2017 Niner RKT 9 RDO
The RKT 9 RDO is a [R]Evolutionary full suspension mountain bike. It was built to be many things, but above all, this bike was designed to fly.
The first thing the bike has to offer is its incredible lightness. The Carbon Compaction System is responsible for shaving 10% off the total frame weight by preventing any resin pooling, while at the same time making the frame stronger. Second, the bike is designed to be ultra efficient by utilizing the CVA linkage system. Third, the frame is meant to ride smooth, using a FOX Float DPS Factory shock. Fourth, the bike now has a more aggressive geometry ideal for racing. And finally, the bike handles better because of its shorter chainstays. Niner truly [R]Evolutinized this bike and we can’t wait to see its riders atop the podium this year.
The Carbon Compaction System is responsible for the incredible lightness of the frame. Niner says it works like this: Carbon is wrapped around a foam mandrel and then the whole system is compacted inside a mold. This accomplishes two very important things. One, it forces out the extra resin. A common problem of carbon frames is extra resin collecting inside the frame. The extra resin does nothing to help the frame, it just adds a significant amount of weight, By forcing out the extra resin, the Carbon Compaction System reduces the weight of the frame by 10%. The other thing compaction accomplishes is smoothing out the inside frame wall. This means that there will be no gaps or other imperfections. This drastically reduces weak spots in the frame, strengthening it and extending its life.
CVA linkage places the lower pivot point below the bottom bracket, allowing maximum power transfer from pedaling to rear wheel rotation by effectively isolating the drivetrain from the rear triangle. CVA was designed to work specifically with 29er frames by taking advantage of the increased bottom bracket drop.
The rear shock on the RKT 9 RDO is a Fox Float DPS Factory with a 3 Position Lever. This shock offers several benefits such as bump absorption, three positions to match any terrain and firm lockout. Niner’s aim is to create a light frame with superior handling and the shock choice reflects that.
The riding position has been lowered in this iteration of the RKT 9 RDO. This means the rider will be in a much more aggressive stance, which will improve handling and make this bike excel on the racecourse.
The other way Niner increased handling in this version of the RKT 9 RDO is by shortening the chainstays. Niner says that the change provides the perfect balance of acceleration, climbing traction, and the ability to carve up the racetrack.
This is a bike whose claim to be [R]Evoluntionary has been proved. Don’t be surprised to see many of these atop the podium this year.
Frame: Niner RDO carbon compaction
Rear Triangle: Carbon
Shock Option(s): Manufacturer & Model details
Rear Travel: 90mm
Shock SAG: 25%
Fork Travel Range: 100mm - 120mm
Headset Included: Yes, integrated Campy style IS42/28.6 IS52/40
Steerer Tube: 1 1/8” - 1 1/2”
Bottom Bracket Type: PF30
Cable Routing Brake: External
Cable Routing Shifter: Internal
Cable Routing Dropper Seatpost: Internal or external
Front Derailleur Mount: Direct mount
Front Derailleur Pull Type: Side pull
Front Derailleur Swing Type: Side swing
Wheel Size: 29er
Brake Mount Type: Post mount
Seatpost Diameter: 30.9mm
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: 12mm x 148mm Boost Maxle
Sizes: 15” XS | 16” SM | 18” MD | 20” LG | 22” XL |
Colors: Team Red, Blue Green
Weight: 2040g | 4.5lbs