Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Niner MCR 9 RDO. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
16 reasons to buy
- The MCR 9 RDO is a gravel bike with excellent small bump compliance. It has a full suspension setup.
- The cables are internally routed. This gives the bike a clean and polished appearance.
- The long-wheelbase offers riders stability.
- The rear suspension is outside of the frame's interior triangle. It doesn't interfere with space for a frame bag.
- There is a remote lockout for the rear shock.
- The bike minimizes fatigue on the lower back, wrists and hands, during long days in the saddle.
- The dampening effect from the CVA linkage suspension allows riders to maintain their speed and cadence over washboard roads.
- There is an integrated fender that protects the rear shock from getting dirty.
- Testers were pleased that the seat post can easily be upgraded to a dropper post. This addition makes the bike an extremely capable descender.
- Hydraulic disc brakes are very responsive.
- Niner embellishes the frame with many mounting points for bags and gear.
- The frame has room for three water bottles.
- The aggressive geometry places riders in a position that makes steering quick and predictable.
- The MCR 9 RDO can be used with 700c or 650b tires.
- Wide tires allow riders greater comfort over gravel roads. The frame has clearance for 700 x 50cm or 650 x 54cm tires.
- Testers found the bike handles extra weight from gear well.
4 reasons not to buy
- Niner only offers the MCR 9 RDO in three sizes.
- It’s easy to bottom out the suspension on trails.
- Testers agree the bike is heavy.
- The Fox fork limits the tire clearance to 40mm.
Expert Reviews60/100 based on 1 rated expert review
Niner MCR 9 RDO Full Suspension Gravel Bike Review
For starters the MCR (which stands for Magic Carpet Ride) has only half the suspension travel of even the raciest full-sus XC mountain bikes, but more importantly its geometry is that of a dedicated gravel slayer, which is nowhere near that of a modern MTB either.
Bike Test: Niner MCR
Niner’s CVA (Constantly Varying Arc) linkage design has been a main ingredient in their full-suspension mountain bikes for years, and for the MCR, they’ve tweaked the linkage to better respond to the high-frequency bumps of gravel riding versus the big hits of mountain biking.
Niner MCR 9 RDO: A Bold First Step Into Gravel Suspension
This is by no means the final version of what a suspension gravel bike can be, but it represents a promising start. Gravel suspension has arrived, now we eagerly wait to see just how far the technology can go.