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 aluminum EMD hardtail, by creating a single complete bike option that is ready to ride with a minimum of assembly.

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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:
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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 aluminum RIP 9.

The RIP 9 Carbon features a carbon front end mated to an aluminum 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.

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

(UK and 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:
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Niner’s cross-country racer also gets a similar refresh — the new JET 9 Carbon sports a carbon front end with an aluminum swingarm. Like the JET 9 RDO and the aluminum 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. Niner will offer the JET 9 Carbon in four complete builds that range in price from US$3,299 to US$4,699.

(UK and 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:
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Last but not least, Niner’s entry-level model, the aluminum 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 2×10 drivetrain, Shimano Deore brakes and Niner-branded cockpit components and wheels.

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

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

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Visit www.ninerbikes.com for more information.