This is a top candidate for a 1 bike stable. If you ride it all, up, down, rough, smooth, all day, or the “I’ve never been there rides”, the Rip9 is a top choice. It pedals well for those all day 60 mile epics. It is super stable for jumps or rutted chutes. Pay the extra dollars and get a fork with a TA and tapered steerer even if you don’t buy from Niner. I’m one to reuse my favorite parts on hand, but this is not going to be one of those times. Sell the old fork if you planned to use it, and buy a new one. The frame/wheels/fork should strongly be considered as one package and build the bike from there.
I had a few chainsuck events during my 3 months riding the bike, so some tuning and alignment are in order. A bike like this deserves consideration to run 2×9 with some type of chain tensioner. You find that the RIP9 loves to rip the DH, and your chain will invariably be flapping in the wind.
Who should buy it?
-If I only buy one bike
-Hardtail diehard, tired of getting dropped by his buddies in the rough and fast downhills
-Want a great all day, all terrain 29er
4 out of 5 Stars
4.75 out of 5 Stars