Hot News: Niner reveals carbon ’cross wheels, hints at CX bike

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New composite CX wheels from Niner — a clue of what’s to come?

Lots of product news coming out of the Niner camp this week. The Colorado-based company that made its bones with 29er mountain bikes, then expanded into the gravel grinding road bike arena, just announced new build and paint scheme options for its RLT9 off-road-oriented roadster, a revamped Biocentric 30 bottom bracket for the singlespeeders, new carbon MTB wheels, and a set of cyclocross-specific composite hoops that are likely a clue of what’s to come. Says here you’ll see a new Niner cyclocross bike by June.

Dubbed Niner CX, the new carbon wheels have 24 front/28 rear spoke counts, stainless straight-pull DT Aerolite spokes, and a clamed weight of 1,410 grams. Rim profiles are wide (17mm inside diameter, 23mm outside), and they can be run with standard QRs or thru axles (15mm front, 142×12 rear).

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Niner’s new carbon MTB hoops with double-butted straight pull spokes.

Meanwhile, the new carbon MTB wheel offering comes with 28 spokes front and rear, stainless DT double-butted straight pull spokes, and they’re tubeless compatible. They’re available with a standard freehub (10 and 11-speed) or an XD driver body. The front hub is 15mm thru-axle only, the rear can be run 12x142mm or with the included QR. Claimed weight is 1,670 grams.

Both wheelsets are $1,400 and will be available as part of the company’s Star Build bike kits, or for individual purchase starting mid summer.

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Niner is also releasing new alloy wheels for ’cross and MTB. They’ll only be in available in build kits for now. Niner will release aftermarket pricing later this summer.

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The RLT 9, now available with new build kits from Shimano and this stealthy black paint scheme.

The RLT 9 gravel grinder bike now comes in this sleek black paint scheme, and can be spec’d with Shimano’s new Ultegra Di2 hydro brakes or new Shimano 105 11-speed. And you can get it spec’d with either new wheelset. The do-it-all bike accepts 29er and 700c hoops.

Pricing ranges from $1,050 for frame and fork to $5,500 for the full Ultegra Di2 build with the new carbon wheels. A SRAM Force 22 build runs $3,000; Shimano 105 is $2,000. Click through the photo gallery below to see full parts spec on all three builds.

Finally, Niner revealed a new Biocentric 30 BB with easier adjustments across a wide range of gears, angular contact bearings for improved durability. This eliminates the need for adjustable dropouts, providing a clean solution for singlespeed use. The Biocentric 30 is compatible with Niner’s Air 9 Alloy and RLT 9 models only. MSRP: $139.

For more information, check out www.ninerbikes.com.

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


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