Niner updates RLT 9 and RLT Steel for the Road Less Traveled

Now with thru axles and mid-fork rack attachments

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The updated Niner RLT 9 serves up a healthy dose of #CampVibes

The updated Niner RLT 9 serves up a healthy dose of #CampVibes (click to enlarge)

The RLT9 is available in both alloy and steel versions. The alloy model is an all-terrain road bike with a racing pedigree. The light alloy tubing makes it a contender in gravel grinding events, as well as the occasional cyclocross race.

The RLT Steel ships in this “gloss dirty white” with red ringers and a gorgeous “satin forge grey” with orange accents.

The RLT Steel ships in this “gloss dirty white” with red ringers and a gorgeous “satin forge grey” with orange accents (click to enlarge).

The steel version uses the much heralded Reynolds 853 tube-set to achieve a smooth ride on multi-day epics. Both frames utilize ride smoothing 27.2mm seatposts for added comfort, can accommodate large volume 1.75” tires, and are disc brake only.

For this model year, Niner is updating both models with thru axles front and rear. This offers performance advantages such as stiffer and more precise handling, as well as being easier to use with disc brakes.

The new RLT fork has in molded eyelets and is compatible with a number of rack and fender combinations.

The new RLT fork has in molded eyelets and is compatible with a number of rack and fender combinations (click to enlarge).

Niner is also introducing a new carbon fork for both models, which is designed to withstand the abuses of off-road riding and load carrying. In addition to fender mounts, the fork also has new mid-mount rack attachments.

Do you like this new breed of gravel grinder?

Do you like this new breed of gravel grinder? (click to enlarge)

Prices for a complete alloy model start at $2,000 for a Shimano105 equipped bike and top out at $5,5000 for Shimano Ultegra Di2. Frameset retails for $1,050. The steel frame will set you back $1,500 and complete bikes run from $2,500 for a 105 groupset to $5,000 for Ultegra. You can pick yours up in the following sizes: 46cm, 50cm, 53cm, 56cm, 59cm, and 62cm.

Learn more at www.ninerbikes.com.

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  • Ryan says:

    As an owner of a first gen RLT 9, I’m happy to see the thru axles, but,, and this is just my opinion, the newly added rack mounts on the fork ruin the look.

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