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Matt Conn

Matt Conn

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Mountain Biking

Matt Conn

Matt Connwrote a review of on August 30, 2019

RIP 9 RIPPERRR
5 5

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

When I rode the previous generation RIP 9, I was confused. With the mid-long travel category becoming so popular in the last couple of years, it seemed like a slam dunk for a company named NINER to jump in on this. However, the previous generation was still lacking quite a bit compared to groundbreaking bikes like the Ibis Ripmo. It turns out that the wait was worth it and Niner has finally delivered the bike that everyone wanted to see. This ticks all of the boxes when it comes to cliche bike terms. It's longer, lower, slacker, floats up the climbs, smashes the descents. It's hard to find something that this bike can't do. With a 150 up front and 140 in the rear, this bike settles right into the all mountain category and could comfortably be your only bike. The term "quiver killer" comes to mind. Niner also knocked it out of the park on the component spec. All versions come with a Fox 36 and SDG Tellis dropper post which i'm a fan of. If you have any preconceived notions about Niner as a brand, I would recommend you let this bike change your mind.

Check out what Kurt Voreis can do on the bike:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLE-tsMd8i8

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Matt Conn

Matt Connwrote a review of on August 30, 2019

RIP 9 RIPPERRR
5 5

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

When I rode the previous generation RIP 9, I was confused. With the mid-long travel category becoming so popular in the last couple of years, it seemed like a slam dunk for a company named NINER to jump in on this. However, the previous generation was still lacking quite a bit compared to groundbreaking bikes like the Ibis Ripmo. It turns out that the wait was worth it and Niner has finally delivered the bike that everyone wanted to see. This ticks all of the boxes when it comes to cliche bike terms. It's longer, lower, slacker, floats up the climbs, smashes the descents. It's hard to find something that this bike can't do. With a 150 up front and 140 in the rear, this bike settles right into the all mountain category and could comfortably be your only bike. The term "quiver killer" comes to mind. Niner also knocked it out of the park on the component spec. All versions come with a Fox 36 and SDG Tellis dropper post which i'm a fan of. If you have any preconceived notions about Niner as a brand, I would recommend you let this bike change your mind.

Check out what Kurt Voreis can do on the bike:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLE-tsMd8i8

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Matt Conn

Matt Connwrote a review of on August 30, 2019

RIP 9 RIPPERRR
5 5

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

When I rode the previous generation RIP 9, I was confused. With the mid-long travel category becoming so popular in the last couple of years, it seemed like a slam dunk for a company named NINER to jump in on this. However, the previous generation was still lacking quite a bit compared to groundbreaking bikes like the Ibis Ripmo. It turns out that the wait was worth it and Niner has finally delivered the bike that everyone wanted to see. This ticks all of the boxes when it comes to cliche bike terms. It's longer, lower, slacker, floats up the climbs, smashes the descents. It's hard to find something that this bike can't do. With a 150 up front and 140 in the rear, this bike settles right into the all mountain category and could comfortably be your only bike. The term "quiver killer" comes to mind. Niner also knocked it out of the park on the component spec. All versions come with a Fox 36 and SDG Tellis dropper post which i'm a fan of. If you have any preconceived notions about Niner as a brand, I would recommend you let this bike change your mind.

Check out what Kurt Voreis can do on the bike:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLE-tsMd8i8

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Matt Conn

Matt Connwrote a review of on August 30, 2019

RIP 9 Riperrr
5 5

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

When I rode the previous generation RIP 9, I was confused. With the mid-long travel category becoming so popular in the last couple of years, it seemed like a slam dunk for a company named NINER to jump in on this. However, the previous generation was still lacking quite a bit compared to groundbreaking bikes like the Ibis Ripmo. It turns out that the wait was worth it and Niner has finally delivered the bike that everyone wanted to see. This ticks all of the boxes when it comes to cliche bike terms. It's longer, lower, slacker, floats up the climbs, smashes the descents. It's hard to find something that this bike can't do. With a 150 up front and 140 in the rear, this bike settles right into the all mountain category and could comfortably be your only bike. The term "quiver killer" comes to mind. Niner also knocked it out of the park on the component spec. All versions come with a Fox 36 and SDG Tellis dropper post which i'm a fan of. If you have any preconceived notions about Niner as a brand, I would recommend you let this bike change your mind.

