Niner Bikes JET 9 RDO 29er Full Suspension

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Product Description

Niner carbon comes with a guarantee of strength, quality and technical expertise. To improve on a frame that has already surpassed rigorous testing parameters, we had to start at the very core, via Niner’s new RDO Carbon Compaction System. Now used throughout the Niner carbon lineup, this CCS utilizes rigid internal molds and results in tighter, more consistent compaction of the carbon layers, yielding increased precision in wall thickness and significantly reduced resin pooling in the final product, allowing us to aim for better ride tuning, increased strength and durability along with the weight reduction that results from a more efficient process. In the Jet 9 RDO, this new system has resulted in a weight reduction of 70 grams while maintaining all standards for strength, stiffness and durability.

The Niner JET 9 RDO is a full carbon fiber full suspension bike from a company dedicated to ONLY 29ers and with a long history of cutting edge ideas and innovation. Expect this bike to give other carbon fiber 29ers like the Santa Cruz Tallboy and the Gary Fisher Superfly (and the forth coming Ibis 29er) a run for their money. Continue reading →

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by pedaler845 a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: June 27, 2016

Strengths:    Suspension. XT Build. Looks. Ride quality.

Weaknesses:    Cable routing: theyve made improvements for my 2014, but still the internal routing sucks. My housing lasts about 4 months because it gets chewed up where it enters the front of the bike. It takes about 3x longer to replace the housing too -the fork and swingarm get dropped.

Bottom Line:   
Great riding bike. I use it as a trail bike and it is well suited for Northeast technical trails. Not too low bottom bracket. I dont notice any problem with the 17.9" chainstays.

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Favorite Trail:   909 Ringwood Hyde Park Ninham

Duration Product Used:   2 years

Price Paid:    $3500.00

Purchased At:   Competitive Cyclist

Similar Products Used:   MCR Anthem Trance

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by centralcoastkid a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: November 10, 2015

Strengths:    strengths ??? its a niner what more do you need than that ?

Weaknesses:    none yet

Bottom Line:   
Ive owned it for about 8 months now and while Im not a maniac on it Ive taken some hard falls with no damage. its such a blast to ride the climbing ability is great....... it just handles great . after looking at other bikes Im glad I decided to spend the money on this frame and build .

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joe Eustaquio a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2014

Strengths:    Extremely light frame. Smooth soft ride qualities. Internal cable routing. Stout/stiff when standing

Weaknesses:    Paint is not so durable. Slightly compact feeling, so get the right size/stem

Bottom Line:   
Just a joy to ride. Came back to niner from a SantaCruz Tallboy... and man, is the Jet 9 RDO lighter!! Just feels more playful. Easier to throw around the trails. Rear suspension is (dare I to say) smoother than the Tallboy. Just in love with the bike. Very confidence inspiring.

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Favorite Trail:   Auburn Divide/Connector

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1999.00

Purchased At:   Competitive Cyclist

Similar Products Used:   Santcruz Tallboy, Giant Anthem X 29er

Bike Setup:   Fox talas, XX1 drivetrain, Shimano XT brakes, ENVE 740mm bars, Race Face turbine stem, Thomson Masterpiece, Ergon saddle.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Earthpig

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2014

Strengths:    Everything. Comfort, positioning, versatility, speed, climbing, descending, design....thing even looks fast standing still.

Weaknesses:    MSRP frame cost. Good thing I picked mine up for less ($2000). But, you do get what you pay for. Lack of guides for a dropper post cable.

Bottom Line:   
By far and away, the most expensive frame I've ever purchased - and worth every single penny. Probably the best "all-rounder" frame I've ever ridden. Build it however you want - fast XC or trail. (My build is the latter - 120 fork, 2.3 tires, XT components, KS Lev dropper post. About 28.5 lbs.)No, it's not a DH bike or an #ENDURO bike (I'm so sick of the word #ENDURO I could puke), but if you like to ride trails of all sorts and ride them hard, this is the frame for you. I've put this thing through the ringer and it just eats it up and says "that all you got, old man?" If I could have just one mountain bike (and this is one of 3 in my garage), this would be it. Buy it, ride it, thank me later.

