More Niner! The ROS 9 Plus adds rubber, clearance

August 18, 2014

It’s not fat- it’s big-boned!

Mmm... minty.
Mmm… minty.

In an effort to turn their popular rowdy hardtail up a notch, Niner have just released a chubby-rubber variant.  The ROS 9 Plus (for Rolls Over Sh*t… Plus) uses what the company considers the most versatile of big-tyre options: 3in treads on the classic 700c bead diameter allowing for decent snow performance without turning summertime rides into a rolling freakshow.  In fact, the 29+ wheel size is in keeping with the ROS’ simple-but-playful remit: no suspension but geometry and features that encourage mischief.

Tidy disc mounts, graceful stays
Tidy disc mounts, graceful stays

Clearance aside, the ROS 9 Plus shares much with the standard ROS: an abuse-tolerant 4130 CrMo frame, short chainstays, 12mm rear thru axle, removable cable guides and an eccentric bottom bracket for an improved singlespeed experience.  The ROS+ experience is one-by only for clearance reasons, chain guides are OK, and Stealth-style dropper routing is supported.

More tyre, more Niner
More tyre, more Niner

The ROS 9 Plus gets its own bow-legged steel fork with a 15mm thru axle.  Only complete bikes are being offered at this point, with a sensible combination of SRAM X1 drivetrain, Shimano Deore discs, and Stan’s Hugo wheelsA limited edition version is also being offered in support of IMBA, that model with a very yellow paint job and colour-matched singlespeed dream build.


Do it for the trails!
Do it for the trails!

No word on pricing yet from distributors Jungle Products, but US MSRP is $3,000.  The IMBA bikes are being auctioned on eBay and look set to land well north of that.

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