Product DescriptionNiner 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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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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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