The new Niner RIP 9 RDO Mountain Bike Frame got some serious upgrades and share very little with its predecessor other than its name. A slacker head tube, steeper seat tube, longer reach, shorter chainstays, and a touch more travel, the new RIP 9 RDO increases its trail aggression and transitions well for enduro stages and big shuttle days. The frame also deviates from Niner's 29-inch wheel dedication and offers compatibility for both 29in and 27. 5+ wheels to suit your riding and terrain.The boost spacing affords the geometry tweaks and the ability to run both wheel sizes. Boost spacing also builds stiffer wheels, benefiting larger diameter hoops, and a stiffer rear end. By widening the dropouts to 148mm, Niner was able to free up enough clearance between the chainstays to shorten them 11mm. These changes translate to a rear triangle that's much nimbler to rider input and quicker through tight trails.The short stays keep the bike quick and the slack head tube lets the RIP live up to its name as it will absolutely plow through anything in its path and encourage you to stay off the brakes. The RIP can go as slack as 66. 5 degrees with a 170mm fork. Its long reach and requisite short stem and wide bar keep handling quick and dismays the typically lazy handling often found with slack head tube angle. We found that the bike wants us to get into all kinds of high-speed danger and allows for an amazing margin of error giving us confidence to progress. The RIP 9 RDO continues with Race Day Optimized (RDO) carbon compaction construction methods in which carbon plies are cured under intense pressure to ensure proper wall thickness and minimize strength sapping voids. This also flushes out excess resin producing a remarkably resilient structure and matches the engineering specifications for strength, durability and weight, as well as looking super clean and stealthy. The Constantly Varying Arc (CVA) suspension design remains unchanged, but adds 25mm more travel, bringin...
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