Niner RIP Goes Alloy

New 27.5+/29 RIP gets more affordable

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Carbon bikes offer incredible performance, but alloy bikes are softer on the wallet.

Carbon bikes offer incredible performance, but alloy bikes are softer on the wallet.

Plastic fantastic bikes offer incredible performance, but all that awesome comes at a cost. For those of who don’t pull in six figures, alloy bikes with a hint of carbon are by far the better buy.

That’s why Niner has chosen to release an alloy version of their recently launched RIP 9 RDO. In carbon, the base level model retails for $4,700 and comes equipped with an SLX drivetrain.

Suspension duties are handled by Niner’s phenomenal CVA platform.

Suspension duties are handled by Niner’s phenomenal CVA platform.

The RIP alloy features a similar build kit but retails for roughly a grand less. There’s no denying that carbon is lighter and offers an improved ride feel, but a thousand bucks buys a whole lot of adventures and beer…..

The RIP 9 shares the same geo as the RIP 9 RDO. It will be available in four sizes: S/M/L/XL.

The RIP 9 shares the same geo as the RIP 9 RDO. It will be available in four sizes: S/M/L/XL.

Both the alloy and carbon models share the same shreddy geometry, 150mm of rear travel, and the ability to switch between 29” and 27.5+ wheels. You also get a proper threaded BB, Boost spacing, and clearance for up to a 29” x 2.5” tire.

For a full rundown of the suspension platform, geometry, etc… Check out Jason’s first look of the RIP 9 RDO here.

The main spec difference between the plus and 29” version is fork travel and wheelset.

The main spec difference between the plus and 29” version is fork travel and wheelset.

There will be two different build kits available at launch. The 29” model comes with a 160mm Lyric, KS dropper, Monarch Debonair, and SLX kit. Retail is $3,500. For an additional $300, you can get the plus version. This build is virtually identical, except fork travel goes up by 10mm, and you get a Stan’s wheelset.

For more info, visit www.ninerbikes.com.

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