Jet 9 RDO 27.5+ 2-Star SLX Complete Bike - 2017 by Niner
2017 sees some drastic changes to the Jet 9 platform to push the much-loved trail machine into a whole new dimension of versatility. The new Niner Jet 9 RDO 27. 5+ 2-Star SLX Complete Bike is slacker up front, steeper out back, longer across the top, and boasts 20mm more travel than its predecessor to take on ever gnarlier terrain. It also gets 27. 5+ compatibility, as outfitted here, while still retaining the option to swap over to 29in wheels should you want to get some use out of that set gathering dust in your garage. This particular build gets kitted up in Shimano's workhorse SLX drivetrain, with a dropper post and Stan's NoTubes alloy hoops completing a versatile package that's ready to tackle grinding climbs, shred descents, or power through fast, flowy singletrack.As with most bikes in the current trail generation, the key element underwriting the new Jet 9's versatile geometry is its Boost rear axle. Bumping the spacing up to 148mm lets Niner chop 21mm off of chainstays by slamming the rear wheel up into the seat tube. The seat tube contributes to that versatility, too. Despite the fact that the 2017 Jet 9 comes with 140mm of front travel, its seat tube angle nearly identical to the 2016 Jet 9 with a 100mm fork. Adding 40mm up front would typically force you out of the bike's center; however, the new Jet 9's geometry and plus-sized wheels keep you on top of the pedals while the included dropper post allows you to clear out some cockpit space so you can throw the bike around on descents.The bike's updates shine at the front end, too. In 2016, the Jet 9 was limited to a 71 or 70. 5-degree head tube, depending on whether you were running a 100 or 110mm fork. For 2017 (as configured here), it drops to 67 degrees. This puts the Jet 9 right on the cusp of moderate stability and enduro abandon. When paired with the new iteration's longer reach and shorter stem, that angle means the bike can ride roughshod across all manner of trail furniture without sacrifici...
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