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Niner R.I.P.9

August 18, 2012

29er’s. Love em’ or hate em’ many manufacturers like Giant, Specialized,  Santa Cruz, and Cannondale have all jumped on board the bandwagon and produced  their own 29er bikes, especially in the XC and All-Mountain segment. While it is certainly not for everyone, advantages such as better rolling over terrain, and better traction/braking compared to regular 26″ wheels have slowly, but surely, helped 29er’s gain popularity over the years.

The build that we have here is a Niner R.I.P.9. As you can tell by the name, the team at Niner believe only in one wheel size for their bikes.

This wasn’t the original colour that the frame came spec’ed with though, and at the owners request we had the paint removed.

Easton Havoc bars bolted onto an Atomlab Pimplite stem keeps things nice and tight in the cockpit.

Ever-so-reliable stopping power comes from a pair of red Magura Marta SL’s.

Sticking out in the sea of red parts is a Fox Float CTD rear shock bolted onto Niner’s very own CVA suspension linkage.

A full SRAM XO drivetrain provides crisp shifting on the R.I.P.9.

The 29” pair of ZTR Flow rims are laced to Hope Pro 2 Evo Hubs with 14 gauge Philwood spokes.

Thanks to improvements in 29er geometry in the last couple of years, the advantages of 29er bikes are not just solely reserved for XC bikes, and we can be sure that they are here to stay. Manufacturers like Intense have even explored the possibility of using 29″ wheels on their downhill bikes.

We’ll leave you with this video of Oak Bay Bicycles’ Andrew Sherry and Geoff Pendrell testing out the Niner R.I.P.9’s longer travel brother, the W.F.O.9.

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