Niner has long been renowned for their hardtail race bikes. And, there’s no question that their full-suspension 29ers are efficient, fun and equally-regarded. As suspension platforms and bike designs have evolved, so have the race courses and while the current Jet 9 RDO remains a capable XC race bike, it’s become more long-legged over time (particularly for 2016). That evolution has opened the door for the all-new RKT 9 RDO — Niner’s new flagship XC race bike.

Already ridden and raced extensively by Niner athletes — most notably Rebecca Rusch — the RKT 9 RDO is all business, but also features the latest technology to crush XC courses with the stiffest, fastest and most responsive bike available.

For starters, the RKT 9 utilizes Niner’s latest Carbon Compaction molding process for a cleaner and more precise layup that not only means consistent build quality, but reduces weight in the process. The frame also uses the latest Boost 148 rear and will only come with Boost 115 forks. Again, more new “standards”, but these extra widths facilitate shorter chainstays, increased tire clearance and stiffer wheelsets — not a bad trade-off for a few millimeters. But, your existing wheels may need a new home.

At the heart, the RKT 9 is built around Niner’s patented CVA suspension, but the rockers have been stiffened and the pivots enlarged to accomodate biggerĀ bearings for a longer, smoother service life. This bike features 90mm of travel in the rear and is optimizedĀ for use with 100mm forks, putting it inline with other notable XC sleds.

The $7500 Niner RKT 9 RDO XO1 with RockShox RS-1

Niner RKT 9 RDO Frame in Green


The RKT 9 RDO will be available in a variety of builds starting at $4500 (SRAM GX1) and will go up to $9500 (Shimano XTR).

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A native of the Pacific Northwest, Jason quickly 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.

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