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  1. If you are a Niner fan you may have heard the rumblings in the market that the brand was in trouble financially, and it was toward the end of 2017 when they filed for bankruptcy in the US. To the rejoice of Niner enthusiasts everywhere, in March 2018 the company was acquired by Hong Kong-based UWHK who has committed to invest more into R&D while retaining and bolstering the existing team. Following similar moves made by other boutique brands moving under the wing of “big bike” corporations in recent years, it’ll be interesting to follow Niner’s growth. The frame First released in late 2015, the RKT 9 uses Niner’s CVA (Constant Varying Arc) linkage design, touted for its pedalling efficiency while allowing the suspension to remain active. The front and rear triangles are both full carbon and are constructed using Niner’s RDO (Race Day Optimised) techniques. In short, Niner spent a lot of time ensuring that the carbon layup and moulding process produces a frame suitably stiff, strong and light to match the demands of mountain bike racing (or riding).The front triangle and one-piece asymmetric carbon rear triangle are connected by the lightweight aluminium linkage. Cables are internally routed through the front triangle and externally on the rear. The frame features one bottle cage mount within the front triangle and another below the down tube. On the rear, it has 148x12 boost spacing which comfortably allows for a 29x2.4 tyre. And, should you want one, there is the option to mount a front derailleur. The build Since our test bike was a custom build, we’ve kept the focus on the RKT platform (frame, shock and fork) rather than the specific componentry. This build was decked out with some seriously top end bits, but we expect would be a good proxy for the weight and feel of the five star Niner build. Specifications (custom build as tested) FrameNiner RKT 9 RDO blue/greenForkFOX 32 SC Factory Kashima 100mmHandlebarsNiner flat top RDO, 780MMStemNiner RDO stemGripsESI ChunkySaddlePRO GriffonSeatpostNiner RDO Seat Post, 370MMBrakesFormula R1RRotorsFormula R1RShift LeversSRAM XX1 Eagle GripshiftRear DerailleurSRAM XX1 EagleCassetteSRAM XX1 EagleCranksetCannondale SiSL2 (w/ Stages power meter)ChainringWolf Tooth Components 34TBottom Brackete*thirteenChainSRAMWheelsSouth Industries Carbon Rims, Tune hubsTyresVittoria Mezcal 2.35 ®, Vittoria Barzo 2.35 (F)Weight10.5kgPriceR99 000.00 *for a Niner 5 star factory spec build On the trail Clipping in for the first ride, it’s immediately evident that the bike pedals well on the flats and early climbs. The CVA certainly does what it says on the tin and there is no unwanted bob or overly active suspension under pedalling load. So good in fact, that I initially had to stop to ensure that the lockout wasn’t stuck.This naturally translates well when climbing, especially on bumpier surfaces and more technical trail where there is a good balance of traction and efficiency in power transfer through the pedals. The low stack up front and sharper head angle make for a very capable and comfortable climber. Particularly so on lower speed technical trails where the responsive, precise handling comes into its own. And sure, the feathery weight of this build didn’t hurt its performance on the ups. On paper that relatively steep head angle at 70/71 degrees (with a 120/100mm fork) did prompt some assumptions about how the bike would handle on rougher terrain and steeper descents. With recent releases from competitors in this class sporting head angles typically in the 68.5 to 70.0 degrees range the RKT certainly falls on the aggressive end of the spectrum. This will no doubt raise a few eyebrows and incite mumbles of “is it slack/long/low enough?”. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the numbers, though, and while these often give some good clues, it’s ultimately about how the bike feels and how that fits with the kind of riding you do. Admittedly the RKT 9 did feel quite twitchy and at times skittish on the front for the first ride or two. Coming straight off an extended period on the slackest of the RKT’s competitors, there was a noticeable difference in the responsiveness. However, by the third ride, I’d dialled in my own response and quickly began to enjoy the more nimble, snappy feel of the controls on fast flowy sections and flatter, technical trails.There is no getting away from the numbers in other areas, and where the steep head angle does come into play is on steeper, more technical descents. It does require the rider to do some of the work in getting squarely behind the saddle to find the degree of comfort and confidence you’d want. That said, with a moderate skill level and rider position matched to the more aggressive stance of the bike it’s impressively capable and would quite comfortably soak up the sort of terrain a typical South African stage race may throw at you. In the end The Niner RKT 9 was bred to go fast on marathon and cross-country tracks and it doesn’t disappoint as a performance race bike. The superbly efficient suspension platform and climbing capabilities are a sure recipe for speed on the flats and climbs. While the sharper geometry does demand a degree of rider skill to reach full potential on technical descents, it’s well suited to the demands of typical South African marathon or stage race courses.It is worth noting that the 120mm fork option does taper off the aggressive stance by a full degree and will offer a more confident feel better suited to those not aiming at a podium spot. ProsSuper light build Excellent pedalling performance Sharp, precise handling well suited to technical climbs of varying grades ConsAggressive geometry requires a bit more input and skill from the rider
  2. I have just upgraded my Jet 9 RDO to a RKT 9 RDO and what a bike - exceeds my expectations! I am amazed that the Niner brand is not yet mainstream in SA given the design and performance of the Niner range. What is encouraging is that Niner is now represented in SA (niner.co.za) by the Bike Mob in Cape Town and they provide excellent service and support - Sean and Neville are the main guys here! Have attached a pic of my latest RKT 9 RDO build.
