I had a blast on the Niner RIP 9 at Interbike. I fell in love with it as the finest 29er I rode at the demo. And, on top of that, the crew at Niner Bikes was as cool as they come. I chatted with Chris Sugai (co-founder) at length before heading out on a pristine RIP 9 (read my Niner RIP 9 Review). Great guy and great bikes!

So, after a year of R&D, Niner has introduced a new 3.1″ travel XC bike, the all-new Niner Jet 9. This bike looks very similar to its long-travel brother, but it turns out Niner didn’t cut many corners in its development, so, aside from the CVA suspension design it borrows little from the RIP 9.

If you’re looking for an XC ripper, the new Jet 9 looks to be your steed. The 2008 Niner Jet 9 is designed to be mated with either an 80mm fork for quick, XC handling or 100mm fork for a more comfortable overall feel. As an added bonus, anyone committing to pre-order the 2008 Jet 9 (expected ship date is mid-Feb. 08) by Dec. 15 will get a free Niner-branded Patagonia Half-Mass Messenger Bag just for being on top of your game.

2008 Niner Jet 9 XC 29-er Mountain Bike Frame

Quick Niner Jet 9 Specs

The Jet 9 is an XC machine with the following features:

  1. 3.1 inches of active travel
  2. Fox Float RP23 shock
  3. Renowned CVA Suspension platform
  4. Designed for 80mm or 100 mm forks

Here’s a quick synopsis of the all-new Niner Jet 9 from

“The JET 9 is our swift, light, race ready full suspension bike. Designed around the same award winning CVA™ suspension system found on the R.I.P. 9, the Jet 9 features 80mm of plush, fully active travel at nearly a pound lighter frame weight from it’s bigger brother” ~ Niner Bikes

To pre-order a 2008 Jet 9 for Feb. 2008 delivery, simply visit your local Niner Bikes dealer, plunk down $200 and you’re set. In Utah, the local Niner dealer is Revolution Mountain Sports.

BUY NOW: Visit to purchase a Niner Jet 9 ($1749 MSRP)

2008 Niner Jet 9 XC 29-er Mountain Bike Complete

About Author

A Seattle native, Jason developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 --sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground.


  1. I just got an email from Niner and they have recalled a fair amount of Jet 9’s once more. Pretty painful after the rocker arm recall last year.

    Here’s a portion of that email from Niner:

    We would like to apologize to Niner owners who have been patiently waiting for us to address the problems you have been experiencing with the Jet 9. Please understand it has nothing to do with Niner ignoring or not caring about our customers.

    The fact is we have been very hard at work analyzing the issues with the Jet 9 so that we could fully understand the warranty cases we received and provide a definitive solution. This analysis included destructive testing, metallurgical study and FEA computer modeling. Using these methods we examined the quality of the base metal, filler material, heat affected zone of the weld, structural design and finish quality of the frames. We built over 20 new prototypes and tested them in every way imaginable.

    In light of test results and after many hours of discussion on how best to serve our loyal customers, we decided to voluntarily recall Jet 9 frames with serial numbers from P8071682 to P8400454. These frames risk welding defects in the front and rear triangles that may lead to a premature failure of the frame. Unfortunately, there is no way to visually check for these weld defects. We must require that you stop riding the frame immediately because a failure could occur at any time.

    We cannot overstate our concern in regards to these issues, and are investing significant portion of company resources into correcting the issue in the most expedited manner. Niner puts a lot of care into producing bikes that we are proud to put our name on. Our goal is to provide excellent customer service and we realize that ths recall is a huge inconvenience. The amount of time we have put into this testing process has caused production delays, leaving orders unfilled. We know that customers spent hard earned money on a Niner and now we are asking that you to send the frame back for replacement. For some people this is a second time. We cannot begin to explain how sorry we feel about this, but we promise we will make things right and thank you for your purchase, understanding and support.

    If you have an affected Jet 9, you will have a few options: Purchase another frame at a serious discount while you wait for a free replacement Jet to be shipped in early 2010, opt for a free RIP 9 right now in lieu of a replacement Jet or wait for your replacement Jet in early 2010 and get $150 in free Niner gear.

    Visit or download this PDF for details.

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