Niner Bikes has just announced 3 new bikes for 2015, the RIP 9 Carbon, the new JET 9 Carbon and the EMD 9.
Niner RIP 9 Carbon
Like other models in the Niner lineup, the new RIP 9 Carbon fills the gap between their alloy RIP 9 and their RDO carbon RIP 9. The RIP is an all mountain trail bike with 125mm of rear travel provided by Niner’s CVA technology and is compatible with 120mm to 140mm forks. The RIP 9 Carbon has a carbon main triangle mated to an alloy rear triangle. The frame has removable ISCG 05 tabs and an offset linkage design for chain guide fitment. The suspension linkage is made from carbon with alloy hardware. The rear axle spacing is 142x12mm. The RIP 9 Carbon is available in satin black/green or slate grey/orange in 5 sizes (XS, SM, MD, LG, XL) and the MSRP is $2199 (includes frame, Rock Shox Monarch RT shock, seat collar and Maxle). Geometry is identical to the RIP 9 RDO.
The RIP 9 hits the heart of the all mountain trail audience and is one of Niner’s most popular models. This new RIP 9 Carbon meets the buyer in the middle and helps deliver a solid balance of performance and price.
The Niner RIP 9 Carbon in Satin Black/Niner Green (left) and Slate Grey/Niner Orange (right).
Niner JET 9 Carbon
The JET 9 Carbon gets some updates including dropper post cable routing, a 142x12mm rear maxle and all new alloy rear triangle. The alloy rear triangle allows Niner to offer a quality complete bike package without an increase in price. The JET is an XC bike with 100mm of CVA suspension and is compatible with 100mm to 120mm forks. The frame has a press-fit bottom bracket, 142x12mm rear spacing and forged alloy suspension linkage. The JET 9 Carbon is available in orange/yellow or black/slate finish, 5 sizes (XS, SM, MD, LG, XL) and the MSRP is also $2199 (frame, Rock Shox Monarch RT shock, seat collar, headset and Maxle).
Although the alloy rear triangle on the JET 9 Carbon might seem like a step down, you are getting a higher end carbon front triangle. You also get more up-to-date rear axle options while maintaining the all crucial price point of just over $2k.
The Niner JET 9 Carbon in Orange/Blaze Yellow (left) and Black/Slate Grey (right).
Niner EMD 9
As an indication of Niner’s simplifying of models and options, the new EMD 9 will be available as a complete bike only. The updates to the bike include stealth dropper post routing and hydroformed tubing throughout. In addition, the EMD 9 will be delivered to Niner dealers 95% assembled. The EMD 9 is a 7005 alloy hardtail that has Niner’s proven hardtail 29er geometry. It is optimized for 100mm to 120mm forks and has good tire clearance. The frame features a tapered headtube, standard threaded bottom bracket and replaceable derailleur hanger. The EMD 9 is available in satin black/red finish, 5 sizes (XS, SM, MD, LG, XL) and has an MSRP of $1499 (complete bike with Rock Shox Recon Silver Solo Air 100mm fork, Shimano Deore drivetrain, Shimano M445 disc brakes, Niner alloy wheels with WTB Nine Line 2.0 tires.
It’s interesting to see Niner cleaning up their lineup by offering the EMD 9 as a complete bike only. Alloy hardtails are not dead and should appeal to beginners or buyers on a budget who are new to big hoops.
The Niner EMD 9 with stealth dropper post routing and hydroformed tubing throughout.
All 3 models will begin shipping in February. Be sure to scroll through our photo gallery below to see ALL the great photos including more action shots and studio close-ups.
For more information visit www.ninerbikes.com.