Niner WFO 9 RDO 3-Star Carbon Full-Suspension Mountain Bike
WFO 9 RDO 3-Star Carbon Full-Suspension Mountain Bike
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A legend reborn
More than a decade after Niner's first W.F.O. 9 defined the category and set a benchmark for what a long-travel 29er could do, they've brought it back. The 2021 WFO 9 RDO draws on our years of 29er evolution to establish a new paradigm of unbridled, big-wheel domination. Reborn with 170mm of stable CVA suspension, a 180mm-travel fork, adjustable geometry, increased frame stiffness, and our signature RDO carbon fiber, the new generation of WFO 9 RDO is an enduro-ready brawler with the pedaling prowess to get you to the top in style.
Wide, Full Open: A decade later
Loyal Ninerds feared that it was extinct forever. But the WFO 9 RDO was only dormant, lying in wait, evolving and mutating to reemerge as the apex predator of long-travel 29ers
That first W.F.O. cut fresh 29er tracks in too many ways to count. Technologies that we take for granted today were pioneered in that legendary frame.
What a difference a decade can make. The strongest remaining genetic link between our original and this new WFO 9 RDO is simply an unquenchable appetite for wide, full open, edge of control, “honey, I can’t feel my face” SPEED.
Genetically engineered for “just right” geometry
All the descending capability of a 170mm travel 29er is fully expressed in this new WFO 9 RDO. Yet any detectable trace of the dreaded “climbing compromises” chromosome is edited out.
We all know that modern enduro bikes have to manage descents into madness on the scale of World Cup DH tracks. Yet they also need to get you efficiently back up to the top when pedaling is your only option. Which, let’s be honest, is usually the case.
With this schizophrenic spectrum of duties in mind, we dialed in a “just right” geometry chart for the WFO 9 RDO. It’s low and slack by nature, but not so slouchy as to kick you out of contention on the steepest climbs.
The native low mode geometry is optimized for all-out, top to bottom, brake-rotor-bluing descents. A 64-degree head tube angle combined with the low BB and long top tube scream “stability” even at eye-watering speeds.
Yet the wheelbase isn’t so rangy as to prevent tight, uphill transitions when the need arises. And a 77-degree seat tube angle keeps your weight centered over the bottom bracket for composed climbing.
If your daily dose of dirt includes more pedaling, tighter corners, and sneaky sniper rocks, you might want a higher bottom bracket and steeper head tube angle. Not to worry - the built-in flip-chip seatstay pivots allow riders to raise the BB by a full 9mm and steepen the geometry by 0.7 degrees.
CVA suspension: the core DNA code
At the heart of our WFO 9 RDO is the Constantly Varying Arc (CVA) suspension system. The first suspension layout made specifically for 29ers, CVA debuted in 2008 and has been the core of Niner’s DNA ever since.
Our CVA fundamentals are rock solid: it’s stable yet supple while climbing and pedaling; going downhill, it’s sensitive and supportive; it’s consistent and controlled in every phase of travel.
On the WFO, a trunnion mount shock adds width (and therefore stiffness) to the frame and linkage. The shock bolts directly to the rocker link with bearings at the interface. This allows for extra-smooth articulation through the entire rocker sweep of 40-degrees during suspension travel. Furthermore, trunnion shocks occupy less space, allowing a compact form factor.
In consideration of the dueling demands riders expect from the WFO 9 RDO, subtle refinements to the kinematics give it superior pedaling behavior despite 170mm of travel on tap. The leverage ratio curve starts at 3.0, hits 2.4 at 67% travel, then hits 2.6 at full travel. It’s also tuned for a slightly falling rate (about 6% in the last 33% of travel). If you’re running an air shock as the bike is spec’d, the overall rate in every phase of travel feels consistent and natural. Even with a coil you won’t feel as though the bike is bottoming out.
Confidence to drop into the biggest lines, knowing you’ll get consistency and control from top to bottom: that’s CVA suspension.
The brawny big brother in our family tree
From a distance, the new WFO 9 RDO looks like a fraternal twin to the trail bike in our line, the popular and handsome RIP 9 RDO. However, Niner’s characteristic full-suspension frame cosmetics deceive your eyes. A closer look reveals that the new WFO 9 RDO is clearly the bigger, brawnier sibling that got its square-jawed genes from cousin Vinnie’s side of the family.
In order to get the best possible shifting performance, Niner designed the smoothest, straightest cable routing possible. Cable housing slides easily through full-sleeve guide tubes in gentle arcs from front to back. And an integrated “cable cage” above the bottom bracket area keeps the housing free to move as the suspension cycles, yet far from harm.
3-STAR SRAM GX EAGLE
The most popular kit in Niner's range, the fan-favorite 3-Star SRAM GX Eagle build is an ideal blend of performance and value for this long-travel 29er enduro bike. Fox Factory suspension and DT Swiss wheels complete an outstanding parts pick for the WFO.
- SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed shifting
- Schwalbe Magic Mary and Hans Dampf tires
- SRAM Code R brakes
|Available frame sizes||SM, MD, LG||Available colors||Hot Tamale and Fade to Black|
|FRAME||NINER RDO CARBON FIBER, 170MM TRAVEL, GEO FLIP CHIP, RIB CAGE CONSTRUCTION, FULL SLEEVE CABLE ROUTING, ENDURO MAX BLACK OXIDE PIVOT BEARINGS||FORK||FOX 38 FLOAT PERFORMANCE GRIP EVOL, 3 POSITION, 180MM, 110X15MM, 44MM OFFSET|
|SHOCK||FOX FLOAT X2 PERFORMANCE EVOL, HSC, LSC, LSR, 2 POSITION||TUBES / SEALANT||STANS NO TUBES SEALANT (2 X 2oz BOTTLES)|
|FRONT WHEEL||NINER ALLOY 30MM, 110X15MM FRONT||REAR WHEEL||NINER ALLOY 30MM, 148X12MM REAR|
|FRONT TIRE||SCHWALBE MAGIC MARY EVO SUPER TRAIL TLE ADDIX SOFT 2.6||REAR TIRE||SCHWALBE HANS DAMPF EVO SUPER TRAIL TLE ADDIX SOFT 2.6|
|BRAKES||SRAM G2 R||BRAKE LEVERS||SRAM G2 R|
|BRAKE ROTORS||200/200 CENTERLINE ROTORS||CHAIN||SRAM SX EAGLE 12SP|
|FRONT SHIFTER||N/A||REAR SHIFTER||SRAM SX EAGLE 12SP|
|FRONT DERAILLEUR||N/A||REAR DERAILLEUR||SRAM SX EAGLE 12SP|
|CASSETTE||SRAM PG 1210 11-50T||CRANKSET||SRAM X1 1K EAGLE DUB, 32T, 170MM|
|BOTTOM BRACKET||SRAM DUB BSA THREADED||SADDLE||NINER CUSTOM TR WITH CR-MO RAILS, PRINTED NINER GRAPHIC|
|SEATPOST||KS LEV SI (XS/S-100MM, M/L/XL-150MM)||HANDLEBAR||RACE FACE AEFFECT R 780MM WIDE, 20MM RISE, 35MM CLAMP|
|STEM||RACE FACE AEFFECT R 40MM, 35MM CLAMP||HEADSET||NINER INTERNAL ZS SHIS DESCRIPTION ZS44/28.6|ZS56/40|
|GRIPS||NINER GRRRIPS L/O NYLON SOFT COMPOUND||APPROX. WEIGHT||33.5|
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