  3. Niner RKT 9 RDO 5-star Orange. The RKT 9 RDO is intended to do one thing very well ... fly. All stops were pulled to create the most efficient full suspension race-worthy short travel sled. The frame is constructed using our RDO Carbon Compaction technology, which utilizes highly resilient fibres to provide front and rear triangles that are incredibly lightweight and durable. Punish it on daylong epics and be amazed _ it will keep coming back for more despite its featherweight feel. What's so great about this, other than that the new colours are awesome? The new 34mm Stepcast fork reduces the overall Rocket weight by 230g! And, we have an Orange colour-match option available. Additionally, while the bike is now 120mm travel but it is convertible to 100mm travel (needs separate cartridge). Features Our patented CVA linkage design allows for pedal forces to operate independently of rear wheel travel, providing every ounce of the rider's hard-earned energy a clear path to the pedals, and after extensive testing, our engineers optimized the linkage and bearings to produce the lightest, stiffest version of CVA to date. No detail was overlooked.A 73MM PF30 BB provides compatibility with the latest 1x and more conventional multiple ring drivetrain configurations and can be adapted to a threaded bottom bracket via adaptors. Frame sizes medium and larger have water bottle mounts on both the underside of the down tube and within the front triangle allowing for ample hydration during longer marathon-style endurance events. When the racing gets rough, the frame finds protection behind titanium frame plates which guard against the potential of a dropped chain, while clear protective decals add impact resistance to common rock-strike and high-abuse areas. The RKT's 439mm chain stay length provides the perfect balance of acceleration, climbing traction and the ability to carve up the racetrack. The RKT is the first Niner to feature Boost 148mm x 12mm rear spacing and has clearance for up to 2.4” tires. This feature allows for a wider spoke interface and an overall stiffer wheel and swing arm combo, enabling you to confidently maintain line selection in the roughest conditions. Niner RKT 9 RDO 4-star Blue. Design Designed around racing performance, the RKT achieves the lowest standover height of any bike in our line-up. This low standover height allows the bike to be leaned further to tackle tight corners and switchbacks, and delivers a truly nimble, race-ready ride. Build detailsCarbon full suspension Niner RDO carbon compaction system for the ultimate in strength and reliability 90mm of patented CVA suspension is efficient in every chainring Tuned for CVA - Fox Float DPS Factory rear shock Internal cable routing for a clean setup that is Di2 ready Custom forged 6066 alloy suspension linkage is light and stiff Boost 148mm x 12mm rear spacing Niner RKT 9 RDO 3-star Black. Technical specificationBB type: 73mm PF30 BB Shell (Adapters Required For BSA Type BBs) Shock size: 165 X 38mm - 90mm Travel Shock mounting hardware:21.84 X M8 Shock sag: 25% (Which Will Move The O-Ring 9.5mm Down The Shaft) Seatpost size: 30.9 Seat collar size: 34.9 Front derailleur: S3/ Low Direct Mount Front Derailleur Headset: 1.125" X 1.5" Tapered Integrated (Campy Style) Head Tube, Headset Included, Cane Creek Description: IS42/28.6 | IS52/40 Bearing specs: Sealed Cartridge Enduro Max Black Oxide Bearings - (8x) 26x17x5 Rear wheel spacing: 148x12mm Bottle mount location descriptions: Medium, Large, Xl Have One Bottle Mount Under Down Tube And One Bottle Mount Inside Triangle, S And Xs Have One Bottle Mount Inside Triangle Max tire size: Can Fit Up To A 29X2.6" Tire (Tire Sizes Vary By Brand, Some Tires May Not Fit) Chainring configurations: Compatible With Standard 1X, 2X And 3X Systems 1x max chainring size:38T - Boost Chainring Recommended Q-Factor: 168mm Max fork travel: 120mm ISCG compatibility: No Max rotor size: Post Mount Disc Brake - 180Mm Max Rotor Size Fork offset: Designed Around 51Mm Offset Biocentric: No Pricing 5-Star X01 Eagle - R99,9994-Star X01 - R82,999 3-Star GX Eagle - R73,999 2-Star GX Eagle - R69,999 Contact Bike Mob for more details.
  4. Niner's new JET 9 and RIP 9 bikes are bang up to date with new geometry, more travel, and 27.5 plus compatibility. Click here to view the article
  5. The new JET 9 RDO The all new JET anchors the [R]Evolution of our trail bikes. Knowing that technologies and rider expectations have changed over the years, we’ve put a lot of time, energy and research into creating the most versatile and fun full suspension mountain bike money can buy. https://vimeo.com/173695756 [R]Evolution geometry At the core of the JET is our [R]Evolution geometry. The overall dimensions lean toward longer reach on the frames so we can shorten the stem lengths for quicker steering input. Likewise, the chainstays have been shortened from its processor down to 434mm for fast acceleration and some playful pop. But to keep the overall feel of the bike well rounded and to ensure efficient climbing and pedaling, we’ve steepened the seat tube angle. This keeps you centered in the bike and able to stay on top of your gear when you’re putting down the power. CVA The Constant Varying Arc (CVA) suspension platform we engineered and patented years ago remains the linchpin for our full suspension bikes and really gives the JET its legs. But how can this technology keep pace with the ever-changing ‘standards’ in today’s mountain bike world? Unlike so many suspension systems out there that are based on optimal chainring-to-pivot point configurations, CVA relies on counteracting linkage forces that are not dependent on specific pivot locations. The bottom linkage is pulled downward when you’re pedaling to negate squat, while the upward rotating top linkage is left free to react to terrain changes. What you get is efficient, fun, fully active suspension, all the time. But let’s face it, if you’re in the market for a new trail bike, you want something that turns up the dial on fun factor, and the JET comes ride-ready to crank it. Paired with the [R]Evolution geometry, the JET packs 120mm of CVA powered magic carpet ride suspension that will see you floating up technical climbs with tons of traction and send you flying smoothly over everything else. 27.5” plus compatibility Building great bikes for discerning riders has been our message since day one, and to continue, we have to take full advantage of all the technology advances available to us. Some of the biggest changes have come in wheel dimensions. We’ve already incorporated 29” plus and Boost spacing on some of our bikes, and now we’re ready to add 27.5” plus to the list. With an effective diameter similar to a 29” wheel and tire, the 27.5” plus is a familiar size for us and one that lends additional versatility. The JET really writes a whole new chapter for us, and allows you to choose the wheel that’s right for you, all on the same bike. Design Features The trail taming JET reaps huge benefits from Boost spacing on the rear. By taking advantage of the wider dimensions, our engineers have been able to grow tire clearance for typical trail sized 29er tires, while also providing adequate room for the similar diameters of 27.5” plus tires. Boost spacing also changes the game with regard to suspension kinematics, paving the way for longer travel while achieving shorter, stiffer chain stays. The JET lands right in the sweet spot for the all-in-one trail bike. The 120mm of roll-and-go rear suspension is nicely balanced with 29” wheels and an accompanying 130mm fork. The resulting 67.5 degree head angle is ideal for all day riding and tackling any tough spots along the way. To keep the geometry in line, the fork gets bumped up to 140mm when matched to 27.5” plus wheels, giving the JET predictable steering response no matter which wheels you ride. There are so many drivetrains available today, but with the JET you can feel free to choose almost any of them. Take your pick whether you’re a dual-ring hold out, subscribe to the new 1X fashion, or even like mounting an ISCG 05 guide for added peace of mind. And if you’ve got some extra cash burning a hole in your bank account, then