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Duration Product Used:   4 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Other FS 29'ers I've owned - Jet 9, RIP 9, Bandit 29, Covert 29.

Bike Setup:   Burly XC build - 120mm Reba, custom wheelset with 30mm carbon rims, XT 2x10, KS Lev dropper post, 2.3 tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Scott Rasmussen a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2014

Strengths:    Stiffness, Lightweight, climbing ability, descending ability, ability to hold a tight line, overall looks and quality

Weaknesses:    None yet

Bottom Line:   
This is the first review I have ever written for mountain bike, and have been riding for 17 years.
Wow what a bike, by far the best I have ever owned, I have constantly broken all my P.B's every track I've rode.
I generally like to ride aggressive XC tracks and in the past was not a big fan of the long climbs, but now climbing is easier so it does'nt bother me, this bike has made me want to get fitter and ride as much as possible, the roadie I own has not been used since I bought this rig, I highly recommend using a good carbon wheel set as it makes the acceleration second to none for a dually, I also like the geometry with a 120mm fork up front
A mate of mine has just bought one last week, I was on his first ride the other night, he also could'nt believe how well it suited him and had a smile on his face the entire ride
Would not swap it for any other bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Skyline at Stromlo Forrest park

Duration Product Used:   5 months

Price Paid:    $7200.00

Purchased At:   Various places, as I

Similar Products Used:   Giant Anthem, Trek Fuel 9.8, Trek Superfly, Santa Cruz Tallboy

Bike Setup:   Med size, Sram XO1 drivetrain with 32 tooth on front,Sram Roam 60 carbon wheel set,Shimano Xt brakes, Carbon Niner cockpit and seat post, Richey WCS foam grips, Fizik Tundra 2 saddle, Rockshox XX 120mm forks, Fox Kashima shock, Rubena Tyres
23.3 lbs without peddles or 10.6 kgs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Richard

Date Reviewed: November 5, 2013

Strengths:    I swapped my RIP 9 for the JET 9 RDO. The RIP was a beast. Felt the RIP would roll over a parked car while descending if I aimed it that way. Since I ride mostly technical cross country I decided to go for a lighter bike with less travel. The JET 9 is a perfect balance. The more I ride it the more I love it. Light, fast uphill and even thought it does not have the travel of the RIP it was perfect for what I ride. Also the bike corners very well and feels pretty close to my VPP suspension on my old blur (no pedal bob).

Weaknesses:    Not as plush as the RIP and not as fast downhill.

Bottom Line:   
For me a perfect bike, when I got the first frame it had a factory flaw, the boys at Niner reacted within a week to get me a new frame. They are the best.

What makes the bike perfect?
1) Light and stiff (stiffer than the RIP even)
2) Suspension works well (like VPP).
3) Fast uphill
4) Floats over everything downhill.

The more I ride it the more my other bikes are being ignored.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by lonefrontranger a Racer

Date Reviewed: July 6, 2013

Strengths:    Climbing, handling, suspension balance, superb tracking on sketchy loose descending. Stout and predictable, the faster you go, the better it handles for sure. Beautiful frame is a work of art. Love the fact that they ship with OEM frame protection. Nice little details on the graphics and finishing just confirm you're buying top end equipment.

Weaknesses:    definitely not a bike for the budget minded. cable routing on the 2012 frames is challenging but if you read the instructions carefully it's not that bad. I understand they've changed the routing for the newer frames. The bike won't build up "stupid" light but it rides so much like a hardtail it doesn't much matter - it doesn't ride "heavy" at all, and I'd rather have it built to last.

