Coming in 2019, meet the Niner MCR 9 RDO, aka the Magic Carpet Ride full suspension gravel bike! Inspired by the Niner RKT drop bar mountain bike from last year’s Sea Otter, Niner plans to bring MCR 9 RDO to production, but in carbon. The prototype pictured above is a 3D printed proof of concept, albeit with real components and wheels hanging off it.
- “Dual suspension aids in traction and comfort, giving you a Magic Carpet Ride feel on any surface”.
- “Suspension allows for higher tire pressures, providing less rolling resistance / less pinch flats”.
- “CVA (Constant Varying Arc) with modified leverage ratios for less travel and gravel riding”.
- “Suspension lockout for pavement”.
- “50mm tire and 650b compatible”.
- Compatible with frame, seatpost and handlebar bags for your bikepacking adventures”.
At this time, suspension travel is unknown, but the MCR 9 RDO will accept 29’er / 700c x 50mm tires. Note the integrated fender.
Niner’s CVA suspension system has been optimized on the MCR 9 RDO for seated pedaling versus the varied nature of mountain bike riding. Niner have applied for a patent on this design, they mean business about bringing this bike to production.
Projected weight is unavailable at this time, but expect at least three pounds of extra heft versus a similarly equipped, rigid gravel bike.
Cable routing is clean and minimal, aided by the suspension’s short range of travel.
Above, the theme of fully internalized cable routing continues.
RockShox’s RS-1 inverted fork suspends the front end, albeit with some modifications to reduce travel. Internet reviews of this fork are a mixed bag; will this fork remain as a production item on complete MCR 9 RDO builds? All will be revealed sometime in 2019.
Above, lockouts for the front and rear of the MCR 9 RDO.
Follow https://ninerbikes.life/mcr/ to keep an eye on the development of the Niner MCR 9 RDO.