Last June at Press Camp 2014, we got to take Niner’s BSB 9 RDO, complete with Di2, for a spin while the Utah snow swarmed around us. Three months later, we spotted the Rival Hydro build at the Outdoor Demo of Interbike 2014. If this look wets your appetite, make sure to pick up a copy of Issue 26, where we give the five-star Di2 build an extensive review.
The multi-star branding for the names was created by Niner, and in their cyclocross lineup the company offers everything from their Di2 equipped Five-star BSB to the Two-star Shimano 105 equipped BSB. Niner rattled off their separate models, describing their Four-star mechanical Ultegra BSB as their “workingman’s bike,” although the Three-star demo build, equipped with Rival 22 Hydro system, appeared as package best suited for the racer on a budget.
The frame, just like the one we tried out months ago and the other we spent time for an extensive review for our print magazine, is created with an injection molding that uses a Styrofoam internal molding to eliminate resin pools and keep the interior frame thickness consistent. When the frame is cured, the molds shrink and can be slid through openings in the bottom bracket and head tube.
Just like the higher “star” build, the Three-star BSB 9 RDO keeps things fun by labeling the top tube with “Pedal Damn it” for a little extra motivation, and adding a stem cap that allows you to place a beer cap at the top for a little extra demotivation.
Using the same internal guts as a SRAM Red 22, the Rival 22 shifting levers will likely be a popular choice, especially for those riders looking to buy an affordable complete build that includes a double chainring. The wheels are Niner’s own CX Alloy, with SCHWALBE Rocket Ron Performance 700x33c tires, although the clearances can fit up to a 40c sized tire.
The complete build is available now in the following frame sizes: 47, 50, 53, 56, 59, and 62cm. The Three-star build prices out at $3,499, with the Di2 model we reviewed in Issue 26 at $6,499, the mechanical Ultegra model at $4,399, and the Shimano 105 build with mechanical disc brakes at $2,999.