The newest incarnation of the JET 9 RDO is Niner’s flagship cross country full suspension frame, choice of the CLIF MTB and Cyclocross Team and Team Backcountry.com. At 100mm of travel, this is the full suspension bike most likely to be found in MTB stage races, in epic endurance races and on the podium. For this newest incarnation, we’ve incorporated a new RDO carbon layup, reduced the weight, added an RS1 fork option and pushed the aesthetics to reflect the new Niner racing program.
NEW RDO CARBON COMPACTION SYSTEM
Niner carbon comes with a guarantee of strength, quality and technical expertise. To improve on a frame that has already surpassed rigorous testing parameters, we had to start at the very core, via Niner’s new RDO Carbon Compaction System. Now used throughout the Niner carbon lineup, this CCS utilizes rigid internal molds and results in tighter, more consistent compaction of the carbon layers, yielding increased precision in wall thickness and significantly reduced resin pooling in the final product, allowing us to aim for better ride tuning, increased strength and durability along with the weight reduction that results from a more efficient process. In the Jet 9 RDO, this new system has resulted in a weight reduction of 70 grams while maintaining all standards for strength, stiffness and durability.
Niner RDO frames have a happy habit of winning design awards. The reason for this lies in the details - beautiful and purposeful frame shaping, sleek carbon rocker links and low profile, easy to maintain internal cable routing. The baseline tube shapes of the Jet 9 RDO are based on data derived in the Niner test labs - where we put both our own and our competitors products through the wringer. When applied to a set of design parameters, this data also drives our targets for strength, stiffness and damping characteristics. The result - an aesthetically striking form whose curves are functionally derived. Custom carbon upper rockers with a forged alloy lower linkage complete the frame package, and when combined with 142x12mm spacing, test as stiff as possible. Jet 9 RDO riders experience one of the most efficient power transfers in full suspension mountain bikes, period.
The Jet 9 RDO features Niner’s patented CVA suspension (U.S. Patent No. 7,934,739) and delivers 100mm of fully active travel with superb compliance and damping via a Custom valved Fox Float CTD Factory shock with Trail Adjust and Kashima Coat. For those seeking the speed advantages of 29” wheels combined with pedaling efficiency across all possible chainring combinations, CVA results in a faster and smoother ride.
The Jet 9 RDO is a carbon speedster with the ability to tackle the technical sections along the way. Riders who choose a 100mm fork will discover handling traits inspired by our hardtail race frames. Fitting a 120mm fork will result in an endurance cross country machine that delivers the smooth steering characteristics you expect from a Niner.
Our robust R&D program - computer modeling, physical prototype testing (both in-house and at independent testing facilities), and hours of ride testing under highly skilled and abusive test riders leave us confident that the Jet 9 RDO is going to exceed your expectations. We maintain that our carbon fiber testing and design rivals the best in the bike industry. Rather than just talking about it, we choose to demonstrate this commitment via our C5 warranty (five year) and commitment to customer service.
ATTENTION TO DETAIL
The looks may attract your eye, the CVA suspension may appeal to your intellectual side, but it’s the high end details of the Jet 9 RDO that will convince the luxury lover in you to take the plunge. Our new paint is not only racier, it’s lighter - 40-50 grams per frame. Additionally, we spec costly Enduro Magnetite Black full complement sealed cartridge bearings for smooth, friction-free suspension. The frame features second generation internal cable routing for easy maintenance. Precise alloy direct mount hardware interfaces and post mount disc-brake mounts provide weight savings and good looks.
NEW MATCHING RS1 FORK OPTION
Riders seeking the ultimate race machine have the option to add a custom color matched RS-1 to their build kit. 25 years after the original RS-1, the fork that revolutionized mountain biking, RockShox does it again with this newest game changer. The chassis design integrates the fork's steerer tube, crown and legs into a single carbon main frame. The all-new Accelerator Damper combines incredible small bump performance with an ultra-efficient lockout. Finally, the Predictive Steering, a reimagined interface between hub and dropouts, enabled the creation of an inverted fork light enough for XC racing and stiff enough for trail riding. When built with the complete 5-Star LTD kit, a medium Jet 9 RDO weighs in at 22.5 lbs in size medium.