Bottom Line:   
I've always preferred DW-link type suspension platforms and this is my first 29er. I am a smallish (5'4") woman and wasn't entirely sold on the 29er koolaid until I test rode some last year. I needed something to help me with the chunky, nasty descents in the local MTB series - problem totally solved. The only minor issue I see is that the bike is significantly "faster" than I am - it just begs to be pushed and it is inspiring me to be a better rider, or kill myself trying. I notice I've attempted a number of lines this year that I wasn't confident enough to try on my Anthem 26er. The faster you push it, the better it handles. I even started racing it in my local short track series in lieu of my 26er hardtail, and it handles significantly better even in the pump track. My husband and I got a matching pair and built them exactly alike. The SID XX fork balances nicely with the Fox rear shock. Suspension platform feels significantly "tauter" than my Anthem's did, and it took a bit of getting used to at first, but this is not a bad thing IMO. It climbs WAY better locked out, and tracks downhill like a guided missile. It's the first dual suspension bike I've ever felt comfortable climbing out of the saddle on. My husband spec'd the RaceFace Next 38/26 2x10 cranksets and I was a little worried about being over-geared but so far I haven't needed anything lower because it's so easy to just romp on.

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Favorite Trail:   gold dust - Breckenridge

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $7000.00

Purchased At:   Golden Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Anthem X 26er, Santa Cruz Tallboy C, Specialized Epic 29 (test rode), Anthem 29er Carbon, Gary Fisher Superfly 100, too many 26er hardtails over the years to remember, been racing MTBs since 1992.

Bike Setup:   SID XX carbon fork, SRAM XX/X0 drivetrain, RaceFace NeXt crankset, bar, stem, seatpost, Formula brakes, Stan's Crest wheelset built on Hope hubs.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Loren Frank a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2013

Strengths:    None yet, but I'm optimistic....

Weaknesses:    The bike doesn't exist...

Bottom Line:   
I test rode a number of bikes from Santa Cruz, Yeti, Giant and Niner and the Jet 9 RDO was definitely my favorite. Among other strengths was its responsiveness and low center of gravity.

I placed an order at my LBS in mid-March, and they were told it would arrive no later than mid-April, which seemed long but tolerable. Now it's early May and Niner hasn't even responded to calls from the shop. Sigh.

I think I will love it once it arrives, but my suggestion to others is to strongly consider other brands unless the model they want is in stock at their shop.

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Favorite Trail:   Tamarancho

Bike Setup:   XT setup, if it ever arrives....

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Luth a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: March 14, 2013

Strengths:    Handling - it is like riding a long surfboard, that is still light and responsive enough to flick.
Stiffness - it goes where you put it and stays there.
Durability - took mine on six weeks of varied riding. I put it through the wringer. Doesn't gleam like it used to, but it performed flawlessly in a wide range of trails. The rockiness of Downieville, the steepness and speed of Mt. Seven, the endless climbs and tight, off-camber singletrack of Oakridge, the unrelenting sidehill of the North Umpqua, the beat-out trails of Santa Cruz, the flowy trails of Tahoe, Bend, and Revelstoke, (and the illegal ones in Santa Cruz), and the variety of Fernie. It's built tough.

Suspension is close to perfect. A little bit stiff, which is great for climbing, but it still opens up to handle the high speed hits you'll take on it.

And it is beautiful. Most high end mountain bikes are well designed tools. The Jet 9RDO is a blend of a perfectly crafted tool and functional art.

Weaknesses:    Tight switchbacks - still can't get around them like I could on my first generation Trance 1, or Kona hardtail.
Price. Less expensive this year though if you look around.
And cable routing. Out of the box, the shifting wasn't perfect. Had to get it redone by my LBS. Good now.

Bottom Line:   
I think it is a perfect machine. When I get a bike, I research it based on what I've had, what I've liked, what I want to do, and the fact that I ride it for at least five years. It came down to the Niner, or a Santa Cruz Tallboy LT in carbon, or the unattainable Specialized S-works 29'er. I have always liked DW-link based suspensions, and the Niner was the closest to that design.

It might be a bit stiffer than other bikes on the small hits and while pedaling, but it is built to go fast all day. With the two different wheelsets I can either race it, or go for a 50 mile backcountry ride. It works in both environments. I've been mountain biking for almost twenty years, drive a Tacoma that is that old, and don't own a couch. I invest in my mountain sports equipment, and the Niner is what I think of as perfection in a backcountry trail bike that can be enduro raced.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything in Oakridge Oregon

Duration Product Used:   One glorious summer, so far

Price Paid:    $9000.00

Purchased At:   Bike Bling

Similar Products Used:   the original Trance 1 - rode it for seven years
Specialized 29'er - nice rental bike to test ride the bigger wheels
A few different hardtails built to race/trail bike spec. The Kona Kula was the best one of the lot.