Check out what Kurt Voreis can do on the bike:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLE-tsMd8i8

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Matt Conn

Matt Connwrote a review of on June 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When I set out to build a new bike for this season, I had a few requirements in mind. First off, to me 29 inch wheels are a no-brainer. Better traction all around, higher rolling speeds and at 6 foot, they just fit me better. Secondly, for the last few seasons, i've been riding long travel bikes with 160+ travel, which felt like too much for most rides. I wanted something a bit more manageable and playful. At 140mm of rear travel paired with a 150mm fork, this bike really hits the sweet spot for me. That amount of travel, supported by a Split Pivot linkage system, makes for a bike that strikes a nice balance between climbing and descending capabilities. Once thing that you notice right away on this bike is just how stiff the frame is. It feels burly and there's no noticeable flex when you get into the rough stuff. The quality and finish of the bike is really high and both colors look fantastic in person.

Check out just how capable this bike is under Keegan Wright!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=127&v=mLs85ko5xr4

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Matt Conn

Matt Connwrote a review of on June 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When I set out to build a new bike for this season, I had a few requirements in mind. First off, to me 29 inch wheels are a no-brainer. Better traction all around, higher rolling speeds and at 6 foot, they just fit me better. Secondly, for the last few seasons, i've been riding long travel bikes with 160+ travel, which felt like too much for most rides. I wanted something a bit more manageable and playful. At 140mm of rear travel paired with a 150mm fork, this bike really hits the sweet spot for me. That amount of travel, supported by a Split Pivot linkage system, makes for a bike that strikes a nice balance between climbing and descending capabilities. Once thing that you notice right away on this bike is just how stiff the frame is. It feels burly and there's no noticeable flex when you get into the rough stuff. The quality and finish of the bike is really high and both colors look fantastic in person.

Check out just how capable this bike is under Keegan Wright!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=127&v=mLs85ko5xr4

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Matt Conn

Matt Connwrote a review of on June 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When I set out to build a new bike for this season, I had a few requirements in mind. First off, to me 29 inch wheels are a no-brainer. Better traction all around, higher rolling speeds and at 6 foot, they just fit me better. Secondly, for the last few seasons, i've been riding long travel bikes with 160+ travel, which felt like too much for most rides. I wanted something a bit more manageable and playful. At 140mm of rear travel paired with a 150mm fork, this bike really hits the sweet spot for me. That amount of travel, supported by a Split Pivot linkage system, makes for a bike that strikes a nice balance between climbing and descending capabilities. Once thing that you notice right away on this bike is just how stiff the frame is. It feels burly and there's no noticeable flex when you get into the rough stuff. The quality and finish of the bike is really high and both colors look fantastic in person.

Check out just how capable this bike is under Keegan Wright!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=127&v=mLs85ko5xr4

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Matt Conn

Matt Connwrote a review of on June 24, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This light, breathable jersey is one of the nicest pieces of kit I own. The quality of fabrics and attention to detail is hard to ignore when you have this jersey in your hands. I'd highly recommend it for the summer months. Pair well with the Essential bib shorts. I'm very skinny and went with a size small which works well.

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Matt Conn

Matt Connwrote a review of on February 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I owned the old model of the Ruckus and these things are a serious upgrade. They are a nice mid-knee length and the materials are much nicer. I use these shorts everyday and can't find a fault. Zipper vents and adjustable waist straps are a nice touch. Grippers on the lower back keep them in place and the internal meshing keeps you cool.

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