Niner has been refining their carbon lineup since the introduction of the new Jet 9 RDO and now it’s time for the Air 9 family of frames to get re-RDO’d. Each model gets lighter, stiffer and more refined.
With a 142×12 thru axle on all three models, it adds stiffness and aids power transfer and keeps pace with the industry as most bikes are going that route at this point (something we’re fond of).
Something that’s great about Niner is their dedication to building durable frames that are also lightweight. Notice the order of the previous statement… Niner focuses on durability first and stands behind it with a 5-year warranty — not the best in the industry, but still solid. That durability allows Niner to recommend up to a 120mm travel fork (up from the 80-100mm for the outgoing model)
Another detail that I’m liking is the improved internal cable routing for more natural cable loops and improved shifting performance. Twisting cables through the head tube is not ideal, so it’s nice to see that change.
Looks like the Cannondale F-Si has some solid competition.
Highlights of the 2015 Niner Air 9 RDO Include:
- Niner RDO carbon compaction for lighter weight and added stiffness
- Drops 100 grams over previous model
- Adds 142×12 rear axle
- Niner World Cup geometry
- Clearance for 2.4 tire
- Di2-ready cable routing
- Stealth dropper post routing
- Weight: 1060 grams (medium)
- Price: $1999 (frame, headset, seat collar — $200 price jump)
Niner Air 9 Family: One for Every Budget
With the Air 9 aluminum model coming in at $699, the Air 9 Carbon at $1499 and the Air 9 RDO at $1999, there’s a model for every budget and purpose. Each one will feature Niner’s trademark ride quality and craftsmanship — something we can attest to after many years of riding the brand’s bikes.