Here’s your first official look at the Niner RIP9 RDO’s new Licorice Black color scheme!
We’ve got one in for long term testing and will be putting up some first impressions once we’re back from Sea Otter Classic. For now, here’s a little gallery and a couple of notes. Plus, we put this one and the original Rally Blue one with SRAM XX1 on the scale. Click on through for lots of pics and actual weights…
The entire frame is a deep gloss black save for two sections that were masked to show the carbon fiber. One’s on the bottom of the downtube…
…the other’s on the seatstays. We’re happy to see the brake hose guides brought slightly under the stay for better leg clearance.
Another big improvement from the JET9 RDO is the earlier exit for the rear shift cable. No more running it under the bottom bracket and around the lower linkage.
Main pivots are all 1″ sealed bearings.
125mm of very plush travel.
12×142 rear end with Maxle thru axle.
The Large bike with Stan’s ZTR Flow EX rims, Schwalbe Nobby Nic tires (set up tubeless), Fox TALAS 34 fork and CTD shock with XTR group and Race Face carbon 2×10 crankset comes in at 26lb 10oz. Cockpit is all Niner parts with RDO carbon bar, alloy stem and standard carbon post. Saddle is WTB.
We had a chance to hang out with Mike Stanley, Niner’s SE rep, a bit last weekend and weighed this one, too. Size Large, Reba fork, Fox shock, American Classic All Mountain wheels, Nobby Nic tires, Niner bar and stem, Rockshox Reverb dropper post, WTB saddle and Ergon Grips with full SRAM XX1 drivetrain and Avid Trail Brakes. Total weight: 26.65lbs (~26lb 10oz).
And here’s a sneak peek at the formal photos that’ll be popping up on their website soon.
Headed to Sea Otter? They’ll have this and another little surprise available in the demo area. If not, we’ll be there to cover it all, be sure to check back all next week.
The Licorice RIP9 RDO is available for pre-order now, and they should start shipping April 17.