Spotted: Niner’s new cross-country full-suspension bike

Rebecca Rusch prepping for Leadville aboard new XC racer

Niner appears to have a new cross-country full-suspension model in the late stages of development.

Niner-sponsored athlete Rebecca Rusch is gearing up for Saturday’s Leadville 100 mountain bike race — an event she has won four times. A photo posted Friday to her Instagram account appears to show a yet-to-be-released, short-travel, full-suspension rig. Niner did not immediately respond to our questions about the bike.

A photo posted to rebecca rusch's instagram account appears to show a new niner full suspension model:
A photo posted to rebecca rusch's instagram account appears to show a new niner full suspension model:

From the image we can discern that the tube shapes of this carbon bike are decidedly more angular than the company’s current flagship cross-country model, the Jet 9 RDO. This new bike has a kinked top tube as well as a seat tube brace, presumably to improve standover clearance.

The front end is more angular than the current jet 9 rdo. note the revised cable routing through the sides of the downtube, rather than through the head tube:
The front end is more angular than the current jet 9 rdo. note the revised cable routing through the sides of the downtube, rather than through the head tube:

Cable routing has been revised from the Jet 9 RDO; ports on the side of the down tube have replaced ports through the front of the head tube

Rusch is running a top-shelf SRAM XX1 kit, Guide brakes with an RS-1 fork and, interestingly, an internally routed Rockshox Reverb.

A welcome addition: this new model has internal routing for a dropper seatpost:
A welcome addition: this new model has internal routing for a dropper seatpost:

Rusch is running an internally-routed RockShox Reverb

While the rocker link seems to be slimmed down, the rear triangle looks quite similar to the current design, with a 160mm post-mount for the rear brake and cable routing for the rear brake and rear derailleur routed externally along the chainstays.

While the rocker link looks slimmed down, the cable routing appears similar to the jet 9 rdo:
While the rocker link looks slimmed down, the cable routing appears similar to the jet 9 rdo:

While the rear end appears similar to the current design, it's possible Niner, like many other companies, is transitioning to a 148x12mm rear end

Whether or not this is the next generation of the Jet 9 RDO or an entirely new platform remains unclear. Either way, this bike looks like it’s ready for prime time.

We’ll report back with more details as they become available.

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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