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RKT 9 RDO

Rocket powered fun

Trail-ready for liftoff

On the race course or on the trail, this RKT is ready to launch

We made our original RKT 9 more versatile with a stout 120mm suspension fork and slightly slacker geometry. Hammer the race course or hit the trails with a pedal friendly bike that’s not afraid to get rowdy going down. With 90mm of efficient CVA rear suspension, you’ll be quickest to the top of the climbs, yet pay no penalty going down..

The original, amplified

Niner’s legendary RKT 9 RDO is famous for light weight, efficient pedaling and quick handling. It’s been proven since inception on race courses around the world. Riders rave about lightning-quick responsiveness, instant acceleration, and supple suspension.

Yet for many riders, a race is simply a great reason to get out for a long weekend, ride some trails, and mingle with friends after the event. You could say it’s a party up front and business out back.

With that in mind, we’re building our race-ready RKT 9 RDO bikes with premium 120mm suspension forks. This RKT is fast enough to mix up the lead group in a marathon, yet fun enough for an all-day epic on the day after. Thanks to a stiffer front fork, longer travel, and slacker geometry, you can confidently attack the course both uphill and downhill.

CVA suspension

Niner’s Constantly Varying Arc, or CVA™, suspension design is a short dual-link, four-bar system unique to Niner, developed in house and patented. It’s built to be supple yet stable, controlling unwanted suspension movement with calibrated anti-squat, yet remaining active while climbing and descending.

With 90mm of tuned travel in the RKT 9 RDO, it’s sensitive to small bumps in the early stroke yet supportive in the mid-stroke, which gives riders a platform for pumping and popping off terrain. Going down, it’s consistent and controlled. With no need for heavy compression damping to control unwanted movement, CVA shocks are tuned for consistent, confidence-inspiring behavior on descents.

Stiffness, efficiency, light weight, and durability are all critical. That’s why we use Enduro Max Black Oxide pivot bearings, rigid, machined aluminum linkages, and high end fasteners to hold it all together. If you’re going to bother pedaling a full-suspension bike, you’d best make sure it’s made to work right, all the time.

RDO carbon fiber

Any race bike worth its weight these days is made from carbon fiber. Carbon fiber is common, but care, quality and attention to detail are not. In our quest to make the best bikes, we’re not cutting any corners. Niner Race Day Optimized carbon fiber is a cut above.

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. Not only are Niner frames stronger, but we can also build more elaborate structures with better ride tuning, increased stiffness, outstanding durability, and less weight.

Trail tuned

The RKT 9 RDO has a stiff, tunable, 120mm-travel suspension fork for the ultimate in “trail-country” capability.

Enduro MAX Black 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

Tire clearance

Need room to roam? We got it. The RKT 9 RDO has space for 29x2.3” tires.

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

RDO carbon fiber

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

Di2-ready, full-sleeve internal cable routing

Keep it tidy and clean with ports for internally routed cables. Ready for Di2 and a dropper post if you choose.

"Niner makes plenty of bikes for climbing mountains, but as far as XC bikes go, the RKT is meant for climbing podiums"

"Niner is making a statement with the RKT that the 29er is still the best platform for building a fast, lightweight, and racy mountain bike.”

"The marriage of speed and stability is courtesy of some smart geometry decisions Niner employed while designing this dedicated XC bike."

"The superbly efficient suspension platform and climbing capabilities are a sure recipe for speed on the flats and climbs."

"Niner refreshes its thinking with RKT 9 XC ripper"

"Thanks to the new geometry, the RKT can be pushed hard in corners and come out the other end with plenty of momentum."

RKT 9 RDO

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RKT 9 RDO 5-STAR SRAM X01 AXS LTD Specifications

Add 5-Star SRAM X01 Eagle AXS wireless electronic shifting, DT Swiss XRC 1200 Spline 25 carbon wheels, and a FOX 34 fork to our capable cross-country platform, and this race-ready frame turns into a rowdy-ready, "trail country" XC bike.

  • DT Swiss XRC 1200 Spline 25 wheels
  • SRAM X01 Eagle AXS
  • FOX SC 34 Float Factory FIT 4 EVOL fork, 120mm travel
Available frame sizes XS, S, M, L, XL Available colors SATIN CARBON BLACK/MAGNETIC GREY OR GREY/ORANGE
Frame NINER RDO CARBON FIBER, 90MM CVA SUSPENSION, ALUMINUM ROCKER LINKS, ENDURO MAX PIVOT BEARINGS Fork FOX 34 SC FLOAT FACTORY EVOL FIT4, 3 POSITION W/ ADJ, KASHIMA COAT, 120MM, 110X15MM, 44MM OFFSET
Shock FOX FLOAT DPS FACTORY EVOL, 3 POSITION W/ ADJUST, KASHIMA COAT Tubes / Sealant STANS NO TUBES SEALANT (2 X 2oz BOTTLES)
Front wheel DT SWISS XRC 1200 SPLINE 25, CENTERLOCK, 110X15MM Rear wheel DT SWISS XRC 1200 SPLINE 25, CENTERLOCK, 148X12MM, RATCHET EXP 36
Front Tire SCHWALBE RACING RAY EVO SUPER TERRAIN TLE ADDIX SPEEDGRIP 2.35 Rear tire SCHWALBE RACING RALPH EVO SUPER TERRAIN TLE ADDIX SPEED 2.35
Brakes SRAM G2 ULTIMATE Brake levers SRAM G2 ULTIMATE
Brake rotors 180/160 CENTERLINE X ROTORS Chain SRAM XX1 EAGLE 12SP RAINBOW
Front shifter N/A Rear shifter SRAM AXS EAGLE 12SP
Front derailleur N/A Rear derailleur SRAM X01 AXS EAGLE 12SP
Cassette SRAM EAGLE XG 1299, 10-52T RAINBOW Crankset SRAM X1 EAGLE CARBON DUB, 32T
Bottom bracket SRAM DUB PF30 Saddle NINER CUSTOM TR WITH CRN-TI RAILS, EMBOSSED NINER GRAPHIC
Seatpost NINER RDO SEAT POST, 370MM, NINER GRAPHIC Handlebar NINER FLAT TOP RDO, 780MM, NINER GRAPHIC
Stem NINER RDO STEM, NINER GRAPHIC Headset NINER INTEGRATED SHIS DESCRIPTION IS42/28.6|IS52/40
Grips NINER GRRRIPS L/O SOFT COMPOUND Approximate weight 24.5 lbs

We make every effort to publish accurate build specs, however Niner Bikes reserves the right to make substitutions or changes to bike assembly specification at any time without notice or warning. Product images may not reflect actual specification. Minor variance in color may be visible including fork decal color. Published approximate weights are for size medium (53cm) and may vary by +/- 15% due to manufacturing tolerances.

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