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A happy confection.
There are certain binary compositions that we never expected to find together, but that visionary innovators have confected, anyway — often with mixed success. Seafood plus chocolate and 29ers plus 5in travel both come to mind. While we can't recommend the seafood/chocolate collaboration to people we, you know, like, we definitely recommend the Niner RIP 9 Carbon XTR Complete Mountain Bike, which is less like candied cod and more like a mid-travel, wagon-wheeled speed machine.
We admire this platform so much that we're building this model up with Shimano's peerless XTR kit, opting for the burlier Trail version wherever possible, and arming it with one of FOX's gloriously reworked 34 Float FIT4 forks. The wheels are also noteworthy, as they're the product of a collaboration between us and the composite experts at Reynolds. One day on the 29 Trail LTD Carbon Wheelset and you'll agree that Competitive and Reynolds go together much better than calamari and cocoa.
The main triangle of the RIP 9 Carbon is carbon fiber. 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. Sticking 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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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
So..... I just got back from my first ride on this rig. This is my 3rd RIP9. The first few strokes on this bike were immediate comfort. It was like putting on an old shoe..... You know comfortable ..... But an old shoe that rips.
Anyway...... We know it's a nice bike.
Let's talk about the service from CC/Backcountry
First you need to understand when you look at most bikes here that is a suggested build. If there is a part you don't like they will switch it out. And at a very kind price I might add. I switched to Stans wheels and added a dropper post.
Wes was terrific to deal with. Looking at bikes for my honeybunny right now. Because this transaction was so good it will be thru Backcountry/ competive cyclist.
Thanks again Wes.
What a deal!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I'm not exactly sure how they can put together a package like this this cheap, but am I glad they can. Ok, so beyond the great deal... The bike is everything I read it is. I have been reading bike reviews for months now and I finally settled on the Rip9. I'm coming from a Titanium 29er hard tail which I beefed up to handle moderate-serious trails. Despite it being a great bike and Titanium, it was just too harsh a ride for the riding I do. From the reviews I read, the Rip9 seems to be the perfect combination of a great trail mid travel full suspension bike and still being real nimble. The bike is spec'd about as good as you could hope for. And even if your preferences leaves you wanting something different, they will swap components for you and you pay the difference. I swapped out the usual grips, stem length (70mm), tires, seat, but you could swap out pretty much anything. Everything on the bike has preformed to expectations. So now to the nitty gritty. I have ridden till now a real agile 29er HT because of how well it climbs and handles. The descents and jumps is where it really suffered. Me really. I wanted something that wouldn't really sacrifice those handling characteristics and this has lived up to my expectations. I timed my trails to see how the bikes compare. The rip 9 is just as good on climbs,turns, speed, and my trail times but provides the full suspension ride that I was searching for. Getting used to the larger bike is the only thing that I had to get used to. This is 2 inches taller and 2 inches longer than my hard tail. Same weight. No biggie. I got acclimated to the bike in just a couple days. No regrets. This bike is awesome!!!!
How much is it to add a dropper post?
It depends on which post you are looking at. You would get a credit for the stock post. These bikes are custom builds so components can be added or swapped. Feel free to reach out to me direct for help in configuration. I've been on this bike several times so very familiar with it.
Wes Branham- Account Manager Bike
What hubs are used with the reynolds wheelset? Also, just to confirm, the pics certainly show fox factory 34 with kashima. Is this the actual fork in this build? Thanks. This is a very tough bike to pass up.
I am right at the cusp of S/M based on height. Will be my first leap into 29er realm. I am gonna trust that S is the correct recommendation.
Hey Jeff - The Reynolds 29 Trail LTD Wheels come with DT Swiss 350 hubs and this bike includes the FOX 34 Float with kashima coating. Depending on your height, inseam and riding style a Small might be best choice for you. It will be a little more nimble and maneuverable compared to a Medium if you are right on the cusp. Feel free to contact me directly if you are interested in ordering this bike or with any additional questions.
- Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - email@example.com - 801-736-4337
If you guys can drop this to 3400, I buy a large.
Hey Tim - This is a screaming deal on the RIP 9 Carbon with XTR components and inventory is moving fast. Please contact me directly to discuss pricing or with any additional questions.
- Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - firstname.lastname@example.org - 801-736-4337