Even if riding on gravel sections of road has always been something that road riders have had to deal with occasionally and even grudgingly, the whole notion of gravel grinding has really begun to grab the imagination even of the most committed of road warriors. The Niner RLT 9 will give road riders a fantastic off road option while still feeling at home on a drop-bar style bike.
The RTL 9 frame is made from a hydroformed aluminum that makes it possible for Niner to get the wall specifications precisely as they want them. That allows them to provide the thickness and robustness where required but without heaping on the weight when unnecessary. And since this top quality aluminum from Niner will not only feel nice and light, but also withstand seriously tough trails, even mountain bikers looking for a bit of variety in their rides will be happy to take the RTL 9 out for some adventures. In fact, it meets ISO design standards for mountain bikes which are stricter than the standards that road bikes have to meet, which is typically how cross and gravel bikes are classified.
Adding to the strength and nimbleness of the frame, the Niner RDO Gravel carbon fork will enhance the handling of the bike and also work to absorb the vibrations that are expected when riding on unpaved roads. The frame has been designed to fit 700c wheels and accommodate tires up to 45mm wide, so you can go crazy with the rubber you wrap this baby in. The press fit 30 bottom bracket will add to the frame’s high performance level while keeping the weight low and guaranteeing tons of heel clearance which can be important in seriously muddy conditions. The internal cable routing is another nice touch, since it will make it much easier to clean the frame once you do hit some muddy trails. The frame will also be able to take either mechanical or electric groupsets so you can build it up exactly as you’d like. This is a disc brake specific frame with post mount style disc brakes that can accommodate up to a 160mm rotor.
A bike like the Niner RTL 9 can easily become the most useful member of your two wheeled collection. You can use it as a winter training bike, a summer adventure bike or even a reliable commuter. The frame does come with rack and fender mounts so you can put on mud guards if you are using it during particularly wet weather, or indeed you can attach luggage racks if you want to do some bikepacking.
Whether you are a mountain biker looking for a fun way to introduce some road riding into your routine, or a roadie who craves the quiet and carless woodsy roads, the Niner RTL 9 will be the bike to get you excited about your next ride.
Frame: Hydroformed alloy
Fork: Niner carbon fork
Rear Stay: Alloy
Fork Axle: 15mm x 100mm
Headset Included: Yes, IS42/28.6 | IS52/40
Steerer Tube: 1 1/8” - 1 1/2”
Bottom Bracket Type: PF30
Cable Routing: Internal or external, mechanical or electronic compatible
Front Derailleur Mount: 34.9mm
Wheel Size: 700c
Max Tire Clearance: 45mm
Brake Type: Disc, flat mount, 160mm max rotor
Seatpost Diameter: 27.2mm
Seatpost Included: No
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: 12mm Thru x 142mm
Sizes: 47cm | 50cm | 53cm | 56cm | 59cm | 62cm |
Colors: Forge Grey Orange Teal