In a recent email from Niner, some of the changes were outlined for the 2011 RIP 9. Though subtle, these changes indicate to me that the line between the RIP and the WFO is now getting blurrier. It’s widely-known that the RIP 9 is one of my favorite bikes on the market. My 2010 RIP 9 is going to stick around for awhile.
Though I don’t see the real need for slackening the head angle by a degree, I can see how that may improve the downhill capabilities of the RIP and, if you use an adjustable travel fork (like the sweet Fox TALAS 29), climbing prowess should remain unaffected. While I can’t recall Niner officially stating “hey, slap a 140mm on the RIP”, this latest announcement clearly does so. I wonder if I should change my RockShox Reba 29 to 140mm mode? And, I wonder what that means for the WFO? It seems that the WFO may not stick around, but perhaps I’m just speculating there. Hmmm…
So, for 2011, you get:
- 1 degree slacker head angle
- Overt 140mm fork endorsement
- Hot Tamale red color
- Zero Stack headset standard (Upper: ZS44/28.6 – Lower: ZS56/40)
Here’s the official info from Niner:
We know that there are a lot of you looking for info on the newest version of our R.I.P. 9.
Whether you are building a bike for the tech of the Pacific Northwest, for the rocky chunder of the desert or for alpine singletrack flow, this evolved version of the R.I.P. 9 gives you the flexibility you want. The R.I.P. 9 now comes stock with a one degree slacker headangle and standard internal ZS headset and a head angle of 70.5º (120mm fork) to 69.5º (140mm fork). With an upgrade to an aftermarket Cane Creek Angleset you can either achieve even steeper or slacker angles, giving you a range from 72º (with 120mm fork) to 68º (with 140mm fork)*. This makes the evolved R.I.P. 9 our most versatile frame yet – perfect for dialing in to best fit your local trails.
The R.I.P. 9 is Niner’s go anywhere / do anything machine, especially when kitted out with one of our curated 29er specific build kits. These bikes are available for order from your Niner dealer and come in a great range of colors (Raw, Hot Tamale and Black Anodized).