Bike Setup:   XL in black
Fox Talus fork and shock - both with Kashima coating
Enve AM rims with Chris King Hubs/Easton EC90 wheels
Schwalbe Nobby Nics 2.35/Rocket Rons 2.25 - both tubeless
Sram XO shifters, derailleurs
Sram XX cranks in black - 2x10
Magura MT-8 brakes and rotors (180's on the front)
Thompson Elite Masterpiece Post
Thompson stem
Niner carbon flat bar
Chris King headset
Fizik Gobi full carbon saddle - which is a little bit stiffer than the metal railed versions. May not be a good thing.
XTR trail pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Niner Nation a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: February 23, 2013

Strengths:    Nice Geometry, CVA platform works great and awesome looking bike. Very light, responsive and can handle all the trails I throw at it.

Weaknesses:    Cable routing is a little complicated and if not done right, it can cause ghost shift when hitting bumps on the trail.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is awesome, it has made me a much better rider. I had a Ibis Mojo SL which was a great bike as well but the Jet 9 RDO blows it out of the water. It climbs very efficient and descends even better by blasting thru rock gardens as if they were flat. Expensive? Yes and the "you get what you pay for cliche" does apply.

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Favorite Trail:   Whole Enchilada

Price Paid:    $8000.00

Similar Products Used:   Ibis Mojo SL, Yeti 575 and Giant Anthem X29er

Bike Setup:   2012 Vana White Jet 9 RDO:
2013 Black Fox Talas F29 95-120mm:
Industry Nine 29er Wheelset with XX1 setup:
Schwalbe 29x2.25 Racing Ralph Tubeless setup:
2013 Kind Shock LEV 125mm remote seatpost:
Sram XX1 Drivetrain and Shifter system:
Niner Cabon Flat Top Bar 710mm:
Fizik Saddle, Easton Stem, ODI lock on grips and XTR pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Floormaster a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: January 28, 2013

Strengths:    Frame weight and build materials

Weaknesses:    Cable routing to hard

Bottom Line:   
I have few other bikes ibis hd ,specialized stump sworks and yeti 575 and I think I understand 29 now, I just got this bike,this is how I define this bike compared to my all 26s
Ibis hd --Porche do it all fun and very sexy bike climbs ok , downhill perfection
Stumpy sworks--- Ferrari fast close to the ground brain susp has to be set up right to enjoy climb better than ibis, fast and light downhill ok need to get the right lane
Yeti 575-- Toyota Tacoma... Long lasting fun up and down my oldest bike bought it in 2007 still haveit fun fun
The jet nine rdo 29--Cadillac -- I haven't race in7 years and I finally did it this week, I got the bike 3 days before the race (20 miles) It was flat bumpy road with a 30 min climb with almost 98F and this bike surprise me a lot it can go just pedal smooth and I finish the race with my legs in perfect shape, passing 26 ers all the time so that said For me 29ers are for long rides and it climbs perfect coming down hard feels strange but it just go over things easier than 26, buy this bike if u do cross country race with lots of straight roads and lots of climbs never feel bob in rear susp, plus it's almost as sexy as ibis...... I think yeti has to go now jet 9 rdo is my new race bike ..... Come ride to Cabo all year long

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Favorite Trail:   Cabo

Duration Product Used:   4 days

Price Paid:    $4500.00

Purchased At:   Bike bling

Similar Products Used:   None 29 but I think I don't need to shamu is here to stay

Bike Setup:   25 lbs fox float American classic race wheels

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ibogey99

Date Reviewed: December 24, 2012

Strengths:    Stiff but plush. Efficient pedalling platform. Light for a full suspension 29er. Niner frames always look awesome and their new post/stem/bars really finish it off.

Weaknesses:    The internal cable routing can be a pain but is worth it in my opinion. It looks great and keeps the cables clean.

