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Niner RIP 9 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame - 2016

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    Fast class.

    We'd like to issue you an official invitation to join the ranks of 29ers on Niners, but, since you're already here, chances are good that you've either already been invited or are a returning member of the big-hoop crew. Our own personal understanding of 29ers is that they're a fast/class sandwich, and the RIP 9 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame's race-oriented geometry, strategic blend of materials, and CVA suspension make it the classiest, fastest model on the market that won't cost you a second mortgage.

    The main triangle of the RIP Carbon is carbon. Which shouldn't come as a surprise. Compared to the all-alloy RIP, the Carbon model reduces weight without compromising efficiency. It also looks sharp after a hosing-off, with weld-free joints that transition cleanly between tubes and junctures. The links are also carbon, but the rest of the Carbon 9's back end sticks with the proven aluminum.

    With all the articulation involved in a full suspension back end, stiffness can become an issue, and a flexible setup can lead to inefficient travel and a shorter life for the suspension system. Niner's choice to stick with alloy here has one primary benefit: it maintains all the stiff, lightweight properties of the frame's main triangle but at a much lower cost than carbon. Carbon is capable of handling the stresses of a complicated rear suspension, but the design and materials that go into it add an unfortunate price bump. For those looking for a full carbon machine, the RDO model provides that option. The Carbon model, on the other hand, is for those who want the ride quality and don't mind missing out on bling.

    We feel it's important to stress that this frame's on-trail feel is virtually identical to the RDO's. It's got the same proven geometry, removable ISCG05 chain-guide mount, direct-mount front derailleur interface, 142mm rear spacing, and titanium frame guards, so you're not missing out on any of the big ticket items or little tricks that make the RIP series such a beloved, effective trail ripper.

    The head tube and seat tube angles are a relatively steep 69.5 and 72.5 degrees, respectively. Combined with a tapered head tube, these angles mean the spry RIP Carbon 9 can climb and navigate technical terrain better than a slacker 29er while still reducing fork deflection for tracking that sticks to the lines you know, and gives you confidence to explore lines you never knew existed. The reasonable chainstays — five inches closer to stubby than previous models — take advantage of that confidence to help you pick apart tricky sections with tight maneuverability. Of course, it is still a 29er with five glorious inches of Constantly Varying Arc travel (CVA), so you can always just ride roughshod over that terrain, instead.

    Niner's CVA suspension system started with a clean sheet in order to tweak the links and pivots for 29 answers to whatever questions an unruly, all-mountain trail can pose. The lower link sits below the bottom bracket, which places the system’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 while enjoying the 29er's ability to pedal 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 specially tuned RockShox Monarch RT HV Fast Black shock. The CVA's stiff, enlarged pivot hardware is further complemented by a set of sealed Enduro Max bearings for minimal maintenance and incredibly high tolerances.

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    Tech Specs

    Frame Material
    [front triangle] carbon fiber, [rear triangle] aluminum
    Suspension
    CVA full suspension
    Wheel Size
    29 in
    Rear Shock
    RockShox Monarch RT
    Rear Travel
    125 mm
    Fork Travel
    120 - 140 mm
    Head Tube Diameter
    ZS44/28.6, ZS44/ZS56 zero stack tapered
    Headset Included
    no
    Bottom Bracket Type
    73 mm threaded
    ISCG Tabs
    yes, removable ISCG 05
    Front Derailleur Mount
    S3 low direct mount
    Brake Type
    disc
    Compatible Components
    Shimano, SRAM
    Seatpost Diameter
    30.9 mm
    Seat Collar
    34.9 mm
    Rear Axle
    12x142mm
    Recommended Use
    trail
    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years

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    Great replacement....

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This bike is a replacement for my worn out Stumpjumper. So far I love this set-up. Very light and stiff. Will report back with more review after I've had time to ride the Hell out of this beast.

    Rip 9er

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Had the aluminum rip 9 so up graded to this with more travel.
    Have a pike 150 fork on it and is a great bike. Turns well for a long travel bike and very plush.

    unbeatable deal on a fast ride

      I am more of a XC rider when it comes to the mountains and usually ride a hard tail, I'm a very happy owner of an Air 9 RDO. I was able to really get out and rid the Jet 9 over the last couple weeks and I am tempted to change. I rode with an X01 setup and emulated my air 9 setup all around. It was confident in everything I rode and I didn't feel I really suffered in climbing, which is a big issue for me, I like to climb. If you have any questions on different build options feel free to contact me directly kylebrown@backcountry.com

      unbeatable deal on a fast ride

      RIP 9 Carbon

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Great frame for the price. First time riding on a Niner (coming out of a Epic and before that a StumpJumper). With the rear locked it's has a great response going uphill and awesome downhill. The suspension is very plush but not sagging. Power to the pedal and you feel the torque to the rear tire without the bob of the StumpJumper. Rides firm like the Epic with the brain but a bit more supple.

      Does the RIP9 Carbon have Boost spacing, or?

      Hey Virtualjsk, the 2016 RIP 9 Carbon does not have boost spacing, it has a 142mm rear spacing. Let me know if you have any other questions or if you'd like helping putting together a custom rig for yourself! Feel free to reach me at 801.204.4547 or cojohnson@backcountry.com. Best regards, Connor

      When it come to a dropper seat post, will an internally routed dropper work, or should I purchase externally routed?