Product DescriptionThe Niner RDO has unidirectional carbon frame employs bold swooping tubes that were engineered to be strong and take a ton of punishment.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Date Reviewed: May 4, 2013
Strengths: None yet, but I'm optimistic....
Weaknesses: The bike doesn't exist...
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.
Bike Setup: XT setup, if it ever arrives....
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
Date Reviewed: January 28, 2013
Strengths: Frame weight and build materials
Weaknesses: Cable routing to hard
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
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
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.
Date Reviewed: December 9, 2012
Strengths: Climbing, descending, the fit, cable routing, design. HANDLING..
Weaknesses: Can't find one
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)
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.
Duration Product Used: 1 year
Purchased At: Dallas Bikes Works
Bike Setup: Full XX with XTR Brakes and WCS cockpit
Date Reviewed: July 14, 2012
Strengths: Light yet stiff, loads of traction, great climber, very comfortable, inspires confidence.
Weaknesses: Nothing so far
Date Reviewed: June 26, 2012
Strengths: This is my first XCish bike. I have an all mtn turner, but mainly race road as a Cat 2. This is my first 29'r. I love it. It is a climbing machine, but doesnt suffer on the downhill either. There are several steep rocky rides around Bozeman and this thing handles them no problemo. Traction is awesome, build quality is great. XO build kit rocks. I really have no complaints! my XL bike came in at 24 lbs.
Weaknesses: Not as fast as a carbon hardtail for short xc racing, but we all know that already. It is a carbon, full suspension bike with awesome components so it is expensive, but we all knew that already too. This is not a huck machine, but you knew that as well.
Purchased At: Gallatin Alpine Spor
Similar Products Used: Turner 5-spot, Foes FXR, Jamis Dakar Pro
Bike Setup: Sun-Ringle Charger TR wheels, Formula R1 brakes, Sram XO 2x10. SID XX 100mm fork, Maxxis Ardent and Ikon combo tubless setup.
Date Reviewed: June 18, 2012
Strengths: I cannot rate this bike because I have had a order in for this frame since November 2011. I think Niner should get their act together and start delivering these frames.
Weaknesses: See above.
Similar Products Used: Titus Racer X, Trimble.
Date Reviewed: April 23, 2012
Strengths: Solid, stiff where it matters. Good looking in person. Good fit and finish.
Weaknesses: High quality does not come cheap. Ended up a bit heavier then I would prefer. Niner has a hard time meeting demand. Internal run shifting cables while look nice are going to be harder to service.
Price Paid: $7000.00
Purchased At: Hammerhead Bicycles
Similar Products Used: Niner Jet 9 alum.
Bike Setup: Frame Niner Jet 9 RDO
Fork Fox 32 TALAS 29 120 FIT RLC
Headset Cane Creek
Tires Geax AKA
Wheels Enve Twenty9 XC w/DT240s
Drivetrain SRAM X0
Brakes SRAM Avid X0
Seat Post Niner RDO
Saddle WTB Silverado SLT
Handlebar Niner Flat Top Carbon
Stem Thomson Elite X4
Pedals Shimano M540
Weight: 25 lbs.
Date Reviewed: March 27, 2012
Strengths: supper stiff, very efficient under pedaling, zero peddle induced motion. Climbs really well and decends with excellent stability and smoothness. FIrst full suspension bike I have had that you can climb out of the saddle with good efficiency
Weaknesses: nearly as quick at turning on single track as best 26 XC rigs. Not cheap, essecially since really high end wheels are need to keep a 29er quick at accelerating
Duration Product Used: Less than 1 month
Price Paid: $6700.00
Purchased At: clorado cyclist
Similar Products Used: 26 Santa Cruz Blur XC carbon with Mavic SLR wheels (hey this bike is fun to)
Bike Setup: Haven carbon rims, Fox Talas 120/98mm shock. XTR
Date Reviewed: February 14, 2012
Strengths: Great XC geometry-even with 120mm front fork. Have run both 100 & 120mm and works great in either w/o slowing down the steering. Really fun with 120mm though. so much more than just xc race, great trail bike also.
Carbon frame- light, stiff, great energy transfer from BB to forward momentum. low center of gravity. 5lbs frame
CVA- efficient when the trail turns upward w/o too much loss of energy for a 4" travel design. RP23 is great shock for frame
Can build up light,( I'm at 24 lbs), w/ high limits on your credit card.
Weaknesses: Tricky cable routing, until watching you tube video, then made sense. See video before attempting yourself.
Slight internal cable shifting noise when down shifting with size large frame and using XTR, working on issue, but minor deal
Price- Not the cheapest, but so far the best bike that I've own, and I've had my fair share over the past 20 years. Kudos to engineers at niner.
Frame sizing has some crossover, so be careful and do your homework w/ geometry. I'm 5,11 and 34"inseam and could ride both Med and Large frame but went with Large and shorter stem and fits like a glove and you really feel in the bike, very neutral/natural fit.
CVA is tried and true and has a very efficient feel and BB doesn't feel too low.
Propedal is nice to have, open it up and this bike is so much more than a XC race bike and very trail worthy, especially w/ 120mm fork.
I was leery but glad shop talked me into longer travel to up the fun factor of this frame.
Give the guys a call at Golden Bikes, Golden, Co, they will do you right and have a lot of experience with these frames. Enjoy
Purchased At: golden bike shop
Similar Products Used: 1
Bike Setup: RDO-(large), Fox float 120, Full XTR 2x10, Easton EC90xc, Thomson cockpit-24lbs
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