BikeRadar met with Niner Bikes’ owner and designer Chris Sugai at the Sea Otter Classic to learn more about the new R.I.P. 9 29er.
Niner Bikes continue to preach their 29-inch wheeled gospel with a revised R.I.P. 9, a 120mm-travel trail bike using the company’s novel CVA (Constantly Varying Arc) dual-link suspension and a wealth of clever touches that are said to improve chassis rigidity without adding any weight from last year.
Hydro formed tubing and a bundle of aluminium forgings and extrusions yield a 3.18kg (7.01lb) package including a Fox Racing Shox Float RP23 rear shock.
The front end now sports a tapered 1-1/8 to 1-1/2-inch head tube, replaceable rear dropouts will work with standard quick-release or RockShox’s Maxle through-axle, the cartridge bearing pivots are capped with red-anodised hardware, and there is enough tyre clearance for meaty 2.35-inch rubber.