First Look: Niner ROS 9 - Flat Out Fun 3

<b>Introducing some rowdy steel radness from Niner. The new ROS 9.</b> - Photos by Ian Hylands / Rallied by Nate Adams</b>

<b>Following the lines and design language of the Niner SIR 9, the tubes have been beefed up to handle the abuse the ROS 9 is designed to shrug off.</b>

<b>ROS 9 - RIDE OVER SH*T!</b>

<b>The 4130 Cro-Mo tube set of the ROS 9 is the trusted standard for durability and ride quality.</b>

<b>Construction details abound. From the unique dropout design with 142x12mm Maxle to the sleek brake mounts, 44mm OS headtube, removable bolt-on housing guides, and removable front derailleur hanger with alloy cover, the ROS 9 is dialed.</b>

<b>There's something awesome about the simplicity of a hardtail...</b>

<b>The super-short 418mm chainstays provide a lofty front end feel while the slack 67-degree headtube angle keeps the front end composed at Mach Loony speeds.</b>

<b>BioCentric II enables perfect singlespeed setup and allows geometry fine-tuning. It uses two bolts to apply a clamping force on the outside edges of the BB shell, eliminating the possibility of ovalizing or indexing the shell.</b>

<b>The system has a 73mm BB width and is compatible with external bearing cranksets.</b>

<b>BioCentric II offsets the bottom bracket spindle 8.5mm from center, providing loads of adjustment.</b>

<b>No bolt on hubs, no chain tensioners, and no brake adjustments needed.</b>

<b>Tabs under the bottom bracket shell accept a proprietary MRP XCG bash guard for optional extra protection. Internal dropper post routing is optional, another alloy cover closes the port if you choose not to use it.</b>

<b>Fact: Zero mm of suspension is efficient in every chainring, even when you're drifting.</b>

<b>The new ROS 9 injects hardtails with a huge-ass dose of fun.</b>

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Billed as a hardtail for riders that don’t like hardtails, Niner's new ultimate enabler will satisfy your thirst to RIDE OVER SH*T! No twitchy high-posting around features you would hit on your 'real' bike. No need to back off because your XC racing head angle prevents solid roosting. The ROS 9 won’t judge your lines. Short chainstays, a slack head angle, and an oversized headtube nourish these Roots of Steel - all with the ability to tweak the geometry via the BioCentric II bottom bracket system. Run this rig singlespeed, 1X or fully geared with a front derailleur if you roll that way. Remove the cable guides and front derailleur mount if you don’t.

Sorry, the ROS 9 is not compatible with heart rate monitors or training plans but it will certainly earn you some PRs when you do your part keeping the rubber side down. Available in Forge Grey and Rally Blue, build options include singlespeed, SRAM X7, and SRAM X01 kits at prices ranging from $2,499 to $3,799.

Photos by Ian Hylands -
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  • prancisfena

    6/25/2013 2:58 AM

    Now this is a 29er I wouldn't mind getting... but at that price... nevermind hahaha.

  • mrpowerjd

    6/24/2013 7:20 PM

    Love the idea! I have a friend who does some testing for Niner and I hope he can wrangle one of these because I'd love to check it out!

  • JMHV

    6/24/2013 9:59 PM

    It's a fun rig. Definitely a few options in this category but the details like the removable hanger and stealth routing (with covers if you don't use it) and removable cable guides are pretty sweet. I am making a pile of parts for one if I can afford the frame later this summer. =)

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