2017 Niner RLT 9 1-Star Tiagra Bike
There are plenty of people who want to get out on the road less traveled, but hesitate to commit to a dedicated bike for something they’re not quite sure about yet.
To make that new bike purchase decision easier, Niner removed the price barrier with a new entry-level, gun metal finish RLT 9 complete bike. They have maintained all the fittings and eyelets on both frame and fork so even the first-timer can rack up and go bike packing if they’re up for it. And if not, it still holds out that carrot of adventure if it’s something that they may want to grow into.
Niner has always been proud of their independent streak, so it should come as no surprise that it designed a bike that defies definition. The RLT 9 won’t let you place it in a tidy little box. Why would it? It’s way more fun to be the “Swiss Army Knife” of bikes. Fire Road Geometry means that the RLT 9 has a slacker head tube, lower bottom bracket and longer chainstays. It means it’s stable on the rockiest of roads, yet comfortable enough for long rides. But it also means if you want to do some serious offroading it is ready and willing for that as well. It’s made of lightweight hydroformed alloy tubing with construction similar to the Air 9.
Should you want to stretch the bounds of what the bike is capable of, perhaps in a cyclocross competition, perhaps offroad on you favorite mountain trail, one thing you will really appreciate is the internal routing of the cables The cables enter the down tube behind the head tube and exit below the bottom bracket. This keeps the cables away from you at all times and makes setup easy and maintenance low. And it is Di2 compatible with a seatpost wiring port.
Niner has one more exciting improvement for this year’s RLT 9. Niner has a reputation for making the finest carbon forks in the world for road bikes, and now for the first time they produced a full carbon, gravel tuned and custom painted Niner carbon fork just for the RLT 9.
So if you want a bike that isn’t a little bit of everything so much as a lot of everything, the RLT 9 is your bike.
Frame: RLT 9 alloy frame
Fork: Niner full carbon fork, QR x 100mm
Headset: Cane Creek ZS44/28.6 ZS56/40
Brakes: SRAM BB5 R w/ 160mm rotors
Shifters: Shimano Tiagra 10-speed, 2-speed
Crank: Shimano Tiagra 50x34T
Bottom Bracket: Shimano
Front Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra
Cassette: Shimano HG500 11-34T
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra 10-speed
Chain: Shimano HG54
Wheelset: Niner CX alloy, QRx100mm front, QRx135mm rear
Tires: WTB All-Terrain, 700x37
Handlebar: Niner alloy, Niner graphic
Handlebar Tape: Niner synthetic cork
Stem: Niner alloy stem, Niner graphic
Seatpost: Niner alloy seatpost, 400mm, Niner graphic
Saddle: Niner custom with steel rails, Niner graphic
Sizes: 47cm | 50cm | 53cm | 56cm | 59cm | 62cm |
Colors: Forge Grey Black
Approximate Weight: 10500g | 23.15lbs