More than a decade after our first W.F.O. 9 defined the category and set a benchmark for what a long-travel 29er could do, we’re bringing 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.
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.
|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 FACTORY GRIP 2 EVOL, HSC, LSC, HSR, LSR, KASHIMA COAT, 180MM, 110X15MM, 44MM OFFSET|
|Headset||NINER INTERNAL ZS SHIS DESCRIPTION ZS44/28.6|ZS56/40|
|Rear Shock||FOX FLOAT X2 FACTORY EVOL, HSC, LSC, HSR, LSR, 2 POSITION, KASHIMA COAT|
|Rims/Wheels||Front: DT SWISS E 1900 SPLINE 30MM, CENTERLOCK, 110X15MM; Rear: DT SWISS E 1900 SPLINE 30MM, CENTERLOCK, 148X12MM REAR|
|Tires||Front: SCHWALBE MAGIC MARY EVO SUPER TRAIL TLE ADDIX SOFT 2.6; Rear: SCHWALBE HANS DAMPF EVO SUPER TRAIL TLE ADDIX SOFT 2.6|
|Crankset||SRAM DESCENDANT 7K EAGLE DUB, 32T (ALL SIZES -170MM)|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM DUB BSA THREADED|
|Chain||SRAM GX EAGLE 12SP|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM GX EAGLE 12SP|
|Rear Cogs||SRAM EAGLE XG 1275, 10-52T|
|Shifters||SRAM GX EAGLE 12SP|
|Handlebars||RACE FACE AEFFECT R 780MM WIDE, 20MM RISE, 35MM CLAMP|
|Tape/Grips||NINER GRRRIPS L/O NYLON FLANGED SOFT COMPOUND|
|Stem||RACE FACE AEFFECT R 40MM, 35MM CLAMP|
|Brake Levers||SRAM CODE R|
|Brakes||SRAM CODE R|
|Saddle||NINER CUSTOM TR WITH CR-MO RAILS, PRINTED NINER GRAPHIC|
|Seat Post||KS LEV SI (XS/S-100MM, M/L/XL-150MM)|
|Rotors||200/200 CENTERLINE ROTORS|
* Subject to change without notice.
|Hot Tamale / Large||04-239-21-05-40||210000029199|
|Fade to Black / Medium||04-239-21-04-20||210000029212|