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2017 Niner RKT 9 RDO 5-Star X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike

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2017 Niner RKT 9 RDO 5-Star X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike

 

You’ve been taking hardtails onto downhill-only singletrack since you first started biking, and somehow, not having the funds for a 6-inch enduro monster right off the bat translated into a love affair with XC that you’d never walk away from now. Though your passion for XC hasn’t faded, your relationship with it has grown with time, and rather than a hardtail with just a little squish up front, you expect a little more from your bike these days. Devour bumps, clean race courses, and dive into big lines with more plushness than your younger, hardtail-riding self could’ve dreamed of with Niner’s RKT 9 RDO 5-Star Mountain Bike. Kitted out with the drivetrain of the self-sponsored cyclist’s dreams and continuing to reap the rewards of a smart redesign in 2016, the RKT 9 RDO is ready to take your relationship with XC to towering heights.

When redesigning the RKT for 2016, Niner started with the task of trying to bridge the gap between low-weight XC race machines and high-confidence, line-holding trail sleds. It hit its mark last year with such precision that for 2017, the brand’s made no changes to the impressive frame. That means you’ll still get to take advantage of the long-and-low swagger of the front end when heading into chunky spots, with over four-and-a-half inches of squish and the line-holding confidence that 29er tires are bred with backing you up. The use of Boost axle spacing in the front and rear also gave Niner the opportunity to slam the back wheel up and reduce the chainstays to a stubby 439mm. That, paired with the RKT 9 RDO’s low standover height, translates to agile, aggressive cornering and acceleration from the race course to shuttle laps.

Niner shapes this do-it-all carbon fiber frame carefully using its RDO Carbon Compaction System (CCS) for a precise, flawless result. Using CCS, Niner builds a frame with as little excess material as possible, hitting stiffness marks without compromise while eliminating structural imperfections and inconsistencies with wall thickness. It also uses its CVA suspension to play to the strengths of a low-travel, high-speed bike. Even while riding with the shock fully open, CVA encourages speed on rocky, root-latticed climbs to the point that the RKT fires out of berms on the uphills with almost the same alacrity as it does on the downhills. When you’re standing above a gnarly stretch of trail, not quite at the point of no return, the RKT will always indulge your enduro ambitions, leaving the restraint — if any exists — to you.

 

2017 Niner RKT 9 RDO 5-Star X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike

Take your XC dreams to new heights on this capable bike

29er-specific suspension plays to the frame’s strengths

Long cockpit provides enduro-grade stability on descents

Tight rear triangle is nimble around switchbacks

Expert carbon construction is clean, light, and stiff

Precise, limitless shifts with Eagle X01 12-speed drivetrain

Boost axles increase tire clearance and wheel stiffness

 

2017 Niner RKT 9 RDO 5-Star X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike

Frame Material:

carbon fiber

Suspension:

CVA

Rear Shock:

FOX Float DPS Factory

Rear Travel:

3.5 in (90 mm)

Fork:

FOX 34 Float Factory FIT4

Front Travel:

4.7 in (120 mm)

Headset:

Cane Creek 1.125 x 1.5 in tapered integrated

Shifters:

SRAM Eagle X01 12-speed

Rear Derailleur:

SRAM Eagle X01 12-speed

Crankset:

34T SRAM Eagle X1

Bottom Bracket:

SRAM PF30

Cassette:

10 – 50t SRAM Eagle XG 1295

Chain:

SRAM Eagle X01 12-speed

Brakeset:

SRAM Guide RSC

Brake Type:

hydraulic disc

Rotors:

[front/rear] 180 / 160 mm G2CS

Handlebar:

Niner Flat Top RDO

Handlebar Width:

780 mm

Grips:

Niner Grrrips L/O

Stem:

Niner RDO

Saddle:

Niner Custom (Ni-Cro Ti rails)

Seatpost:

Niner RDO 370 mm

Seat Collar:

34.9 mm

Wheelset:

Niner Carbon XC

Hubs:

DT Swiss 350

Front Axle:

15 x 110 mm Boost

Rear Axle:

12 x 148 mm Boost

Tires:

Maxxis Ikon 3C/EXO/TR

Tire Size:

[front/rear] 2.35 / 2.20 in

Recommended Use:

cross-country

Manufacturer Warranty:

5 years

Actual Weight:

Blue/Green, L: 11250g

 

GEOMETRY CHART

RKT 9
100mm Travel Fork
  Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
XS 15in 21.9in 23in 15.5in 27.4in 3.7in 70.5o 74o 1.38in 17.3in 42.3in
16in 22.4in 23.2in 16in 27.6in 3.9in 71o 74o 1.38in 17.3in 42.7in
M 18in 23.2in 23.6in 16.7in 28.7in 4.3in 71o 74o 1.38in 17.3in 43.4in
L 20in 24in 24in 17.4in 30in 4.7in 71o 74o 1.38in 17.3in 44.3in
XL 22in 24.8in 24.4in 18in 31.6in 5.1in 71o 74o 1.38in 17.3in 45.1in

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