go for the ultimate, Di2 single-ring version. The 73mm bottom bracket stands out against the latest trends though. Instead of housing plastic press fit cups, it is threaded for good old-fashioned serviceability and lets you swap out the BB easily when the need arises. Our Carbon Compaction System construction is a key factor in building this lightweight singletrack slayer. This method squeezes out excess resin during the molding process, reducing voids and allowing us to maintain close tolerances on tube wall thickness. What comes out of the mold is a carbon frame that tips the scale far less than one would expect and yet it delivers the calculated ride quality, strength and durability that our engineers intended. The JET is not just a product of expert engineering though, as our talented team of designers has also made sure that this mountain biking marvel looks as great as it performs. The colorful paint on carbon graphics they’ve drawn give the bike a brilliant pop that accentuates the frame’s bold, clean lines. Put all pieces together and what you get is the JET—a mach speed trail machine that looks as fast as it rides. https://vimeo.com/173701230 Key FeaturesAll new, completely redesigned frame uses RDO Carbon Compaction to produce the ultimate lightweight, trail worthy machine Niner’s patented CVA suspension design delivers 120mm of plush, efficient rear travel Revised geometry is optimized for modern trail riding, providing confident descending, efficient climbing and a bike that is just all around fun Boost 148 x 12 mm rear spacing for optimum power transfer, geometry, and wheel stiffness Compatible with 29x2.4 tires or 27.5 plus tires up to 3.0 Internal and external dropper post routing 30.9mm seat post, 400mm length recommended, 34.9mm clamp BSA threaded 73mm bottom bracket with ISCG 05 mounts Zero stack headset included Electronic drivetrain wiring friendly including integrated battery storage in frame The New RIP 9 The new RIP takes its place as the king of the mountain and Niner’s most capable trail bike. A product of our [R]Evolution, the RIP renews our outlook on what a long travel trail bike can and should do. It’s the go-to for backcountry epics and big terrain when you need every arrow in the quiver. Built with 150mm of remarkably versatile suspension on a lightweight frame, the RIP gives you all the traction, control and fun that used to be the domain of big, all mountain crushers, but without the extra pounds. Now you can enjoy more travel with less weight, and when you can have more for less?...well, you always say yes. [R]Evolution geometry Focusing first on the frame, the critical feature is the [R]Evolution geometry that we have tested, evaluated and carefully selected. The roomy cockpit has a comfortable reach for short stem lengths, giving you quick handling and plenty of maneuverability to go mobbing through rock gardens and barreling big berms. The steep seat angle gets you centered in the bike and pairs nicely with the short 439mm chainstay length for better pedaling efficiency than anyone deserves from a long legged trail bike. And of course the compact rear allows you to square off turns and play your way down the trail. CVA But what about all of that suspension? More than just the amount, dialed suspension is a must for any trail bike, and the RIP is built around our patented Constantly Varying Arc (CVA) suspension. At its core, CVA is designed to remain fully active, all the time. The system harnesses chain tension to counteract squat and bob, but unlike other short-link setups, the pair of linkages rotate in opposite directions allowing them to react independently to both pedaling and terrain inputs. What you get is a bike that both pedals great and has plush, stoke worthy suspension for amazing big bike versatility.Even with the built in efficiency of CVA, this bike is a real ripper, serving up its 150mm of just-send-it suspension to give you a new lease on any trail. Gone are the same old obstacles. What you’ll see instead is a whole new series of fantastically fun features to hit, jump and gap for glory until you’re smiling ear to ear. 27.5” plus compatibility We embrace change when it means bettering the performance of our bikes. Advances in technology are enabling us to take new approaches to design and engineering, and nothing has had a bigger effect over the last several years than the evolution of wheel dimensions. Having already adopted 29” plus and Boost spacing into our lineup, we’re now introducing another wheel option, 27.5” plus. Given its similar diameter to a 29” wheel with a trail tire, the 27.5” plus wheel adds another layer of versatility to this already amazingly capable trail bike. Design Features Designed to be a hard charger, the RIP benefits greatly from the wider Boost spacing in the rear. As most engineers will tell you, the extra millimeters at the axle gives them additional tools when it comes to building better frames. Boost allows them to keep the RIP’s chainstays short, yielding a responsive ride in spite of the healthy amount of suspension travel. But it also opens the door to building in tire clearance that could only be dreamed of previously. With loads of room for the average 29” trail tire, the RIP can also comfortably accommodate 27.5” plus tires, giving you the choice of what wheel and tire combination is right for you.To best complement the two wheel sizes, the RIP is offered in a number of unique build configurations. The 29er versions are mated to Boost 160mm forks up front, translating to a 66.5 degree head angle and true big hit handling. To offset the slight difference in effective wheel diameter and maintain the intended geometry, the 27.5” plus forks grow to 170mm of travel giving you even more confidence when dropping into chunky trail sections. The RIP relies on a 1X drivetrain with a few extra features to keep you rolling. Something many will welcome, the 73mm bottom bracket shell is threaded so you can easily service and swap BBs when necessary. It also comes with ISCG 05 tabs so you can mount a guide if you’re looking for an added bit of chain retention confidence. And for those wanting next-level shifting performance, the RIP is also Di2 compatible so you can route wires and enjoy a truly deluxe drivetrain. The RIP frame itself is built using our Carbon Compaction system. To ensure proper wall thickness and minimize strength sapping voids, the carbon plies are cured under intense pressure. This forces out superfluous resin producing a remarkably resilient structure that not only matches our engineering specifications for strength, durability and weight, but also looks super clean and stealthy. And let’s face, in spite of a load of great functions and features, sometimes it all comes down to good looks, and the RIP’s got ’em. The two available paint and carbon finish options highlight the frame’s bold lines, while the internal dropper and shifter routing keeps distracting housing out of sight. The result—the RIP is a bike you’ll be psyched to ride on the trails, show off to all your friends, and most of all, you’ll be stoked to call it your very own. https://vimeo.com/173702187 Key featuresAll new, completely redesigned frame uses RDO Carbon Compaction to produce the ultimate lightweight, trail worthy machine Niner’s patented CVA suspension design delivers 150mm of plush, efficient rear travel Revised geometry is optimized for modern trail riding, providing confident descending, efficient climbing and a bike that is just all around fun Boost 148 x 12 mm rear spacing for optimum power transfer, geometry, and wheel stiffness Compatible with 29x2.5 tires or 27.5 plus tires up to 3.0 Internal and external dropper post routing 30.9mm seat post, 400mm length recommended, 34.9mm clamp BSA threaded 73mm bottom bracket with ISCG 05 mounts Zero stack headset included Electronic drivetrain wiring friendly including integrated battery storage in frame Geometry JET 9 RDO RIP 9 RDO Local Availability The bikes will be available internationally from August and we should see them arrive in South Africa in September. The frameset options will go for around R46,500 while the pricing on the full bike models still need to be determined.
