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2017 Niner Air 9 RDO Mountain Bike Frame

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Price:
$1,300.00
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Product Description

2017 Ibis Ripley LS Carbon Mountain Bike Frame

 

While we've been known to rip some gnarly trails on a cyclocross rig and bask in the adrenaline rush of simply surviving with life and limb intact, we'll readily admit that sometimes a little bit of squish would make the ride a lot bit better. For those of us that love to ride fast and revel in the challenge of nimbly picking through technical, rocky sections that full suspension whips plow indiscriminately through, Niner drops the 2017 Air 9 RDO Mountain Bike Frame. With a Boosted rear axle spacing and tweaked geometry, this hardtail is ready to shred.

The most notable changes include a lower handlebar height, giving the Air 9 a nudge towards the venerable RKT 9 RDO's aggressive positioning. Paired with a longer cockpit and slacker head tube, this makes for a frame that handles deftly on knife-edge lines and jumps the second you need it to. Compared to the previous Air 9 the chainstays scrunched in by 4mm to 435mm for lightning fast acceleration and nimble handing without crossing over into jumpy, squirrely territory.

The new Air 9 RDO also sizes down its seatpost diameter to 27.2mm to take advantage of that little bit of extra flex and resulting comfort found in a narrower post. Out back, this year's model now boasts another different dimension; namely, a 12 x 148mm Boost axle width, keeping it in line with current trends for wider hubs and stiffer wheelsets. Niner also tucks the brake caliper mounts on the chainstay, neatly within the rear triangle. This makes sense from a frame building standpoint, as the seatstay is generally the burlier of the two rear stays and the placement protects the caliper somewhat in the event of a crash. We also think that particular placement just plain looks better than an ungainly bump hovering above a seatstay.

As with Niner's other RDO offerings, the Air 9 RDO is constructed using Niner's Carbon Compaction System (CCS), which gives Niner complete control over tube wall thickness across the frame. This makes for tube walls that are virtually perfect, reduces the amount of materials required, and eliminates excess resin build-up. The result is a claimed weight loss of 10%, which is a nearly unheard of leap between model years.

The Air 9 RDO’s large bottom bracket area provides stiff, efficient power transfer and sure handling, with the added bonus of versatility when choosing your bottom bracket. Opt for the standard PF30 on a geared setup, or swap it out for Niner's separately sold BioCentric 30 bottom bracket cups to go singlespeed or for compatibility with your favorite 24mm spindle cranks.

The 2017 Niner Air 9 RDO Mountain Bike Frame is designed to pair with a 100mm travel fork for race-worthy, aggressive positioning or a 120mm fork for more upright, all-day trail fun.

 

2017 Ibis Ripley LS Carbon Mountain Bike Frame

Frame Material:

carbon fiber

Suspension:

hardtail

Wheel Size:

29 in

Fork Travel:

[recommended] 100 - 120 mm

Head Tube Diameter:

1-1/2 to 1-1/8in tapered

Headset Included:

yes, Cane Creek 40

Bottom Bracket Type:

73 mm PressFit 30

ISCG Tabs:

no

Cable Routing:

internal

Front Derailleur Mount:

34.9 high clamp

Derailleur Pull:

bottom, side

Brake Type:

disc

Seatpost Diameter:

27.2 mm

Seat Collar:

31.8 mm

Rear Axle:

12 x 148mm Boost

Recommended Use:

cross country

Manufacturer Warranty:

5 years

 

2017 Ibis Ripley LS Carbon Mountain Bike Frame

GEOMETRY CHART

Air 9 RDO

100mm Travel Fork

 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase

XS

14in

22.6in

23.7in

15.5in

27.1in

3.7in

70o

73o

2.28in

17.1in

42.3in

S

15.5in

23.2in

23.9in

16in

28.5in

4.1in

70o

73o

2.28in

17.1in

42.9in

M

16.5in

24in

24.3in

16.7in

29.3in

4.3in

70o

73o

2.28in

17.1in

43.7in

L

19in

24.8in

24.6in

17.4in

31.3in

4.9in

70o

73o

2.28in

17.1in

44.5in

XL

21in

25.6in

25in

18in

33in

5.7in

70o

73o

2.28in

17.1in

45.3in

120mm Travel Fork

 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase

XS

14in

22.8in

24in

15in

26.7in

3.7in

69o

72o

2in

17.1in

42.3in

S

15.5in

23.3in

24.2in

15.5in

28.1in

4.1in

69o

72o

2in

17.1in

42.9in

M

16.5in

24.2in

24.6in

16.2in

29in

4.3in

69o

72o

2in

17.1in

43.7in

L

19in

25in

24.9in

16.8in

31in

4.9in

69o

72o

2in

17.1in

44.5in

XL

21in

25.7in

25.3in

17.5in

32.8in

5.7in

69o

72o

2in

17.1in

45.3in


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