The New Niner RLT 9 Gravel Grinder

29er News

Niner has joined the drop bar fray with the RLT 9 (Road Less Traveled). The first Niner for both 700 and 29 inch wheels, the RLT 9 is how Niner sees its staff and customers going from the office to the backcountry and back. The RLT 9 accepts up to 45mm tires and they’ve put 1.75″ Schwalbe tires on it. BioCentric 30 is Niner’s solution for singlespeed/geared PF30 and the bike will be available at the end of the year.

  • Niner’s first “All-Road Mountain Bike” rules the domain between pavement and singletrack
  • Custom gravel-tuned Niner carbon fork shares DNA with our legendary MTB version
  • Fire road geometry – slightly longer CS, lower BB, slacker HT angle
  • PF30 BB shell is geared or singlespeed compatible with the new Niner BioCentric 30
  • Low profile disc brake post mounts
  • Hydroformed aluminum alloy frame is light, efficient and beautiful
  • 135mm X QR rear spacing

The first Niner designed for both 29 and 700C wheels. Run narrower wheels and tires for brief journeys away from the beaten path, try something bigger for places where terrain is uncertain but adventure is guaranteed.

Hydroformed Tubing and Construction Details

Designed with a tube set similar to the proven AIR 9, the RLT 9’s tube shapes are shaped to meet Niner’s ride quality standards. Even riders who prefer the company of saguaros to the cacophony of crowds appreciate comfort and low weight. Proprietary forged dropouts are designed to reduce weight and integrate the low-profile post brake mount with the chainstay. 27.2mm seatpost reduces road vibrations on gravel or chip seal roads and reduces body fatigue on all-day rides. When paired with the RDO Seatpost (designed for twice the flex of traditional carbon posts), fatigue is reduced even further.

Niner Carbon Fork

Niner makes the best off road rigid forks in the world and now we bring this experience to dirt roads everywhere. The RLT 9 frameset continues our award winning ways with a full carbon, gravel-tuned and custom painted Niner Carbon Fork.

Internal Cable Routing

Full cable housing keeps the grit out of your shifting system in the nastiest conditions. Cables enter the down tube behind the head tube and exit below the BB for easy set up and low maintenance, and when you’re ready, we’ve integrated Di2 compatibility with a seatpost wiring port.

BioCentric 30

The standard PF30 bottom bracket shell offers both geared and singlespeed compatibility using the new BioCentric 30. Sometimes simplicity is the key to a triumphant journey, sometimes you need a bit of help from your (granny gear) friends.

Fire Road Geometry

Slightly longer CS, lower BB, Slacker HT angle are ideal for a stable ride on the rockiest of roads and still capable of winning a proper cross or 2 for the privateer. Frame Sizes – 47, 50, 53, 56, 59. 62cm.

Niner RLT 9 Pricing

RLT 9 Frame and Fork - $1,049
RLT 9 ★ ★ ★ ★ Rival – $2,999
RLT 9 ★ ★ 105 – $1,999

Niner RLT 9 Geometry

Niner RLT 9 Specifications

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Photos courtesy of Niner/Ian Hylands.

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.

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