Updated Niner Trail Slayers: JET 9 and RIP 9 RDO


While both the JET 9 and RIP 9 RDO have been great platforms for awhile, they were introduced on the cusp of a load of advances in trail bike geometry, axle standards and drivetrains. Unfortunately for Niner, they showed their age in short order, but were still respectably capable, fast and fun machines. I rode and loved the previous-generation JET 9 RDO and the RIP 9 Al. In fact, the RIP 9 Al still holds a much-coveted PR on a classic local climb (unreal for an aluminum trail bike).

So, for 2017, Niner is hitting the trail bike market head-on with an all-new JET 9 RDO and RIP 9 RDO. Both platforms sit nicely in the Niner lineup with 120mm and 150mm travel, respectively. Some notable features/advances we’re liking about these new bikes:

  • Optimized RDO carbon layups
  • Long and low geometry for shorter stems
  • Boost 148 spacing
  • Shorter seatstays (434mm for the JET and 439mm for the RIP)
  • JET is 1x or 2x while the RIP is 1x only
  • 73mm threaded bottom brackets
  • Available in either 29 or 27.5+ configurations (wait… whaaaaat!?!?)
  • Standard bearings in all pivots
  • JET Pricing: $4500 – $9500
  • RIP Pricing: $5000 – $9800
  • Available in August 2016
The 2017 Niner JET 9 RDO in 27.5+

The 2017 Niner JET 9 RDO in 27.5+

2017 Niner RIP 9 RDO in 27.5+

2017 Niner RIP 9 RDO in 27.5+

More Info: Visit NinerBikes.com

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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.


  1. Hi Jason, I had the previous Rip 9 rdo, it was a great bike but I sold it because of one problem. The lower link was using angular contact bearings and the hardware was always loosening…. then everything was a mess. Do you know if they still use angular contact bearings or did they come back with regular ones?

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