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2017 Niner RIP 9 RDO 3-Star XT Complete Mountain Bike


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2017 Niner RIP 9 RDO 3-Star XT Complete Mountain Bike


Niner’s RIP 9 RDO 3-Star XT Complete Mountain Bike got quite the facelift for 2017. It now boasts a deeper suspension, slacker head tube, steeper seat tube, stubbier chainstays, and a longer top tube, helping it span the gap between its trail heritage and your enduro aspirations. Kitted out with Shimano’s XT drivetrain, a dropper post, and Stan’s NoTubes hoops, the RIP 9’s newly found all-mountain versatility takes its much-loved predecessor’s capabilities to an entirely new level.

In addition to the geometry tweaks, the new RIP 9 owes much of its versatility to the introduction of Boost axle spacing. By bumping the rear axle out to 148mm, Niner was able to buy enough clearance at the bottom bracket to shorten the chainstays and sharpen the seat tube angle by 11mm and two degrees, respectively. These subtle changes make the rear triangle that much more responsive to input while also pushing the rider’s engine up over the pedals.

The stubby stays also keep the bike agile, but with a 67-degree head tube and 160mm of Lyrik forgiveness up front, it’s just as happy to try flattening everything in its path—or at least bailing you out when your lines start to get a bit too ambitious. The RIP 9’s longer top tube and short stem keep handling on-point, despite that low head tube angle, so you can always fall back on those stubby stays to navigate stretches of especially technical terrain.

There’s clearly a lot of new radness with the RIP 9, but two things remain pleasantly unchanged: the Race Day Optimized (RDO) construction method and the Constantly Varying Arc (CVA) suspension design. RDO involves a dual-compression process that eliminates resin pooling and allows precise control over wall-thickness. Reducing imperfections makes for a more structurally sound frame, and the targeted control over lay-up and wall thickness lets Niner buttress that structure where appropriate and reduce material where it’ll save weight without sacrificing stiffness. The result marks the nexus of low weight and efficient durability for a frame that’s equal to the abuse of the trail and the pedals.

The new RIP 9’s CVA suspension design is also unchanged, but it allows that design to play with 25mm more travel. This brings it up to 150mm—which parallels the WFO—and optimizes it for descending fast in hairy terrain while keeping it surprisingly responsive when you get on the gas. Unlike other designs, CVA is optimized for the increased bottom bracket drop inherent in 29ers. It tends to ride high with a controlled mid-stroke that balances pedal input and suspension travel, keeping it stable through rock gardens and snappy when you stomp. It also jumps incredibly well; this is one wagon wheeler that’s very happy when it’s airborne.

The frame’s finishing details are everything you’d expect from the obsessive developers at Niner, and our favorite new addition is the inclusion of a BSA threaded bottom bracket. PressFit shells may be lighter and more convenient, but the exact tolerances of a CNC-machined thread are unmatchable by today’s composite technology. The threading means bearing cups install perfectly, reducing wear over time and eliminating the creaks and groans that so often accompany PressFit models. Vulnerable frame bits are girded with titanium protection plates, and the frame also includes integrated battery storage in case you get the urge for electro shifting. The revised axle spacing and geometry dimensions accommodate 29er tires up to 2.5in and, if you throw on some 27.5 rims, the frame will max-out at 3in tires.

The updated RIP 9 pushes firmly into all-mountain territory

Six inches of responsive CVA travel

Updated geometry climbs faster and drops-in with enduro style

RDO carbon construction reduces weight without sacrificing stiffness

Compatible with electronic drivetrain routing and battery storage

Shimano’s XT drivetrain devours trail abuse


2017 Niner RIP 9 RDO 3-Star XT Complete Mountain Bike

Frame Material:

RDO carbon fiber



Rear Shock:

RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 Debonair

Rear Travel:

150 mm


RockShox Lyrik RC Solo Air

Front Travel:

160 mm


Shimano XT M8000 I-Spec II

Front Derailleur:


Rear Derailleur:

Shimano XT M8000 GS Shadow Plus


32 t Race Face Turbine

Bottom Bracket:

Race Face BSA


11 – 46 t Shimano XT M8000


Shimano XT HG-701 11-speed


Shimano XT M8000

Brake Type:

hydraulic disc


[front] 180 mm, [rear] 160 mm


Race Face Aeffect

Handlebar Rise:

20 mm

Handlebar Width:

760 mm


Niner Grrrips, lock-on


Race Face Aeffect 35mm clamp


Niner Custom with Cr-Mo rails


KS Dropzone R


Stan’s NoTubes Neo/ZTR Flow MK3

Front Axle:

15 x 110m Boost

Rear Axle:

12 x 148mm Boost


[front] Maxxis Minion DHR II WT/3C/EXO/TR, [rear] Maxxis Ardent DC/EXO/TR

Tire Size:

[rear] 29 x 2.4 in


not included

Recommended Use:

all-mountain, enduro

Manufacturer Warranty:

5 years on frame

Actual Weight:

Carbon/Green, L: 13400g


2017 Niner RIP 9 RDO 3-Star XT Complete Mountain Bike


160mm Travel Fork
  Seat Tube


Effective Top Tube






Stand Over Head Tube


Head Tube Angle


Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Drop




S 16in 22.7in 24.6in 16.3in 27.9in 3.7in 67o 75.5o 1.1in 17.3in 45.8in
M 17in 23.3in 24.8in 16.9in 28.8in 3.9in 67o 75.5o 1.1in 17.3in 46.4in
L 19in 24.2in 25.1in 17.7in 30in 4.3in 67o 75.5o 1.1in 17.3in 47.4in
XL 21in 25.3in 25.7in 18.6in 31.3in 4.9in 67o 75.5o 1.1in 17.3in 48.5in
170mm Travel Fork
  Seat Tube


Effective Top Tube






Stand Over Head Tube


Head Tube Angle


Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Drop




S 16in 22.8in 24.7in 16.1in 28in 3.7in 66.5o 75o 1in 17.3in 45.9in
M 17in 23.4in 24.9in 16.7in 29in 3.9in 66.5o 75o 1in 17.3in 46.5in
L 19in 24.3in 25.2in 17.5in 29.7in 4.3in 66.5o 75o 1in 17.3in 47.5in
XL 21in 25.3in 25.8in 18.4in 31.5in 4.9in 66.5o 75o 1in 17.3in 48.7in


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