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
More Info: Visit NinerBikes.com
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?
Great news for you! I just got word that they are standard bearings. I’m excited to see these in person.