The Jet 9 Carbon 3 Star XT 1x11 Complete Mountain Bike returns relatively unchanged for 2016, featuring Niner's signature blend of a carbon fiber front triangle and alloy out back for a ride that's fast, responsive, and much more affordable than an all carbon model. This mixed media design balances making the race proven geometry of the Jet 9 accessible to more cyclists while keeping the focus on stiffness, an attribute further boosted by a 12 x 142mm rear thru axle. The cumulatively stiffer ride maintains carbon's efficiency, tracks more precisely over terrain, and protects the oversized cartridge bearings of the suspension from damaging torsional and lateral flex. The Jet 9 Carbon shares many features with Niner's full carbon RDO models, including a carbon monocoque main triangle, a PF30 PressFit bottom bracket, cleanly routed internal cables, and relatively stubby chainstays. Most importantly though, they share the same eager 29er geometry. While the industry wide love of 29ers has sent some manufacturers into RD purgatory in order to find a solution to full suspension29er compatibility issues, Niner has been sitting pretty for some time with its 100 millimeters of CVA travel. The CVA suspension's lower link sits below the bottom bracket, which puts bike's virtual instant center ahead of the drivetrain and effectively isolates the drivetrain from the rear triangle. When you press on the pedals, nothing's lost to compressing the suspension, and you won't suffer kickback from chainstay growth when taking advantage of the 29er's ability to push on across rocky trails. Adding to CVA's trail appeal is a low ratio of shock stroke to suspension movement. This decreases the amount of preload needed, which translates to smooth, effective damping and less drag on the shock seals. For 2016, Niner trusts its CVA design to RockShox with the Monarch RT rear shock and kits out this 3 star build with a RockShox Pike RC up front, a smooth shifting Shimano XT one by dr...