BIKE TEST / NINER RKT 9 RDO BIKE TEST
line suspension and drivetrain setup as well as carbon wheels.
While there isn’t much we would upgrade, we didn’t really like the
wheels. Granted, they are carbon, but they didn’t seem to keep up
with the rest of the bike, especially in terms of stiffness.
While 710 millimeters is a good width for an XC bike, riders who
plan on doing more trail riding might want to go to a wider bar.
Likewise, if you’re a serious cross-country rider, we recommend
going to a narrower set of tires than what comes stock.
The biggest upgrade we would like to see is remote lockouts.
We don’t think riders really need one for the shock, but a remote
for the fork would make a comfortable difference in the ride.
Considering the price tag, we are surprised that Niner didn’t
There are plenty of cross-country-specific race bikes out there,
but since most of the bike world is searching for a do-it-all bike,
the RKT 9 RDO has entered the market at a good time. While
some will be completely turned off by the “29er only” mentality,
others will embrace it. The RKT isn’t the fastest cross-country bike
we have ever ridden, but it is one of the most versatile. ❏
A stiff setup: When the suspension is locked out, the rear
triangle is stiff and responds when you put power into the
pedals. We didn’t notice any lateral flex out of the bike when
pushing hard up steep climbs.
Unchanged for a good reason: The CVA has been Niner’s go-to
suspension design for years. The RKT 9 RDO takes the technology and gives riders no surprises, as it does what they say it will.
$6700 ($3000 frame/shock)
23. 9 pounds
Medium ( 18”)
28. 7 inches
3. 5”, 90mm
Fox 32 Float FIT4 Kashima
Fox Float CTD Kashima
Niner Carbon XC
Maxxis Ikon 2. 35 (front) 2. 2 (rear)
SRAM Guide RSC
Niner Flat Top RDO 710mm
SRAM X01 32-tooth
SRAM X01 10-42
None (weighed with Shimano XTR Race)
NINER RKT 9 RDO
Bottom bracket height
Top tube length
Head tube angle
Seat tube angle
Suspension travel (front)
Suspension travel (rear)