Only last month, we were paid a visit by two brand new Niner mountain bikes: the RIP 9 RDO and the JET 9 RDO. Both bikes signalled some pretty significant developments for the American brand, including the shift to more modern-style geometry, BOOST 148x12mm rear hub spacing, and the ability to fit 27.5 plus tyres. That last point is perhaps the biggest progression for Niner, which has, up until this point, been totally dedicated to the 29er wheelsize.
Although those new models ticked a lot of boxes for a lot of riders, Niner has also been quietly developing a more affordable version of the RIP 9 RDO. Equipped with the same 150mm suspension design and geometry set, the RIP 9 simply uses an alloy frame in place of the RDO’s high-end carbon construction to help make the price more accessible for more riders.
“Featuring the same [R]Evolution geometry and CVA suspension design found in the carbon versions, the RIP still features Boost spacing and is compatible with 27.5 Plus wheels along with 29” wheels. The aluminum model maintains a user-friendly threaded bottom bracket, ISCG 05 tabs, and internal or external dropper post routing, among other features.” – Niner Bikes
The new Niner RIP 9 Alloy features;
- 150mm of rear suspension travel
- Patented CVA suspension design
- Designed for 160mm travel forks (29in setup) or 170mm travel forks (27.5 plus)
- Revised geometry is optimized for modern trail riding
- Boost 148×12 mm rear spacing for optimum power transfer, geometry, and wheel stiffness
- Compatible with 29×2.5in tires or 27.5 plus tires up to 3.0in
- Internal and external dropper post routing
- BSA threaded 73mm bottom bracket with ISCG05 mounts
- Zero stack headset included
- 30.9mm seat post
- Tapered zero stack headset included, 44mm upper, 56mm lower
- All sizes have 1 bottle mount inside front triangle
- Can fit up to a 29×2.5” or 27.5×3.0” tire(tire sizes vary by brand, some tires may not fit)
- SRAM/Shimano 1x Boost max chain ring clearance: 36t, 168mm Q factor
If you dig the new Niner RIP 9, you’ll be able to get it as a standalone frameset, or in one of two complete bike options built around a Shimano SLX 1×11 drivetrain package. Both bikes get RockShox suspension, with the 27.5+ version using a Yari fork, and the 29in version featuring a Lyrik fork.
Lookin for more information about the RIP 9 and the new Niner range? Then get in touch with UK distributor Jungle Products for all you need to know.