The 2017 RKT 9 RDO by Niner is, simply put, an all around fast bike. And though it features no shortage of exceptional features and technology, it’s a steadfast steed that’s designed and built to embody all the things you look for in a bike. The skeleton of this race-worthy horse is constructed from Niner’s RDO Carbon Compaction technology, which utilizes highly resilient fibers to provide front and rear triangles with an exceptional weight-to-stiffness ratio.
The RKT 9 RDO’s short-travel system is augmented by Niner’s patented CVA linkage design which permits pedal forces to operate independently of rear wheel travel. What this does is pipeline every ounce of the rider’s hard-earned energy straight to the pedals. To further ensure no pedal stroke goes to waste, the RKT 9 frame mates a 73mm PF30 bottom bracket, allowing compatibility with the latest 1x cranks and more conventional multi-ring drivetrain configurations. Essentially what a PF30 does is provide a more robust platform by allowing a bigger downtube and BB shell to be worked into the frame’s design.
Knowing that modern-day XC courses constantly seek to push the limits of technicality, Niner cleverly computed the RKT 9’s geometry to be able to excel on every section of the course. They began with the 439mm chainstay length which delivers a formidable balance of acceleration, climbing traction and the ability to whittle around the technical sections. Niner also capitalizes on Boost 148mm x 12mm rear spacing. As the first Niner to feature Boost, this thing has the clearance for up to 2.4” tires, allowing for a wider spoke interface and an overall stiffer wheel and swingarm combo. This equates to a new sense of confidence to maintain line selection in the most unruly conditions. Additionally, the RKT 9 achieves the lowest standover height of any bike on the Niner roster. The low standover height means the bike can be leaned further, making tight corners and switchbacks all the more graceful.
The RKT 9 RDO 2 Star SLX RS bike will arrive on your doorstep with a Rock Shox Reba RL, 100mm travel fork that will handle trail compliance up front while Rock Shox Monarch RL handles that business in the back. A Shimano 1x11 speed drivetrain is responsible for getting all the power to the Niner branded alloy wheels that have been wrapped in Maxxis Ikon rubber. Shimano SLX brakes reign in that power and speed as needed. Niner components fill out the cockpit and provide an excellent pedaling platform.
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