Niner launch new Air 9 RDO

Niner's history is rooted in the evolution of mountain biking. From the introduction of our first hardtail, we've worked tirelessly to push the limits of what people think is possible when it comes to the construction, geometry and handling of premium bicycles. The R[E]volution that began with the RKT 9 RDO continues with the new AIR 9 RDO. Bigger is Still Better, your Big Wheel Crush is now faster and more refined.

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Design


The new AIR 9 RDO is a product of the R[E]volution of our classic twenty-niner hardtail. We've learned so much since the early days and applied that knowledge of geometry and materials to meet the ever-changing demands and riding styles of the modern mountain biker. What we've created is undoubtedly the best race and high performance hardtail we've made to date, one that will give you all the versatility, durability and performance you've come to expect from Niner.

 

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The new frame's identity has been refreshed with a bold design aesthetic. Continuing the lineage that began with RKT 9 RDO, the strong overbuilt shapes that define the meat of the frame let you know it's got plenty of horsepower under the hood. But to keep the ride smooth, the sleek tubes that comprise the length of the cockpit and seatstays are designed to dissipate racetrack roughness, helping keep your wheels glued to the ground for great off-the-line acceleration. All you have to do is pedal damn it!

 

Features


The R[E]volution geometry of the AIR 9 RDO caters to the racer and rider who places a premium on a snappy, race day whip. Following the lead of the redesigned RKT 9 RDO, the new AIR drops the handlebar height to put the rider in the attack position and ready to charge. Lengthening the cockpit and slackening the head angle further lends to that race-ready feel and adds to the razor sharp handling when slashing singletrack at speed. If you're a rider looking to increase the fun factor, yet still want the lightest, fastest hardtail we offer, the all new Air 9 RDO is now compatible with 120mm travel forks. The 120mm fork will transform the Air 9 RDO from a racetrack taming weapon into a comfortable, all day trail ripping machine by bringing the bars up and shortening the reach to a more neutral position. And out back, the chainstays were shortened up, but not too short making the bike twitchy. Instead they shed 4mm to a targeted 435mm, so you still get lightning fast acceleration without giving up the balanced handling and on-the-fly stability you need in a race day rig.

 

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For a carbon structure to be as light, strong and durable as possible, the layers of carbon cloth need to be properly aligned with as few voids and extra resin as possible. This is why the AIR 9 RDO frame is built using our Carbon Compaction System. By wrapping carbon around an EPS foam internal mandrel and then compacting the entire system inside a mold, we are able to control wall thickness throughout the frame and force out any excessive resin while the frame cures.

 

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Through design changes and this process of manufacturing, we are able to deliver a frame that is 10% lighter than the previous version, dropping around 125 grams. In a segment where every gram counts, we pushed ourselves to deliver the best balance of performance, durability and best in class weight.

 

Originally lauded to improve the geometry and kinematics of full suspension frames, Boost 148 has similar benefits for the humble hardtail as well. Widening the spacing of the rear dropouts creates a structure more able to resist twisting, but just as importantly, it enables stronger wheels because of improved spoke bracing angles. This crucial geometry revision also allows the engineers to tuck the rear wheel closer in to the bottom bracket while maintaining ample tire clearance and the ability to run up to a 38-tooth chainring.

 

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Now SS Compatible!


Versatility is one of the attributes that has become a Niner signature feature over the years and it finally gets the full carbon, RDO treatment. The oversized bottom bracket area of course provides a robust platform for pedaling and overall handling, but now it also gives you the choice to run almost any crank and bottom bracket combination imaginable. The PF30 can be run standard for the lightest race day power plant option available, but if single speeding is your gig, then no worries. Easily install the patented Niner BioCentric 30 bottom bracket cups to give you chain tension and geometry adjustability for your single speed setup, or do it even if it's just because you prefer running 24mm spindle cranks. Never before has a full carbon race bike given you so many options.

 

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In this age of internal routing and ever-changing drivetrain options, the AIR 9 RDO features a window under the bottom bracket for easy service. Pull the plate off the window and get instant access to any wires and cables routed through the downtube, all without the need to remove the cranks and pull the bottom bracket. Replacing cables and routing Di2 wires has never been easier.

 

It's no mystery that a seatpost can add greatly to the ride feel and comfort of any bike. In an effort to provide you a compliant perch atop the AIR 9 RDO we turn to a smaller seatpost diameter. The 27.2mm post allows a strategic measure of sway, especially when it's our RDO carbon fibre post, tuned to add a targeted amount of flex.

 


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The only metal in the AIR 9 RDO is found in the brake caliper mount on the chainstay. Threading the calipers on here provides them an amount of protection from the occasional tumble, but more importantly it puts them on the stronger of the two stays. The chainstay is already pretty stout and doesn't require a lot of added material to securely deal with the added braking forces. That leaves us free to keep the seatstay slender, save precious grams and maintain the intended ride quality.

 

The all new AIR 9 RDO will be shipping soon and is due to arrive at your local Niner dealer in June. Now's your chance to get the jump on all your riding and racing buddies and make sure you get one of the first ones. Pre-order your new bike now and leave them all choking on your dust this summer.




17 Comments

karma, May 05 2016 11:43

Love it. Looks the part.

Will patiently wait for the new Jet 9 equivalent...

