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Ready to RIP.

When Niner releases a new model, competitors and consumers alike take notice. This is because of Niner's persistent research and design that squeezes every ounce of performance from the popular 29er platform. With 125mm of travel, the carbon fiber R.I.P. 9 RDO Mountain Bike Frame - 2014 continues Niner's tradition of shaking up the market by pushing its bikes to the next level.

As big wheels are becoming more prevalent, they're proving themselves on more and more technical terrain, and the demand for longer-travel options is growing. Where Niner's WFO 9 is a 140mm travel bruiser, and the JET 9 is a 100mm travel featherweight, the R.I.P. 9 smartly strikes a perfect balance between the two. And now with Niner's RDO treatment, it's destined to become the top choice for weight-focused endurance racers and backcountry adventurers.

Niner's Race Day Optimized (RDO) designs have been steadily proving their merit, and that's due to the level of refinement that goes into each product. Niner engineers use the latest computer modeling to explore every conceivable option before moving onto physical prototype testing. Then, using both in-house and independent testing facilities, Niner accumulates hours and hours of fatigue testing before placing the protos under its highly skilled, enthusiastic, and abusive riders.

The results are clear -- a carbon monocoque structure has a massive and menacing bottom bracket area with a removable ISCG05 chain-guide mount, a direct-mount front derailleur interface, 142mm rear spacing, titanium frame guards, and carbon linkages to boot. To say the R.I.P. 9 RDO checks all of the boxes is an understatement. But, those attributes are worthless without a proven geometry, and luckily, Niner's already sorted its mid-travel geometry with the alloy R.I.P. 9.

While the R.I.P. 9 RDO's angles are based on its alloy stable mate, it's no carbon copy. The RDO treatment included a redesigned rear triangle and suspension links, where the use of carbon allowed engineers to add 10mm of travel without compromising tire clearance (2.4in max depending on manufacturer). More impressive, however, is that Niner was able to knock 5mm off of the chainstay length.

While the head tube and seat tube angles are the same as the alloy R.I.P. 9 (70.5/73.5 degrees respectively with a 120mm fork), the no-compromise RDO approach resulted in an overall chassis that's not only significantly lighter than its alloy counterpart, but it also feels sprightlier and pulls up easier due to a shorter wheelbase. And with the added travel that's been squeezed out of the CVA suspension design, the RDO will hold its composure over rougher terrain.

If you're not familiar with Niner's Constantly Varying Arc (CVA) suspension system, it's not an existing 26 inch-wheeled platform that's been adapted to 29ers. Instead, Niner started with a clean sheet which meant it could tweak the links and pivots to enhance the ride of big wheels. Niner placed extra stiff links in positions that isolated pedaling forces while remaining fully active under all conditions. Notice that the lower link sits below the bottom bracket. This places the CVA’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 when pedaling 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 FOX FLOAT CTD with Kashima coating. To complement the CVA's smooth nature is a full set of sealed angular contact cartridge bearings for minimal maintenance and incredibly high tolerances.

The Niner R.I.P. 9 RDO Mountain Bike Frame - 2014 is available in five sizes from X-Small to X-Large and in the color Rally Blue. Please note that Niner recommends forks ranging from 120 to 140mm for the R.I.P. 9 RDO, and it uses a 30.9mm seat post, direct-mount front derailleur, 12x142mm thru-axle, and a post mount disc brake. For those of you who intend on running a one-by drivetrain, such as SRAM’s XX1, the RIP 9 RDO will clear up to a 36t ring, with a 168mm Q Factor crankset.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
carbon fiber
Suspension:
CVA
Pivot Type:
angular contact bearings
Rear Travel:
125 mm
Rear Shock:
FOX FLOAT CTD Trail Adjust Kashima
Recommended Fork Travel:
120 - 140 mm
Rear Axle:
12x142 mm thru-axle
ISCG Tabs:
ISCG 05
Seatpost Diameter:
30.9 mm
Cable Routing:
internal
Replaceable Rear Derailleur Hanger:
yes
Compatible Components:
Shimano, SRAM
Recommended Use:
all-mountain trail ripping
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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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
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