Why would we mess with a frame that has garnered applause from all 5 of the major US mountain bike magazines, including Best 29er of 2007 and Consumer Choice Award? Because at Niner we believe we can always do better.
The all new, redesigned R.I.P. 9 for 2009-same travel, same weight, drastically increased stiffness. Our CVA suspension technology still gives the rear wheel 4.5 of smooth, efficient, active suspension travel while the geometry has been tweaked to utilize the latest 120mm travel forks giving the R.I.P. 9 that perfect all-mountain balance.
Niner has redefined its award winning suspension frame from the ground up maximizing new design and production technologies. From the head tube to the rear drop out, Niner picked over every single detail and asked can it be done better? Taper steerer tube technology at the head tube, hydroformed top tube and down tube, and over 10 forged or extruded parts on the R.I.P. 9 all went through a painstaking process of FEA, mechanical stress tests and real world testing to be as light and as strong as possible. The result-increased stiffness everywhere without a weight penalty