The matter of street cred is of little consequence when it comes to Niner and 29-inch bikes. Structured entirely around the wheel size--right down to the name of the company--the brand has obviously made an unwavering commitment to big wheels.
While it maybe not quite as apparent at first glance, the company has also formed itself around a steadfast attention to detail. To get to the point here though, Niner's newly expanded Jet 9 lineup illustrates just such a commitment rather nicely.
For 2013, the Jet 9 lineup grows to include a revamped Jet 9 RDO (short for Race-Day Optimized) and the new Jet 9 carbon, in addition to the alloy Jet 9.
The latest Jet 9 RDO receives tweaks including a custom-designed carbon rocker link, some subtle layup changes to optimize weight even further and the adoption of a 142×12 rear-end. For the RDO, the pivots rotate around Enduro Max Magnetite Black sealed bearings--a little reminder that Niner does indeed sweat the details.
On the color front, the RDO will now be offered in green. Pricing for the Jet 9 RDO frame and Fox Float CTD (Kashima-coated) shock runs $2899.
For the Jet 9 Carbon, Niner essentially took last year’s RDO frame and renamed it the Jet 9 Carbon. Available as a complete bike, the Carbon comes with an SLX spec, and will set you back $3899.
New for both bikes, and Niner as a whole, is the introduction of the company’s extra-small sizing to a carbon platform (their aluminum E.M.D. 9 hardtail came out in extra-small earlier this year). With the significant tooling cost associated with opening another mold, it’s clear that Niner’s commitment to bringing the big wheel to all sizes is quite strong. Offering an impressive 26.5-inch standover height, the new Jet 9 RDO and Carbon extra-small frames fit riders from 5′ 5″ all the way down to 5′ flat. Now smaller riders seeking a full-suspension 29er option actually have a serious one.
Consumers won’t have to wait all that long to get their hands on the Jet 9 RDO and the Jet 9 Carbon, both will begin shipping early this October.