For nearly 15 years, Niner has fittingly only offered 29-inch wheel bikes, or until just recently with the Jet and RIP, 29/27. 5+ mountain bikes, so we were just as surprised as you when we heard the all-new RIP 9 was going to be offered in separate 29 and 27. 5-specific frames. This makes sense though as it allows the brand the ability to completely optimize the frame for each wheel size, eliminating any compromises and, try as they might, even the current crop of 29ers can't hold a candle to the nimble handling and playfulness of running 27. 5-inch wheels. With that out of the way, the RIP RDO 27. 5 2-Star Complete Mountain Bike gives all-mountain riders the choice of running smaller diameter wheels with Niner's mastery of carbon construction and its much-lauded CVA suspension platform. Like its 29-inch brother, this frame receives the same refinements including its Rib Cage construction for added stiffness, increased standover height and room for longer dropper posts, a high/low flip chip adjustable geometry, and a retune of its famous CVA suspension platform. This 2-Star build packs both value and performance with its FOX suspension front and rear and SRAM's wonderful NX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain offering the same wide gearing range as its top-tier groups. While the old RIP had a dual wheel size persona, the new RIPs are frames dedicated to each wheel size. This allows Niner to optimize the frame for each wheel size by dialing in the suspension kinematics and geometry specifically for each size eliminating compromises. Either way, you're getting 140mm of CVA rear travel that's sensitive off the top and supportive in the mid-stroke paired with 150mm of fork travel and clearance for 2. 8-inch tires with room for mud. This is the longest, lowest, and slackest Niner ever created, however, with the inclusion of its adjustable geometry via flip chips at the seatstay pivots, a Niner first, you can make adjustments as needed for your terrain and riding style. The h...
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Niner RIP RDO 27.5 2-Star Mountain Bike - 2019
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