Ben Rabinowitzwrote a review of Niner RIP 9 RDO XT Complete Mountain Bike -2017 on June 15, 2018
Familiarity: I've used it several times
This bike really took me by surprise. I had some pretttyyy bad experiences on the previous generation Rip9 so was hesitant riding this. I rode a Medium frame which didn't feel too small given that I should be on a large. So take my review with the perspective that this was all on a smaller bike than I'm used to.
The thing cornered SO well and stayed planted in turns. Part of that was due to the awesome Vittoria tires, but the bike itself felt quick from edge to edge. It felt very intuitive pointing the bike where I wanted it to go, and at high speeds it complied.
Climbing was great! Very comfortable pedaling position on top of the BB and for a 66* HA angle the front end didn't flop around on low speed technical climbs.
While the front end of the bike felt good, I couldn't really figure out the back end. It may have been my suspension setup but the rear of the bike felt clunky and dead, there wasn't a lot of liveliness to it. I also didn't like the pedals I was using, which makes it hard to confidently pressure the bike. So that very well could have been the back felt like a mystery to me.
Overall this bike, *especially* as built and priced, is a great trail/all mountain bike. The thing will handle pretty much everything, and feels like a really good balance between pedaling and downhill riding. If you're looking for one bike to be a balance between riding and pedaling, this will be a great option. Maybe not the best for chunky gnarly downhill, but a very comfortable bike that will handle a vast majority of the trails out ther.e