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Niner RIP 9 Carbon XTR Complete Mountain Bike - 2016

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Item # NNR004M

A happy confection.

There are certain binary compositions that we never expected to find together, but that visionary innovators have confected, anyway — often with mixed success. Seafood plus chocolate and 29ers plus 5in travel both come to mind. While we can't recommend the seafood/chocolate collaboration to people we, you know, like, we definitely recommend the Niner RIP 9 Carbon XTR Complete Mountain Bike, which is less like candied cod and more like a mid-travel, wagon-wheeled speed machine.

We admire this platform so much that we're building this model up with Shimano's peerless XTR kit, opting for the burlier Trail version wherever possible, and arming it with one of FOX's gloriously reworked 34 Float FIT4 forks. The wheels are also noteworthy, as they're the product of a collaboration between us and the composite experts at Reynolds. One day on the 29 Trail LTD Carbon Wheelset and you'll agree that Competitive and Reynolds go together much better than calamari and cocoa.

The main triangle of the RIP 9 Carbon is carbon fiber. 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. Sticking 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:
[main triangle] carbon fiber, [rear triangle] aluminum
Suspension:
CVA
Rear Shock:
RockShox Monarch RT
Rear Travel:
125 mm
Fork:
FOX Racing Shox 34 Float 29 FIT4 w/ 51mm Rake
Front Travel:
140 mm
Headset:
Cane Creek 40 Series Zero Stack
Shifters:
Shimano XTR (right only)
Front Derailleur:
n/a
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano XTR
ISCG Tabs:
yes, ISCG 05
Crankset:
32 t Shimano XTR Trail
Bottom Bracket:
Shimano BB-MT800
Crank Arm Length:
175 mm
Cassette:
11 - 42 t Shimano XT
Brakeset:
Shimano XTR Trail
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Rotors:
180 / 160 mm
Handlebar:
Race Face Evolve
Handlebar Width:
750 mm
Grips:
Lizard Skins Moab
Stem:
Race Face Evolve
Stem Length:
90 mm
Saddle:
Fizik Tundra M7
Seatpost:
Race Face Evolve
Seatpost Diameter:
30.9 mm
Wheelset:
Reynolds 29 Trail LTD Carbon
Front Axle:
15 x 100mm thru-axle
Rear Axle:
12 x 142mm thru-axle
Tires:
[front] Continental X-King, [rear] Continental X-King Black Chili
Tire Size:
[front] 29 x 2.2 in, [rear] 29 x 2.4 in
Pedals:
not included
Recommended Use:
trail
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years
Actual Weight:
Slate Grey/Niner Orange, M: 12160g

sizing chart

RIP 9 size by rider height

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Geometry chart

Niner Bikes

Geometry Chart

 

R.I.P. 9 2012
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 16.0in 23.1in 23.7in 16.1in 27.8in 4.5in 70.5 deg 73.5 deg 1.1in 17.9in 43.9in
M 18.0in 23.7in 24.5in 16.5in 29.2in 4.7in 70.5 deg 73.5 deg 1.1in 17.9in 44.5in
L 20.0in 24.5in 24.8in 17.1in 30.6in 5.1in 70.5 deg 73.5 deg 1.1in 17.9in 45.5in
XL 22.0in 25.25in 25.4in 17.7in 32.1in 5.7in 70.5 deg 73.5 deg 1.1in 17.9in 46.3in
140mm Travel Fork
 Seat Tube
(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube Length

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
S 16.0in 23.3in 24.0in 15.7in 28.1in 4.5in 69.5 deg 72.5 deg 0.8in 17.9in

44.1in

M 18.0in 23.9in 24.8in 16.1in 29.5in 4.7in 69.5 deg 72.5 deg 0.8in 17.9in 44.8in
L 20.0in 24.6in 25.1in 16.7in 30.9in 5.1in 69.5 deg 72.5 deg 0.8in 17.9in 45.8in
XL 22.0in 25.4in 25.7in 17.3in 32.4in 5.7in 69.5 deg 72.5 deg 0.8in 17.9in 46.6in

Niner R.I.P. 9 RDO Geo

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  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

So..... I just got back from my first ride on this rig. This is my 3rd RIP9. The first few strokes on this bike were immediate comfort. It was like putting on an old shoe..... You know comfortable ..... But an old shoe that rips.

Anyway...... We know it's a nice bike.

Let's talk about the service from CC/Backcountry
First you need to understand when you look at most bikes here that is a suggested build. If there is a part you don't like they will switch it out. And at a very kind price I might add. I switched to Stans wheels and added a dropper post.
Wes was terrific to deal with. Looking at bikes for my honeybunny right now. Because this transaction was so good it will be thru Backcountry/ competive cyclist.
Thanks again Wes.

