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Niner R.I.P. 9 RDO Carbon Mountain Bike Frame - 2015

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    7 Reviews


    Truly all-mountain.

    29ers are built for speed. That's a simple enough fact. It also stands to reason that a little bit of suspension will facilitate that hunger for speed, but too much will bog you down. Given that Niner bills the R.I.P. 9 RDO Carbon Mountain Bike Frame as the flagship chassis of its 29er-only fleet, it's not surprising that it combines 5in of enduro-grade travel with the XC tendencies of 29-inch wheels for a machine that's truly all-mountain.

    The Constantly Varying Arc (CVA) suspension platform at the R.I.P. 9's heart is the key to Niner's fame. That's because the CVA suspension's lower link sits below the bottom bracket, which puts bike's virtual instant center ahead of the drivetrain and effectively isolates the drivetrain from the rear triangle. Pedal input isn't lost to compression in the suspension, and you won't suffer kickback from chainstay growth while taking advantage of the 29er's ability to push through trail furniture.

    No amount of big-wheel speed or enduro-minded travel can save a shoddy frame, though, so Niner dumped every bit of its R&D nous into the material lay-up of the frame's two triangles. The frame began life as a gleam in a pixel's eye in computer modelling software before moving through exhaustive phases of virtual and then physical prototyping. The final product replicates the virtual models' precise standards with Niner's internal compaction system, which uses internal bladders for virtually perfect tube shaping with no imperfections or resin pooling. This let Niner dial the lay-up, adding stiffness through the drivetrain spine and keeping the frame light and compliant where those qualities benefit the ride most.

    Compared to its alloy counterpart, the R.I.P. 9 RDO's carbon build also allows for an extra 10mm of travel while shortening the chainstay by 5mm. This combines with the moderate head tube angle for a fast climbing, sharply responsive, nimble bike that still tracks through terrain with all of the confident aggression you'd expect from the Race Day Optimized initialism in its title. The frame is finished with carbon links for a suspension system that just says no to lateral flex under input load, shuttling your power straight to the rear axle.

    • The ultimate 29er for enduro or trail riding
    • Niner's flagship RDO Carbon Compaction System makes for a precise lay-up
    • 5in of 29er-specific CVA travel keeps the pedaling platform firm and consistent
    • FOX's Float CTD Adjust Trail shock adapts to terrain on the fly
    • ISCG 05 tabs are ready to receive chain guide goodies
    • 12x142mm rear axle for a future-proof frame
    • Titanium frame guards protect your investment
    • Optimized for 120 or 140mm travel forks
    • Item #NNR0029

    Tech Specs

    Frame Material
    carbon fiber
    Rear Shock
    FOX FLOAT CTD Trail Adjust Kashima
    Rear Travel
    125 mm
    Head Tube Diameter
    ZS44 / ZS56
    Headset Included
    ISCG Tabs
    yes, ISCG 05
    Cable Routing
    Compatible Components
    Shimano, SRAM
    Seatpost Diameter
    30.9 mm
    Rear Axle
    12x142 mm thru-axle
    Recommended Use
    all mountain
    Manufacturer Warranty
    5 years on frame

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
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    Love the way it rides. Many problems

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have an XL with XT gruppo, 140mm Pike, I9 Enduro wheels. I am 6'4", 230 lbs. Clydesdale for sure, but in decent shape. I ride in Western NC. Steep stuff, muddy stuff at times, rocky stuff. When I point it down, I have pedaled it up before. No bike park shenanigans.

    I love the way this thing rides. Good climber for the amount of squish, I Just climb it in trail mode. Actually pretty nimble through tight turns, especially for how massively big the XL frame is. Pick a line and point it and it'll get you down. Most of the time it gets you down even if the line you picked was suboptimal. Really can handle rough stuff well.

    Problems: Initial frame warrantied for head tube tolerance problem with the headset cups basically just falling out (2014, I think, Rally Blue frame). That was the warranty reason, but I also had some major BB creaking issues (Replaced with a King, creak returned shortly), and one side of the upper linkage was separating. No bueno, but Niner warranty guys were fantastic (had an, ehm, delay in response from CC, so I went through a LBS to claim warranty). Replacement frame got rid of the headset issue, but the lower linkage developed some play very early, was "fixed", and then started having some play again. Replaced bearings within 500 miles of original warranty rebuild. BB creaking just started again. I love this bike, but it is sick a lot and I am worried about fixability.

    My 0.02$: Great trail bike, does it all, and well. Iffy on quality. Only buy if you have a Niner dealer close to deal with issues. Make sure you have a healthy bike while your RIP 9 RDO is in the hospital. This may only apply to big guys with big frames, you know, lots of leverage etc. and nobody else may have these issues. I sure did/do.

    Love the way it rides. Many problems

    Great all mountain 29r!

