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Niner MCR 9 RDO Review! Full Suspension Gravel Bike

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Niner MCR 9 RDO Review! Full Suspension Gravel Bike
Off-Road Capabilities
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Handling
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Comfort
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Value for Money
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PROS
All terrain gravel bike
CONS
High maintenance
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Niner MCR 9 RDO, A Review.

The 2-Star VS 3-Star VS 4-Star VS 5-Star for 2022

Specs, components, tire clearance, weight, price, and comparison table



A full-suspension gravel bike? Is this even a thing? Well, we thought you deserved a surprise for making it to the bottom of the article, let’s have a look at something different.

The Magic Carpet Ride (MCR) by Niner is a dream bike that stands by its name, every ride will feel smooth like on a carpet.

The Niner’s Constantly Varying Arc (CVA) full suspension is a patented design that debuted in 2008, for the 2022 MCR 9 RDO, Niner changed the suspension curve, a performance-oriented adjustment to achieve more power while pedaling from the saddle.

This system makes the bike really fantastic to ride downhill also on rough tracks – able even to withstand washboard corrugation and emerging roots – while the climbing ability is not too seriously affected thanks to the aggressive geometry.

The eleven fixed braze-on mounting points allow outfitting all the bikepacking bags and bottle cages you might need, making this a top woman gravel bike for bikepacking adventures.

The integrated rear fender and internal cable guide ensure the components are always protected even in the toughest conditions.

A drop-bar adventure bike that’s responsive and efficient, outstandingly comfortable, and freaking fast, with a maximum speed of 58 km/h.



FrameNINER RDO Carbon Fiber / 50MM CVA Suspension
DrivetrainSRAM FORCE ETAP AXS 1×12 10-36t
BrakesSRAM FORCE HRD FM
TiresSchwalbe G-ONE Allround Evo Superterrain 700 X 38
Size53CM, 56CM, 59CM
Weight22.9 lbs / 10.4 kg
Price$6,000

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Niner MCR 9 RDO – Four Versions Compared

2-Star VS 3-Star VS 4-Star VS 5-Star for 2022


MCR 9 RDO 2-STAR APEX 1Niner · 2022MCR 9 RDO 3-STAR SRAM RIVAL 1Niner · 2022MCR 9 RDO 4-STAR SHIMANO GRX 800 2XNiner · 2022MCR 9 RDO 5-STAR SHIMANO GRX 800 1XNiner · 2022
RRP$4,999$5,449$6,499$7,449
Online Price$6,000
AT COMPETITIVE
$4,599 AT PRO’S CLOSET$6,000
AT BACKCOUNTRY
$6,000
AT COMPETITIVE
CategoryGravelGravelGravelGravel
Weight12.2 kg11.6 kg11.6 kg
FrameCarbonCarbonCarbonCarbon
ForkFox Performance Elite Float 32Fox Performance Elite Float 32Fox Performance Elite Float 32Fox Performance Elite Float 32
Wheel Size700c700c700c700c
Wheel MaterialAluminiumAluminiumAluminiumAluminium
Brake TypeHydraulic DiscHydraulic DiscHydraulic DiscHydraulic Disc
GroupsetApex 1Rival 1, EastonGRX 800, UltegraGRX 800, Easton
Drivetrain1 × 111 × 112 × 111 × 11
Max Speed50 km/h50 km/h59 km/h50 km/h
SuspensionFullFullFullFull
Front Travel40mm40mm40mm40mm
Rear Travel50mm50mm50mm50mm
SeatpostRigidRigidRigidDropper

