Following the official reveal of the MCR 9 RDO at the Sea Otter Classic, we’ve been hard at work finalizing the details on this new Niner. We’re happy to report that the bike is scheduled for early November delivery.
As shown in April, the final form and technical characteristics of the MCR 9 RDO frame are complete. However, our recent work has focused on the suspension tune, component parts spec, and carbon fiber layup schedule. Our engineers, testers, and product managers have been hard at work ironing out these details.
Niner test riders and engineers have been collecting suspension metrics using a Motion Instruments data logging system. By studying the details of the suspension behavior under riders of different sizes, our engineers are finalizing the shock tune. Shock air volume, damping rates, and even suggested rider weight vs. suspension pressures are in the final stages.
As for the build kits, we’re similarly just about done. We expect to offer build kits from 5-star Shimano GRX 800 to 2-star GRX 400, including 1x – and 2x chainring options, and even a dropper post. These parts are on their way to Niner with a mid-fall delivery timeline.
Finally, we’re doing the last adjustments to the carbon layup, removing weight where possible, yet maintaining our ISO mountain bike standard strength testing. There’s even talk of a new, secret material being used for the linkages, but we’ll save that news for later.
Look for more updates at the Eurobike trade show in early September.