  6. Design The new AIR 9 RDO is a product of the R[E]volution of our classic twenty-niner hardtail. We've learned so much since the early days and applied that knowledge of geometry and materials to meet the ever-changing demands and riding styles of the modern mountain biker. What we've created is undoubtedly the best race and high performance hardtail we've made to date, one that will give you all the versatility, durability and performance you've come to expect from Niner. The new frame's identity has been refreshed with a bold design aesthetic. Continuing the lineage that began with RKT 9 RDO, the strong overbuilt shapes that define the meat of the frame let you know it's got plenty of horsepower under the hood. But to keep the ride smooth, the sleek tubes that comprise the length of the cockpit and seatstays are designed to dissipate racetrack roughness, helping keep your wheels glued to the ground for great off-the-line acceleration. All you have to do is pedal damn it! Features The R[E]volution geometry of the AIR 9 RDO caters to the racer and rider who places a premium on a snappy, race day whip. Following the lead of the redesigned RKT 9 RDO, the new AIR drops the handlebar height to put the rider in the attack position and ready to charge. Lengthening the cockpit and slackening the head angle further lends to that race-ready feel and adds to the razor sharp handling when slashing singletrack at speed. If you're a rider looking to increase the fun factor, yet still want the lightest, fastest hardtail we offer, the all new Air 9 RDO is now compatible with 120mm travel forks. The 120mm fork will transform the Air 9 RDO from a racetrack taming weapon into a comfortable, all day trail ripping machine by bringing the bars up and shortening the reach to a more neutral position. And out back, the chainstays were shortened up, but not too short making the bike twitchy. Instead they shed 4mm to a targeted 435mm, so you still get lightning fast acceleration without giving up the balanced handling and on-the-fly stability you need in a race day rig. For a carbon structure to be as light, strong and durable as possible, the layers of carbon cloth need to be properly aligned with as few voids and extra resin as possible. This is why the AIR 9 RDO frame is built using our Carbon Compaction System. By wrapping carbon around an EPS foam internal mandrel and then compacting the entire system inside a mold, we are able to control wall thickness throughout the frame and force out any excessive resin while the frame cures. Through design changes and this process of manufacturing, we are able to deliver a frame that is 10% lighter than the previous version, dropping around 125 grams. In a segment where every gram counts, we pushed ourselves to deliver the best balance of performance, durability and best in class weight. Originally lauded to improve the geometry and kinematics of full suspension frames, Boost 148 has similar benefits for the humble hardtail as well. Widening the spacing of the rear dropouts creates a structure more able to resist twisting, but just as importantly, it enables stronger wheels because of improved spoke bracing angles. This crucial geometry revision also allows the engineers to tuck the rear wheel closer in to the bottom bracket while maintaining ample tire clearance and the ability to run up to a 38-tooth chainring. Now SS Compatible! Versatility is one of the attributes that has become a Niner signature feature over the years and it finally gets the full carbon, RDO treatment. The oversized bottom bracket area of course provides a robust platform for pedaling and overall handling, but now it also gives you the choice to run almost any crank and bottom bracket combination imaginable. The PF30 can be run standard for the lightest race day power plant option available, but if single speeding is your gig, then no worries. Easily install the patented Niner BioCentric 30 bottom bracket cups to give you chain tension and geometry adjustability for your single speed setup, or do it even if it's just because you prefer running 24mm spindle cranks. Never before has a full carbon race bike given you so many options. In this age of internal routing and ever-changing drivetrain options, the AIR 9 RDO features a window under the bottom bracket for easy service. Pull the plate off the window and get instant access to any wires and cables routed through the downtube, all without the need to remove the cranks and pull the bottom bracket. Replacing cables and routing Di2 wires has never been easier. It's no mystery that a seatpost can add greatly to the ride feel and comfort of any bike. In an effort to provide you a compliant perch atop the AIR 9 RDO we turn to a smaller seatpost diameter. The 27.2mm post allows a strategic measure of sway, especially when it's our RDO carbon fibre post, tuned to add a targeted amount of flex. The only metal in the AIR 9 RDO is found in the brake caliper mount on the chainstay. Threading the calipers on here provides them an amount of protection from the occasional tumble, but more importantly it puts them on the stronger of the two stays. The chainstay is already pretty stout and doesn't require a lot of added material to securely deal with the added braking forces. That leaves us free to keep the seatstay slender, save precious grams and maintain the intended ride quality. The all new AIR 9 RDO will be shipping soon and is due to arrive at your local Niner dealer in June. Now's your chance to get the jump on all your riding and racing buddies and make sure you get one of the first ones. Pre-order your new bike now and leave them all choking on your dust this summer.
  7. Niner's history is rooted in the evolution of mountain biking. From the introduction of our first hardtail, we've worked tirelessly to push the limits of what people think is possible when it comes to the construction, geometry and handling of premium bicycles. The R[E]volution that began with the RKT 9 RDO continues with the new AIR 9 RDO. Bigger is Still Better, your Big Wheel Crush is now faster and more refined. Click here to view the article
  8. The R.I.P 9 is Niner's do-everything trail bike with 125-millimetres of rear-wheel travel. The RDO 4-star (Race Day Optimised) is a full carbon model that sits second from the top in the range. It features a carbon swingarm and rocker links with oversized aluminium axles. The suspension design is Niner's own patented CVA (Constantly Varying Arc) dual-link rear suspension. Click here to view the article
  9. The Frame The RDO R.I.P. 9 benefits from a full carbon frame made with Niner’s Carbon Compaction System. Now used throughout the Niner RDO lineup, this CCS utilizes rigid internal moulds that, according to Niner, result in a tighter, more consistent compaction of the carbon layers, yielding increased precision in wall thickness and significantly reduced resin pooling in the final product. Allowing them to aim for better ride tuning, increased strength and durability along with a weight reduction from a more efficient use of materials. The suspension design is Niner's own patented CVA (Constantly Varying Arc) dual-link rear suspension. In order to isolate pedaling forces across a range of gearing, the CVA’s ‘instant centre’ location is in front of the drivetrain. With the lower pivot under the bottom bracket, the force at the rear axle from chain tension pulls the two linkages in opposite directions in all gear choices, effectively isolating the drivetrain from the rear triangle. In other words, when a rider cranks on the pedals, the chain is trying to pull the lower link down and away from the bottom bracket, and the upper link in its regular rotational path. As the rear triangle is one piece, these opposing forces cancel each other out, leaving the only outlet for chain-induced