They are the best. Everything. SC Megatower, SC Hightower LT(sold) , SC Tallboy 3(sold), Scott Genius, Commencal Meta HT.

Great riding bike.

Beautiful frame is a work of art.

Good thing I picked mine up for less ($2000). Had the opportunity to test a my size medium V3 Ripley on my local trails at a demo event, but left dissatisfied with the Ripley uphill bump compliance relative to the 429T.

Build it however you want - fast XC or trail. I understand they've changed the routing for the newer frames.

Not too low bottom bracket.

Easier to throw around the trails.

The only minor issue I see is that the bike is significantly "faster" than I am - it just begs to be pushed and it is inspiring me to be a better rider, or kill myself trying. Other FS 29'ers I've owned - Jet 9, RIP 9, Bandit 29, Covert 29.

I notice I've attempted a number of lines this year that I wasn't confident enough to try on my Anthem 26er.

Introducing the Jet 9 RDO, Niner’s first carbon full suspension frame.One of the most anticipated bikes from Bike Press Camp has just been announced.

One thing i don”t like about the tallboy and if you are looking for marathon xc races should also interest you is that it only has mounts for 1 bottle cage.

This is the first review I have ever written for mountain bike, and have been riding for 17 years. Looks. Weight Saving example on budget - Ms Spark! after looking at other bikes Im glad I decided to spend the money on this frame and build . Ive owned it for about 8 months now and while Im not a maniac on it Ive taken some hard falls with no damage. Doesn't gleam like it used to, but it performed flawlessly in a wide range of trails. ... Niner Jet 9: Pivot has less uncertainty about the company moving forward and more important, Pivot is a much better bike.

VERY capable trail bike. And it is beautiful. pretty sure that a scott spark rc Nino rides is faster & lighter, but i”m damned fast on this bike and keep ahead of the “weight weenie solid fork” crowd and can still jump while going crazy fast. cable routing on the 2012 frames is challenging but if you read the instructions carefully it's not that bad. To improve on a frame that has already surpassed rigorous testing parameters, we had to start at the very core, via Niner’s new RDO Carbon Compaction System.

I swapped my RIP 9 for the JET 9 RDO. I am coming off of a Niner Jet 9 RDO. Jet 9 RDO 2012 - Worth upgrading to latest Jet 9 RDO? The new JET 9 Alloy frame features Boost spacing in the rear and is 27.5+ compatible, though Niner recommends bumping the fork up to 140mm of suspension travel for 27.5+ wheels.

Stiffness - it goes where you put it and stays there.

And the suspension system is designed for a blend of efficiency and performance. When I get a bike, I research it based on what I've had, what I've liked, what I want to do, and the fact that I ride it for at least five years. The Jet 9RDO is a blend of a perfectly crafted tool and functional art.

the original Trance 1 - rode it for seven years Specialized 29'er - nice rental bike to test ride the bigger wheels A few different hardtails built to race/trail bike spec.

The geometry is more or less similar on the spark and tallboy. Get the latest mountain bike reviews, news, race results, and much more by signing up for the MTBR Newsletter. Anthem X 26er, Santa Cruz Tallboy C, Specialized Epic 29 (test rode), Anthem 29er Carbon, Gary Fisher Superfly 100, too many 26er hardtails over the years to remember, been racing MTBs since 1992. Internal cable routing. I thought that too until yesterday! If I could have just one mountain bike (and this is one of 3 in my garage), this would be it.

With the two different wheelsets I can either race it, or go for a 50 mile backcountry ride.

its a niner what more do you need than that ?

Niner rip 9 rdo vs niner jet 9 rdo vs ibis ripley vs turner czar vs ?. © Copyright 2020 VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved. Light, fast uphill and even thought it does not have the travel of the RIP it was perfect for what I ride. I test rode a number of bikes from Santa Cruz, Yeti, Giant and Niner and the Jet 9 RDO was definitely my favorite.

In the Jet 9 RDO, this new system has resulted in a weight reduction of 70 grams while maintaining all standards for strength, stiffness and durability.

1) Light and stiff (stiffer than the RIP even) 2) Suspension works well (like VPP). Less expensive this year though if you look around. Handling - it is like riding a long surfboard, that is still light and responsive enough to flick. Scott Spark 10 size Large. © Copyright 2020 VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.

It came down to the Niner, or a Santa Cruz Tallboy LT in carbon, or the unattainable Specialized S-works 29'er.

I even started racing it in my local short track series in lieu of my 26er hardtail, and it handles significantly better even in the pump track. Stiffness, Lightweight, climbing ability, descending ability, ability to hold a tight line, overall looks and quality. I have very short legs and a long torso (28'' inseam and 72'' tall). Suspension platform feels significantly "tauter" than my Anthem's did, and it took a bit of getting used to at first, but this is not a bad thing IMO. Sag was set fwiw. Looking for advice about these bikes. Lack of guides for a dropper post cable.By far and away, the most expensive frame I've ever purchased - and worth every single penny. The JET 9 RDO is made to accept your choice of 29-er and 27.5-Plus wheels and tires.

I think I will love it once it arrives, but my suggestion to others is to strongly consider other brands unless the model they want is in stock at their shop. I too considered all the same bikes you are.

