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Niner RIP 9 RDO 27.5+ 5-Star Eagle X01 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017

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Item # NNR005G

Heresy.

If the 2016 iteration of Niner's RIP 9 is the ultimate trail bike, then its completely reimagined successor expands that empire to also include the all-mountain realm—but it does so through a decidedly heretical act. The RIP 9 RDO 27.5+ 5-Star Eagle X01 Complete Mountain Bike multiplies every aspect that made its predecessor so successful. Longer, slacker, and yet inexplicably more responsive on climbs, the RIP 9's confusingly versatile [R]Evolution geometry chews up rock gardens as eagerly as it cleans steep grades. And that's all well and good, but Niner has done the unthinkable by combining it with 27.5+ wheels. The result of this unholy coupling is a delightfully playful bit of wagon-wheel heresy that we're happy to indulge.

Before we dive deeper into the frame, though, we'll linger briefly on the build kit, which centers on 27.5+ (Shock! Horror!) ENVE HV wheels and SRAM's shiny new Eagle X01 12-speed drivetrain. With the addition of a 50t granny cog, Eagle offsets the bike's 27.5 heresy with a climbing benediction when you find yourself out of gas, out of mettle, but not yet out of the woods, climbing-wise. The X01 version may not have the glitzy qualities of XX1, but the frame's devilish versatility will steal the show as soon as rubber hits dirt, anyway.

And this frame is versatile—a quality that it owes in large part Boost axle spacing. By bumping the rear axle out to 148mm, Niner was able to buy enough clearance at the bottom bracket to shorten the chainstays and sharpen the seat tube angle by 11mm and 2.5 degrees, respectively. These subtle changes make the rear triangle that much more responsive to input while also pushing the rider's engine up over the pedals.

The stubby stays also keep the bike agile, but with a 67-degree head tube and 170mm of Lyrik forgiveness up front, it's just as happy to try flattening everything in its path—or at least bailing you out when your lines start to get a bit too ambitious. In the event that discretion wins the day, the RIP 9's longer top tube and short stem keep handling on-point, despite that low head tube angle, so you can always fall back on those dicey stays to navigate stretches of especially techy terrain. Either way, take solace in knowing that most of the bike's angles are similar to the WFO even though it maintains the precise handling of its predecessor. Given that mixed pedigree, the new RIP 9 enjoys playing in rock gardens as much as barreling over horst and graben rootscapes.

So there's obviously a lot of new radness with the RIP 9, but two things remain felicitously unchanged: the Race Day Optimized (RDO) construction method and the Constantly Varying Arc (CVA) suspension design. RDO involves a dual-compression process that eliminates resin pooling and allows precise control over wall-thickness. Reducing imperfections makes for a more structurally sound frame, and the targeted control over lay-up and wall thickness lets Niner buttress that structure where appropriate and reduce material where it'll save weight without sacrificing stiffness. The result marks the nexus of low weight and efficient durability: a frame that's equal to the abuse of the trail and the pedals.

The new RIP 9's CVA suspension design is also unchanged, but it allows that design to play with 25mm more travel. This brings it up to 150mm—another parallel to the WFO—and optimizes it for descending fast in hairy terrain while keeping it surprisingly responsive when you get on the gas. Unlike other designs, CVA is optimized for the increased bottom bracket drop inherent in 29ers, so it's well suited to the similar dimensions of a 27.5+ platform. It tends to ride high in the travel with a controlled mid-stroke that balances pedal input and suspension travel, keeping it stable through rock gardens and snappy when you get on the pedals. It also jumps incredibly well; this is one all-mountain machine that’s very happy when it’s airborne.

The frame's finishing details are everything you'd expect from the obsessive developers at Niner, and our favorite new addition is—far and away—the inclusion of a BSA threaded bottom bracket. PressFit shells may be lighter and more convenient, but the exact tolerances of a CNC-machined thread are unmatchable by today's composite technology. The threading means bearing cups install perfectly, reducing wear over time and eliminating the creaks and groans that so often accompany PressFit models. Vulnerable frame bits are girded with titanium protection plates, and the frame also includes integrated batter storage in case you get the urge for electro shifting. As a 27.5+ build, the RIP 9 can clear 3in tires; if you'd prefer to restore order to the universe and run it as a 29er, it'll accommodate 2.5in tires.

