cable routing on the 2012 frames is challenging but if you read the instructions carefully it's not that bad. With my bike shoes, I can handle an XL frame on the Santa Cruz (Tallboy XL Standover is 27.6'' and Hightower LT is 28.3). Good now. When I get a bike, I research it based on what I've had, what I've liked, what I want to do, and the fact that I ride it for at least five years. Out of the box, the shifting wasn't perfect. Build it however you want - fast XC or trail. I am coming off of a Niner Jet 9 RDO. Seven, the endless climbs and tight, off-camber singletrack of Oakridge, the unrelenting sidehill of the North Umpqua, the beat-out trails of Santa Cruz, the flowy trails of Tahoe, Bend, and Revelstoke, (and the illegal ones in Santa Cruz), and the variety of Fernie. I needed something to help me with the chunky, nasty descents in the local MTB series - problem totally solved. © Copyright 2020 VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved. The faster you push it, the better it handles. I have always liked DW-link based suspensions, and the Niner was the closest to that design. Light, fast uphill and even thought it does not have the travel of the RIP it was perfect for what I ride. Suspension platform feels significantly "tauter" than my Anthem's did, and it took a bit of getting used to at first, but this is not a bad thing IMO. I placed an order at my LBS in mid-March, and they were told it would arrive no later than mid-April, which seemed long but … It came down to the Niner, or a Santa Cruz Tallboy LT in carbon, or the unattainable Specialized S-works 29'er. Anthem X 26er, Santa Cruz Tallboy C, Specialized Epic 29 (test rode), Anthem 29er Carbon, Gary Fisher Superfly 100, too many 26er hardtails over the years to remember, been racing MTBs since 1992. The bike won't build up "stupid" light but it rides so much like a hardtail it doesn't much matter - it doesn't ride "heavy" at all, and I'd rather have it built to last. I understand they've changed the routing for the newer frames. I dont notice any problem with the 17.9" chainstays. Came back to niner from a SantaCruz Tallboy... and man, is the Jet 9 RDO lighter!! "It's only when you stand over it, you know, when you physically stand over the bike, that then you say 'hey, I don't have much stand over height', you know"-T. Ellsworth, By LiquidSpin in forum Virginia, WV, Maryland, DC, Delaware,, 2016 Scott Spark 920 or Santa Cruz Tallboy CC. A little bit stiff, which is great for climbing, but it still opens up to handle the high speed hits you'll take on it. Slightly compact feeling, so get the right size/stem. I've put this thing through the ringer and it just eats it up and says "that all you got, old man?" Just feels more playful. The more I ride it the more my other bikes are being ignored. For me a perfect bike, when I got the first frame it had a factory flaw, the boys at Niner reacted within a week to get me a new frame. But climbs great. Get the latest mountain bike reviews, news, race results, and much more by signing up for the MTBR Newsletter. Just a joy to ride. The more I ride it the more I love it. Internal cable routing. Weight Saving example on budget - Ms Spark! The Niner JET 9 RDO is a full carbon fiber full suspension bike from a company dedicated to ONLY 29ers and with a long history of cutting edge ideas and innovation. Wow what a bike, by far the best I have ever owned, I have constantly broken all my P.B's every track I've rode. I have very short legs and a long torso (28'' inseam and 72'' tall). Doesn't gleam like it used to, but it performed flawlessly in a wide range of trails. I've been mountain biking for almost twenty years, drive a Tacoma that is that old, and don't own a couch. I even started racing it in my local short track series in lieu of my 26er hardtail, and it handles significantly better even in the pump track. I had a Ibis Mojo SL which was a great bike as well but the Jet 9 RDO blows it out of the water. Had to get it redone by my LBS. This bike is awesome, it has made me a much better rider. Cable routing: theyve made improvements for my 2014, but still the internal routing sucks. And the suspension system is designed for a blend of efficiency and performance. The Spark pedals a lot better than the Tallboy and it's also much lighter. I could not get rid of the Yeti fast enough. I haven’t had a chance to ride the spark and would like an opinion. Easier to throw around the trails. Sag was set fwiw. Suspension is close to perfect. If I could have just one mountain bike (and this is one of 3 in my garage), this would be it. Climbing, handling, suspension balance, superb tracking on sketchy loose descending. Also the bike corners very well and feels pretty close to my VPP suspension on my old blur (no pedal bob). Looking for advice about these bikes. Other FS 29'ers I've owned - Jet 9, RIP 9, Bandit 29, Covert 29. What makes the bike perfect? And cable routing. Lack of guides for a dropper post cable. I think it is a perfect machine. Suspension. The Kona Kula was the best one of the lot. Richard teamXXL. I thought that too until yesterday! Felt