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MCR 9 RDO 2-STAR APEX 1 X MCR 9 RDO 3-STAR SRAM RIVAL 1X MCR 9 RDO 4-STAR SHIMANO GRX 800 2X MCR 9 RDO 5-STAR SHIMANO GRX 800 1X
FrameNINER RDO CARBON FIBERNINER RDO CARBON FIBERNINER RDO CARBON FIBERNINER RDO CARBON FIBER
ForkFOX 32 SC FLOAT AX PERFORMANCE ELITE EVOL FIT4, 40MM, 100X15MM, 44MM OFFSETFOX 32 SC FLOAT AX PERFORMANCE ELITE EVOL FIT4, 40MM, 100X15MM, 44MM OFFSETFOX 32 SC FLOAT AX PERFORMANCE ELITE EVOL FIT4, 40MM, 100X15MM, 44MM OFFSETFOX 32 SC FLOAT AX PERFORMANCE ELITE EVOL FIT4, 40MM, 100X15MM, 44MM OFFSET
Rear ShockX-FUSION MICROLITE RL W/ REMOTE LOCKOUTX-FUSION MICROLITE RL W/ REMOTE L/OX-FUSION MICROLITE RL W/ REMOTE LOCKOUTX-FUSION MICROLITE RL W/ REMOTE LOCKOUT
Bottom BracketPRESTINE PF30 THREAD TOGETHEREASTON PF30EASTON PF30EASTON PF30
HeadsetNINER INTEGRATED SHIS DESCRIPTION IS42/28.6|IS52/40NINER INTEGRATED SHIS DESCRIPTION IS42/28.6|IS52/40NINER INTEGRATED SHIS DESCRIPTION IS42/28.6|IS52/40NINER INTEGRATED SHIS DESCRIPTION IS42/28.6|IS52/40
StemNINER ALLOYNINER ALLOYNINER RDONINER RDO
HandlebarEASTON EA50 AXEASTON EA50 AX EASTON EA50 AXEASTON EA50 AX
SaddleNINER CUSTOM WITH CHRO-MO RAILSNINER CUSTOM WITH CR-MO RAILSNINER CUSTOM WITH CRN-TI RAILSNINER CUSTOM WITH CRN-TI RAILS
SeatpostNINER ALLOY, 400MMNINER CARBON SEAT POST, 400MMNINER RDO CARBON, 400MMKS LEV SI DROPPER, 27.2/100MM TRAVEL
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Groupset


A choice between the best Sram and Shimano groupsets. Here it really comes to a matter for personal preference. Remember you can always get the 2×11 or 1×11 alternative for any version of the Niner MCR 9 RDO (the 2-Star, 3-Star, 4-Star, 5-Star).

Rear DerailleurSRAM APEX 1 LONG CAGESRAM RIVAL 1 LONG CAGESHIMANO GRX800 GS 11SP SHADOW PLUSSHIMANO GRX812 11SP SHADOW PLUS
Front DerailleurN/AN/ASHIMANO ULTEGRA R8000N/A
CrankSRAM APEX 1 40TEASTON EA90 40T (53/56 – 172.5MM, 59 – 175MM)EASTON EC90 CARBON 47X32TEASTON EC90 CARBON, 40T
ShiftersSRAM APEX 1 11SPSRAM RIVAL 1 HRD 11SPSHIMANO GRX800 11SPSHIMANO GRX800 11SP
CassetteSRAM PG 1130 11SP, 11-42TSRAM PG 1130 11SP 11-42TSHIMANO ULTEGRA HG800 11SP 11-34TSHIMANO XT HG8000 11SP 11-42T
ChainSRAM PC 1130 11SPSRAM PC 1130 11SPSHIMANO HG 601 11SPSHIMANO HG 601 11SP
BrakesSRAM APEX 1 HRD FLAT MOUNTSRAM RIVAL 1 HRD FMSHIMANO GRX800SHIMANO GRX800
Brake LeversSRAM APEX 1 HRDSRAM RIVAL 1 HRDSHIMANO GRX800SHIMANO GRX800
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Wheels


The difference in rim quality is noticeable between the various models of MCR 9 RDO by Niner, although none of them offers a carbon option. You can still upgrade to some of the best carbon gravel wheelsets if the best alloy is not enough for you.

RimsNINER ALLOY, 22.5MM INTERNALDT Swiss G 1800 SPLINE 25, 700c aluminum clincherDT SWISS G 1800 SPLINE 25,STANS NOTUBES GRAIL CB7, NEO ULTIMATE HUB CL
TiresSCHWALBE G-ONE ALLROUND PERFORMANCE, RACEGUARD, TLE, 700 X 40SCHWALBE G-ONE ALLROUND EVO SUPER TERRAIN, TLE, ADDIX SPEEDGRIP, 700 X 45SCHWALBE G-ONE ALLROUND EVO SUPER TERRAIN, TLE, ADDIX SPEEDGRIP, 700 X 38SCHWALBE G-ONE ALLROUND EVO SUPER TERRAIN, TLE, ADDIX SPEEDGRIP, 700 X 38
Disk RotorsSRAM CENTERLINE 160/160 CL ROTORSSRAM CENTERLINE 160/160MM CL ROTORSSHIMANO RT800 160/160MM CL ROTORSSHIMANO RT800 160/160MM CL ROTORS

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