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Niner AIR 9 RDO 3-Star XT Carbon Bike

ITEM NUMBER: 018 NINR34
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$4,079.98
MSRP:
$4,799.00
 
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NINER TECHNOLOGY

For every model, whether it's their lightest cross country hardtail or the burliest full suspension bike, Niner consideres how each angle or length will interact with big wheels to affect the finished build.

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The basic concept of the larger diameter is simple: it will keep your wheels on top of oncoming obstacles. Rather than riding IN the terrain, you'll be riding ABOVE it, gaining more control and stability on even the roughest trails.

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Niner AIR 9 RDO 3-Star XT Carbon Bike

The Air 9 RDO is a thoroughbred – a no-nonsense instrument built for speed and performance. An extension of Niner's form-follows-function philosophy, no curve is out of place on the newest Niner. And while looks are important, true attraction begins as soon as you push on the pedals and the Air 9 RDO goes flat out.

The Air 9 RDO is specifically intended as a geared racing bike. With this in mind Niner referred to the purposeful lines of the Air 9 Carbon but reduced diameters and trimmed profiles throughout. Compared to the CYA bottom bracket shell of the Air 9 Carbon, the smaller PF30 shell of the Air 9 RDO suggested smaller junctions and negated the need for an alloy insert. The rear brake mount is tucked inside the curving stays to distribute twisting forces evenly, permitting smaller caliper mounts and decreased wall thicknesses. Even the headset races in the headtube are molded carbon - they shaved grams wherever they found them. The net result? A 1125g Niner frame that is going to knock your socks off.

  • Tapered headtube
  • Niner’s proven hardtail geometry
  • Optimized for 80 to 100mm suspension forks

FREE $200 value Pro Build Service

Every Niner Complete bike sold by Price Point includes professional assembly by our trained mechanics prior to shipment. With Price Point ProBuild, you'll receive the most thorough, highest-level service available. We will inspect your new frame, install, and tune all components, then partially disassemble it so that it is ready to ship directly to you. Upon arrival, you'll only need to unpack it and perform some basic re-assembly tasks in order to get your new Niner ready to ride.

Pro Build 30 Point Check List

  1. Inspect frame for any blemishes/defects, check frame alignment
  2. Frame prep: headtube and bottom bracket shell, face/clean surfaces as needed
  3. Install headset: apply light grease to frame and press cups
  4. Install bottom bracket: apply assembly compounds as spec'd (grease or carbon assembly compound)
  5. Install front derailleur: align with manufacturer's specs and torque to spec (direct mount Loctite mounting screws)
  6. Install cranks: grease spindle/bearing contact areas, torque crank bolts & spider bolts to manufacturer's specifications
  7. Check rear derailleur hanger alignment
  8. Install rear derailleur: grease threads and torque to spec
  9. Install fork: Press headset race, lightly grease all bearing contact points for headset
  10. Install stem: torque to spec
  11. Cut steer tube to proper length and install headset tensioner
  12. Install handlebar: torque to spec
  13. Install shifters
  14. Install brake levers
  15. Measure and cut shifter housing
  16. Attach derailleur cables
  17. Measure and cut brake housing
  18. Bleed brakes/attach brake cables
  19. True wheels and check spoke tension
  20. Install cassette, brake rotors and tires
  21. Align brakes: torque bolts to spec
  22. Install chain: check crossover gear and cut to length
  23. Tune rear derailleur: set limits and stretch cable
  24. Tune front derailleur: set limits and stretch cable
  25. Check torque values for all bolts
  26. Install grips/tape
  27. Install saddle
  28. Partially disassemble bike for shipping, remove front wheel, remove stem, remove seat/post and deflate tires
  29. Cover all critical areas with protective material
  30. Box bike for shipping

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

Model

Air 9 RDO 3 Star XT

Fork

Rock Shox SID XX, Tapered, 100mm, 15mm Maxle, Black

Headset

Yes

Brakes

Shimano XT M785 180/160MM Rotors

Wheels

American Classic Race 29, 15mm Fnt, 135mm QR Rear

Tires

Schwalbe Racing Ralph 29x2.25

Handlebar

Niner Flat Top Carbon, Red Graphic

Stem

Niner Alloy, Red Graphic

Seat Post

Niner Carbon, Red Graphic

Grips

N/A

Saddle

WTB Volt Race

Shifters

Shimano XT M780 I-Spec 10SP

Front Derailleur

Shimano XT M786 10SP 34.9

Rear Derailleur

Shimano XT M786 GS Shadow+ 10SP

Chain

Shimano XT HG-94 10SP

Cassette

Shimano XT M771 11-36t 10SP

Crankset

Shimano XT M785 38/26t 175MM

Bottom Bracket Design

Shimano XT BB-70

GEOMETRY

Geometry

Size

X-Small

Small

Medium

Large

X-Large

A

Top Tube Length (mm)

574

590

607

626

645

B

Seat Tube (mm)

356

394

419

483

533

C

Chain Stay (mm)

439

439

439

439

439

D

Front Center (mm)

640

655

660

680

700

E

Wheelbase (mm)

1073

1088

1094

1114

1134

F

Bottom Bracket Drop (mm)

54

54

54

54

54

G

Head Tube Length (mm)

100

105

110

125

145

H

Head Tube Angle

70

70

71

71

71

I

Seat Tube Angle

73

73

73

73

73

J

Standover (mm)

688

724

744

796

837

K

Reach (mm)

390

404

418

433

446

L

Stack (mm)

604

608

617

631

651

Geometry based on 100mm fork

Rider Height Bike Fit Chart

Height

Frame Size

5'0" - 5'5"

X-Small

5'3" - 5'9"

Small

5'8" - 6'

Medium

5'11" - 6'3"

Large

6'3" - 6'7"

X-Large

Please Note: These are only recommendations. Fit is also affected by inseam, torso length, reach, component selection and riding style.

Compatibility

73mm PF30 BB width

PF30 BB adaptable to threaded via adapters

31.6mm seat post size, 400mm length recommended

34.9mm front derailleur, high mount, top pull

34.9mm seat collar size

1.125"-1.5" tapered head tube with integrated (Campy style) headset (headset included) Cane Creek standard description: IS42/28.6|IS52/40

Small frame has one bottle mount inside the front triangle. Medium, large and XL have two bottle mounts inside the front triangle

Replaceable derailleur hanger

Not compatible with aftermarket EBB systems

Titanium chain drop and chain suck protection pieces

Protective 3M tape under DT

Integrated aluminum head badge for internal, full-housing cable routing

135mm QR rear spacing

Can fit up to a 2.4" tire (tire size varies by brand, some tires may not fit)

Compatible with standard 3x chainring systems

SRAM recommended 2x chainrings: 26/39T or lower

SRAM XX1 recommended max chainring: 34T Q-Factor: 168mm

Shimano XT recommended 2x chainrings: 28/40T or lower

SHIMANO XTR 2x is not recommended. Both versions (40t/48.8mm chain line and 38t/46.6 chain line) position the large chainring in a way that it may contact the frame.

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