During the course of our testing we spread the Niner love around. We had testers with a jumping background put time on the bike, a recovering XC-nerd and a former downhiller turned eBiker. We also rode the bike on everything from super gnarly, steep and shuttle accessed DH runs to flatter, pedal rides around Bend, OR. With 180/170mm of travel, it is certainly not as snappy and fast on the flatter stuff as it is shorter travel sibling, the RIP, but it was quite happy putting in the miles.
While some long travel 29ers are very purpose-built, the new Niner WFO RDO is pretty impressive all around. It does a good job juggling the demands of riders who do not just live in Squamish but may occasionally take a trip to BC while riding week in and week out on mellower trails back home.
The downside to that all-around versatility, is that it is not the best at any one thing, other than maybe being able to do it all well. If you are looking for the slackest, race ready EWS rig, this may not be the dream machine, but that’s a much slimmer audience than those who want enough travel to handle rowdy trails while not making life suck on the pedal back up.
Suspension feel on the Niner can be varied, depending on your sag and set up. It can very easily be set up to run like a trophy truck, sucking up the chatter and feeling deep and plush. If you want to ride like Kirt Voreis, add some volume reducers, a bit more air and pop this thing off the lips for a good time! It is surprising how well this long-travel 29er can jump. We had a lot of fun riding it on flow trails and finding natural features to pop.
Niner has done a great job with the new WFO RDO. If you are looking for a well-rounded 180/170mm 29er that is not just a dedicated point and shoot EWS race bike, Niner’s WFO could be a great option. It’s got a stiff frame, nice suspension feel, pedals well for such a long legged bike and comes with a lifetime warranty. Plus, we think it looks really good too.
Whether you are looking to build up a frame or buy a complete bike that is ready to shred, the WFO could fit the bill for a rider looking for that aggressive 29er that isn’t too long or slack to be fun on their weekly rides. Our testers all had a lot of fun aboard the WFO RDO and were sad to box it up and send it back.
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