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Niner R.I.P. 9 RDO Carbon Mountain Bike Frame - 2015

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Truly all-mountain.

29ers are built for speed. That's a simple enough fact. It also stands to reason that a little bit of suspension will facilitate that hunger for speed, but too much will bog you down. Given that Niner bills the R.I.P. 9 RDO Carbon Mountain Bike Frame as the flagship chassis of its 29er-only fleet, it's not surprising that it combines 5in of enduro-grade travel with the XC tendencies of 29-inch wheels for a machine that's truly all-mountain.

The Constantly Varying Arc (CVA) suspension platform at the R.I.P. 9's heart is the key to Niner's fame. That's because the CVA suspension's lower link sits below the bottom bracket, which puts bike's virtual instant center ahead of the drivetrain and effectively isolates the drivetrain from the rear triangle. Pedal input isn't lost to compression in the suspension, and you won't suffer kickback from chainstay growth while taking advantage of the 29er's ability to push through trail furniture.

No amount of big-wheel speed or enduro-minded travel can save a shoddy frame, though, so Niner dumped every bit of its R&D nous into the material lay-up of the frame's two triangles. The frame began life as a gleam in a pixel's eye in computer modelling software before moving through exhaustive phases of virtual and then physical prototyping. The final product replicates the virtual models' precise standards with Niner's internal compaction system, which uses internal bladders for virtually perfect tube shaping with no imperfections or resin pooling. This let Niner dial the lay-up, adding stiffness through the drivetrain spine and keeping the frame light and compliant where those qualities benefit the ride most.

Compared to its alloy counterpart, the R.I.P. 9 RDO's carbon build also allows for an extra 10mm of travel while shortening the chainstay by 5mm. This combines with the moderate head tube angle for a fast climbing, sharply responsive, nimble bike that still tracks through terrain with all of the confident aggression you'd expect from the Race Day Optimized initialism in its title. The frame is finished with carbon links for a suspension system that just says no to lateral flex under input load, shuttling your power straight to the rear axle.

  • The ultimate 29er for enduro or trail riding
  • Niner's flagship RDO Carbon Compaction System makes for a precise lay-up
  • 5in of 29er-specific CVA travel keeps the pedaling platform firm and consistent
  • FOX's Float CTD Adjust Trail shock adapts to terrain on the fly
  • ISCG 05 tabs are ready to receive chain guide goodies
  • 12x142mm rear axle for a future-proof frame
  • Titanium frame guards protect your investment
  • Optimized for 120 or 140mm travel forks

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
carbon fiber
Suspension:
CVA
Rear Shock:
FOX FLOAT CTD Trail Adjust Kashima
Rear Travel:
125 mm
Head Tube Diameter:
ZS44 / ZS56
Headset Included:
no
ISCG Tabs:
yes, ISCG 05
Cable Routing:
internal
Compatible Components:
Shimano, SRAM
Seatpost Diameter:
30.9 mm
Rear Axle:
12x142 mm thru-axle
Recommended Use:
all mountain
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years on frame

Geometry chart

Niner Bikes

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 16.0in 23.1in 23.7in 16.1in 27.6in 3.9in 70.5 deg 73.5 deg 1.1in 17.7in 43.6in
M 18.1in 23.7in 24.5in 16.5in 29.4in 4.7in 70.5 deg 73.5 deg 1.1in 17.7in 44.3in
L 20.0in 24.5in 24.8in 17.1in 30.7in 5.1in 70.5 deg 73.5 deg 1.1in 17.7in 45.1in
XL 22.0in 25.4in 25.4in 17.7in 32.0in 5.7in 70.5 deg 73.5 deg 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 Length

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
S 16.0in 23.1in 24.0in 15.7in 27.8in 3.9in 69.5 deg 72.5 deg 0.9in 17.7in 43.7in
M 18.1in 23.7in 24.8in 16.1in 29.6in 4.7in 69.5 deg 72.5 deg 0.9in 17.7in 113.3in
L 20.0in 24.5in 25.1in 16.7in 31.0in 5.1in 69.5 deg 72.5 deg 0.9in 17.7in 45.4in
XL 22.0in 25.4in 25.7in 17.3in 32.4in 5.7in 69.5 deg 72.5 deg 0.9in 17.7in 46.1in

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5 5

Awesome Bike!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought this bike to replace my Niner Rip 9 aluminum frame, it is a great upgrade. Stance is more aggressive and the carbon fiber does not miss a beat, love this bike!