  • Niner commits wagon-wheel heresy with its first gen of 27.5+ models
  • Six inches of CVA travel rivals Niner's WFO for deep cushion
  • Updated geometry climbs faster and descends harder
  • RDO carbon lay-up and compaction is lighter and stiffer than non-RDO
  • Compatible with electronic drivetrain routing and battery storage
  • Plush tires add cushion for enduro shredfests and bikepacking epics
  • SRAM Eagle adds a 50t bailout cog to your arsenal
  • ENVE's stiff, high-volume wheels let plump tires sit fatter

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
RDO carbon fiber
Suspension:
CVA
Rear Shock:
FOX Float X Kashima
Rear Travel:
150 mm
Fork:
RockShox Lyrik RC Solo Air
Front Travel:
170 mm
Headset:
44 / 56 mm Cane Creek Zero Stack
Shifters:
SRAM Eagle X01
Front Derailleur:
n/a
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM Eagle X01
ISCG Tabs:
yes, ISCG 05
Crankset:
34 t SRAM Eagle X01
Bottom Bracket:
SRAM GXP
Cassette:
10 - 50 t SRAM XG-1295
Chain:
SRAM Eagle X01
Brakeset:
SRAM Guide Ultimate Carbon
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Rotors:
180 / 160 mm SRAM Centerline
Handlebar:
Race Face Next
Handlebar Rise:
20 mm
Handlebar Width:
760 mm
Grips:
Niner Grrrips
Stem:
Race Face Aeffect 35
Saddle:
Niner Custom with Ni-Cro Ti rails
Seatpost:
KS LEV Integra
Seatpost Diameter:
30.9 mm
Seat Collar:
34.9 mm
Wheelset:
[rims] ENVE M60+ HV
Hubs:
DT Swiss 350
Front Axle:
15 x 110m Boost thru-axle
Rear Axle:
12 x 148m Boost thru-axle
Tires:
[front] Maxxis Rekon+ DC/EXO/TR, [rear] Maxxis Ikon+ 3C/EXO/TR
Tire Size:
27.5 x 2.8 in
Pedals:
not included
Recommended Use:
all-mountain, enduro, bikepacking
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years on frame
Actual Weight:
Orange, L: 12700g

sizing chart

RIP 9 size by rider height

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Geometry chart

Niner

Geometry Chart

 

RIP 9 RDO
160mm 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 22.7in 24.6in 16.3in 27.9in 3.7in 67o 75.5o 1.1in 17.3in 45.8in
M 17in 23.3in 24.8in 16.9in 28.8in 3.9in 67o 75.5o 1.1in 17.3in 46.4in
L 19in 24.2in 25.1in 17.7in 30in 4.3in 67o 75.5o 1.1in 17.3in 47.4in
XL 21in 25.3in 25.7in 18.6in 31.3in 4.9in 67o 75.5o 1.1in 17.3in 48.5in
170mm 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 22.8in 24.7in 16.1in 28in 3.7in 66.5o 75o 1in 17.3in 45.9in
M 17in 23.4in 24.9in 16.7in 29in 3.9in 66.5o 75o 1in 17.3in 46.5in
L 19in 24.3in 25.2in 17.5in 29.7in 4.3in 66.5o 75o 1in 17.3in 47.5in
XL 21in 25.3in 25.8in 18.4in 31.5in 4.9in 66.5o 75o 1in 17.3in 48.7in

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Good improvement-

    I recently had the chance of spending time on this bike in Moab. I rode the 29r version and really had a good time on it. Im 5'10 with a 33" and rode a large which was fairly agile but could have gone to an XL if I wanted more stability. Overall I felt the bike is a big improvement over the previous model. The bike handled very well over moderately technical trails and the extra travel made a big difference on very technical trails. Even through the bike has more travel it still climbed as good as any other bike in its class. Down hill the bike felt very stable and I was able to pick lines on the fly with ease. This bike is definitely a good choice for the enduro racer as it is stiff with a balanced geometry but its also fun for long epic type riding and comfortable for hours in the saddle. I would buy this bike for sure!

    If you have specific questions with the bike or need to check inventory feel free to reach out to me direct. Im always happy to help!

    Wes Branham- Account Manager bike
    wbranham@competitivecyclist.com
    801-204-4542

    Good improvement-