After several years of R&D, Niner Bikes has done what others have said couldn’t be done… build a long-travel 29er mountain bike. I’ve heard from many other companies that 4-inches is about the max you could get out of a 29er platform because of the sheer wheel size, chainstay length issues and the complexities of swinging 29-inch wheels around a sturdy suspension design. Well… Niner has done it with the new Niner WFO 9 that will launch in Spring 2009.

Niner had already bucked the trend by giving the RIP 9 4.5-inches of travel, but the WFO 9 blows that away with 6.5-inches of squishy squish. Two rear hub spacing options are offered:  135mm spacing is for a standard hub while the 150mm spacing version will be built with the Maxle 12mm thru-axle design for added stiffness. To complement the rear-end’s stiffness, the head tube will utilize the new 1-1/8 / 1.5 tapered design.

Look for the WFO in stores this Spring with a respectable pricetag of $1899 for the 135mm and $2099 for the 150mm option.

If you want to learn more about the development process behind the WFO, check out the following PDF from Niner explaining the years of R&D:

Pictures of the 2009 Niner WFO 9 29er

2009 Niner WFO 9 Long-travel 29er

2009 Niner WFO 9 Long-travel 29er

2009 Niner WFO 9 Long-travel 29er

2009 Niner WFO 9 Long-travel 29er

2009 Niner WFO 9 Long-travel 29er

More Info: Visit

About Author

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.


  1. First I wanted to say thanks for the look on the WFO, It is definately on my gotta get list. But I think there is a descrepincy in the rear travel. The WFO will have ~6.5″ of travel in the rear. The option for 135/150 is in rear wheel hub spacing.

  2. Pingback: Niner WFO 9 Long-travel 29er: Shipping July 27 -

  3. Pingback: Teeing Off at Interbike Outdoor Demo Day One -

  4. Pingback: Niner and WTB Release WTB Kodiak 2.5 DH 29er Tire -

Leave A Reply