Your New XC Rocket: Niner RKT 9 RDO

Niner RKT 9 RDO Complete

Niner has slowly been expanding the capability of their Jet 9 platform over the past few years. Most builds are now hung with 120mm forks and, while the Jet 9 can still be piloted to XC podium spots, many top racers still prefer to race hardtails on many courses.

Because of this, Niner has opted to re-jigger their XC race sled options and introduce the all-new RKT 9 RDO. This bike utilizes all the latest axle/hub spacing to maximize stiffness, deliver pinpoint tracking, increase tire clearance and reduce chainstay length — all while utilizing Niner’s top-shelf carbon layup techniques to minimize weight and maximize XC performance.

At the heart of the RKT 9 RDO is Niner’s patented CVA suspension design that has proven to be both efficient and smooth. In this case, the RKT 9 uses larger diameter bearings and ultralight aluminum linkages.

Of course, the new RKT 9 RDO will be available in full bling mode at a 5-Star Shimano XTR $9500 build, but it is also offered in many other flavors all the way down to a $4500 1-Star SRAM GX build.

Some key features include:

  • RDO-level Carbon Compaction construction
  • BOOST 148×12 rear spacing and mated with BOOST 115 forks
  • 90mm rear travel via optimized CVA linkages
  • Optimized for 100mm forks
  • 73mm PF30 BB
  • 4.5 lb frameset
  • 439mm chainstay length
  • Can accommodate up to 2.4″ tires
  • Stealth dropper post compatible
  • Pricing: $9500 – $4500 builds available

Niner RKT 9 RDO Frame - Green

Niner RKT 9 RDO Frame - Red

Approved for takeoff

The Queen of Pain, Rebecca Rusch, has been riding the RKT 9 RDO much of this summer and had this to say about then new RKT:

“I’ve been a disciple of the 29er movement since my first Leadville win in 2009. I’ve been sold on the wheel size since my first 29er ride. What’s different now is how the technology has evolved and radically improved the 29er ride. This new Niner blows me away.

When I think of a cross country or endurance race bike, first I think “light”. Next I think, “twitchy”. My experience with super light race bikes has always involved compromise. If I wanted light, I had to give up handling. If I wanted confident handling, I had to accept more heft. I dreamed of a light race bike that could also be confidence inspiring, solid and super fun! It seems my dreams have been answered.”