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What happens at Singletracks.com when Niner announces their newest iteration of their flagship carbon hardtail, the Air 9 RDO? Lots of things. Drooling. Envy. Bank account checking. Thoughts of how to introduce one more bike to the significant other. But above all, interest. Good old fashioned heart-stopping interest. Like this.

Oh yes. I like that bicycles.

Oh yes. I like that bicycles.

Why so interested? It’s hard not to be stoked about a flagship offering from a known and respected brand like Niner. Say what you will about 29er bikes, you have to hand it to Niner for picking a wheel size they believe in and focusing on development thereof. They’re not making 100 different geometries.

And the bikes look freakin’ cool. Take a look and see for yourself.

GIMME

GIMME

The newest Air 9 RDO boasts a 100g weight loss over the previous version. Some of that came from a lightened headbadge, of all things. It’s made out of titanium, and so are the little guards around the bottom bracket.

Lighter but still cool headbadge

Lighter but still cool headbadge

Lighter guards

Lighter guards

Last time I bought a new bike I looked at my wallet and realized I had a choice: full suspension alloy bike, or carbon hardtail. I picked full suspension alloy, and, well, maybe I blew it on that one.

Niner will sell you an Air 9 in many different flavors. There’s the top notch RDO which has premium composite and layout at 1060g and $1999 MSRP for the frameset, but you can also go on up to $7999 for their “five star” build with XTR and a RockShox SID XX World Cup Solo Air 100MM. There’s a regular ol’ carbon choice as well, or even a hydroformed alloy bike with the same geometry at just $699 for the frameset.

Anyone got $8k I can have? Come on, guys. Help a rider out. I’ll even do a race on it if that helps.

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