the RIP would roll over a parked car while descending if I aimed it that way. 2013 Scott Spark 610 26er or 2014 Spark 700 27.5'? The JET 9 RDO is made to accept your choice of 29-er and 27.5-Plus wheels and tires. It's built tough. About 28.5 lbs. Stout and predictable, the faster you go, the better it handles for sure. Very confidence inspiring. I currently ride a 2015 Niner Rip 9 RDO (Shimano XTR). I generally like to ride aggressive XC tracks and in the past was not a big fan of the long climbs, but now climbing is easier so it does'nt bother me, this bike has made me want to get fitter and ride as much as possible, the roadie I own has not been used since I bought this rig, I highly recommend using a good carbon wheel set as it makes the acceleration second to none for a dually, I also like the geometry with a 120mm fork up front A mate of mine has just bought one last week, I was on his first ride the other night, he also could'nt believe how well it suited him and had a smile on his face the entire ride Would not swap it for any other bike. I swapped my RIP 9 for the JET 9 RDO. Love the fact that they ship with OEM frame protection. The 2.6 tires bugged me but didn’t help any either. I too considered all the same bikes you are. definitely not a bike for the budget minded. VERY capable trail bike. Introducing the Jet 9 RDO, Niner’s first carbon full suspension frame.One of the most anticipated bikes from Bike Press Camp has just been announced. ... Yeti SB4.5c vs Yeti SB5c vs Santa Cruz 5010 vs Pivot Mach 429 Trail vs SC Hightower. This is the first review I have ever written for mountain bike, and have been riding for 17 years. Durability - took mine on six weeks of varied riding. The RIP was a beast. Most high end mountain bikes are well designed tools. Nice little details on the graphics and finishing just confirm you're buying top end equipment. I have ridden the tallboy and love the way it climbs. fits the “one bike quiver”. Rear suspension is (dare I to say) smoother than the Tallboy. Just in love with the bike. Had the opportunity to test a my size medium V3 Ripley on my local trails at a demo event, but left dissatisfied with the Ripley uphill bump compliance relative to the 429T. Among other strengths was its responsiveness and low center of gravity. My new Jet9 in not supple in the rear end. I notice I've attempted a number of lines this year that I wasn't confident enough to try on my Anthem 26er. SC Megatower, SC Hightower LT(sold) , SC Tallboy 3(sold), Scott Genius, Commencal Meta HT. My housing lasts about 4 months because it gets chewed up where it enters the front of the bike. Expensive? I'm very familiar with a 5 year old Jet 9 RDO CVA (not bad), but no saddle time the current version. (My build is the latter - 120 fork, 2.3 tires, XT components, KS Lev dropper post.
Build it however you want - fast XC or trail. And I went with the one that I thought looked the coolest. In the Jet 9 RDO, this new system has resulted in a weight reduction of 70 grams while maintaining all standards for strength, stiffness and durability. It works in both environments. I placed an order at my LBS in mid-March, and they were told it would arrive no later than mid-April, which seemed long but tolerable. Jet 9 RDO 2012 - Worth upgrading to latest Jet 9 RDO? The rockiness of Downieville, the steepness and speed of Mt. Of course many older 29ers can be converted to 27.5+, but Niner points out the new JET 9 Alloy will fit full width, 3.0-inch 27.5+ tires (and up to 2.4″ 29er tires). Good thing I picked mine up for less ($2000). It might be a bit stiffer than other bikes on the small hits and while pedaling, but it is built to go fast all day. © Copyright 2020 VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved. just got a tallboy 3 cc. ... Niner Jet 9: Pivot has less uncertainty about the company moving forward and more important, Pivot is a much better bike. XT Build. The geometry is more or less similar on the spark and tallboy. With the two different wheelsets I can either race it, or go for a 50 mile backcountry ride. )No, it's not a DH bike or an #ENDURO bike (I'm so sick of the word #ENDURO I could puke), but if you like to ride trails of all sorts and ride them hard, this is the frame for you. Now it's early May and Niner hasn't even responded to calls from the shop. Ride quality. By far and away, the most expensive frame I've ever purchased - and worth every single penny. MSRP frame cost. I’d buy the Pivot again. I test rode a number of bikes from Santa Cruz, Yeti, Giant and Niner and the Jet 9 RDO was definitely my favorite. Sigh. One thing i don”t like about the tallboy and if you are looking for marathon xc races should also interest you is that it only has mounts for 1 bottle cage. Lack of guides for a dropper post cable.By far and away, the most expensive frame I've ever purchased - and worth every single penny. Get the latest mountain bike reviews, news, race results, and much more by signing up for the MTBR Newsletter. I wanted matte black Plus at the time I was a Niner fan boy.

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