Niner's people are big fans of the road less traveled. Making independent choices is how they were founded and it's how they approach the future. It is with this philosophy that they created the RLT 9. Is it a 29er? A monster-cross machine? A gravel grinder? The answer is yes. Whether you ride drop bars or flats, skinny tires or something a bit more rotund, the RLT 9 is meant for you. The RLT 9 Aluminum is constructed of hydroformed alloy, resulting in a frame that is light, efficient, and beautiful. This is paired with a custom gravel-tuned Niner carbon fork with rack mid mounts that seriously up its cargo carrying capacity. The frame features slightly longer chainstays, a lower bottom bracket, and a slacker headtube angle. This creates the ideal geometry for a stable ride on the rockiest of roads, while still capable of winning a proper cross race. The RLT 9 utilizes modern standards—thru axles, flat-mount disc brakes, and a tapered headtube—that yield improved handling, speed control, and wheel stiffness. It's got internal shifter routings ports that are di2 ready, offers single-speed compatibility with a Biocentric bottom bracket, and has plenty of mounting points for fenders and a rear rack. With room for up to 1.75-inch tires, there are few adventures the RLT 9 isn't ready for.
Niner designed the RLT 9 RDO to encourage diversion. Want to go hard and fast? How about long and adventurous? Please do. Need a change of pace, a break from the routine? Go ahead, give it a chance. It’s hard to know where to start with this versatile beauty. The sleek, eye-catching design? The thoughtful benefits of NMF internal cable guide routing? The flat mount disk brakes for precise brake adjustments? Niner knows those things are important, but when it all comes down to it, none of those features matters if the ride quality isn’t great. So, when Niner set about designing the RLT 9 RDO they first talked to riders. The response was that gravel riders wanted a bike that could go the distance but perform when pushed. They wanted a bike that was stiff yet compliant. A bike that transferred power instantly but absorbed rough terrain. And, a bike that wouldn’t weigh them down up climbs. The RLT does all of those things and more. It's constructed using Niner’s RDO carbon compaction method for a lightweight frame that delivers comfort and dependability. The thin seat stays and top tube deliver all-day comfort while the massive down tube and chainstays keep power transfer in check. The RLT’s tried and true geometry is perfectly matched for competitive all-condition riding, multi-day adventures, and everything in between. Each fork leg features mid-blade mounting bolts that provide greater versatility for tacking on extra gear for longer adventures. And, full fender mounts improve the bike's all-season pedigree. If you can think it on two wheels, the multi-tool that is the RLT might just be the bike for you. From dirt trails to gravel to asphalt, this bike takes it all in stride and you along with it. The RLT 9 RDO—redefining what gravel can be.
While other frame materials fall in and out of favor, steel stands the test of time. Finely constructed steel frames, crafted and welded by the best builders, have continued to be the benchmark other materials measure themselves against. The RLT 9 is built with supple, trustworthy Reynolds 853 steel, producing a flawless synthesis of form and function in a frame that makes every ride open for adventure. When designing the RLT 9, Niner considered each detail with convenience and compatibility in mind. The frame utilizes thru-axle technology and flat-mount disc brakes for superior handling and speed control. It'll take a single, double, or triple chainring to conquer any and all terrain, and the PF30 bottom bracket allows the use of Niner's Biocentric bottom bracket for single-speed setups. There are 3 water bottle mounts on every size, as well as mounts for fenders and a rear rack. The bike features a buttery-smooth custom gravel-tuned Niner carbon fork, with mid-blade mounts for optional accessories. The Niner RLT9 is where performance, durability, and ride quality meet. From mounting panniers and racks for camping to traveling the gravel road that curves out of sight, the RLT 9 is more than capable for the open road.
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