Niner Air 9 Carbon RDO

£1,799.00

Overview

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.

Description

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.



Performance Geometry

Niner’s hardtail racing geometry is one that has has garnered multiple national championships via the original Scandium Air 9, a Singlespeed World Championship via the Air 9 Carbon and World Cup podiums and national series race wins via the Air 9 RDO. Though time tested, Niner’s geometry has not remained stagnant - it has seen continual refinements to account for new technologies and to accommodate new fork travel lengths, while still meeting EN Safety standards for increased forces. The new Air 9 RDO can safely accommodate forks with up to 120mm of travel, while maintaining the stable, precise steering and handling that lets your relax, be confident and focus on being fast.
The new Air 9 RDO is offered in the full range of Niner size options, from XS through XL. Smaller sizes have adjusted layup for lighter weight and avoid toe overlap.

C5 Warranty And Safety Program

Our robust R&D program—computer modeling, physical prototype testing (both in-house and at independent testing facilities), and hours of ride testing under highly skilled and abusive test riders leave us confident that the AIR 9 RDO is going to exceed your expectations in both weight and safety categories. We maintain that our carbon fiber testing and design rivals the best in the bike industry, meeting EN (European) standards for safety, even at longer fork travel lengths) We choose to demonstrate this commitment to your well being and to product durability via our C5 warranty (five year) and commitment to customer service.

Press Fit 30 Bottom Bracket

The AIR 9 RDO utilizes the Press Fit 30 standard, the larger shell mates beautifully with the larger carbon downtube for elegant looks and efficient power transfer so crucial in a race bike. Additionally, this allows for the use of the stiffer, lighter crankset designs that fit the PF30 standard.

Niner RDO Fork

The AIR 9 RDO frame can be paired with any standard taper steer tube cross country fork from 100-120mm in travel. For the ultimate in light weight short track racing machines, pair it with Niner’s RDO Carbon fork. Niner’s award winning rigid carbon forks have set the standard for weight, ride quality and safety for years – we’ve used this experience to create an race fork with the off-road ride quality racers want. Fork stiffness prevents energy robbing brake rub and the thru axle plus taper steer tube combo ensures precision cornering on the toughest of courses.

Detail & Finish

The AIR 9 RDO frame details benefit from the same iterative process that drives the overall design - the headbage is sleeker and lighter, the cable routing is direct and easy for team mechanics (or privateers) to maintain. Each of these small changes adds up to a huge difference for a rider that wants to keep focus away from maintenance and on the competition.

The Air 9 RDO is available in two finish options, both heavily influenced by the race-specific demands of the model. For the Niner Team livery, we’ve pared the paint down to the minimum and used a light satin clear coat for a protective layer. The stealth version sees the same treatment, but in an aesthetic best utilized in sneak attacks.

Technical Information

  • RDO Carbon Compaction for light weight, stiffness, strength and ride quality
  • Over 100grams lighter than previous Model with addition of 142mm x 12mm spacing
  • 1060 grams: size med w/chainstay and downtube protector,Ti guards and headbadge
  • With Niners RDO fork, is the lightest intergrated off road racing system
  • Niners World Cup tested racing geometry
  • Tapered headtube fro front end stiffness, strength and steering precision
  • Low profile disc brake mount
  • Replacable rear derailleur hanger
  • Clearance for 2.4 tyre
  • Improved cable routing is Di2 ready and SideSwing front derailleur compatible
  • New lighter Niner headbadge
  • C5 carbon Warranty - 5 Years
  • Includes Maxle Headset and seat collar
  • Sizes XS,SM, MD,LG,XL
  • 2 STAR GX1 - 2016

    Rear Derailleur SRAM GX 11SP
    Front Derailleur N/A
    Rear Shifter SRAM GX1 11SP
    Front Shifter N/A
    Brakes & Rotors SRAM DB5, 180/160 G2CS ROTORS
    Brakes Levers SRAM DB5
    Crankset SRAM S1000 GXP 32T
    Bottom Bracket SRAM GXP
    Cassette SHIMANO XT M8000 11-42T
    Chain SRAM PC 1130
    Handlebar NINER FLAT TOP ALLOY, 710MM, NINER GRAPHIC
    Stem NINER ALLOY STEM, NINER GRAPHIC
    Grips NINER GRRRIPS L/O NYLON
    Seatpost NINER ALLOY SEAT POST, 400MM, NINER GRAPHIC
    Saddle NINER CUSTOM WITH CR-MO RAILS, NINER GRAPHIC
    Wheels NINER ALLOY, 110X15MM FRONT, 142 X 12MM REAR, NINER GRAPHIC
    Tyres MAXXIS IKON SC 2.35 F, 2.20 R
  • 3 STAR XT (1X11) - 2016

    Rear Derailleur SHIMANO XT M8000 11SP I-SPEC II
    Front Derailleur n/s
    Rear Shifter SHIMANO XT M8000 GS 11SP SHADOW PLUS
    Front Shifter n/s
    Brakes & Rotors SHIMANO XT M8000 ICE TECH PADS, 180/160MM RT86 ICE TECH ROTORS
    Brakes Levers SHIMANO XT M8000
    Crankset SHIMANO XT M8000 36/26T (32T 1X)
    Bottom Bracket SHIMANO XT MT80
    Cassette SHIMANO XT M8000 11-42T
    Chain SHIMANO XT HG-600 11SP
    Handlebar NINER FLAT TOP CARBON, 710MM, NINER GRAPHIC
    Stem NINER ALLOY STEM, NINER GRAPHIC
    Grips NINER GRRRIPS L/O NYLON
    Seatpost NINER CARBON SEAT POST, 400MM, NINER GRAPHIC
    Saddle NINER CUSTOM WITH CR-MO RAILS, NINER GRAPHIC
    Wheels STAN'S NOTUBES NEO/ZTR ARCH EX, 110X15MM FRONT, 142 X 12MM REAR
    Tyres MAXXIS IKON 3C/EXO/TR 2.35 F, 2.20 R
  • 3 STAR XT / CARBON WHEELS - 2015

