I demoed one of the new RIP9 alloy bikes at NEMBAFest - I loved it, but knew that a new bike was not in my immediate future (two kids in college). Nothing wrong with a little bike lust.
The first ride at home after NEMBAFest I find a crack in the rear triangle of my 2010 RIP9, I'm crushed knowing I'm 7 months outside my warranty. I figure worst case I'll be buying a new rear triangle from Niner, which sucks, but whatever. After going around the the none-too-helpful bike shop I ended up with a 2014 RIP alloy as a warranty replacement - NICE!
Awesome machine - more travel, slacker head angle, lighter and it looks beefier in all the right places - 142 rear end helps I'm sure. Oh and its GREEN.
Its a warranty replacement frame for my beloved 2010 RIP9. BTW - Niner was great with a replacement on an out of warranty frame, even if the bike shop was a bit underwhelming - partially my fault for going to the closest shop rather than the better one a few minutes further away. I did have to buy a new headset, front derailleur, stem and hub conversion kit, so it wasn't exactly free.
Its better than the 2010 in every way I can think of. The only downside is I haven't gotten to ride it enough! I hope to resolve that problem.
there's more thoughts and a build entry on my blog if you're interested.