torque being rotation of the rear wheel, where it’s most wanted. Past the rearward-most position at sag, the axle path moves in towards the bike at a gradual, constantly varying arc, which insures that there is minimal chain growth throughout the length of travel. This also means minimal pedal feedback in the drivetrain while cycling the suspension, essentially isolating it from the fully active movement of the suspension design. Available in a full size curve from XS to XL, the small and up all have space for a water bottle in the front triangle and one under the downtube, while the XS only has space for a bottle mount under the downtube. The frame comes standard with titanium frame guards to prevent damage from chain suck. Depending on specific models, there is enough clearance to run a 2.4" tyre with space remaining to keep mud from building up and slowing you down. Internal routing and provision for a dropper seatpost are nice detailed touches. The entry ports on the head tube look a bit messy though and will require some form of D.I.Y to keep them neat and fresh for longer. Features29er for enduro or trail riding Niner's flagship RDO Carbon Compaction System makes for a precise lay-up 125 mm of 29er-specific CVA travel keeps the pedaling platform firm and consistent FOX's Float CTD Adjust Trail shock ISCG 05 tabs to add a chain guide if you'd like 12x142mm rear axle Titanium frame guards Optimized for 120 or 140mm travel forks Components Fork: RockShox Pike RCT3 Solo Air Another Pike equipped bike and another Pike that performs as suspension should. We have ridden several Pikes in all sorts of configurations and they always get the job done. The ease of adding or removing bottomless tokens makes tweaking the Pike to your liking a breeze. Shock: Fox Float CTD, Kashima The Kashima coated Fox Float CTD was a good match to the Pike and the overall feel of the bike. Drivetrain: SRAM X01 A SRAM X1 crank does duty with an otherwise full X01 drivetrain. As always shifting was smooth and precise and I never once suffered a dropped chain or clunky shifting. Brakes and Rotors: Shimano XT M785 ICE Tech Pads with 180/160MM Rotors No use having a fast fun bike if the stoppers can't keep up. Shimano XT brakes are popular for a very good reason. Brake feel and modulation is excellent and offers great stopping power with no sign of fatigue or heat build-up. Seat post: RockShox Reverb Stealth routing would have been nice, but the externally routed Reverb works just as well. Great to see that all but the 2-Star GX1 model arrive standard with a dropper. Handlebar: Niner Flat Top RDO, 780mm The handlebar, along with the Pike, were the first signs to me that Niner mean business with this bike. Not only is the bar nice and wide, it is comfortable. At 179cm tall I'd trim them down to 760mm, but that's personal preference and I like the fact that they start out wide and give you the option to work your way down from there. Saddle: Niner Custom with Cr-Mo Rails Niner's own saddle is comfortable in all the right places. I don't mind a flat, low-profile saddle, but found this one disappear under me from the first ride. Tyres: Schwalbe Nobby Nic Snakeskin TL, 2.35 Over the last year or so I have come to the conclusion that Nobby Nics do not have a place on a bike that's meant to hit single track at speed. Thankfully they have seen a major overall for 2016 and early reports have been good. Wheelset: NoTubes 3.30/ZTR Flow EX, 15mm Front, 142 X 12mm Rear Back in the day Flow rims were considered heavy and for AM / DH use only. Some knew better and revelled in their strength and durability for day in, day out fun. On a 29er the extra strength helps off set the bigger size and the wheel deflection that plagues skinnier 29ers wheels. An added advantage of the Flow EX rims is the 25.5mm inner diameter (29.1mm outer) adding some volume to your tyres of choice. Specification: FrameRIP 9 RDO – MATTE WHITE/NINER GREEN or LICORICE BLACKForkRockShox PIKE RCT3 Solo Air 140mm, 15MMShockFox Float CTD with Kashima coatWheelsNOTUBES 3.30/ZTR FLOW EX, 15MM FRONT, 142 X 12MM REARTiresSCHWALBE NOBBY NIC SNAKESKIN TL, 2.35Brakes and RotorsShimano XT M785 ICE Tech Pads with 180/160MM RotorsBrake LeversShimano XT M785ShifterSRAM XO1 11spRear DerailleurSRAM XO1 11spShiftersShimano XT M8000 I-Spec 2 for 11 SpeedCassetteSRAM XG 1195 11sp 10-42TChainSRAM PC 1170CranksetSRAM X1 GXP 32TBottom BracketSRAM GXPSaddleNiner Custom with Cr-Mo Rails, Niner GraphicSeat postRockShox ReverbHandlebarNINER Flat Top RDO, 780MM, Red Niner GraphicStem NINER Trail Stem, Red Niner GraphicGripsNINER GrrripsRRPR96,299.00 On the Trail Jumping on the R.I.P RDO, the first thing I noticed was how well the bike pedals even with the shock fully open. Due to rushing to get to the trail, I rode the shock a bit soft on my first ride, but even so there was little sign of unwanted bob and loss of efficiency. Once setup correctly, the R.I.P RDO was happy to tackle any piece of dirt in sight. Short technical climbs were no challenge and when out of the saddle the bike flows under you like a well-oiled machine. Stomping on the pedals for a quick burst of speed translates into forward motion rather than the feeling one often gets of a bike squatting under power. Get up to speed and stay off the brakes to experience a 29er at its best. The combination of the CVA suspension and sorted components makes light work of rough terrain. The just-slack-enough geometry copes well with most trails and technical sections. Even though the Enduro label made it onto the spec sheet, the bike would not be my first weapon of choice for proper big mountain enduros. Stay within its limits and the R.I.P. will reward you with many a smile on your dial for miles. What stood out was just how well-balanced the bike's suspension felt. The combination of the class-leading Pike, CVA suspension and the Fox's tune make for a bike that makes light work of trails. So much so that you actually notice just how smooth and in control it feels. One irritation was the rear shifter cable outer that would build up some slack when the suspension works through its travel. The extra length would end up rubbing against the top of the chain where it runs over the chainring. I had to sort this out a couple of times and it would be nice to see Niner solve this problem. Verdict If you're looking for one bike that can do many things very well, you probably need not look further. Although the R.I.P. 9 stands with both its feet inside the trail camp, the bike sits on the borders of XC and All Mountain, making it a very capable bike. It is not an extreme out there 29er designed to tackle a black route day in, day out. Although it will happily get you safely to the bottom. It is best suited to flowy trails with the odd challenge and obstacle thrown in. So if that is your scene and you're the type of rider who is looking for a fun and capable bike that will be up to a full day in the mountains, the R.I.P 9 RDO should be to your liking. ProsNiner's CVA Suspension performs as advertised Great spec with only the tires a bit of a let down Beautiful design and colours Pedals (damn) well Sorted geometry Cons R96 000 is a lot of money Internal routing did not stay put and can be a bit messy Very little else From the Manufacturer: “Quiver Killer” meets RDO Carbon Compaction in our top-end trail bike. Winner of Outside Magazine’s Gear of the Year award as well as the Eurobike Award for design, the RIP 9 RDO sets the standard for bikes that need to get up to really get down. We’ve incorporated global rider feedback as well as our rigorous carbon design, engineering and testing standards to take a bike that is known for ride quality and handling, and up the ante with the RDO Carbon Compaction System, carbon linkages, ISCG compatibility and exactly the right amount of travel.
