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RIP 9 RDO 27.5

Our reimagined 140mm-travel trail bike.

King of the Mountain

The trail taming RIP 9 RDO

For more than a decade, the RIP 9 RDO trail bike has ruled our off-road lineup. For 2019, this flagship bike evolves again. Our do-it-all trail bike hits the sweet spot with 140mm of consistent, controlled CVA suspension, progressive and adjustable geometry, and increased frame stiffness. Plus it’s got more standover for 170mm dropper posts, longer reach, and a shorter head tube. More versatile and capable than ever before, reach for your RIP to tackle any trail.

Breaking our own rules to give you the best ride possible.

We’ve gone and done it. We built the most badass non-niner Niner ever made. Why didn’t we just make a 29er that also fits 27.5-inch wheels? Well because we aren’t willing to compromise. If we’re going to do something so big (or should we say, small?) and something so contrary to our brand history, damnit, we’re doing it the right way. There are compromises in making frames to fit multiple wheel sizes and we just weren’t willing to do that.

Why the small wheels, after a decade-long commitment to 29ers?

Riders have told us that they love the stable yet supple, consistent and controlled behavior of our CVA suspension. They love the brand. They love the designs. But they want more standover, less rotating weight, and the fast handling, quick draw agility of 27.5ers.

We’ve applied every bit of our big-wheel know how to this new RIP. And after riding it, we’re so glad we expanded our minds (and our rides) to include the 29er’s more playful little brother.

The longest, lowest, and slackest Niner ever made

Thanks to the flip chip, two different geometries mean two bikes in one. The high mode geo is perfect for everyday trail riding. This bike launches uphill and over technical terrain, thanks to CVA suspension and the steep seat tube angle. When you’re all out of breath, turn around and point it down. Drop in with confidence thanks to the long reach, low BB, and slack, 66-degree head tube angle.

The RIP’s low mode brings out its rock star, party down personality. By slacking out the head angle a full degree to 65, and lowering the bottom bracket 7mm, the RIP transforms into a whole new bike that’s perfect for chairlift days, shuttle sessions and backcountry excursions with long, rowdy descents.

We also built in more standover clearance and a shorter seat tube to accommodate 170mm dropper posts.

A little less travel, and a LOT more bike.

The new RIP sports 140mm of CVA suspension on a light, stiff, strong RDO carbon frame. With new Rib Cage struts across the front triangle, flattening of the top and down tubes, widening the main rocker link pivot, and beefing up the rear triangle, the entire bike is stiffer from front to back. The struts reduce bottom bracket deflection while keeping the upper portion of the front triangle supple and compliant. And the wide, flat surfaces found on Niner’s top and downtube help to absorb frontal impacts and vibrations while resisting deflection (twisting) under torsional load.

CVA suspension

Niner’s Constantly Varying Arc, or CVAtrade;, is built to be supple yet stable, controlling unwanted suspension movement with calibrated anti-squat, yet remaining active while climbing and descending. Courtesy of a new higher overall leverage ratio, starting off at 3.0 and ending right around 2.3 for an average of 2.55, off the top it’s easier to set the shock in motion and overcome static friction. It’s also more supportive in the midstroke, holding the rider higher up in travel.

Going down, it’s consistent and controlled. With no need for heavy compression damping to control unwanted movement, CVA is tuned for consistent, confidence-inspiring behavior on descents. It’s perfectly balanced, so the result is stable yet supple, active, ground-hugging traction in every situation - cranking uphill, ripping downhill, and everywhere in between.

RDO carbon fiber

We start with the best grades of raw carbon layered precisely according to the stress points on the frame structure. In construction, our process employs rigid internal molds and results in tighter, more consistent compaction of the carbon fabric. The result? Increased precision in wall thickness and reduced resin pooling in the final product. We can build more elaborate structures with better ride tuning, increased strength, outstanding durability, and less weight.

CVA suspension

Supple yet stable, and the confidence to drop into gnarly lines, knowing you’ll get consistency and control from top to bottom: that’s CVA suspension. Read More

RDO carbon fiber

Niner’s premium Race Day Optimized carbon fiber means more strength, higher stiffness, and less weight. Read More

Full Sleeve cable guides

No more fishin’. We built in end-to-end cable guides through the frame for easy installation and maintenance.

Enduro Max Black Oxide pivot bearings

We use the smoothest, most durable pivot bearings in the industry. Made by Enduro, they’re built for life. Read More

Protection where you need it

Factory installed, integrated frame protection to keep your ride safe from harm, even when you’re in over your head.

