Best For: Speedsters with class.
The Test: Curvaceous as an Italian supermodel, with all the Tang-orange sauciness to match, the Jet 9 RDO is a looker. But this four-inch carbon beauty rides nearly as fast as it looks. The steering was quick, but everything else, from accelerations to rock drops to jumps, had a dampened sensation—which we liked. It made the bike feel substantial and comfortable, and we loved roaring down fields of babyheads and not getting pinged around. The XTR spec was flawless as usual (though the triple chainring up front seemed an odd choice), and the crazy-rigid Reynolds carbon wheels cut lines like Charlie Sheen (but why no through-axle out back?).
The Verdict: In spite of all that lightweight bling, the Jet 9 RDO still felt more trail bike than flat-out racer. 24.1 lbs