Eldron, May 05 2016 11:49

Love it. Looks the part.

Will patiently wait for the new Jet 9 equivalent...

 

Why wait? Buy the RKT!!!!! Now.

karma, May 05 2016 11:55

Why wait? Buy the RKT!!!!! Now.

 

tbh, I love the Jet's curves way more, RKT is for serious guys, I hardly fall in that category.

Paulst12, May 05 2016 12:55

Same old same old .... I would love to see something really novel come out. So all thats happening now is a change of colour, and the inverted shock (3 years old already), and for that they charge a fortune?

For the prices being paid, you would expect some super-new spaceage materials?

 

Vetseun, May 05 2016 12:57

Good grief! That is pretty

TheJ, May 05 2016 01:25

Ok, I'm a "Chinarello" fan, vowed never to buy a brand name again as I don't see the need. But damn... that dayglo coloured one... YOH.

AlanD, May 05 2016 01:54

Hot dam, that is really really nice 😃

Monark, May 05 2016 02:36

Same old same old .... I would love to see something really novel come out. So all thats happening now is a change of colour, and the inverted shock (3 years old already), and for that they charge a fortune?

For the prices being paid, you would expect some super-new spaceage materials?

 

 

Same applies to everyone sadly but Niner is the least "normal" of the mass produced I think.

Jewbacca, May 05 2016 02:54

Same applies to everyone sadly but Niner is the least "normal" of the mass produced I think.

I suppose you need to ride their bikes to fully appreciate what they do.

 

They only build 29ers.. they have only ever built, designed and researched 29ers. Their Geo, their lengths, their tweaks and their choice of flex/material etc is all seriously researched, tested and thrashed about.

 

It is certainly not 'same old same old' but rather what new tweaks have they made to actually make this bike good enough to release.

 

They have so many scrapped projects and so many ideas under R and D it would surprise you. 

 

They make amazing bikes. Period.

 

Comparing them to a copy and paste design is much like telling me you can achieve the same in MS paint as I can in Photoshop.

Eldron, May 05 2016 03:18

I'm a complete Ninerphile and totally agree with Jewbacca (totally unbiased of course).

 

The window under the BB and the 27.2mm seat post shows they're taking market rends into account and trying to make their hardtail offering a little less harsh on the tush.

 

I'd buy one tomorrow if I didn't already have an AIR 9 RDO, AIR 9 CYA, JET 9 RDO, MCR and EMD *grin*

CAAD4, May 05 2016 07:35

Cough, cough....

DIPSLICK, May 05 2016 07:39

Cough, cough....

It's actually 4 cough ;)

Paulst12, May 06 2016 12:37

 

I'd buy one tomorrow if I didn't already have an AIR 9 RDO, AIR 9 CYA, JET 9 RDO, MCR and EMD *grin*

I dont see any bias coming through there?   ;-)

Paulst12, May 06 2016 12:41

I suppose you need to ride their bikes to fully appreciate what they do.

 

They only build 29ers.. they have only ever built, designed and researched 29ers. Their Geo, their lengths, their tweaks and their choice of flex/material etc is all seriously researched, tested and thrashed about.

 

It is certainly not 'same old same old' but rather what new tweaks have they made to actually make this bike good enough to release.

 

They have so many scrapped projects and so many ideas under R and D it would surprise you. 

 

They make amazing bikes. Period.

 

Comparing them to a copy and paste design is much like telling me you can achieve the same in MS paint as I can in Photoshop.

Tweaking a design is a yearly thing... and angle here or there etc etc...
I am more making the point of what new lightweight materials the R&D dept are testing? Any newage metals or composites where you could say "okay paying substantially more than last year will make a massive difference".

Jewbacca, May 06 2016 12:53

Tweaking a design is a yearly thing... and angle here or there etc etc...
I am more making the point of what new lightweight materials the R&D dept are testing? Any newage metals or composites where you could say "okay paying substantially more than last year will make a massive difference".

I think you will find the 'paying substantially more' part is down to our current economic situation more than a hefty price increase from their side.

 

NINER are 1 company I will back to be on tune with their bikes vs price in a dollar situation. Their philosophies and the way their company works is awesome and much like WTB, is aimed at the end user as opposed to being a volume for profit type factory.

 

But each to their own. If you are expecting titanium front triangles with kevlar wrapped karbon stays weighing in at 900g (which I would love to see by the way!) I don't think the price point would be close to what we see now. 

 

But anyway, love the bike or not, if I raced bikes as opposed to just ride them I would seriously consider one of these. It would match my pink helmet!

Patchelicious, May 06 2016 12:55

This bike is serious hard on material!!

 

Holy moly its nice!

Monark, May 06 2016 01:09

I suppose you need to ride their bikes to fully appreciate what they do.

 

They only build 29ers.. they have only ever built, designed and researched 29ers. Their Geo, their lengths, their tweaks and their choice of flex/material etc is all seriously researched, tested and thrashed about.

 

It is certainly not 'same old same old' but rather what new tweaks have they made to actually make this bike good enough to release.

 

They have so many scrapped projects and so many ideas under R and D it would surprise you. 

 

They make amazing bikes. Period.

 

Comparing them to a copy and paste design is much like telling me you can achieve the same in MS paint as I can in Photoshop.

 

Hence my comment, completely agree with you.