Big news from Niner Bikes this week – the workhorses of the Niner fleet – the JET and RIP full suspension bikes – have been redesigned.  Actually, that’s not the big news.  The big news is that Niner, the 29″ wheels-only company, is now accommodating 27.5+ compatibility into their most popular bikes.

2016 Niner JET9 RDO

Niner JET9 RDO 2016

The redesigned JET features 120mm of rear travel (complete with Boost spacing), meant to be paired with a 130mm fork up front (140mm for 27.5+).  Major changes stem from what Niner calls their [R]evolutionary Geometry.  What it means is that Niner is catching up on the longer top-tube/shorter stem trend that is sweeping across the mountain bike market.  Where, for example, a medium frame had a 413mm reach (120mm fork) before, now it has 426mm reach.  This means you can run a shorter stem for quicker steering.  Even though the reach is longer, the seat tube angle is steeper, which puts you over the pedals.  More power!  Also changed is the chainstay length, dropping from 455mm to 434mm for extra grip and pop.  And – our favorite part – head tube angle is relaxed from a pretty steep 70.5° to a nice, chilled out 67.5°.  What does that all mean?  The bike should retain its climbing ability while becoming much more capable on the way down.

Niner JET9 RDO 2016

But, again, the big news is that Niner widened the yokes to fit 27.5+ tires!  This is a huge departure from Niner’s religious fanaticism regarding 29″ wheels, but it’s about time.  Niner says the JET will fit up to 27.5×3.0 tires.

Niner JET9 RDO 2016

The new Niner JET RDO will be available in August and will come in four different builds in both 29 and 27.5+ sizes.  Niner will offer the top of the line, 5-Star, builds with SRAM’s new Eagle X01 1×12 drivetrain and Enve M60s for $9500.  Lower builds start at $4500 with Shimano SLX.

2016 Niner RIP9 RDO

Niner RIP9 RDO 2016

The Niner RIP RDO also gets a redesign, following the same [R]evolutionary Geometry philosophy.  With 150mm of suspension out back and a recommended 160mm (170mm for 27.5+) up front, the RIP will be able to suck up all sorts of gnar.  We owned a RIP9 once upon a time and it was a fabulous bike.  Longer top tubes mean the reach on a medium frame jumps from 409mm to 429mm.  Chainstays drop from 450mm to 439mm, while Boost spacing widens and stiffens the rear end to allow 27.5×3.0 tires.  Head tube angle relaxes from 69.5° to 67° while seat tube angle jumps 3° to 75.5°.  Again, this should make for planted climbing with serious RIPability (see what we did there?).

Niner will offer the new RIP RDO in August as well, with four build options in both 29″ and 27.5+ wheel sizes.  The 5-Star versions will again have SRAM’s Eagle X01 1×12 drivetrain, but wheels are bumped up to Enve M70s to handle the additional stresses of the longer travel for $9800.  The 2-Star Shimano SLX build starts at $4700.

Niner RIP9 RDO 2016

Geometry and build specs for both the RIP RDO and JET RDO are below.  We can’t wait to swing a leg over one to try it out!

2016 Niner RIP9 RDO

2016 Niner JET9 RDO