While the Jet 9 RDO represents the zenith of Niner's dedication to the no-holds-barred, full-suspension XC race bike, the Jet 9 Carbon Complete Bicycle answers the call of competitive spirits without requiring a sponsorship bankroll. Thankfully, this SLX/Deore/American Classic equipped carbon frame has enough similarities to the RDO that it's still a fighter -- not a bloated airliner.
From exploring new terrain, to lining up at 24 hour events, the 100mm travel Jet 9 Carbon has the ingredients to provide its rider with a rewarding experience. It shares the same carbon monocoque front triangle with tapered head tube as the RDO -- including the PF30 PressFit bottom bracket, eight oversized cartridge bearings, and cleanly routed internal cables. Most importantly though, they share the same eager 29er geometry.
That's where the similarities end, and the Jet 9 Carbon takes on an existence all of its own. Instead of carbon links, the Jet 9 gets stiff forged alloy ones. The rear triangle uses a similar carbon layup, but instead of the new 142 x 12mm thru axle, this Jet 9 gets the 135 x 10mm quick-release standard. These measures add negligible weight to the picture, without sacrificing anything to the handling deities.
Strengths: Great package for the price. Incredible range of adjust-ability from plush to rigid. Spot-on handling.
Weaknesses: WTB Saddle will be too small for some.
This is a phenomenal package for the price. All the selected components are 'price-point' components that perform better than you'd expect... SLX drivetrain and brakes are amazing. The wheels are not super-light, but feel great none-the-less. The handling is spot-on. Not quick, not slow... just right. The bike really is point and shoot. While the wheelbase is longer than my more racy hard-tail, I haven't noticed any less maneuverability in tight spots. The range of adjust-ability in the suspension is quite nice. When dialed-in it is super-plush in Descend mode and obviously super-rigid in Climb. Trail mode is a nice balance between the two. I can feel no play in any of the suspension linkages, all is very tight. If you're a hard-tail rider and new to FS, this is a great bike for you. It's active but very efficient. Climbs better than my hard-tail in the rough, allows you to sit and spin. When I want rigid, just flip the switch on the fork and shock.
Negatives for me are minor. I ride/fit a 143 specialized saddle and found the stock WTB Volt saddle to be too short and too narrow. I actually like the design... if it only came in a larger version. I also did not care for the stock flat handlebar.
Coming from a fairly typical hard-tail (Specialized Stumpjumper), I found the top-tube and cockpit to be a little short, but within reason. I fell in between sizes (Medium and Large). I was advised to go smaller... while I did not want to ride the taller bike, I knew the Medium length was going to be too short. I went with the large and find it to be just right... not too tall at all. If you are in-between, demo both.
Similar Products Used: Specialized Stumpjumper 29, Gary Fisher Sugar
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: July 8, 2013
Made to fly? It literally wants to be in the air at any possible jump.
Weaknesses: Almost too stiff...
Handling is twitchy.
Front end is light going uphill and wants to pop off.
This bike is fast... Whoa, it cranks uphill and is great on smooth, twisty singletrack where you can really carve into the turns. Not the greatest bike when things get a little more trail oriented with roots, rocks, and small drops. The bike is super stiff laterally and really likes to launch into the air and lands perfect. It is a tremendous value when compared to the JET 9 RDO. It climbed much better (obviously) than the RIP 9, but didn't have that "fun" factor that gives you such a big smile on your face as when you ride the RIP. My wife likes to go fast, first or last ricky bobby style, so I built it up for her and she couldn't be happier. Excellent bike when you build from ground up yourself.
Strengths: Extremely Stiff, Great Geometry, Perfect feel, Lightweight
Weaknesses: internal cable routing is good but is a little temperamental
I traded my 2011 Jet 9 Aluminum for this bike with cash to my LBS. The bike with Stans wheels, Fox shock and fork, carbon bars, Thompsen post, X9 2x10 components with XT brakes and time ATAC weighed in at 24.5 lbs,Size Medium very nice.
Although weight was not my biggest concern it was a good start. I have only 6 rides on the bike before i had shoulder surgery so take this into consideration, sucks.
I am 68 1/2 in, and weigh 180lbs, bike fit for med with 70mm stem was perfect. Felt very comfortable on first ride coming off of a Jet 9 A, and Charlie at my LBS had everything dialed in. The bike felt really light and even better was very stiff.
I had a smile on my face the whole ride and i wound up riding 4 out of 7 days (anticipating surgery).
What a well built XC bike this is, looks and feels like you can ride all day.
I have put it in the shed for the next 6 months.
Can't wait to get back in the saddle again.
Bottom line-Great bicycle-no regrets
The new Jet 9 alloy has sweet externally routed cables, 100 mm of travel, and looks sweet. I am disappointed that Niner went with the bogus direct mount front derailleur that lacks adjustability; however, you cannot have it all. I would spec with a clamp on top pull old school front derailleur ins ... Read More »
I have narrowed my search down to a lightly used 12 Jet 9 RDO with XT components, sun ringle black flag wheels, RockShox fork with handlebar lockout in licorice black. It will come with the warranty. Or a brand new 13 Jet 9 Carbon with SLx components, American classic race wheels and fox Fork in t ... Read More »
I traded my Aluminum Jet 9 frame for the new carbon model-Wow what a difference. I really liked the A Jet 9 but am glad I made the switch.
Stiffer, lighter and much better steering.
24.2 lbs compared to 26
Somebody help me with some brakes!
Avid 5's are not getting it.Read More »
Just finished putting this together and[ATTACH=CONFIG]795274[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]795275[/ATTACH] am real happy how it came together.Build is xx1 22.9 lbs waiting on 2014 float 120 and will replace rev 130.Read More »
I'm at a stand still on which bike I want.
My dealer is willing to build up either frame to my specs and the price difference is $600.
He says he would go for the Carbon, save some money, maybe a little more robust and not much of a weight penalty.
There doesn't seem to be a lot of info out ... Read More »