05-20||16784|
|Satin Carbon / X-Large||04-929-20-06-20|