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Niner RIP 9 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame - 2016

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Fast class.

We'd like to issue you an official invitation to join the ranks of 29ers on Niners, but, since you're already here, chances are good that you've either already been invited or are a returning member of the big-hoop crew. Our own personal understanding of 29ers is that they're a fast/class sandwich, and the RIP 9 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame's race-oriented geometry, strategic blend of materials, and CVA suspension make it the classiest, fastest model on the market that won't cost you a second mortgage.

The main triangle of the RIP Carbon is carbon. Which shouldn't come as a surprise. Compared to the all-alloy RIP, the Carbon model reduces weight without compromising efficiency. It also looks sharp after a hosing-off, with weld-free joints that transition cleanly between tubes and junctures. The links are also carbon, but the rest of the Carbon 9's back end sticks with the proven aluminum.

With all the articulation involved in a full suspension back end, stiffness can become an issue, and a flexible setup can lead to inefficient travel and a shorter life for the suspension system. Niner's choice to stick with alloy here has one primary benefit: it maintains all the stiff, lightweight properties of the frame's main triangle but at a much lower cost than carbon. Carbon is capable of handling the stresses of a complicated rear suspension, but the design and materials that go into it add an unfortunate price bump. For those looking for a full carbon machine, the RDO model provides that option. The Carbon model, on the other hand, is for those who want the ride quality and don't mind missing out on bling.

We feel it's important to stress that this frame's on-trail feel is virtually identical to the RDO's. It's got the same proven geometry, removable ISCG05 chain-guide mount, direct-mount front derailleur interface, 142mm rear spacing, and titanium frame guards, so you're not missing out on any of the big ticket items or little tricks that make the RIP series such a beloved, effective trail ripper.

The head tube and seat tube angles are a relatively steep 69.5 and 72.5 degrees, respectively. Combined with a tapered head tube, these angles mean the spry RIP Carbon 9 can climb and navigate technical terrain better than a slacker 29er while still reducing fork deflection for tracking that sticks to the lines you know, and gives you confidence to explore lines you never knew existed. The reasonable chainstays — five inches closer to stubby than previous models — take advantage of that confidence to help you pick apart tricky sections with tight maneuverability. Of course, it is still a 29er with five glorious inches of Constantly Varying Arc travel (CVA), so you can always just ride roughshod over that terrain, instead.

Niner's CVA suspension system started with a clean sheet in order to tweak the links and pivots for 29 answers to whatever questions an unruly, all-mountain trail can pose. The lower link sits below the bottom bracket, which places the system’s instant center in a virtual position located ahead of the drivetrain, causing chain tension at the rear axle to pull the two linkages in opposite directions to effectively isolate the drivetrain from the rear triangle. When you press on the pedals, nothing’s lost to compressing the suspension, and you won’t suffer kickback from chainstay growth while enjoying the 29er's ability to pedal through rock gardens.

Another key feature of CVA is its low ratio of shock stroke to suspension movement. This decreases the amount of preload needed, which translates into smooth, effective damping and less drag on the seals of the specially tuned RockShox Monarch RT HV Fast Black shock. The CVA's stiff, enlarged pivot hardware is further complemented by a set of sealed Enduro Max bearings for minimal maintenance and incredibly high tolerances.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
[front triangle] carbon fiber, [rear triangle] aluminum
Suspension:
CVA full suspension
Wheel Size:
29 in
Rear Shock:
RockShox Monarch RT
Rear Travel:
125 mm
Fork Travel:
120 - 140 mm
Head Tube Diameter:
ZS44/28.6, ZS44/ZS56 zero stack tapered
Headset Included:
no
Bottom Bracket Type:
73 mm threaded
ISCG Tabs:
yes, removable ISCG 05
Front Derailleur Mount:
S3 low direct mount
Brake Type:
disc
Compatible Components:
Shimano, SRAM
Seatpost Diameter:
30.9 mm
Seat Collar:
34.9 mm
Rear Axle:
12x142mm
Recommended Use:
trail
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

sizing chart

RIP 9 size by rider height

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Geometry chart

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Geometry Chart

 

R.I.P. 9 RDO
120mm Travel Fork
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
S 16in 23.1in 23.7in 16.1in 27.6in 3.9in 70.5o 73.5o 1.1in 17.7in 43.6in
M 18.1in 23.7in 24.5in 16.5in 29.4in 4.7in 70.5o 73.5o 1.1in 17.7in 44.3in
L 20in 24.5in 24.8in 17.1in 30.7in 5.1in 70.5o 73.5o 1.1in 17.7in 45.1in
XL 22in 25.4in 25.4in 17.7in 32in 5.7in 70.5o 73.5o 1.1in 17.7in 45.9in
140mm Travel Fork
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
S 16in 23.1in 24in 15.7in 27.8in 3.9in 69.5o 72.5o 0.9in 17.7in 43.7in
M 18.1in 23.7in 24.8in 16.1in 29.6in 4.7in 69.5o 72.5o 0.9in 17.7in 44.6in
L 20in 24.5in 25.1in 16.7in 31in 5.1in 69.5o 72.5o 0.9in 17.7in 45.4in
XL 22in 25.4in 25.7in 17.3in 32.4in 5.7in 69.5o 72.5o 0.9in 17.7in 46.1in

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Does the RIP9 Carbon have Boost spacing, or?

Hey Virtualjsk, the 2016 RIP 9 Carbon does not have boost spacing, it has a 142mm rear spacing. Let me know if you have any other questions or if you'd like helping putting together a custom rig for yourself! Feel free to reach me at 801.204.4547 or cojohnson@backcountry.com. Best regards, Connor

Rip 9er

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Had the aluminum rip 9 so up graded to this with more travel.
Have a pike 150 fork on it and is a great bike. Turns well for a long travel bike and very plush.

Was there much weight savings when you switched to carbon version?

unbeatable deal on a fast ride

    I am more of a XC rider when it comes to the mountains and usually ride a hard tail, I'm a very happy owner of an Air 9 RDO. I was able to really get out and rid the Jet 9 over the last couple weeks and I am tempted to change. I rode with an X01 setup and emulated my air 9 setup all around. It was confident in everything I rode and I didn't feel I really suffered in climbing, which is a big issue for me, I like to climb. If you have any questions on different build options feel free to contact me directly kylebrown@backcountry.com

    unbeatable deal on a fast ride

    RIP 9 Carbon

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Great frame for the price. First time riding on a Niner (coming out of a Epic and before that a StumpJumper). With the rear locked it's has a great response going uphill and awesome downhill. The suspension is very plush but not sagging. Power to the pedal and you feel the torque to the rear tire without the bob of the StumpJumper. Rides firm like the Epic with the brain but a bit more supple.

    When it come to a dropper seat post, will an internally routed dropper work, or should I purchase externally routed?

    Hey Jeff,



    It looks like you'll need an externally routed post for this frame. Let me know if you have any other questions and I can help you out.



    Thanks!

    I'm using external KS, and it's awesome.

    Just what I wanted

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I like to ride technical down hills but also ride a fair amount of cross country trails with long climbs. This bike doesn't compromise on the up or the down.