5 5

Great All-Arounder

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Build: I built my RIP9 RDO in Aug 13 with a Reba RLT 140mm, Stan's flow rims, 1x10 type 2 (mostly take offs from my previous Spec Stumpy 29er expert).

Ride: I live in central Texas and ride here often in the rocky limestone and granite. I've also taken the bike to Breckenridge for a week, and Palo Duro canyon. The only thing I don't do with this bike is hit the really big jumps/drops at the freeride park. It can handle everything from flowy singletrack, and climbing, to really technical descents with fairly high speed. The 125mm rear will take much chunkier drops and hard descents than you would expect.

What It's not: It isn't the most efficient cross country and climing bike but it does quite well, especially when you use the CTD switch. It's not the most plush downhill bike, but you can take much more aggressive lines than most trail bikes or any cross country bike.

What it does exceptionally well: This bike handles technical climbs and "trail" riding fantastically. It is very efficient (much more so than my previous stumpy 29er). I ride this bike everywhere with a buddy who brings a Jet 9 (XC) or WFO9 (AM) and the RIP9 can hang in both cases. It's a really nice balance.

4 5

Cornering Machine

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I agree with the review below, except that I really like this bike. Compared to the Tallboy LT I'd say the Tallboy is better going uphill and plowing through crud, the RIP 9 is better at pretty much any kind of cornering. If your #1 priority is crushing miles in comfort then the Tallboy may be more your bag, but if you get your kicks from railing turns and ripping down more aggressive terrain I would definitely recommend the RIP 9. It is quick and stiff, and holds whatever line you dare to push it through.

It does still pedal great as well I just did a 3500' vert ride with it last weekend, but I will admit that the VPP on the tallboy gives an overall quicker feel when pedaling than the Niner CVA suspension.

I've only put around 50 miles on mine so far, but they've been pretty solid single track miles of climbing and descending. Overall, I'd say the marketing on this bike is pretty true. I don't believe an actual quiver killer exists, but this is definitely a bike that can pedal and climb all day and instill confidence on the descents.

3 5

A tad over hyped I think.

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

I had a chance to take one of these out on a demo run and I was really excited to ride what all of the magazines claim to be the ultimate quiver killer. After all the hype that it has been given in the media I could not help but be let down a little bit. The bike rode very well, however, I think I kept expecting more. It did not feel nearly as composed and stable as other bikes I have ridden that are similar, the Santa Cruz Tallboy LT comes to mind. The RIP is a very playful bike and takes a special riding style to get the most out of it. If you like skip across roots rocks and other trail features and ride a lot of jump strewn flow trails this bike is an absolute ripper. Despite various shock adjustments and set ups, the bike just did not offer the amazing all around performance I have heard so many people claim about it. Maybe i just let all of the positive reviews and media attention go to my head and I had built it up too much in my mind.

4 5

5 Month update; RIP RDO

5 month update since building up this RIP carbon Niner in Nov. of 13:
Pros -
This bike RIPs, joke intended. It's a goat uphill and very capable downhill. Paired with a 140mm front fork, I've found this frame very capable. The Niner folks have done a good job with stiffness and frame geometry. The rear stays get he rear wheel under you well, albeit not the most nimble ~5" travel 29er I've been on, but a close second. The CTD Fox shock has been a solid performer so far. Easy to dial in and capable of sucking up most things on Enduro style rides. Exterior cable routing lugs are good but not perfect.
Cons -
Replacing cables and housing is a bummer. The location of internal routing makes it less than easy to re-run housing and cables. The head badge allows the rear housing to slop around and rattle, a quick spot of thin tape takes this rattle away, but leaves things sticky. Second fix is a micro-zip tie to cut down on slop. We'll see... The rear suspension pivots do require disassembly and lube time to time. They can creak when dry.

Overall: Pleased. Pretty cool 125mm rear travel 29er. Niner fills the niche with a solid performing full suspension carbon 29er.

Compared to other 29er's: Spec Enduro Comp, Giant Trance 5, Trek Fuel 9, Trek Remedy 7, Turner Sultan, Cannondale Scalpel. Enduro outperformed the RIP, but at $2000 extra.

5 Month update; RIP RDO