Lifetime warranty

Ride, race, rally. We have you covered with warranty service, small parts, and a support team that actually answers the phone. Read More

Tire clearance

Need room to roam? We got it. The RIP 9 RDO 29er has clearance to run your choice of 2.6-inch wide tires.

“Niner's new RIP 9 is a keeperhellip;. it's got all of the essential numbers that a top bike handler would want and a killer component spec to back it up.”

“I’m no Kirt Vories, but I still had a good time. Manualing over rough bits is an absolute treat on this bike, and the suspension performance will have you looking at lines in a new light. The entire RIP 9 RDO lineup is a big step in the right direction.”

“I’d highly recommend this playful, inspiring trail bike for anyone looking to up their game in a package that will allow for more all-day accessibility than is traditionally expected from a bike in this category.”

“The new RIP makes quick and comfortable work of the climbs, yet it’s a merciless shredder on the descents. It seems to work better and better the harder you hit it. Instead of being just another step down the narrow path of more travel = more capability, the new RIP 9 is here to seek a higher purpose. It’s here to have fun.”

“We grew very fond of the Niner Rip 9 RDO. Not just because it’s the best Niner that’s ever been made (in our opinion) but because it’s a damn good bike. We love the looks; from the tube profiles to the colors and stance. It’s a pretty sick little machine. The stiffness and playfulness are real standout features. The bike sort of asks for you to abuse it and to kick and drift the back wheel as much as you can.”

“To put it simply, I love this bike. There’s an uncommon just rightness to it that I haven’t found in many mountain bikes. The geometry, travel, riding position, and suspension tune all come together in a harmonized way that gives the RIP 9 a transcendent quality.”

RIP 9 RDO 27.5

$3,360.00
In stock
SKU
RIP-9-RDO-27-5

RIP 9 RDO 27.5 5-STAR SRAM X01 EAGLE Specifications

Our capable RIP 9 RDO 27.5 trail bike frame meets a sweet parts kit in the 5-Star SRAM X01 Eagle build. Roll lighter and faster, go farther and stay out longer on DT Swiss XMC 1501 SPLINE carbon wheels and premium SRAM components

  • DT Swiss XMC 1200 SPLINE carbon wheels
  • FOX 36 Float Factory GRIP 2 EVOL suspension fork, 150mm travel
  • Race Face bar and stem
Available frame sizes SM, MD, LG Available colors SILVER/BAJA BLUE OR SATIN CARBON
Frame NINER RDO CARBON FIBER, 140MM TRAVEL, GEO FLIP CHIP, RIB CAGE CONSTRUCTION, FULL SLEEVE CABLE ROUTING, ENDURO MAX BLACK OXIDE PIVOT BEARINGS Fork FOX 36 FLOAT FACTORY GRIP 2 EVOL, HSC, LSC, HSR, LSR, KASHIMA COAT, 150MM, 110X15MM, 37MM OFFSET
Shock FOX FLOAT DPX2 FACTORY EVOL 3 POSITION W/ ADJUST, KASHIMA COAT Tubes / Sealant STANS NO TUBES SEALANT (2 X 2oz BOTTLES)
Front wheel DT SWISS XMC 1200, 6 BOLT, 110X15MM FRONT Rear wheel DT SWISS XMC 1200, 6 BOLT, 148X12MM REAR
Front Tire MAXXIS MINION DHF 3C/EXO/TR 2.5 WT FRONT Rear tire MAXXIS AGGRESSOR 2C/EXO/TR 2.5 WT REAR
Brakes SRAM G2 RSC Brake levers SRAM G2 RSC
Brake rotors 180/180 CENTERLINE ROTORS Chain SRAM X01 EAGLE 12SP
Front shifter N/A Rear shifter SRAM X01 EAGLE 12SP
Front derailleur N/A Rear derailleur SRAM X01 EAGLE 12SP
Cassette SRAM EAGLE XG 1295, 10-50T Crankset SRAM X1 EAGLE CARBON DUB 32T CNC RING
Bottom bracket SRAM DUB BSA THREADED Saddle NINER CUSTOM TR WITH CRN-TI RAILS, PRINTED NINER GRAPHIC
Seatpost KS LEV SI (S-125MM, M-150MM, L/XL-175MM) Handlebar RACE FACE NEXT R 800MM WIDE, 35MM RISE, 35MM CLAMP
Stem RACE FACE TURBINE R 40MM, 35MM CLAMP Headset NINER INTERNAL ZS SHIS DESCRIPTION ZS44/28.6|ZS56/40
Grips NINER GRRRIPS L/O FLANGED SOFT COMPOUND Approximate weight 28.5 lbs

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