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    Will the air 9 RDO survive a 5 foot drop?

    Hi Guys,

    As per the topic, i just wanted to see how durable this XC bike is before plunging big money on it.

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    I doubt it would hurt it once but I wouldn't make a habit of it. I think I'd be more worried about the lightweight parts (specifically wheels) that would most likely be on an rdo frame. Maybe someone with experience on some drops with one will chime in.
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    Easily as well as my Devinci Wilson DH bike!
    I wouldn't do a 4' drop on my 4" travel SW Epic 29er unless the landing was perfect.

    5' drop on a carbon hard tail? You are asking for trouble IMHO.
    But hey, I've been wrong before.

    Let us know how you make out? Your body as well as the frame.
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    Why the fvck would you buy a carbon RACE XC bike to huck off 5ft drops??? I hope Niner can get your name and let all dealers know not to sell you a bike, you're an ass for even considering this.
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    I you buy one, and decide to do it, please post the video!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx View Post
    Why the fvck would you buy a carbon RACE XC bike to huck off 5ft drops??? I hope Niner can get your name and let all dealers know not to sell you a bike, you're an ass for even considering this.
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    Will the air 9 RDO survive a 5 foot drop?

    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx View Post
    Why the fvck would you buy a carbon RACE XC bike to huck off 5ft drops??? I hope Niner can get your name and let all dealers know not to sell you a bike, you're an ass for even considering this.
    Maybe he's not buying it for that purpose, maybe he knows he'll be hitting a new trail that has this feature, and he's deciding whether he should take the chance?

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    As long as the bike lands on you, it should be fine

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    I love LyNx!
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    Actually, saltzzz didn't mention if he will be ON the bike during this drop, only that if the bike will survive a 5' drop. So yes, if one held up the bike to 5' and dropped it, it would survive quit well.

    Saltzzz, what you need is the ROS 9, the new Cro-Mo frame with 142 x 12 rear axle.
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    I have ridden my wife's Air9 RDO over our credit card bill & that's quite a drop.

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    Is this "real" 5ft or "PB" 5 ft?

    Is it to flat or is there a transition?

    Are you a good rider or do you just launch and hope for the best?

    Even with all the correct answers to the questions above, a "real" 5ft drop on any race XC bike isn't really the riding it was designed for.

    If I could leave LyNx more rep I would but he's maxed out...

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