Niner RIP 9 Carbon, Jet 9 Carbon and EMD complete - first look

29er-focused company rolls out three value-driven models

Niner Bikes has updated three of its most popular models, focusing on making them more affordable through combining carbon front ends with alloy rear triangles on the RIP 9 Carbon and JET 9 Carbon and, in the case of the aluminium EMD hardtail, by creating a single complete bike option that is ready to ride with a minimum of assembly.

RIP 9 Carbon

The rip 9 carbon combines a carbon front end with an aluminum swingarm:
The rip 9 carbon combines a carbon front end with an aluminum swingarm:

Niner has a new addition to its trail bike line.The RIP 9 Carbon splits the difference in terms of price and construction between the top-end, full carbon RIP 9 RDO and the more affordable aluminium RIP 9.

The RIP 9 Carbon features a carbon front end mated to an aluminium swing arm.Like the two other bikes in the RIP 9 family, the RIP 9 Carbon features 125mm of rear suspension travel and is compatible with 120-140mm suspension forks.

Other frame features include removable ISCG-05 chain guide tabs, a 142x12mm rear thru axle and a carbon rocker line. Last but certainly not least: the RIP 9 Carbon uses a 73mm-wide threaded bottom bracket shell.

The RIP 9 Carbon frame with RockShox Monarch RT shock will retail for US$2,199 / £2,199.

Niner will offer the RIP 9 Carbon in four complete builds ranging in price from US$3,299 / £3,599 to US$5,399 / £5,199.

(Australian pricing was not immediately available.)

Niner expects to begin shipping the RIP 9 Carbon in February.

JET 9 Carbon

Like the rip 9 carbon, the 100mm-travel jet 9 carbon uses a carbon front and an aluminum rear:
Like the rip 9 carbon, the 100mm-travel jet 9 carbon uses a carbon front and an aluminum rear:

Niner’s cross-country racer also gets a similar refresh — the new JET 9 Carbon sports a carbon front end with an aluminium swingarm. Like the JET 9 RDO and the aluminium JET 9, the JET 9 Carbon has 100mm of rear travel and is compatible with 100-120mm suspension forks.

The JET 9 Carbon uses a PressFit 30 bottom bracket and a 142x12mm thru axle.

The JET 9 Carbon frame with RockShox Monarch RT shock will retail for US2,199 / £2,199. Niner will offer the JET 9 Carbon in four complete builds that range in price from US$3,299 / £3,599 to US$4,699 / £4,499.

(Australian pricing was not immediately available.)

Niner expects to begin shipping the JET 9 Carbon in February.

New EMD complete build

The emd is niner's most affordable model. the new complete build retails for us$1,499:
The emd is niner's most affordable model. the new complete build retails for us$1,499:

Last but not least, Niner’s entry-level model, the aluminium EMD hardtail, will no longer be offered as a frame-only option. Instead, the company focused putting together an affordable build and packaging it so that it’s ready to ride with a minimum of assembly.

So what does this mean to riders? It means that mechanics don’t have to spend as much time building complete EMDs, which makes it more appealing to retailers and potentially more affordable to potential buyers.

The EMD build features a 100mm RockShox Recon fork, Shimano Deore 2x10 drivetrain, Shimano Deore brakes and Niner-branded cockpit components and wheels.

The EMD will retail for a wallet-friendly US$1,499 / £1,399. (Australian pricing was not immediately available.)

Like the RIP 9 Carbon and JET 9 Carbon, Niner expects to begin shipping the EMD in February.

Visit www.ninerbikes.com for more information.

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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