Niner RIP 9
It was good to see Niner back at the Dirt Demo after a two or three year absence. I was really interested in trying the Jet 9 RDO and the Rip 9 has always been one of my favorites so we grabbed both of them. I hadn’t ridden the Rip 9 since v. 2 first came out so was interested to see how this newest iteration compared.
We checked out a size large which felt big and tall but not overly long in the top tube so not sure how the medium would’ve compared. The tall stack height, wide bars, and big rolling rubber gave me a “monster truck” sensation while sitting on top of the Rip 9 and I expected it to totally flatten the trail, but for all its girth I didn’t find it overly plush or smoothing. Something about the all Rock Shox suspension just felt stiff. I didn’t play with the tech adjusted settings on this bike but if I had thought about it I would’ve tried less air front and back. It did climb fairly efficiently but wasn’t nimble in tighter spots or working its way through boulder fields.
I did like the upright seating position, the fit and finish was good, and the Licorice and white paint scheme was sharp. Overall this is a very good bike. Perhaps with more suspension set up time (or perhaps with the excellent new TALAS 34 140/110 fork or Pike ) I could’ve gotten the Rip 9 feeling more like the playful trail/am monster I was expecting, but as it was it fell a bit short for me.
This Revelation fork was a bit of a weak link in this set up which is surprising because I’ve had good experiences with Revs in the past.
WTB AM 29er rims and Nobby Nics are a good solid wheel/tire combo. More 1×11 = more points won.
Beautifully crafted pivots, rockers, and curvaceous stays. This demo bike’s name was Jordan. The ghost of JMH still at Niner?
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