  10. The Jet 9 Carbon is Niner's cross-country offering featuring 100mm of rear wheel travel. Although it boasts the same front triangle as its R.D.O (Race Day Optimized) bigger brother, the "Carbon" version as tested has an alloy rear triangle to keep costs in check. Click here to view the article
  11. The Frame The Jet 9 Carbon features a carbon front triangle and an alloy rear with the suspension design being Niner's own patented CVA (Constantly Varying Arc) dual-link rear suspension. Available in a full size curve from XS to XL, the small and up all have space for a water bottle in the front triangle and one under the downtube, while the XS only has space for a bottle mount under the downtube. The frame comes standard with titanium frame guards to keep your chain from eating into the chainstays. Depending on specific models, there is enough clearance to run a 2.4" tire. Most Jet 9 owners would probably not go wider than 2.25" in the rear, but it's great to see enough clearance to run wider tires and more than enough space to keep mud from building up and slowing you down. Internal routing and provision for a dropper seatpost are nice detailed touches. The entry ports on the head tube look a bit messy though and will require some form of D.I.Y to keep them neat and fresh for longer. Features:Carbon full suspension front triangle with alloy rear triangle 100MM of CVA suspension is efficient in every chainring Compatible with 100-120MM Tapered Forks Tuned for CVA – Rock Shox Monarch RT with Fast Black coating Forged alloy suspension linkage and unique Niner hardware 142x12MM rear spacing PF30 bottom bracket Extra small size with industry leading standover Available in: Orange/Blaze Yellow or Black/Slate Grey Full specification: The Jet 9 Carbon as tested here is the 2015 spec. 2016 will sport a Shimano XT M8000 11-speed drivetrain and Rock Shox Pike. FrameJET 9 CARBON - Orange/Blaze Yellow and Black/Slate GreyForkROCKSHOX REBA RLT 120MMWheelsNINER ALLOY, 100X15MM FRONT, 142 X 12MM REAR, NINER GRAPHICTiresSCHWALBE RACING RALPHBrakes and RotorsSHIMANO XT, 180/160MM ROTORSBrake LeversSHIMANO XTFront DerailleurSHIMANO XT M785Front ShifterSHIMANO XT M785Rear DerailleurSHIMANO XT M785Rear ShifterSHIMANO XT M785CassetteSHIMANO XT M785ChainSHIMANO XTCranksetSHIMANO XT M785 Bottom BracketSHIMANOSaddleNINER CUSTOM WITH CR-MO RAILS, NINER GRAPHICSeat postNINER CARBON SEAT POST, 400MM, NINER GRAPHICHandlebarNINER FLAT TOP CARBON, 710MM, NINER GRAPHICStem FSA SL-KGripsNINER GRRRIPS L/O NYLON Components Fork: At first I was a little disappointed to see a a Reba on a carbon Niner. That did not last long as I was pleasantly surprised by the feel of the fork out on the trail. The Reba deals well with trail clutter and felt balanced with the Monarch doing shock duty. Wheels: Niner's own wheels have been spec'ed on the Jet and they were up to the task. A wider rim would be nice and will allow the Jet 9 Carbon to venture even deeper into Trail riding territory. Drivetrain: One simply can not fault Shimano's XT groupset. Shifting was sharp and precise, and I liked riding a 2x drivetrain for a change. Tires: Schwalbe Racing Ralphs and fairly narrow rims do not make for a confidence boosting combo. I suppose the pairing is not out of place on a 100mm Marathon / XC racing bike, but wider rims or gripper tires will make for a more fun experience. Brakes: As with the XT drivetrain, the XT brakes deliver no matter what bike they are on. Just make sure you have the right size rotor for your riding and you should be okay for anything short of the fastest, hardest types of riding. Handlebar: Another spec choice from the Niner parts bin. At 710mm wide it was a bit narrow for my liking, but will most likely be spot on for most XC or marathon riders. I'd still like to see that bumped up to 725mm at least. Grips: I'm not a big fan of foam grips and I prefer lock-ons, but I'd assume foam grips are specced most of the time to save some weight. I'd rather have all-day comfort than save a couple of grams. The Niner grips were quite comfortable though, but in heavier, technical terrain they started to show their shortcomings. Again, not something that will or should be a problem for most XC or Marathon riders. On The Trail Niner prides themselves on the claim that their CVA (Continually Variable Arc) suspension design is designed to pedal well in any size chainring. Having recently ridden the 11-speed R.I.P. and this Jet that came equipped with a 2 x 10 Shimano drivetrain, I can confirm that both bikes pedalled really well regardless of what gear they are in. To the point where you can leave the shock in its full open setting and let the suspension do the work for you. This is music to my ears as it means when setting up the suspension one can truly go for the optimal setting rather than try and find a good (compromised) middle ground. I'm sure hardcore racers will prefer to lock the rear out, but for most trail riders there will be no need to tinker once happy with the set up. Although on paper its geometry is squarely in the XC mould, on the trails it leans towards the feel of a trail bike. Some of that is thanks to the 120mm fork which slackens the head angle out to 70.5° - down from 71.5° with a 100mm fork, depending on axle to crown and tires of course. Thankfully the seat tube angle stays a climb-friendly 73.5° with a 120mm fork. The Jet 9 was happy to tackle both smooth flowy single track and trails with more challenges thrown in. Its neutral feel gives the rider a lot of confidence and all attention can be focused on the trail and having some fun. Pedaling is very good which helps take some effort out of long climbs. Put the gas down out of a corner and the Jet 9 leaps forward with little to no signs of squat under power. Tackling short, steep technical climbs that need a burst of power was especially rewarding on the Jet 9, as the combination of he CVA suspension and the bike's overall geometry works together. District gravel and fire roads are disposed of with a focused tenacity and vigour - hardly causing the Jet 9 to break a sweat. Verdict I have to admit that Niner Bikes have a "coolness factor" that is hard to explain. I think it's a mixture of the way they go about their business, cool graphics and colours, beautiful design (very subjective, I know) and, of course, the way their bikes ride. Or maybe their marketing just works well on me! There can however be no doubt that the Niner is a natural climber that is happy to have some fun if its rider is up for it. There are limits to what a XC focused bike with 100mm travel can do. Stick to those confines and chances are you will have a blast riding your Jet 9 Carbon. More information and pricing available here. From the Manufacturer: The Jet 9 Carbon is the choice for cross country riders looking to topple their riding buddies on the local loop, aim for the podium on any given Sunday, or head out on an endless high country single track epic. It begs you to push harder and challenge your physical limits as you ride further and explore deeper on unridden trails. When you find yourself lost exploring new trails or in the darkness of an oxygen-deprived state as you race yourself to the next trail intersection, the Jet 9 Carbon will deliver you with ease. The new Jet 9 Carbon features the same full carbon front triangle, geometry, and beautiful lines that Niner riders have grown to love. It is now paired with an alloy rear triangle to bring the coveted ride quality of carbon to a greater base of riders. The newly revised frame offers an updated alloy rear triangle that takes advantage of 142x12mm rear wheel spacing and adds confidence to all riding conditions with the ability to run an externally routed dropper post.
