Decked out with some of the latest components, my Summer test sled is complete. The Niner RIP 9 has been adorned with some of the latest products from all the usual and some unusual suspects. The end result is a solid do-it-all trailbike that can climb forever and descend with the best all-rounder bikes of our day.
I’m looking forward to putting the RIP 9 through its paces, and will also bring the following components along for the ride:
- Roval Control EL 29 Wheelset
- 2011 Fox 32 TALAS 29 Terralogic
- Syncros FL bars, stem and seatpost
- Continental Mountain King 2.4 and Mountain Race 2.2 29er tires
- Truvativ Noir carbon crankset with ceramic GXP bottom bracket
- Avid Elixir CR brakes
- SRAM X0/X9 drivetrain
Stay tuned over the coming weeks as I get this bike out on the trails in earnest. So far, the bike looks amazing and after a single ride, I’m confident that this mix of parts will perform well on the trail. be a ton of fun on the trail. Trail weight came in at nearly 30 lbs, which is much more than I had thought. So, I’ll try to lighten things up through the course of the Summer as well.
Stay tuned as I ride and tweak this bike throughout the Summer — bringing reviews along the way.