Niner RIP 9 X1 Bicycle 2016
The RIP 9 Carbon is a perfect example of how the Niner's 29er specific mission and engineering have come together to dominate trail riding, and we have built this serious trail monster with SRAM's X1 drivetrain, and XTR M985 Trail brakes from Shimano. NoTubes ZTR Flow MK3 wheels keep the machine on the trail. Full suspension 29er bikes have proven themselves to be excellent options for short and mid-range travel applications and longer travel versions have proven to carry the pedigree forward. Niner has been dedicated to fully developing 29er designs for these applications from day one. With 125mm of rear travel, the Rip 9 balances out perfectly with the Rock Shox Pike RCT3 Solo Air 140mm fork for excellent Enduro-level capability. The plush, five full inches of travel from the frame can be set up for a firmer or softer experience. In our experience, 125mm of rear travel on a 29er feels as capable as 140mm of travel on a 26 inch wheel, but riding styles and preferences determine your experience. The full suspension design of Niner has unlocked and expanded the potential of 29er long travel, and this complete package is perfect way to explore without boundaries.
Niner's patented 29er specific suspension design is call CVA, for Constantly Varying Arc travel. The lower pivot sits under the bottom bracket, creating an instant center location in front of the BB. A dual linkage system then reacts with counter force to suspension load. CVA works exceptionally well, and takes full advantage of the 29er platform. Travel is smooth and efficient, driven by a CVA specific Rock Shox Monarch RT air shock. The simple, efficient Monarch RT is a high volume shock with plenty of compression adjustment. The Fast Black piston coating keeps the shock gliding effortlessly. Niner makes all it's own excellent anodized hardware, and the linkage is made from high pressure molded carbon.
Ah carbon. Yes, this bike is built with the Rip 9 Carbon frameset, and the sleek carbon front triangle is stiff and light; designed for easy stand-over clearance. The massive, shaped head tube junction and bottom bracket ensure torsional rigidity. Niner's goal with this frameset was to deliver the lighter, better riding, and more effective front triangle to more riders, and the trade-off for higher costs overall was carrying over the aluminum alloy rear triangle from the previous version of the RIP 9. The aluminum version is laterally stiff and super strong, mating very effectively with the carbon linkage to provide a consistent feel from the front to the rear. The 142/12 rear dropout system is locked in with the included 12mm thru-axle.
We are fans of the all-black look of the SRAM X1 drivetrain, but we love the immediate, positive, yet smooth and reliable shifting and drive performance. The Direct Mount 32T X-Sync chainring is perfectly mated with the GXP-version alloy X1 crankset. Shifting is handled by the ergonomic X-Actuation right shifter, which drive the performance of the X-Horizon rear derailleur via the PC-X1 chain to the 10-42 MiniCluster XD Driver cassette. Though SRAM's hydraulic brakes have advanced to the highest levels, we opted for the light weight, incredible power and unmatched modulation of the Shimano XTR M985 Trail hydraulic brakeset. The 6-bolt rotors are the standout XT RT86 IceTech model, 180mm front and rear.
The brakes supply the power and control required to manage the speed and substantial contact patch of the The NoTubes ZTR Flow MK3 Wheelset now has a 29mm internal width, which is perfect for the 2.3" Maxxis High Roller II EXO TR tires. Grip, traction, and control are nearly faultless with the huge footprint and stout tread pattern. To control the front wheel and the bike as a whole, Easton supplies the Haven Alloy 20mm Lo-rise bar, Haven Alloy Seatpost, and Haven stem. The WTB SL8 Team saddle's titanium rails carry you securely, is easy to maneuver with and works well for many body types. Sweet silicone grips from Supacaz finish the build, delivering exceptional grip and feel in wet or dry conditions.
The Excel Sports built Rip 9 Carbon X1 bike delivers amazing performance, a great ride quality, proven suspension, and impeccable drivetrain and braking performance. If you are looking for a feature-laden Enduro-capable trail bike that pedals and climbs technical trails with ease, and can shred the descents you earned, the RIP 9 Carbon is the place to start. Give one of our experienced cyclists a call if you need to discuss your build options or have any questions.
- Exceptional 1x11 29er trail/Enduro bike with 125mm rear travel, 140mm front
- Niner RIP 9 Carbon/aluminum frameset with Monarch RT shock, CVA suspension
- Rock Shox Pike RCT3 Solo Air Fork, 140mm, 3 position tunable adjustment
- SRAM X1 175mm crankarms, GXP w/ 32T X-Sync, 11-42 cassette, rear derailleur, chain
- XTR M985 Trail brakes, 6-bolt XT RT86 160mm IceTech rotors front and rear
- Easton Haven: 20mm, 740 Lo-rise bar, Alloy seatpost and stem
- WTB SL8 Team saddle, Supacaz silicone grips, Niner headset and spacers
- NoTubes ZTR Flow MK3 29" wheelset, 15/100, 12/142 thru-axles, XD Driver
- Maxxis High Roller II EXO TR tires, 2.3" front and rear, tubeless ready (tubes installed)
- Color: Black/Niner Green
- Call us at 800.627.6664 to discuss sizing, kit, suspension set-up
- Expertly assembled and shipped with care by Excel Sports, Boulder, CO