We always say, if you really want to understand Niner, you have to go and ride one. Our bikes make riding
on dirt a better experience! We’d love to get your bum on one of our bikes, because we are certain
you’ll have a great time and you won’t want to give it back.
As often as possible, we partner with key dealers in popular locations around the country to offer
semi-permanent fleets of Niner test bikes. Let’s call them “Niners in residence,” or maybe “Niner pop-up
Every so often, we like to honor one of our dedicated athletes with a custom painted frame. Kirt Voreis has been riding Niner bikes since 2017 and he exemplifies the spirit of our brand. We don't take ourselves too seriously, we have fun, and we welcome riders of all style into the sport of mountain biking.
So when a raw carbon RIP 9 RDO 29er frame came along in need of fresh paint, we knew right away who needed first dibs with a box of crayons and watercolor set. Kirt gave our graphic designer Nate Adams some general direction and then stood back. This RIP is straight from the mind of our favorite mad genius jibber and rendered in paint by renowned Tony Bauman of Made Rad by Tony.
The bike features a splashy blend of purple camo and black and white checkerboard with orange Niner logos and decals. To say it's eye catching is an understatement!
Here's what the man himself has to say about the project:
"Niner Bikes asked me what my paint vibe was feeling like at the moment for a new RIP and I replied Purple. Camo. Checkers. Orange. Please!! This color scheme comes from growing up in Fontana, California. Swap meets were huge back in the 70's and 80's all over So Cal. There was Hot Rod and Low Rider parts galore! Most parts had orange flames painted on them that would grab my attention in a big way so orange became a favorite color in my life."
"I would also find the craziest clothing, mostly fake designer stuff, heat pressed logo t's and tons of military gear. This one military swapper had every color of camo pant. Blue, red, yellow, orange and grey, whatever colors you could think of. I remember seeing the purple ones and thinking how sick it was that hard core military gear could look goofy cool. Had me feeling like Bill Murray in the movie Stripes, goofy but cool fighting the rules, haha! I got home, cut the legs off, made shorts, put on my checkered vans and went out and raged the streets on my BMX and Skateboard. I shredded elbows and knee caps daily but those shorts took a beating! I had a couple pair over the years and still remember how invincibly ridiculous I felt when I wore those shorts!"
"Thanks to Niner Bikes and Tony Bauman @maderadbytony for the awesome paint job!! Check out my insta @kirtvoreis_allride for more bike fun!"
Here's a full list of the build parts that Kirt chose to dress this masterpiece.