Bottom Line:   
I have had this bike for almost a year now and still enjoy it. I have several other bikes but this one will stay around for a while. I have it built up at 23.5lbs including pedals and it's a Large. SID WC Fork, Niner Cockpit, Enve Wheels, XX drivetrain and XTR brakes. I have done several long rides on some rocky trails in the range of 6-8 hrs and was thankful for the cush. I had always ridden hardtails due to weight and pedal efficiency but this bike has me rethinking that.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Samson a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: December 9, 2012

Strengths:    Climbing, descending, the fit, cable routing, design. HANDLING..

Weaknesses:    Can't find one

Bottom Line:   
Reviewing the 2013 Jet 9 RDO. Outstanding!! The bike climbs like a hard tail and descends even faster with the smoothness and comfort of a full suspension. The ergonomics and the handling is what sets this bike apart. I test rode the Specialized, the Trek Epic, the Santa Cruz Tall boy, (all great bikes) and I have owned the Ibis Mojo, Mojo SL, and Mojo HD; And I can honestly say for all trail riding and handling I feel this is the best bike I have ever been on. It is extremely fast! For straight up trail riding, cross country, and all mountain it is a nimble bike, you feel perfect in the cockpit and It is very responsive. The CTD shock is easy to access. This bike is perfect for someone who enjoys trail riding, racing, or just beating your friends to the top:)

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Favorite Trail:   Greenhorn Gultch to Red Warrior

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $6500.00

Purchased At:   G-Fit

Similar Products Used:   Trek Epic, Santa Cruz Tallboy, Ibis Mojo SL, Ibis Mojo HD

Bike Setup:   XTR Trail 3 x10, FoxTalas 32 fork, Fox CTD 2013 shock, Niner Components, Stans No Tube Black Flag wheels, WTB saddle (24 lbs with pedals and Stans in the rims)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by flafonta a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: September 10, 2012

Strengths:    Excellent geometry, Great CVA Suspension, plush but with very little bob, laterally stiff, all the latest standards (HS, BB, etc.), great climber, excellent descender, good durability, excellent customer service, nice attention to details (Chain stay protector, 3M tape under downtube, etc)

Weaknesses:    The black color shows the carbon fiber under the sun light, and this type of carbon layout is not uniform. Not a big deal for me, but I know some might be dissapointed.

Bottom Line:   
I've had the bike for ~1 year and I still love it. I normally change bike every year, but this one I will keep longer. It just feels great. Built under 25lbs. Full XX + XTR brakes. I9 Wheels, Racing Ralph, WCS cockpit. I have had lots of bikes (Ibis, Stumpjumper FSR, Jet9 Alu, Gary Fisher SS, Niner Air Carbon SS, etc.), and and often demo other high end bikes when traveling on business (Epic, Epic 29er, Yeti, Trek, Pivot, Giant). Mostly XC riding. I even did some downhill stuff in Crested Butte. My Reba XX was under a lot of stress, but the RDO performed very nicely. Excellent pedaling efficiency, yet quite plush and comfy. I really feel like "one" with the bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Big Ceday Wilderness Trail

Duration Product Used:   1 year

Purchased At:   Dallas Bikes Works

Bike Setup:   Full XX with XTR Brakes and WCS cockpit

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by blylek

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2012

Strengths:    Light yet stiff, loads of traction, great climber, very comfortable, inspires confidence.

Weaknesses:    Nothing so far

Bottom Line:   
Ive had (have) bikes from Ellsworth (truth and moment and formerly an old ID), two 5 spots from Turner, a couple of Specialized (both stump jumpers), and a Santa Cruz Blur, and I have to say, this is by far my favorite bike. The suspension design (which worried me at first, having primarily ridden horst link type bikes) is excellent. It climbs like nobody's business. Its uncanny how much traction it has, over loose or rocky trails. It inspires confidence. I've been riding for many years, but I'm not one to go out and nail jumps or big drops etc...this bike makes me want to go out do those things, and worse, makes me believe I can nail those jumps without killing myself. I haven't had this much fun riding in long time...It feels like getting that first true BMX bike when you were a looks fast and even though I'm old and slow, it makes me feel fast...what more can someone ask for? Sure its expensive, but in my case, its worth it because it makes me look forward to riding and thats worth a lot more than what I paid for the bike.

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