Take a gander at the brand new 2019 Niner RIP 9. Long travel bikes are becoming the norm in the mountain biking world and there is a good reason for it. Advancements in suspension technology have made it so long travel mountain bikes can descend smoothly and still climb efficiently. The 2019 RIP 9 is here to sit upon the throne as the king of the mountain. It features an RDO carbon frame which is both lightweight and incredibly durable and perfect for the trails. The frame features Niner's CVA, or Constant Varying Arc, suspension design which lets you climb efficiently and descend smoothly. It features Boost hub spacing on the front and rear that delivers a stiffer and more predictable ride.
The 2019 Niner is longer, slacker, and lower than any bike Niner has ever made, and it even features a geometry flip chip if you want to get extra low (65-degree HA in low setting). Compared to the previous generation, the 2019 model also has a wider and stiffer rib cage main triangle for precise handling, clearance for 2.6” tires, and a refined suspension curve for a sensitive early stroke and supportive mid stroke. Also, if you like to tinker on your own bike, you’ll love how the 2019 RIP 9 has full sleeve internal cable guides, factory installed frame protection, and durable long-lasting Enduro Max Black Oxide pivot bearings.
The 3-Star version of the Niner RIP 9 RDO comes with a SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain with 10-50 tooth gearing so you can ride up and down any terrain. The SRAM Guide R hydraulic disc brakes provide the confidence-inspiring stopping power you need for any descent and a Fox 36 Float Factory fork and Fox Float DPX2 rear shock offer industry leading suspension performance. Both have Fox's Kashima Coat which provides a durable shock that is buttery smooth. Stan's NoTubes provides the wheelset with their Flow S1 wheels which provide a tubeless ready setup so you can run lower tire pressures for increased traction and a smoother ride. If you're looking for the ultimate mountain bike, then you'll love the 2019 Niner RIP 9.
JensonUSA Journal - "This is the “one bike” quiver (heaven forbid, only one bike!!!) that will let you hang with whoever your riding with in most every situation… The Rip 9 is a bike that is going to be expected to do a lot of things well-this is a bike that will see a lot of big epic days… It’s hard to argue with the range and diversity of the Rip 9 for most every ride and rider." - Matt Long
JensonUSA Journal - "Next to the older model, the V3 Rip 9 just looks like it has spent a lot of time in the gym, it’s bigger, it’s chiseled (it’s probably more likely to pick a fight as well)… the new 140mm-travel Rip 9 V3 felt more capable than the 150mm bike it replaced." - Matt Long
I bought the 2017 AL RIP 9 a couple years ago and really liked it so when I saw the new RIP RDO I had try it. After comparing specs with the 2017 I noticed the head angle is slacker, the bottom bracket is lower and the reach is longer. In both settings High and Low. (this bike has a couple of "flip chips" that raise or lowers the BB drop by a few millimeters and adjusts the head angle by one degree) I think it was delivered in the High setting and that is how I'm leaving it for now. After a few more rides I plan on testing out the Low setting. I'm betting it will feel even better with the 65 deg head angle. We'll see. The large has a reach over 18 inches which is much more in line with what you'd expect on a modern enduro bike. Not sure how to categorize it though. Is it a light slack geometry trail bike that climbs well? Is it a race ready 150mm/140mm travel enduro bike? Is it an all mountain all day adventure bike that is super capable on the DH sections? I'm thinking yes on all of the above. While it's definitely not a cross country bike I was very impressed with how well it climbs. I think the 75 degree seat tube helps. That being said it totally lives up to its name on chunky, steep DH. This bike rips. The Fox 36 fork, GX drivetrain, Stans Flow wheels and SDG dropper might not have the bling factor of an XX1 build or Enve wheels but they worked together flawlessly so I'm not planning on any upgrades until something wears out. Stable, confidant and fast is how it rolls. Did I mention this bike is a ripper. It just feels fast... fast and confidence inspiring. When I got Strava results after my first ride my feelings were confirmed. The bike proved itself with a PR on the first gravity segment I recorded. No break in, no getting to know the bike, just throw a leg over, point it downhill and... WOW! More to follow. Thanks Niner!
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