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Sea Otter Coverage

PUSH'ed Niner RIP 9 RDO

Words Cam McRae
Photos Dave Smith
Date Apr 27, 2017

Niner bikes is based in Colorado and convenient geography likely played a role in this recent collaboration. The company partnered with the neighbours down the road at PUSH Industries to package a special edition of the RIP 9 RDO with an ELEVENSIX rear shock. The shock is unique in that it has two independent compression damping circuits, one each for climbing and descending. On its own, the shock will set you back US$1200. 

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PUSH shocks are made in Colorado and the latest addition features several refinements including a new main piston with: "improved flow path and increased port volume giving you the ultimate control without compromise in deep successive bumps." It also has an even larger resevoir for better thermal stability. 

As you can expect this wasn't simply an off the shelf solution. The engineers at PUSH did data analysis of the RIP RDO's "CVA linkage throughout its entire stroke, millimeter by millimeter." Once the data was collected a custom damper was designed and built specifically for the bike. The finished result, after trail testing is said to have improved rider control and traction when compared to the stock RIP 9, which you woul hope for considering the US$900 premium. A Fox equipped frame will set you back US$3100 while the PUSH model is $4100. 

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Custom graphics of course. 

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I wonder if this top cap could work with OneUp's new system?

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Looking at this bike in the flesh, it seemed to almost call out for a dual crown fork. Maybe Niner will get into the DH game now that big wheels may be on the verge of taking over the gravity game.

For more on the PUSH edition RIP 9 RDO click here...

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Captain-Snappy
+1 Cam McRae
Merwinn  - April 27, 2017, 9:46 a.m.

I think Cam likes what he sees.

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cam@nsmb.com
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Cam McRae  - April 27, 2017, 8:13 p.m.

I'm curious about both Niner and PUSH because I've never ridden either, but I'm not pitching a tent just yet. And the $900 premium seems steep when you consider they only give you $300 credit for the shock that you won't be running

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smoothjazzlines
+1 Endur-Bro
smoothjazzlines  - April 27, 2017, 12:01 p.m.

2004 called and they want their head tube angle back

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Captain-Snappy
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Merwinn  - April 27, 2017, 2:03 p.m.

67 degs with 160 mm forkage doesn't sound very 2004'ish

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