    Rear Derailleur SHIMANO XT M786 GS MED CAGE 10SP SHADOW PLUS
    Front Derailleur SHIMANO XT M786 10SP
    Rear Shifter SHIMANO XT M780 10SP I-SPEC
    Front Shifter SHIMANO XT M780 2/3SP I-SPEC
    Brakes & Rotors SHIMANO XT M785 ICE TECH PADS WITH 180/160MM ROTORS
    Crankset SHIMANO XT M785 38/26T
    Bottom Bracket SHIMANO XT BB70
    Cassette SHIMANO XT M771 10SP 11-36T
    Chain SHIMANO XT HG95 10SP
    Handlebar NINER FLAT TOP RDO, 710MM, RED NINER GRAPHIC
    Stem NINER RDO STEM, RED NINER GRAPHIC
    Grips NINER GRRRIPS
    Seatpost NINER RDO SEAT POST, 400MM, RED NINER GRAPHIC
    Saddle NINER CUSTOM WITH CR-MO RAILS, NINER GRAPHIC
    Wheels NINER XC CARBON, 15MM FRONT, Q/R REAR, NINER GRAPHIC
    Tyres SCHWALBE RAPID ROB EVO TL 2.40/RACING RALPH EVO TL 2.25, NINER GRAPHIC
  • 4 STAR XO1 - 2016

    Rear Derailleur SRAM XO1 11SP
    Front Derailleur N/A
    Rear Shifter SRAM XO1 11SP
    Front Shifter N/A
    Brakes & Rotors SRAM GUIDE RSC, 180/160 CL ROTORS
    Brakes Levers SRAM GUIDE RSC
    Crankset SRAM X01 PF30 32T
    Bottom Bracket SRAM PF30
    Cassette SHIMANO XT M8000 11-42T
    Chain SRAM PCX1
    Handlebar NINER FLAT TOP RDO, 710MM, NINER GRAPHIC
    Stem NINER RDO STEM, NINER GRAPHIC
    Grips
    Seatpost NINER RDO SEAT POST, 400MM, NINER GRAPHIC
    Saddle NINER CUSTOM WITH NI-CRO TI RAILS, NINER GRAPHIC
    Wheels NINER CARBON XC, 15MM FRONT PS, 142 X 12MM REAR, NINER GRAPHIC
    Tyres MAXXIS IKON 3C/EXO/TR 2.35 F, 2.20 R
  • 5 STAR XTR - 2016

    Rear Derailleur SHIMANO XTR M9000 11SP I-SPEC II
    Front Derailleur SHIMANO XTR M9000 2/3SP I-SPEC II
    Rear Shifter SHIMANO XTR M9000 GS 11SP SHADOW PLUS
    Front Shifter SHIMANO XTR M9020 11SP
    Brakes & Rotors SHIMANO XTR M9020 ICE TECH PADS, 180/160MM RT86 ICE TECH ROTORS
    Brakes Levers SHIMANO XTR M9020 TRAIL
    Crankset SHIMANO XTR M9020 36/26T
    Bottom Bracket SHIMANO XTR BB93
    Cassette SHIMANO XTR M9000 11-40T
    Chain SHIMANO XTR HG-900 11SP
    Handlebar NINER FLAT TOP RDO, 710MM, NINER GRAPHIC
    Stem NINER RDO STEM, NINER GRAPHIC
    Grips NINER GRRRIPS L/O
    Seatpost NINER RDO SEAT POST, 400MM, NINER GRAPHIC
    Saddle NINER CUSTOM WITH NI-CRO TI RAILS, NINER GRAPHIC
    Wheels NINER CARBON XC, SRAM PS 110X15MM FRONT, 142 X 12MM REAR, NINER GRAPHIC
    Tyres MAXXIS IKON 3C/EXO/TR 2.35 F, 2.20 R
  • 5 STAR XTR DI2 - 2015

    Rear Derailleur SHIMANO XTR M9000 GS MED CAGE 11SP SHADOW PLUS
    Front Derailleur SHIMANO XTR M9000 11SP
    Rear Shifter SHIMANO XTR M9000 11SP I-SPEC II
    Front Shifter SHIMANO XTR M9000 2/3SP I-SPEC II
    Brakes & Rotors SHIMANO XTR M9020 ICE TECH PADS WITH 180/160MM ICE TECH ROTORS
    Crankset SHIMANO XTR M9000 11SP 26X36T
    Bottom Bracket SHIMANO BB93
    Cassette SHIMANO XTR M9000 11SP 11-40T
    Chain SHIMANO XTR HG900 11SP
    Handlebar NINER FLAT TOP RDO, 710MM, RED NINER GRAPHIC
    Stem NINER RDO STEM, RED NINER GRAPHIC
    Grips NINER GRRRIPS L/O
    Seatpost NINER RDO SEAT POST, 400MM, RED NINER GRAPHIC
    Saddle WTB VOLT TEAM WITH NICRO RAILS, NINER GRAPHIC
    Wheels NINER XC CARBON, 15MM FRONT, Q/R REAR, NINER GRAPHIC
    Tyres SCHWALBE RAPID ROB EVO TL 2.40/RACING RALPH EVO TL 2.25, NINER GRAPHIC

Geometry & Sizes


For riders who fall between sizes we recommend sizing down for a more manoeuvrable ride or sizing up for more stability.

Stage 1 Cycle Benefits

We go that bit further and test build all specialist bikes. With our attention to detail you will always get the right bike first time.