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The 2013 Jet 9 RDO crabon fiber – it’s organic – means you can eat it

(updated: Jan 14, 2013)

Some photos of the new 2013 Niner Jet 9 RDO. This is my bike. The 2012 Jet 9 RDO is now the Jet 9 Carbon for 2013. And I'm confused by their model changes already. The 2013 has, you guessed it, 10% more crabon fiber. My 2012 had to be sent back under warranty, and this is what Niner returned.

Sorry you’re not going to get the usual bike-up-against-a-garage-door photos. This is what you get. To see it in its entirety you’re going to have to catch me, and if the new model is any indication of mountain biking trends, soon we will all morph into roadies, with the corresponding fear of any obstacles.

Next I am going to have to face the reality that my riding has peaked and I am no longer getting better technically. I am getting older and my technical ability is waning. It just means that I have to get a more expensive bike, and walk sections that I used to be able to ride.

Like this section on Bennet Gap:
Bennett Gap

Just like Lance … it’s not about the bike. And a nice crabon fiber Jet 9 RDO doesn’t do you any good either, unless you get stuck in the woods for days without any food. Then you can at least eat it. But really it makes you have to ride faster and longer just to get the same workout that you would on a heavier bike. And you'll still suck, just suck on a more expensive ride.

“Have you seen my thighs?” – Manny in Premium Rush

"Have you seen my yellow jerseys?" - Lance Armstrong during the upcoming Oprah interview

Peace, love, and organic crabon,


I've gone Rogue. How original:
2013 Niner Jet 9 RDO

Holy handlebar gadgets, batman! I could become confused, press the wrong lever and eject myself:
2013 Niner Jet 9 RDO

Anyone know what CVA stands for? Causes Valid Absences. As in from work.
2013 Niner Jet 9 RDO

Machined from a single piece of molyferrirniobiu...somethingsomethingsomething:
2013 Niner Jet 9 RDO

Did you know that blackboxes are made of crabon, which is why they never break. Ergo, why not make the whole plane out of the stuff the blackboxes are made of? Food crabon for thought.
2013 Niner Jet 9 RDO

Crabon crank?
2013 Niner Jet 9 RDO

Soon the crabon craze will come for you, too, Mr. Fox:
2013 Niner Jet 9 RDO

Soon nothing will be safe from the crabon:
2013 Niner Jet 9 RDO

2013 Niner Jet 9 RDO

I would like a free stroke, please.
2013 Niner Jet 9 RDO

Cooling fins for brake pads. What will they think of next? I know, crabon calipers, brake pads, and rotors! Nothing is safe from becoming crabonized!
2013 Niner Jet 9 RDO

If I created a bike, it would be called the Crabonzo.
2013 Niner Jet 9 RDO

Skid plate, anyone? Not made of crabon. Pfft.
2013 Niner Jet 9 RDO

2013 Niner Jet 9 RDO

Filed Under: General Entries > North Carolina > Wilmington


1. Michael said...

"Anyone know what CVA stands for? Causes Valid Absences. As in from work."

CVA stand for Created by Vietnamese Agriculturalists. In other words, your bike was made by Vietnamese farmers. To verify this you need to look underneath the bottom bracket where you will find a decal stating who the manufacturer is.

Jan 15, 2013 @ 6:36 PM

2. SBA said...

Why yes, it is made in Vietnam. In fact, here are a few photos from their new production facility.

Jan 15, 2013 @ 8:49 PM

3. Mark said...

Did you get to see the photo of my RIP 9, the downtube did just that, Ripped in half. No big jumps or crashes, just was having a nice fast lap in the local woods, the creaking got loud and bam!, the frame was broken in two. Trying to get it welded, you can still do that with Aluminium. Your bike looks so cool with all the gadgets you have on it.

Jan 16, 2013 @ 2:20 PM

4. peter said...

So much for a bicycle being a simple machine

Jan 16, 2013 @ 3:09 PM

5. B said...

Crabon Vs. Ability...

Jan 16, 2013 @ 8:37 PM

6. SBA said...

I like it. That must be it. The more crabon you have, the less your ability. Just look at triathletes for proof.

Jan 16, 2013 @ 9:16 PM

7. Tony said...

CVA "Constantly Varying Arc"

I cant even Spell it ,Much less understand how this is better than everything else,
But I'm sure it is..The guys that created it are probably on EPO..!!!

Jan 18, 2013 @ 12:05 PM

8. SBA said...

EPO ... Emergency Power On? Extra Pissed Off? Eating Pills Optimistically?

Whatever, I just want that stuff coursing through my veins when I ride.

I never knew drug addicts until I met cyclists.

Jan 18, 2013 @ 9:07 PM

9. Michael said...

All kidding aside, the Jet 9 RDO really is an amazing riding, handling bike and your build came out great!

Jan 21, 2013 @ 4:01 AM

10. Robin said...

SBA, Do you ever ride you Turner's anymore?

Jan 24, 2013 @ 5:24 PM

11. SBA said...

Nah, they don't come in crabon. Seriously, they are great bikes, but I get the hookup on Niner's, so that's what I ride now.

Jan 24, 2013 @ 6:19 PM

12. Dude said...

Cool rocket kitchen in the third Vietnam photo. Fried rice for everybody!

Feb 5, 2013 @ 4:23 AM


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