The 2017 Mountain Bike Buyer's Guide

Niner JET 9 RDO
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Niner JET 9 RDO

If you’re looking for an all-mountain 29er that goes up as well as it goes down, check out the Niner JET 9 RDO and its 120mm of fully active rear-wheel travel. As the brand’s name suggests, Niner was on the leading edge of the trend to go large in terms of tire size, so it has years of research and rider feedback to fall back on when it comes to updating its most popular designs. At the core of the new carbon-fiber JET is Niner’s [R]evolution geometry. Niner has lengthened the bike’s reach in order to shorten the stem length for quicker steering. The chainstays have also been shortened for faster acceleration. But keeping the JET’s all-round capabilities in mind, the seat-tube angle has been steepened to keep you centered on the bike and better able to stay on top of your gear for efficient climbing and pedaling. The JET also incorporates the new, wider Boost spacing standard in the rear of the bike, which means clearance for plus-sized 27.5+ tires and compatibility with both single- and double-ring drivetrains. [From $4,500; ninerbikes.com]

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