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2017 Niner RIP 9 RDO 2-Star SLX Complete Mountain Bike

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2017 Niner RIP 9 RDO 2-Star SLX Complete Mountain Bike

 

For 2017, Niner's RIP 9 RDO 2-Star SLX Complete Mountain Bike resembles the previous iteration in name only. In fact, it almost resembles 2016's WFO more than the RIP that it's at least nominally replacing. The suspension is deeper, the head tube is slacker, the seat tube steeper, and chainstays stubbier, and the top tube longer—all of which puts it in a class capable of moving freely between trail and enduro. Some call this impossible; some call it versatile; we call it all-mountain; and Niner calls it the only possible way to improve on the previous RIP 9.

Whatever you call it, the new RIP 9 owes much of its come-all-ye capabilities to the introduction of Boost axle spacing. By bumping the rear axle out to 148mm, Niner was able to buy enough clearance at the bottom bracket to shorten the chainstays and sharpen the seat tube angle by 11mm and two degrees, respectively. These subtle changes make the rear triangle that much more responsive to input while also pushing the rider's engine up over the pedals.

The stubby stays also keep the bike agile, but with a 67-degree head tube and 160mm of Lyrik forgiveness up front, it's just as happy to try flattening everything in its path—or at least bailing you out when your lines start to get a bit too ambitious. In the event that discretion wins the day, the RIP 9's longer top tube and short stem keep handling on-point, despite that low head tube angle, so you can always fall back on those dicey stays to navigate stretches of especially techy terrain. Either way, take solace in knowing that most of the bike's angles are similar to the WFO even though it maintains the precise handling of its predecessor. Given that mixed pedigree, the new RIP 9 enjoys playing in rock gardens as much as barreling over horst and graben rootscapes.

So there's obviously a lot of new radness with the RIP 9, but two things remain felicitously unchanged: the Race Day Optimized (RDO) construction method and the Constantly Varying Arc (CVA) suspension design. RDO involves a dual-compression process that eliminates resin pooling and allows precise control over wall-thickness. Reducing imperfections makes for a more structurally sound frame, and the targeted control over lay-up and wall thickness lets Niner buttress that structure where appropriate and reduce material where it'll save weight without sacrificing stiffness. The result marks the nexus of low weight and efficient durability: a frame that's equal to the abuse of the trail and the pedals.

The new RIP 9's CVA suspension design is also unchanged, but it allows that design to play with 25mm more travel. This brings it up to 150mm—another parallel to the WFO—and optimizes it for descending fast in hairy terrain while keeping it surprisingly responsive when you get on the gas. Unlike other designs, CVA is optimized for the increased bottom bracket drop inherent in 29ers. It tends to ride high in the travel with a controlled mid-stroke that balances pedal input and suspension travel, keeping it stable through rock gardens and snappy when you get on the pedals. It also jumps incredibly well; this is one wagon wheeler that’s very happy when it’s airborne.

The frame's finishing details are everything you'd expect from the obsessive developers at Niner, and our favorite new addition is—far and away—the inclusion of a BSA threaded bottom bracket. PressFit shells may be lighter and more convenient, but the exact tolerances of a CNC-machined thread are unmatchable by today's composite technology. The threading means bearing cups install perfectly, reducing wear over time and eliminating the creaks and groans that so often accompany PressFit models. Vulnerable frame bits are girded with titanium protection plates, and the frame also includes integrated batter storage in case you get the urge for electro shifting. Though this model is built as a 29er (it is Niner, after all) the revised axle spacing and geometry dimensions accommodate 29er tires up to 2.5in and, if you throw on some 27.5 rims, it'll max-out at 3in tires.

The latest RIP 9 pushes firmly into all-mountain territory

Six glorious inches of responsive, 29er-specific CVA travel

Updated geometry climbs faster and drops-in with enduro style

RDO carbon construction drops grams to gain speed

Compatible with electronic drivetrain routing and battery storage

Shimano's no-nonsense drivetrain devours trail abuse

 

2017 Niner RIP 9 RDO 2-Star SLX Complete Mountain Bike

Frame Material:

RDO carbon fiber

Suspension:

CVA

Rear Shock:

RockShox Monarch Debonair

Rear Travel:

150 mm

Fork:

RockShox Lyrik RC Solo Air

Front Travel:

160 mm

Headset:

44 / 56 mm Cane Creek Zero Stack

Shifters:

Shimano SLX M7000

Front Derailleur:

n/a

Rear Derailleur:

Shimano SLX M7000 GS Shadow Plus

ISCG Tabs:

yes, ISCG 05

Crankset:

32 t Race Face Aeffect

Bottom Bracket:

Race Face BSA

Cassette:

11 - 46 t Shimano SLX M7000

Chain:

Shimano SLX HG-600

Brakeset:

Shimano SLX M7000

Brake Type:

hydraulic disc

Rotors:

180 / 160 mm Shimano RT-76

Handlebar:

Race Face Aeffect

Handlebar Rise:

20 mm

Handlebar Width:

760 mm

Grips:

Niner Grrrips

Stem:

Race Face Aeffect 35

Saddle:

Niner Custom with Cr-Mo rails

Seatpost:

KS Dropzone R

Seatpost Diameter:

30.9 mm

Seat Collar:

34.9 mm

Wheelset:

[rims] Stan's NoTubes ZTR Flow EX

Hubs:

Stan's NoTubes Neo

Front Axle:

15 x 110mm Boost thru-axle

Rear Axle:

12 x 148mm Boost thru-axle

Tires:

[front] Maxxis Minion DHR II WT/3C/EXO/TR, [rear] Maxxis Ardent DC/EXO/TR

Tire Size:

29 x 2.4 in

Pedals:

not included

Recommended Use:

all-mountain, enduro

Manufacturer Warranty:

5 years on frame

 

2017 Niner RIP 9 RDO 2-Star SLX Complete Mountain Bike

GEOMETRY CHART

RIP 9 RDO

160mm 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

S

16in

22.7in

24.6in

16.3in

27.9in

3.7in

67o

75.5o

1.1in

17.3in

45.8in

M

17in

23.3in

24.8in

16.9in

28.8in

3.9in

67o

75.5o

1.1in

17.3in

46.4in

L

19in

24.2in

25.1in

17.7in

30in

4.3in

67o

75.5o

1.1in

17.3in

47.4in

XL

21in

25.3in

25.7in

18.6in

31.3in

4.9in

67o

75.5o

1.1in

17.3in

48.5in

170mm 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

S

16in

22.8in

24.7in

16.1in

28in

3.7in

66.5o

75o

1in

17.3in

45.9in

M

17in

23.4in

24.9in

16.7in

29in

3.9in

66.5o

75o

1in

17.3in

46.5in

L

19in

24.3in

25.2in

17.5in

29.7in

4.3in

66.5o

75o

1in

17.3in

47.5in

XL

21in

25.3in

25.8in

18.4in

31.5in

4.9in

66.5o

75o

1in

17.3in

48.7in


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