Maybe it was a set up thing? Just in love with the bike. Stout and predictable, the faster you go, the better it handles for sure. So guys, Scott Sparks are fragile bikes, beware. just got a tallboy 3 cc. It climbs WAY better locked out, and tracks downhill like a guided missile.

"It's only when you stand over it, you know, when you physically stand over the bike, that then you say 'hey, I don't have much stand over height', you know"-T. Ellsworth, By LiquidSpin in forum Virginia, WV, Maryland, DC, Delaware,, 2016 Scott Spark 920 or Santa Cruz Tallboy CC. Of course many older 29ers can be converted to 27.5+, but Niner points out the new JET 9 Alloy will fit full width, 3.0-inch 27.5+ tires (and up to 2.4″ 29er tires). 3) Fast uphill 4) Floats over everything downhill. My new Jet9 in not supple in the rear end. Just feels more playful. The JET 9 is a perfect balance.

Also the bike corners very well and feels pretty close to my VPP suspension on my old blur (no pedal bob).

Now it's early May and Niner hasn't even responded to calls from the shop. The 2.6 tires bugged me but didn’t help any either.

Nice Geometry, CVA platform works great and awesome looking bike. Expensive?

Pivot 429T or Yeti SB4.5 or Niner Jet 9 RDO,,,,,, Yeti SB4.5c vs Yeti SB5c vs Santa Cruz 5010 vs Pivot Mach 429 Trail vs SC Hightower, The New YETI SB4.5C or The New PIVOT Mach429 Trail, jet 9 rdo works angled headset?? The SID XX fork balances nicely with the Fox rear shock.

I’d buy the Pivot again. This bike is awesome, it has made me a much better rider.

Seven, the endless climbs and tight, off-camber singletrack of Oakridge, the unrelenting sidehill of the North Umpqua, the beat-out trails of Santa Cruz, the flowy trails of Tahoe, Bend, and Revelstoke, (and the illegal ones in Santa Cruz), and the variety of Fernie.

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Wow what a bike, by far the best I have ever owned, I have constantly broken all my P.B's every track I've rode.


Just like a raindrop, I was born to fall.

The Spark pedals a lot better than the Tallboy and it's also much lighter.

Extremely light frame. But, you do get what you pay for. Not as plush as the RIP and not as fast downhill. strengths ???

2013 Scott Spark 610 26er or 2014 Spark 700 27.5'? I test rode a number of bikes from Santa Cruz, Yeti, Giant and Niner and the Jet 9 RDO was definitely my favorite. By far and away, the most expensive frame I've ever purchased - and worth every single penny. I have ridden the tallboy and love the way it climbs.

Suspension is close to perfect. its such a blast to ride the climbing ability is great....... it just handles great . Out of the box, the shifting wasn't perfect. I wanted matte black Plus at the time I was a Niner fan boy. I'm very familiar with a 5 year old Jet 9 RDO CVA (not bad), but no saddle time the current version. It might be a bit stiffer than other bikes on the small hits and while pedaling, but it is built to go fast all day.

The Kona Kula was the best one of the lot. Cable routing is a little complicated and if not done right, it can cause ghost shift when hitting bumps on the trail. Build it however you want - fast XC or trail.

Love the fact that they ship with OEM frame protection. The rockiness of Downieville, the steepness and speed of Mt. And cable routing.

I've put this thing through the ringer and it just eats it up and says "that all you got, old man?" Lack of guides for a dropper post cable. With my bike shoes, I can handle an XL frame on the Santa Cruz (Tallboy XL Standover is 27.6'' and Hightower LT is 28.3). Most high end mountain bikes are well designed tools. I currently ride a 2015 Niner Rip 9 RDO (Shimano XTR).

I placed an order at my LBS in mid-March, and they were told it would arrive no later than mid-April, which seemed long but tolerable.

)No, it's not a DH bike or an #ENDURO bike (I'm so sick of the word #ENDURO I could puke), but if you like to ride trails of all sorts and ride them hard, this is the frame for you. Felt the RIP would roll over a parked car while descending if I aimed it that way. The XL frame on my Niner has a 32 inch standover height, which is a problem for obvious reasons.

Yes and the "you get what you pay for cliche" does apply. It works in both environments. Probably the best "all-rounder" frame I've ever ridden. The more I ride it the more I love it. My housing lasts about 4 months because it gets chewed up where it enters the front of the bike. For me a perfect bike, when I got the first frame it had a factory flaw, the boys at Niner reacted within a week to get me a new frame. A little bit stiff, which is great for climbing, but it still opens up to handle the high speed hits you'll take on it. Very light, responsive and can handle all the trails I throw at it. ... Yeti SB4.5c vs Yeti SB5c vs Santa Cruz 5010 vs Pivot Mach 429 Trail vs SC Hightower. Ride quality.

I've always preferred DW-link type suspension platforms and this is my first 29er. Among other strengths was its responsiveness and low center of gravity. fits the “one bike quiver”.

I generally like to ride aggressive XC tracks and in the past was not a big fan of the long climbs, but now climbing is easier so it does'nt bother me, this bike has made me want to get fitter and ride as much as possible, the roadie I own has not been used since I bought this rig, I highly recommend using a good carbon wheel set as it makes the acceleration second to none for a dually, I also like the geometry with a 120mm fork up front A mate of mine has just bought one last week, I was on his first ride the other night, he also could'nt believe how well it suited him and had a smile on his face the entire ride Would not swap it for any other bike.

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