  12. The RKT 9 RDO is intended to do one thing very well—fly. All stops were pulled to create the most efficient full suspension race-worthy short travel sled. The frame is constructed using our RDO Carbon Compaction technology, which utilizes highly resilient fibers to provide front and rear triangles that are incredibly lightweight and durable. Punish it on daylong epics and be amazed—it will keep coming back for more despite its featherweight feel. Our patented CVA linkage design allows for pedal forces to operate independently of rear wheel travel, providing every ounce of the rider’s hard-earned energy a clear path to the pedals, and after extensive testing, our engineers optimized the linkage and bearings to produce the lightest, stiffest version of CVA to date. No detail was overlooked. The new CVA linkage relies on meticulously forged and elegantly finished aluminium alloy. Combined with increased bearing diameters, the revolutionized construction better resists lateral deflection and prolongs bearing life without adding weight to the system. A 73MM PF30 BB provides compatibility with the latest 1x and more conventional multiple ring drivetrain configurations and can be adapted to a threaded bottom bracket via adaptors. Frame sizes medium and larger have water bottle mounts on both the underside of the down tube and within the front triangle allowing for ample hydration during longer marathon-style endurance events. When the racing gets rough, the frame finds protection behind titanium frame plates which guard against the potential of a dropped chain, while clear protective decals add impact resistance to common rock-strike and high- abuse areas. Boasting 90mm of incredibly efficient rear travel, the new RKT 9 RDO frameset weighs a mere 4.5 lbs yet it delivers the same stiffness as the JET 9 RDO. Designed with input from our world class athletes, the bike features a race inspired fit that positions the rider lower in the front end thanks to a new svelte top tube and shorter head tube. The RKT’s 439mm chainstay length provides the perfect balance of acceleration, climbing traction and the ability to carve up the racetrack. The RKT is the first Niner to feature Boost 148mm x 12mm rear spacing and has clearance for up to 2.4” tires. This feature allows for a wider spoke interface and an overall stiffer wheel and swingarm combo, enabling you to confidently maintain line selection in the roughest conditions. The new RKT is built with boost spacing resulting in a stiffer and more robust rear triangle. Wheels with the wider 148 x 12mm hubs also have wider spoke triangulation yielding a combination that provides more positive power transfer and a snappy feel accelerating out of corners. Designed around racing performance, the RKT achieves the lowest standover height of any bike in our line up. This low standover height allows the bike to be leaned further to tackle tight corners and switchbacks, and delivers a truly nimble, race-ready ride. Models and specification: 5-Star XTR 1X - R136,499.00 4-Star X01-RS1 - R107,799.00 4-Star X01 Fox - R96,299.00 3-Star XT 1X - R78,999.00 3-Star XT 2X - R81,899.00 2-Star GX1 - R64,699.00 RKT 9 RDO frame only: R43,399.00 Key features:Carbon full suspension Niner RDO Carbon Compaction System for the ultimate in strength and reliabilty 90mm of patented CVA suspension is efficient in every chainring Optimized for 100mm forks (also compatible with 120mm forks) Tuned for CVA – FOX Float DPS Factory rear shock with 3 position remote lever Internal cable routing for a clean setup that is Di2 ready Custom forged 6066 alloy suspension linkage is light and stiff Boost 148mm x 12mm rear spacing Tech specs:73mm PF30 BB PF30 BB is adaptable to threaded BB via adaptors (sold separately) Shock size: 165 x 38mm (6.5 X 1.5”) - 90mm travel (3.5”) Shock mounting hardware: 21.84 X m8 Shock sag: 25% (which will move the o-ring 9.5mm down the shaft) 30.9 seat post, 370mm recommended Internal and external dropper post compatible 34.9 seat collar S3/ low direct mount front derailleur 1.125” X 1.5” tapered integrated (campy style) head tube, headset included, Cane Creek description: is42/28.6 Is52/40 Sealed cartridge Enduro Max black oxide bearings: (8x) 26x17x5 Boost 148 x 12mm rear spacing Medium, large, xl have one bottle mount under down tube and one bottle mount inside triangle, s and xs have one bottle mount inside triangle Titanium frame guards Can fit up to a 2.4” Tire (tire sizes vary by brand, some tires may not fit) SRAM recommended 2x boost chain rings: 26/39t or lower SRAM 1x boost max chain ring clearance: 38t, 168mm Q factor Shimano XT m8000 boost recommended 2x chain rings: 28/40t or lower Shimano XTR m9020 boost recommended 1x chain ring: 38t or lower
  13. From the race track to everyday singletrack, the RKT 9 RDO is made to fly. Our completely new frame design will have you rethinking what is possible on a short-travel, race-ready full suspension 29er. Click here to view the article
  14. It's time to re-launch NINER bikes in South Africa and put them back up where they belong…on podiums countrywide! Click here to view the article
  15. Now available as complete star-tiered bike builds with price points to suit just about everybody’s pocket, or as framesets only of course. We also carry NINER brand components and accessories as well as rider gear. You're only a few clicks away from owning the NINER of your dreams at prices to make you smile, dance, sing and of course ride! Visit http://niner.co.za to order direct to your door! Of course we have a dealer support structure too, so you can choose to ship your new weapon to your favourite store for them to assemble and fit for you or choose to have us professionally assemble for you. If you are a dealer please get in touch to find out about our dealer support program and get set up. If you’re hard to convince then sign up to our newsletter for notifications on our upcoming demo days or get in touch us or with your local dealer for more information on NINER’s amazing ride quality, unique suspension and award winning geometry. As part of our online launch, we offering an additional R2000 off our already amazing online prices. Just enter the coupon code ‘LAUNCH’ in your cart. Offer valid till Sunday 13th September 2015. Now, #PedalDamnIt! Follow us on Twitter @niner_sa Follow us on Instagram @niner_sa
  16. Niner Jet 9 Carbon The Jet 9 Carbon is Niner's cross-country offering featuring a carbon front triangle and an alloy rear. The seat post and handlebar are also carbon. We have the orange/ blaze yellow colour way in for testing, there is also a more conservative black/ slate grey option for those seeking a little less attention. The 2016 three star XT specification features a full M8000 XT groupset with the option of running it 1x or 2x. Notably, Niner have gone with the bold choice of fitting a Rock Shox Pike to the front. Our test model, however, is an interim build and features the previous generation of XT components and a Rock Shox Reba. Features: Carbon full suspension front triangle with alloy rear triangle 100MM of CVA suspension is efficient in every chainring Compatible with 100-120MM Tapered Forks Tuned for CVA – Rock Shox Monarch RT with Fast Black coating Forged alloy suspension linkage and unique Niner hardware 142x12MM rear spacing PF30 bottom bracket Extra small size with industry leading standover Available in: Orange/Blaze Yellow or Black/Slate Grey 2016 Niner Jet 9 Carbon XT Specifications FrameJET 9 CARBON - Orange/Blaze Yellow and Black/Slate GreyForkROCKSHOX PIKE RC SOLO AIR 120MM, 110X15MMWheelsNINER ALLOY, 110X15MM FRONT, 142 X 12MM REAR, NINER GRAPHICTiresMAXXIS IKON SC 2.35 F, 2.20 RBrakes and RotorsSHIMANO XT M8000 ICE TECH PADS, 180/160MM RT86 ICE TECH ROTORSBrake LeversSHIMANO XT M8000Front DerailleurSHIMANO XT M8000 11SP (IF APPLICABLE)Front ShifterSHIMANO XT M8000 2/3SP I-SPEC II (IF APPLICABLE)Rear DerailleurSHIMANO XT M8000 GS 11SP SHADOW PLUSRear ShifterSHIMANO XT M8000 11SP I-SPEC IICassetteSHIMANO XT M8000 11-42TChainSHIMANO XT HG-600 11SPCranksetSHIMANO XT M8000 36/26T (32T 1X)Bottom BracketSHIMANO XT MT80SaddleNINER CUSTOM WITH CR-MO RAILS, NINER GRAPHICSeat postNINER CARBON SEAT POST, 400MM, NINER GRAPHICHandlebarNINER FLAT TOP CARBON, 710MM, NINER GRAPHICStem NINER ALLOY STEM, NINER GRAPHICNinerNINER GRRRIPS L/O NYLON Pricing JET 9 Carbon XT 1x R59,109.30 JET 9 Carbon XT 2x R61,858.57 Frame only R27,221.03 From the Manufacturer: The Jet 9 Carbon is the choice for cross country riders looking to topple their riding buddies on the local loop, aim for the podium on any given Sunday, or head out on an endless high country single track epic. It begs you to push harder and challenge your physical limits as you ride further and explore deeper on unridden trails.When you find yourself lost exploring new trails or in the darkness of an oxygen-deprived state as you race yourself to the next trail intersection, the Jet 9 Carbon will deliver you with ease. The new Jet 9 Carbon features the same full carbon front triangle, geometry, and beautiful lines that Niner riders have grown to love. It is now paired with an alloy rear triangle to bring the coveted ride quality of carbon to a greater base of riders. The newly revised frame offers an updated alloy rear triangle that takes advantage of 142x12mm rear wheel spacing and adds confidence to all riding conditions with the ability to run an externally routed dropper post. Kitted Wonder Ring South African company Kitted manufacture a number of products aimed to solve your drivetrain woes. Their retention chainrings currently cater for 104BCD and 94 BCD (SRAM 1x cranks), they also recently introduced a direct mount chainring for SRAM BB30 cranks with removable spiders. Kitted also offer a 42T cassette range extender. We've been given a 32T Wonder Ring to bolt onto one of our test bikes. This chainring sells for R500 and is available through the Kitted website. SRAM X1 SRAM released their first 1 x 11 speed mountain bike drivetrain in 2012. Much to their own surprise, it was adopted by pros, amateurs and manufacturers alike. Following XX1 was the slightly toned down X01 range which was still on the expensive side.Roll on another year and SRAM's X1 was introduced in a bid to offer the same performance and reliability, but in an even cheaper package. It is still the same groupset, but it is now carved out of alloy rather than made from carbon and we no longer have the option of a Twist Grip shifter. All of this means it weighs in at 1750g (vs 1525g for X01 and 1473g for XX1) which is still competitive thanks to the lack of front derailleur and shifter. Recommend retail price: R13,500.00 Features: Single ring, 11 speed drivetrain 10 - 42 eleven speed cassette that uses a proprietary XD driver body Eleven speed X1 X-Horizon rear derailleur with Cage Lock Aluminium crank arms 30, 32, 34, 36 or 38 tooth X-Sync chain rings in both direct or standard mount and 26, 28 and 40 tooth direct mount only Eleven speed trigger shifter
  17. First Look Friday is an introduction to the products that we are currently testing for review. This week we're featuring a Niner Jet 9, a Kitted chainring, and SRAM's X1 drivetrain. Click here to view the article
  18. First Look Friday is an introduction to the products that we are currently testing for review. This week we're featuring the Niner R.I.P. 9 RDO, Darkhorse DH29 MTB wheelset, and FUNN Mamba pedals. Click here to view the article
  19. Niner R.I.P. 9 RDO The R.I.P 9 is Niner's do-everything trail bike with 125-millimeters of rear-wheel travel. The RDO (Race Day Optimised) is the full carbon model that sits at the top of the range. It features a carbon swingarm and rocker links with oversized aluminium axles. The suspension design is Niner's own patented CVA (Constantly Varying Arc) dual-link rear suspension. There is also a carbon front triangle / alloy rear triangle "RIP 9 Carbon" available to help keep the retail price in check, although it doesn't skimp on any features. While I get the (cool) RDO branding, calling the Carbon / Alloy model "Carbon" is a little confusing. The bike we have on test comes dressed in the best of the best gear - all of it working together to make this bike go fast. Specification: FrameRIP 9 RDO – MATTE WHITE/NINER GREEN or LICORICE BLACKForkRockShox PIKE RCT3 Solo Air 140mm, 15MMShockFox Float CTD with Kashima coatWheelsNOTUBES 3.30/ZTR FLOW EX, 15MM FRONT, 142 X 12MM REARTiresSCHWALBE NOBBY NIC SNAKESKIN TL, 2.35Brakes and RotorsShimano XT M785 ICE Tech Pads with 180/160MM RotorsBrake LeversShimano XT M785ShifterSRAM XO1 11spRear DerailleurSRAM XO1 11spShiftersShimano XT M8000 I-Spec 2 for 11 SpeedCassetteSRAM XG 1195 11sp 10-42TChainSRAM PC 1170CranksetSRAM X1 GXP 32TBottom BracketSRAM GXPSaddleNiner Custom with Cr-Mo Rails, Niner GraphicSeat postRockShox ReverbHandlebarNINER Flat Top RDO, 780MM, Red Niner GraphicStem NINER Trail Stem, Red Niner GraphicGripsNINER GrrripsRRPR93,399.00 Darkhorse Wheels DH29 MTB wheels Despite being a well-known brand on the road, Darkhorse Wheels products are still rare on the dirt. We got our hands on a set of DH29 wheels to see if Darkhorse can translate their solid road offering to mountain biking. The DH29 carbon wheelset weighs in at 1460 grams. Sapim CX Ray spokes hold everything in place. The hubs are Bitex and feature easily changeable caps for different axle sizes. The DH29 wheelset retails for R13,195. Features:Rim: High modulus full carbon rim. Hookless design. Tubeless ready. Weight: 1460 grams per set Hubs: Bitex MTF15 front ; MTR12 rear Spokes: Sapim CX Ray 32 front and rear spokes, 3 cross pattern. Nipples: Sapim SILS secure lock nipples Max Tyre: pressure 45psi Rider weight limit: 100kg Bearings: 4 sealed cartridge enduro bearings front and rear O.L.D: 100/110mm front ; 135/142mm rear Axle: QR/15/20mm front ; QR/12mm rear Rim dimension: 23mm deep x 27mm wide Freebody: XX1/ 10spd/ 11spd FUNN Mamba Pedals Funn's Mamba SPD-style clipless pedal is aimed towards DH, AM and Enduro riders looking for a pedal with a wider platform. A DU bushing, needle bearing, and a sealed cartridge bearing are found inside the pedal's 6061 aluminium body. All of which can be easily greased through FUNN's unique and patented Grease Renew System allows you to inject new grease, and the old will be squeezed out. No more dirty hands and the ease of operation should mean longer lasting bearings thanks to regular maintenance. Up to 4 traction pins can be screwed into each side of the pedal to add grip. The Mamba's claimed weight is 590 grams per pair for the double sided version, and 530 grams per pair for the single sided version and are available in black, grey, red, blue, orange. RRP R1,950 for the two-sided and R1,250 for the one-sided.
  20. Found a Niner linkage bolt in Tokai. Its red.
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    Finally - Niner Wheels

    http://www.ninerbikes.com/Carbon_CX_Wheelset http://www.ninerbikes.com/Carbon_MTB_Wheelset_XX1 http://www.ninerbikes.com/Carbon_MTB_Wheelset and they solve the wheelsize debate http://www.ninerbikes.com/wheelsize
  22. So here it is: Two bikes, awesome reviews for each of them. The Niner a XC machine with good trail abilities and the Pyga a trail machine with surprisingly good XC capabilities. The frame price is not very different (R19k <> R22k). The Niner will be 1kg lighter. But the Pyga is robust, local and the green just looks rad! I ride Table Mountain and Durbanville trails and hit as many XC races as fit into the calender. Ok, let's see what you got! :-) (I know its Friday and I am already wearing a flame proof suit...;-))
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    Niner EBB II

    Hi guys, any idea who stocks these and estimate retail price? Needs to be the EBB II, not the old model. I'm running a GXP crank, but according to Niner it is not recommended with any other CYA insert other than the EBB models?
  24. Hi guys/gals. My cuzzie has a choice between the 2 frames. I know which one I'd take, but my opinion doesn't matter in this scenario. Please give input on which frame and why.
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