Niner Bikes drops AIR9 RDO frame prices to 1799 USD

Looking to make your race hardtail a bit lighter without the accompanying weight drop to your wallet? The Niner Air9 RDO has just dropped to $1,799 retail, down from $2,099. That’s for the frame only, in either Niner Green or Arctic White, as shown. The Air 9 Carbon is still $1,399, but the extra 400 beans gives you a frame that’s about a half pound lighter and laid up a little stiffer and racier.

At the moment, Niner’s rep says this doesn’t mean anything new’s in the pipeline to replace it, they’re just making it easier for racers to upgrade their bike. We’re waiting to hear back if complete bikes also see a price drop and will update when we do.


  1. This is very good news. Good to see proving actually coming down for a change once they’ve had production up and running.

  2. I don’t think this is the bike that would first have the price drop due to a 650 explosion that would probly be the WFO first. They probably just made enough money to cover the R&D so they don’t need to make as much money to cover their bottom line. Good on you niner keep it up.

  3. @ Eric, they are definitely not dropping prices out of the goodness of their hearts. Their hand is being forced in someway – 650 pressure, new spacing, to much production, etc….

    The funny thing about this company is that the first thing they teach you in even the most elementary marketing class is – don’t name you company something that puts it into a box or places restrictions on growth in the future. If you want to grow your new bank into a nation brand, don’t name it Bank of Sonoma. You get the idea.

  4. The price was lowered on the Air 9 RDO to help it compete against the One 9 RDO. They’re not clearing it out and no, 27.5″ sales really aren’t hurting them. In relation to the whole bike market, 29″ bikes are still very strong. If their name was sixer, then they’d be in deep trouble.

  5. You know being optimistic is allowed everyone in a while, yes even on a cycling forum as hard as that is to believe based on the typical bikerumor comments. Especially in a case such as this that none of us actually have a say in. Although, maybe a glass half empty would seem lighter?

  6. i feel the reason is that riders are just starting to get tired of the whole everything HAS to be carbon. For what niner was charging, there are custom frame options out there that once you are in the $2100 dollar range, you are so close to a custom frame sized for you with the features you want and minus the things you don’t need. (with the durability to last a looong time.)

    not to mention, the resale value after a couple seasons.

  7. Great more green niners out on the race course. For all the haters on this forum, niner is likely dropping the price just to clear them out for the next model year/color. Also the word is that Niner’s giant bottom bracket is a complete turd.

What do you think?