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Competition is your oxygen. The Air 9 RDO is your answer. Niner’s flagship racing hardtail reaches new, ultra-refined heights.The new Air 9 RDO is a product of almost a decade of refinement and testing, courtesy of Niner’s racing and engineering programs. Riders will see the results of a 10 year refinement process in everything from geometry to the carbon frame design to the technical details.
RDO CARBON COMPACTION SYSTEM: The Air 9 RDO’s sleek carbon frame design benefits from years of Niner engineering development, process improvement and testing – via both Niner’s in house test lab and independent resources – it began with our first race bikes in 2005, saw significant changes with the introduction of the first Air 9 RDO in 2012 and culminates in the minimalist and light RDO Carbon Compaction version we’ve designed for the 2015 racing season. The Air 9 RDO is beautiful from the inside out via Niner’s Carbon Compaction System. Now used throughout the Niner RDO lineup, this CCS utilizes rigid internal molds and results in tighter, more consistent compaction of the carbon layers, yielding increased precision in wall thickness and significantly reduced resin pooling in the final product, allowing us to aim for better ride tuning, increased strength and durability along with the significant weight reduction that results from a more efficient and precise process. Even with the addition of a rear maxle, the Air 9 RDO is over 100 grams lighter (one-quarter of a pound).
DESIGN: The shapes of our Air 9 RDO frame draw from our long history in carbon fiber design – in particular from our experience in building light, strong hardtails with velvet off road ride-quality. The rigid sides of our signature downtube and top tube shapes maximize torsional stiffness, with buttery smooth ride quality achieved via the flat sections on each tube, which act like leaf springs. Chainstay and seatstay shaping also benefits from our years of hardtail expertise – they are one hundred percent designed for weight savings and ride quality via a minimalist carbon layup that, because of our RDO carbon Compaction process, still meets the most rigorous standards for mountain bike safety.
RDO Carbon Compaction for light weight, stiffness, strength and ride quality
Over 100 grams lighter than previous model with addition of 142 x 12 spacing
1060 grams: size med w/ chainstay and downtube protector, TI Guards and headbadge
With Niner’s RDO Carbon fork, is the lightest integrated off road racing system
Niner’s World Cup tested racing geometry
Tapered head tube for front end stiffness, strength and steering precision
Low profile disc brake mount
Replaceable rear derailleur hanger
Clearance for 2.4 tire
Improved cable routing is Di2 ready and side swing front derailleur compatible
New lighter Niner headbadge
Compatible with standard 3x chainring systems
SRAM recommended 2x chainrings: 26/39 or lower
SRAM XX1 recommended max chainring: 32T Q-Factor: 168mm
SHIMANO XT recommended 2x chainrings: 28/40 or lower
SHIMANO XTR FC M9000 series recommended 2x chainrings: 28/38 or lower. XTR FC M980 series 2x chainrings not recommended
C5 Carbon warranty – 5 years
Frame, headset, YAWYD, and seat collar
Best paired with Niner's RDO frames, our "spare no expense" 5-Star Builds are filled with top of the line components for the cycling connoisseur or athlete who refuses to compromise.
FRAME: AIR 9 RDO - NINER RED/CARBON or CARBON/CHROME
Fork: ROCKSHOX RS-1 SOLO AIR 100MM, 15MM PREDICTIVE STEERING