      Tried and true- one of the mtn bike classics. The kit calculator may not show all available options for a custom build but if we have it on the site we can build it. If you need help in configuring this bike feel free to contact me direct. Im always happy to oblige!

      Wes-Account Manager Bike
      801-736-6396 x 4074

      Awesome Bike!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Bought this bike to replace my Niner Rip 9 aluminum frame, it is a great upgrade. Stance is more aggressive and the carbon fiber does not miss a beat, love this bike!

      Great All-Arounder

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Build: I built my RIP9 RDO in Aug 13 with a Reba RLT 140mm, Stan's flow rims, 1x10 type 2 (mostly take offs from my previous Spec Stumpy 29er expert).

      Ride: I live in central Texas and ride here often in the rocky limestone and granite. I've also taken the bike to Breckenridge for a week, and Palo Duro canyon. The only thing I don't do with this bike is hit the really big jumps/drops at the freeride park. It can handle everything from flowy singletrack, and climbing, to really technical descents with fairly high speed. The 125mm rear will take much chunkier drops and hard descents than you would expect.

      What It's not: It isn't the most efficient cross country and climing bike but it does quite well, especially when you use the CTD switch. It's not the most plush downhill bike, but you can take much more aggressive lines than most trail bikes or any cross country bike.

      What it does exceptionally well: This bike handles technical climbs and "trail" riding fantastically. It is very efficient (much more so than my previous stumpy 29er). I ride this bike everywhere with a buddy who brings a Jet 9 (XC) or WFO9 (AM) and the RIP9 can hang in both cases. It's a really nice balance.

      Cornering Machine

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I agree with the review below, except that I really like this bike. Compared to the Tallboy LT I'd say the Tallboy is better going uphill and plowing through crud, the RIP 9 is better at pretty much any kind of cornering. If your #1 priority is crushing miles in comfort then the Tallboy may be more your bag, but if you get your kicks from railing turns and ripping down more aggressive terrain I would definitely recommend the RIP 9. It is quick and stiff, and holds whatever line you dare to push it through.

      It does still pedal great as well I just did a 3500' vert ride with it last weekend, but I will admit that the VPP on the tallboy gives an overall quicker feel when pedaling than the Niner CVA suspension.

      I've only put around 50 miles on mine so far, but they've been pretty solid single track miles of climbing and descending. Overall, I'd say the marketing on this bike is pretty true. I don't believe an actual quiver killer exists, but this is definitely a bike that can pedal and climb all day and instill confidence on the descents.

      A tad over hyped I think.

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

      I had a chance to take one of these out on a demo run and I was really excited to ride what all of the magazines claim to be the ultimate quiver killer. After all the hype that it has been given in the media I could not help but be let down a little bit. The bike rode very well, however, I think I kept expecting more. It did not feel nearly as composed and stable as other bikes I have ridden that are similar, the Santa Cruz Tallboy LT comes to mind. The RIP is a very playful bike and takes a special riding style to get the most out of it. If you like skip across roots rocks and other trail features and ride a lot of jump strewn flow trails this bike is an absolute ripper. Despite various shock adjustments and set ups, the bike just did not offer the amazing all around performance I have heard so many people claim about it. Maybe i just let all of the positive reviews and media attention go to my head and I had built it up too much in my mind.

      26 Month update; RIP RDO

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      26 month update since building up this RIP carbon Niner in Nov. of 13:
      Pros -
      This bike RIPs, joke intended. It's a goat uphill and very capable downhill. Paired with a 140mm front fork, I've found this frame very capable. The Niner folks have done a good job with stiffness and frame geometry. The rear stays get he rear wheel under you well, albeit not the most nimble ~5" travel 29er I've been on, but a close second. The CTD Fox shock has been a solid performer so far. Easy to dial in and capable of sucking up most things on Enduro style rides. Exterior cable routing lugs are well located. Broke the pivot 11 months in. Niner replaced at no cost.
      The rear suspension pivot service does require time and a locktite regiment.
      Overall: Pleased. Pretty cool 125mm rear travel 29er. Niner RIP RDO is a great performing full suspension carbon 29er.

      In 2014, dominated over other 29er's demo'd: Specialized Enduro Comp, Specialized Camber Carbon EVO, Specialized Stumpjumper, Giant Trance 5, Trek Fuel 9, Trek Remedy 7, Turner Sultan, Cannondale Scalpel.
      Fast Forward September 2015. Broke the Black RIP 9 RDO frame pictured. Niner 5 year warranty covered the frame. Niner was super to work with. Replaced with 2015 White and Green frame. New frame holding up so far and have run it through the paces.
      Cons: It broke.
      Still enjoy it but it's become the XC trail bike not the rally monster. Got a larger travel bike for that now. Not the one quiver bike I hoped for, but neither is the new beast. Every bike has it's strengths. The Niner RIP 9 RDO does most everything well.

      26 Month update; RIP RDO