How much is it to add a dropper post?

It depends on which post you are looking at. You would get a credit for the stock post. These bikes are custom builds so components can be added or swapped. Feel free to reach out to me direct for help in configuration. I've been on this bike several times so very familiar with it.



Wes Branham- Account Manager Bike

801-204-4542

wbranham@backcountry.com

What hubs are used with the reynolds wheelset? Also, just to confirm, the pics certainly show fox factory 34 with kashima. Is this the actual fork in this build? Thanks. This is a very tough bike to pass up.

I am right at the cusp of S/M based on height. Will be my first leap into 29er realm. I am gonna trust that S is the correct recommendation.

Hey Jeff - The Reynolds 29 Trail LTD Wheels come with DT Swiss 350 hubs and this bike includes the FOX 34 Float with kashima coating. Depending on your height, inseam and riding style a Small might be best choice for you. It will be a little more nimble and maneuverable compared to a Medium if you are right on the cusp. Feel free to contact me directly if you are interested in ordering this bike or with any additional questions.

- Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

If you guys can drop this to 3400, I buy a large.

Thanks
Tim

Hey Tim - This is a screaming deal on the RIP 9 Carbon with XTR components and inventory is moving fast. Please contact me directly to discuss pricing or with any additional questions.

- Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

What a deal!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm not exactly sure how they can put together a package like this this cheap, but am I glad they can. Ok, so beyond the great deal... The bike is everything I read it is. I have been reading bike reviews for months now and I finally settled on the Rip9. I'm coming from a Titanium 29er hard tail which I beefed up to handle moderate-serious trails. Despite it being a great bike and Titanium, it was just too harsh a ride for the riding I do. From the reviews I read, the Rip9 seems to be the perfect combination of a great trail mid travel full suspension bike and still being real nimble. The bike is spec'd about as good as you could hope for. And even if your preferences leaves you wanting something different, they will swap components for you and you pay the difference. I swapped out the usual grips, stem length (70mm), tires, seat, but you could swap out pretty much anything. Everything on the bike has preformed to expectations. So now to the nitty gritty. I have ridden till now a real agile 29er HT because of how well it climbs and handles. The descents and jumps is where it really suffered. Me really. I wanted something that wouldn't really sacrifice those handling characteristics and this has lived up to my expectations. I timed my trails to see how the bikes compare. The rip 9 is just as good on climbs,turns, speed, and my trail times but provides the full suspension ride that I was searching for. Getting used to the larger bike is the only thing that I had to get used to. This is 2 inches taller and 2 inches longer than my hard tail. Same weight. No biggie. I got acclimated to the bike in just a couple days. No regrets. This bike is awesome!!!!

Hi Alin, thanks for the solid review. I'm considering this bike as well and noticed that they don't offer an XL version. You said that you had to get used to the bike being "2 inches taller and 2" longer. Did you go up in size or do they run big? I'm 6'3 so I am interested in your feedback and a Large could work for me if it's going to run big. Their chart says a max of 6'2" for the large so I'm right on the cusp. Thanks in advance for your feedback.

Dennys P. You are on the borderline in sizing just as I was. I'm 6'. You could probably fit both large and XL. I went with the larger size and shortened the stem to 70mm. That gives me the same fit as the medium with 90mm stem the bike comes with. I chose the large because it will shift my weight back a bit and alow me to be more aggressive. I climb pretty well and didn't mind loosing a bit there. That is the trade off. Go down in size for a bit more agility and climbing efficiency. Up in size with a shorter stem if you value shifting weight rearward and benefit in descending. Since the HA is on the steep side for a trail bike I wanted more decending help. I still climb just as well as I did on a xc hardtail. Fit wise I ve read people say NINER fits large but I ve found it fits just as I expected. Look at the ETT of the bike and compare to your current bike for reference. I think either way you could adjust the stem length up or down an inch to make either one fit. The characteristics will change slightly with weight shifting forward or back. Now that is still minor and barely noticeable. If your an aggressive rider go XL more stable, if not super aggressive go large. That's what I concidered.

Dennys P, they might be out of the XL now but they had that size when I bought mine. Contact WesB in the review below for info.

Great deal!

    One of the better deals on the site. These are custom builds so components can be swapped or upgraded. If you need help or have general questions feel free to reach out to me direct.
    Wes Branham- Account Manager
    801-204-4542
    wbranham@competitivecyclist.com