Niner affectionately refers to its devotees as ninerds, a title that fans of big wheeled bikes ranging from the Lycra clad racer to the weekend adventurer have embraced with pleasure. By combining SRAM's yeoman one by drivetrain with Niner's most race efficient geometry, layup, and rear triangle to date, the all new RKT 9 RDO 2 Star GX1 Complete Mountain Bike may be the first machine in Niner's lineup to adequately cover the needs of virtually every member of the ninerd community. The frame has some geometry tweaks aimed at bridging the divide between a low weight XC race missile and a high confidence, line holding trail sled. Given that the Queen of Pain herself summarizes the RKT 9 RDO as a dream come true, we'd say Niner hit the mark. Compared to Niner's previous XC racers, the RKT 9's longer top tube and shorter head tube make for a more aggressive rider position and a longer geometry with better line holding capabilities across terrain skewing into the five inch trail bike category. These adjustments are paired with Boost 110 and 148mm axles in the front and rear, respectively, for increased wheel stiffness and more rear end clearance, allowing Niner to slam the back wheel up and reduce the chainstays to just 440mm. Stubby stays make for more agility coming through corners and more power transferring stiffness. The frame is built according to the specifics of Niner's RDO Carbon Compaction System CCS. CCS uses internal molds during the curing process to ensure precise control over wall thickness and material distribution, eliminating excess grams and structural imperfections like resin pooling. For the RKT 9 RDO frame, the CCS process has been refined even further, resulting in a frame with a claimed weight as low as 4. 5lb. That's almost 12lb lighter than the current Jet 9 RDO, and it hits that weight without exhibiting any weakness or flex while being thrown around on the trail. Given that it's an XC race bike, Niner tweaked the RKT 9 RDO's CVA travel...